The Sage Colleges Nursing Program Review

The Sage Colleges is a group of three private colleges in New York. These are Russell Sage College (RSC), which is a women’s college in Troy, Sage College of Albany (SCA), a co-educational college in Albany, and the Sage Graduate School with branches in Troy and in Albany. There are over 3,000 students who are enrolled in bachelors, masters, and doctoral level programs at the Sage Colleges. Students complete extracurricular service projects and academic service learning to broaden their educational experiences. Also, Sage Colleges offer many opportunities for students to study abroad.

The colleges have formal partnerships with the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, Mahidol University in Thailand, and the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women. Students may study in China at the Shanghai Institute for Foreign Trade, in Denmark at the Danish Institute of Study, and in France at the Parsons Paris School of Art and Design. Other opportunities to study abroad are in Span at the Center for Cross-Cultural Study or in the United Kingdom at the University of the Arts London.

Nursing Programs

Russell Sage College Nursing

The Russell Sage College offers a bachelor’s degree in nursing for women that requires 120 credits of liberal arts, science, nursing core courses, and clinical experience. Students may attend the program either full-time or part-time. There are at least five semesters of nursing courses required, and these may be during the summer session. Nursing courses require five or six semesters of study. A candidate’s high school grade point average and class rank are the most important indicators of academic success at Sages Colleges, and the SAT is no longer required. Admission is also based on the rigor of the high school program that the student attended. With a holistic approach to admitting students, each application is considered individually. After students have completed all of the requirements for the bachelor’s degree in nursing, they qualify to take the NCLEX-RN, the national exam that leads to licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse.

Nursing for Registered Nurses

Registered Nurses who have graduated with an associate degree in nursing who want to continue their education and earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing may enter this program. One of the advantages of this program is that it offers reduced tuition. On-site courses are offered at Glens Falls Hospital and St. Peter’s Hospital so that working RNs do not need to spend time traveling to the campus of the college. Also, some of the course work is web-based for even more convenience. Another advantage of this program is that two graduate-level courses in nursing are offered during the final year to accelerate graduate education for those who want to pursue their master’s degree. Most RNs need to earn only 60 additional credits after the credits from their associate’s degree are transferred to Sage.

MS in Nursing

Sage Graduate Schools offer a Master of Science degree in nursing at both Sage locations. Students pursue advanced study in a specialized area of clinical nursing, such as nurse educator, clinical specialist, nurse practitioner, or administrator/executive in nursing. To obtain the MS, students must complete 39 to 49 credit hours. This may be completed either full-time or part-time. The programs take from two years to seven years to complete.

Master of Science in Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, or Nurse Executive

RNs with a bachelor’s degree may enter this program to improve their knowledge of a particular nursing specialty. Community health nursing students study literature and research related to current and evolving strategies in public health. They specialize as Clinical Nurse Specialist, Educator, Executive, or in Leadership in Public Health. Students must earn from three to nine credits by taking electives pertinent to the field that they are studying. Upon completion of the program, students are qualified to take the certification test in their field of study to become a certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, or Nurse Executive.

Adult Health Nursing

This graduate program in nursing prepares registered nurses for roles as educators, administrators, and resource nurses and to work in state and county health departments and in research and consultation.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Advanced Practice

This program prepares RNs with a bachelor’s degree for a career as a nurse practitioner or clinical specialist who is qualified to work with psychiatric patients.

Adult Nurse Practitioner

RNs with a bachelor degree may pursue their MS to become certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. These nurses work in doctor’s offices, clinics, and other healthcare settings.

Family Nurse Practitioner

This program prepares RNs with a bachelor’s degree to provide primary care to all family members. These professionals also work in doctor’s offices, clinics, and in other healthcare settings.

Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

In this MS program, students learn to care for the elderly patient. The Gerontological Nurse Practitioner provides primary care to the patient.

Post-Master’s Certificates in Advanced Nursing

Sages Colleges offer post-master’s certificates in all role and clinical areas of the Master’s Degree program.

Doctor of Nursing Science

The Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS) program prepares registered nurses who are holders of master degrees to be educators and leaders in academic and healthcare settings. Students must attend classes three weekends each semester at the Albany campus and complete additional coursework online.

The Sages Colleges
65 1st Street,
Troy, New York 12180