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Fourteen Saint Rose nursing students received their white coats during an August 21 ceremony at the College. 

The white coat ceremony marks a special moment in students’ nursing studies at Saint Rose, as they prepare to begin clinical hours with St. Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing or Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing. The students’ family and friends, as well as College faculty and administrators from both Saint Rose and the College’s clinical partners, attended the ceremony. 

Receiving their white coats were: Megan Bastidas, Gabrielle Christie, Ryleigh Hopeck, Grace King, Hannah Koskowski, Michelle Li, Jennie Long, Brianna Lopez, Amia Maldonado, Anori Mcintosh, Muskan Naeem, Brianna Pechacek, Elisa Strode, and Hailey Young. 

Students in the BSN program at Saint Rose graduate with two degrees  – an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree in nursing. At the end of their third year, students who pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) will become RNs. After their final year, students receive their bachelor’s degree in nursing, fulfilling a New York State requirement that RNs earn a bachelor’s degree within 10 years of nursing licensure. 

Saint Rose launched its BSN program in fall 2020. The College was once considered a leader in nursing throughout the Northeast, but the program was discontinued in the 1950s. Given the critical need for nursing and connection to community health partners, the College is proud to be offering nursing once again.