Russell Sage College is accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education. The Department of Nursing is a member agency of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, the National League for Nursing, and the Council of Deans of Nursing in Senior Colleges and Universities in New York State. The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing at Russell Sage College are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036, (202) 887-6791. All nursing programs are registered with the New York State Education Department.
The Nursing program has been a participant in the John A. Hartford Foundation Baccalaureate Program Partner for dissemination of Best Nursing Practices in Care for Older Adults.
The Mission Statement of the Department of Nursing is to provide and promote baccalaureate, graduate, and doctoral nursing education in an environment that emphasizes the development of individuals as professional nurses with a vision of their own power, and a clear sense of self and their professional role. The department endeavors to prepare graduates who are critical thinkers, who utilize, transmit, and develop new knowledge through systematic models of scholarly inquiry, and who demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning. Preparation for excellence in nursing practice is achieved through the integration of arts and sciences, humanistic concern for the health and well-being of others, and an awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity in a pluralistic society. Russell Sage College strives to prepare graduates who are assertive and practice client advocacy, enabling clients to maximize their own potential. The global and technological context in which the nursing profession continues to evolve is emphasized, with the expectation that our graduates will assume leadership roles as both professionals and citizens striving to influence health care delivery, nursing education, and the welfare of society.
The program emphasizes faculty advisement and program planning. The nursing program leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree may be completed by full- or part-time study. Transfer students may complete the program in 5 semesters (minimum of 21 months), depending on the number of prerequisites that they have completed. Nursing student scholarships and loans are available. Professional courses start in the freshman or sophomore year and continue through the senior year. Clinical experiences are available at Capital District agencies such as Albany Medical Center; St. Peter’s Health Care; Albany Stratton VA Health Center; Visiting Nurses Associations; Albany, Schenectady and Rensselaer County Health Departments; the Capital District Psychiatric Center; Bellevue Women’s Center; Seton Health System; Ellis Hospital; Northeast Health; and a variety of other health agencies.
The Nursing Department requires the following academic standards:
- For all students, the overall cumulative gradepoint average (GPA) must meet the college standards.
- Admission to the Nursing program, either as a new student to the College or as a continuing student declaring Nursing as a new major, requires a cumulative GPA of 3.000 for all coursework required for the Nursing program.
- Students must maintain a major GPA of 3.000 to progress in the Nursing Program.*
- * Nursing GPA includes all nursing and required support courses.
- Student progress in the Nursing program is reviewed at the end of each semester by the program’s undergraduate Academic Standards Committee.
- A student whose nursing cumulative GPA is below a 3.000 may be put on probation in the Nursing major for the next semester and will not be permitted to progress in her Nursing course sequence.
- Students will not be permitted to begin any NSG courses without a major GPA of 3.000 in her required supporting courses.
Failure to meet academic standards and/or probation requirements may result in dismissal from the Nursing program (i.e., students will be required to select a different major if they wish to continue at Sage).
Students must receive a grade of “C” or higher (2.000) in all nursing courses.
Policies related to Academic Standards such as probation, dismissal, and readmission and the Code of Conduct can be found, in detail, in the Nursing Department Student Handbook. Appeals of decisions by the Academic Standards Committee may be made by submitting a written petition to the coordinator of the BS program.
Clinical Laboratory Requirements
Students are responsible for providing their own transportation for clinical experiences. Students are required to carry liability insurance and have a current physical examination including immunizations and titers. Hepatitis B immunization is required prior to clinical experience. This health clearance is required for each clinical semester. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification is required of all students before entering sophomore clinical courses and must be current for all clinical courses. Students may not attend clinical unless cleared and are responsible for costs incurred for clinical make-up related to not meeting these requirements. A $40.00 fine will be assessed to students whose health clearance information is not received in the Nursing Department in a timely manner. Students are financially responsible for costs associated with learning modules, standardized tests, and certain laboratory experiences/equipment. ATI (Assessment Technology Institute) is a company that provides audio and video remediation materials. Fees for ATI will be assessed on tuition bills at three levels; when registered for NSG 201, NSG 323, and NSG 405.
Current Sage Students Who Wish to Request a Major Change to Nursing
Admission to the Nursing program as a continuing student declaring Nursing as a new major requires a cumulative GPA of 3.000 for all coursework required for the Nursing program. Requests for major changes to Nursing are only reviewed twice a year, at the end of the fall and spring terms. Sage students must contact the Offices of Academic Advising for more details on this process. Note: qualified candidates may be denied admission to the program if space is not available.
Graduates of Baccalaureate or Associate Degree Programs or Transfer Students
A person with an earned baccalaureate or associate degree - in a discipline outside of nursing - may enroll in the Nursing program, transferring in up to a maximum total of 66 credits.
Graduates of Registered Nurse Programs
A Registered Nurse (RN) who has matriculated at Russell Sage College prior to Spring 2003 may complete the Bachelor of Science degree, with advanced standing. Advanced standing is granted for the successful completion of examinations or by validation from approved courses taken at other colleges. Registered nurses earn a BS degree on a full-time or part-time basis. The program features scheduling so that the students may continue employment. Registered nurses interested in beginning baccalaureate coursework should apply to the Russell Sage College RN/BS program in Sage’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE). A nursing student works closely with a nursing advisor to plan the program of study.
Degrees and Certificates
Administrator/Executive Post Masters Certificate,Certificate
Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post Masters Certificate,Certificate
Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters,Certificate
Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Clinical Specialist Post Masters Certificate
Family Nurse Practitioner Post Masters Certificate,Certificate
Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Nurse Educator Post Masters Certificate,Certificate
Nursing Education and Leadership (D.N.S.),D.N.S.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Administrator or Educator
An overview of research as an integral part of the theory and practice of nursing is the focus of this course. Research utilization, evidence based practice, the development process of a research idea and supporting research strategies are integrated in the basis for the study of quantitative and qualitative methodology, concepts of measurement, utilization of appropriate statistical approaches, the development of a research study, and presentation of results are included.
Undergraduate Statistics, NSG-558, , NSG-559
Concepts of group dynamics, therapeutic group approaches, and facilitative leadership styles in working with clients across the lifespan and/or staff are integrated. Emphasis is on the utilization of the theoretical and research literature or group processes in clinical practice. Experiential learning related to task groups, self-actualization groups, and therapy groups which facilitates self-growth, optimal group membership behaviors, and leadership skills is incorporated. Offered spring only.
This course presents the nurse practitioner student with selected clinical diagnostic laboratory and imaging tests and selected procedures practiced by nurse practitioners across practice settings. Clinical decision making & differential diagnosis for selecting appropriate tests or procedures, and interpretation of diagnostic test results is addressed. Students will use evidence-based research to appropriately collect, assess, interpret, and manage objective diagnostic clinical data to diagnose common health problems across the lifespan. This course builds on previous knowledge of basic microbiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and clinical experience. Simulation including case studies provides opportunities for students to apply critical thinking skills and diagnostic reasoning and practice advanced clinical procedures.
NSG 604 , 609, , at least three credits in advanced clinical courses
The purpose of this course is twofold. The first objective is to provide students with basic applied computing and statistical skills necessary for conducting nursing/health research and data analysis, via SPSS assignments. The second objective is for students to apply that knowledge to their research proposals for their final poster presentation.
Assessment of and interventions with clients with mental health problems. Short-term interventions and measurable outcomes within a managed-care environment are addressed. Critical thinking skills emphasized in making differential diagnoses of mental illnesses. Experiential opportunities provided to assess and diagnose mental illnesses.
NSG 649 Plus one of the following sets: NSG 625, 626, 627 or NSG 635, 636, 637 or NSG 557, 606, 615, 610
NSG 606, NSG 615 BIO 584
Focus in on the development of diagnostic health assessment skills and recording methods used by the Nurse Practitioner. Content includes critical thinking skills necessary for differential diagnosis, rationales for intervention, special techniques, and interpretations of exams and laboratory data including diagnostic studies to make differential diagnoses of health problems.
Passing Score on Health Assessment Validation Exam (fee), 1 year RN experience (2000 Hrs)
Theoretical and practical basis of advanced family nursing practice in primary care with a focus on the mature and aging family is the focus of this course. Acute, episodic, and chronic health problems of this population are studied. Illness assessment and interventions are examined with ethical and legal implication within a multicultural population for individuals and aggregates. Research, collaboration and use of both medical and social resources are incorporated, with the focus on critical evaluation of the whole person within the family setting.
Portions of this course will be delivered online.
Advanced nursing practice in primary care especially with the mature and aging family is the focus of this course. Acute and chronic health problems of the adult and geriatric population are studied in the clinical setting. Illness assessment and interventions are examined with ethical and legal implications within a multicultural population for individuals that are seen in the clinical setting. Research, collaboration, and use of both medical and social resources are incorporated, with the focus on critical evaluation of the whole person within the family setting. (Clinical Conference - 6 hrs.; Internship - 200 hrs.)
This course is an in-depth study of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics therapy of broad categories of drugs. This course focuses on the treatment and management of common conditions and diseases across the lifespan encountered by the advanced practice nurse in acute and chronic care. Students will develop skill in the use of pharmacotherapeutic agents in a safe, high quality, cost-effective manner, based on current evidence and guidelines. Legal, technical and ethical aspects of prescription preparation are included and meet the licensure requirement for NYS Prescription and Recordkeeping.
NSG 621b ,/or NSG 661
In-depth study of pharmaco dynamics and pharmacokinetics of drugs used in treating mental disorders. The course is an extension of NSG 622, Advanced Pharmacology. Restricted to matriculated graduate nursing students.
Client Emphasis on care of the acutely ill adult client in a high technological, managed care environment. Natural sciences, nursing theories with an emphasis on Benner and Watson, ANA Standards, Scope of Practice, and research findings are used as the framework for critical thinking and clinical decision making in acute/critical care. Focus on analysis of parameters in assessment, therapeutic interventions, monitoring and evaluation of the adult client with episodes of acute illness. Discussion and application of pathophysiological phenomena using critical thinking to develop strategies for clients and families with an acute illness experience.
BIO 553 , NSG 558
This course provides analyses and applications of models for healing, health promotion and protection, and self-care used in advanced nursing practice and evidence-based research. Design and implementation of nursing interventions and selected complimentary, alternative and integrative therapies (CAM) which facilitate lifestyle changes across the lifespan. The nurse-client role, including nurse as coach, is applied. The impact of social determinants of health (SDOH) and health literacy related to prevention, self-care, and health promotion are examined.
Knowledge and application of the advanced practitioner in direct role as clinician and case manager, indirect role as educator, researcher, and consultant. Course content includes analysis of health policy, organizational change, legislative and economic trends which influence health care delivery and impact the legal, ethical regulatory, fiscal, and professional activities related to acute care nurse practitioner practice.
NSG 622, 636, 619,642
This course focuses on utilization of critical thinking skills in clinical decision making in a collaborative acute care practice environment with the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) as the principal manager of care. The theoretical content and clinical practicum focus on the diagnosis of problems encountered by Adult and Geriatric clients with complex acute, critical illness and/or acute exacerbation of chronic illness related to conditions and the impact on their quality of life with regard to the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Health Disparities (HD) and the role of the AGACNP based on the 2008 Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education (LACE); AACN/NONPF Adult-Gerontology and Pediatric Acute Care NP Competencies (2021), and Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies Content (2017). A clinical practicum includes 250 hours with a nurse practitioner preceptor to develop and apply critical thinking and advanced AGACNP nurse practitioner skills in assessing and diagnosing, managing and evaluating care of the Adult and Geriatric clients with complex acute, critical and chronic illness.
This course is on the theoretical basis of geriatric nursing practice in primary with a focus on the aging patient (young old, old, old-old). Acute, episodic, and chronic health problems in primary care are studied. Illness assessment and interventions are examined with ethical and legal implications within multicultural population for individuals and aggregates. Research, collaboration, and use of both medical and social resources are incorporated, with the focus on critical evaluation of the geriatric client within the family, community, and long-term setting. Prerequisites: BIO 560, NSG 619, NSG 622
The focus of this class is the practical basis of care of the older adult in primary care with emphasis on the aging patient (young old, old-old). Acute, episodic, and chronic health problems in primary care are practiced in a geriatric clinical setting. Illness assessments and interventions are examined with ethical and legal implications within a multicultural population for individuals and aggregates. Research, collaboration, and use of both medical and social resources are incorporated, with the focus on critical evaluation of the geriatric client within the family, community, and long-term care setting. The goal of the A/G NP is the utilization of evidence-based research in the geriatric practice designed to improve the quality of care, patient safety, and health outcomes. This course includes 150 faculty supervised clinically precepted clinical hours in a setting that provides care to the geriatric population.
Clinical practice and scholarly activities based on synthesis ad evaluation of previously learned concepts. Evaluation of current social, economic, legal, and political issues and trends interrelated with advanced practice. Internships are individually designed with emphasis on psychotherapeutic and prescriptive practice. Clinical supervision provided by agency preceptor with prescriptive privileges.
NSG 558, NSG 559 , 1 year nursing experience (2,000 Hrs)
This course provides an in-depth examination of the fiscal concepts and tools used to operationalize the vision and mission of health care systems in the delivery of clinical services. Integration of resources, finances, and outcomes for program initiatives across community systems is explored. Tools such as forecasting, data systems, and policy analysis as they apply to health care decision-making are analyzed. (Theory - 37.5 Hrs.) Prerequisites: NSG-649
This course includes both classroom and clinical practicum experience. The emphasis is on psychotherapeutic and prescriptive practice in working with children and adolescents with diverse cultures in the treatment modalities of individual, group, and family. Additionally, the interrelationships of ethical considerations and contemporary issues and trends regarding advanced practice, and inter-professional and patient outcomes relative to quality improvement and system changes are discussed. Prerequisites: NSG 557, 606, 615, 619, 622, 624
This course includes both classroom and clinical practicum experience. The emphasis is on psychotherapeutic and prescriptive practice in working with adults and geriatric clients with diverse cultures in the treatment modalities of individual, group, and family. Additionally, the interrelationships of ethical considerations and contemporary issues and trends regarding advanced practice, and inter-professional and patient outcomes relative to quality improvement and system changes are discussed. Prerequisite: NSG 557, 606, 610, 615, 619, 622, 624
Family Nurse Practitioners care for women, infant, growing child, and adolescent throughout the life span. Theoretical focus includes epidemiological selection of most commonly encountered health problems, advanced health assessment and therapeutic interventions using biomedical and advanced nursing models. Focus is on the management of client/family health and illness, teaching/counseling, healing and monitoring, and ensuring the quality of care.
Family Nurse Practitioners care for women, infant, growing child, and adolescent throughout the life span. Clinical experience includes epidemiological selection of most commonly encountered health problems, advanced health assessment and therapeutic interventions using biomedical and advanced nursing models. Focus is on the management of client/family health and illness, teaching/counseling healing and monitoring, and ensuring the quality of care.
The purpose of this course is to provide students an overview of the role of information systems in health care organizations and a comprehensive understanding of fundamental health informatics principles so that they can function more effectively and more efficiently in the role of health care professionals. THe overall structure of this course is designed to offer student both established principles as well as new and emerging trends in healthcare informatics and health information technology. Students will also acquire a working knowledge of the impact of information technology on health care practice and the utilization of knowledge and information in clinical decision making. Coursework emphasizes the discussion among students and with experts in the field of health care and health care informatics in order to come to some understanding of current issues. Using a combination of classroom-based seminars, group case studies, and online exercises, students will develop and exercise analytical skills for appraising health information systems, as well as acquire practical experience using clinical research databases, hospital information systems, and electronic medical records. Finally, the course will provide students with the opportunity to explore technical, organizational, clinical, and cost-benefit issues related to health care information systems, including clinical decision-support, electronic health records, telehealth, and other informatic solutions.
Master's degree in nursing or equivalent
Master's degree in Nursing or equivalent
Undergraduate Statistics recommended , Master's in Nursing with research methods course
Master's degree in nursing or equivalent
Undergraduate Statistics is recommended Master's degree in Nursing including a research course
Master's degree in Nursing , NSG 604 , NSG 609 or equivalent
Master's degree in Nursing , NSG 604 , NSG 609 or equivalent
Nursing doctoral courses except dissertation
12 credits in NSG at the 700 level