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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

1+2+1 Dual Degree Program

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Choose Saint Rose for Your Bachelor of Science in Nursing

You are a caring, compassionate person with a drive to help others. You’re looking for a rewarding career in healthcare with flexibility, competitive pay, and leadership opportunities.

With a growing demand for baccalaureate-prepared nurses and a nation-wide nursing shortage, earning your BSN now is a smart investment in your future.

At Saint Rose you’ll graduate with two degrees — an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree in nursing — and the knowledge and skills to secure a job that you’ll love in a thriving career field. Additionally, you will round out your education with exciting electives and leadership opportunities you wouldn’t experience in a traditional nursing program.

Following a longstanding tradition of helping others and giving back to our community, Saint Rose re-established its nursing program, which we offered until the 1950s, to help meet a growing need for well-prepared, competent, and empathetic nurses. With esteemed faculty in nursing, biology, psychology, medical technology, and more, clinical opportunities at nearby medical institutions, and our partnership with top-nursing colleges — a nursing degree from Saint Rose can open up the door to your dream career.

Learn From The Best

Preparing the next generation of nursing professionals is a serious job. That’s why we partnered with two top-tier nursing schools through St. Peter’s Health Partners to provide you with a comprehensive education.

Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing and St. Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing have a long tradition of preparing nurses who excel in their careers. Their students have a near-perfect pass rate for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) and score consistently higher than the average pass rate in New York State.

You will spend your sophomore and junior years split between traditional learning at Saint Rose and clinical preparation at either school. Transportation to these locations will be provided.

Admission to The College of St. Rose  1+2+1 program is competitive.  The following are the criteria for consideration of admission to the program.

  • First-year students only*
  • Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 82%, B- or 2.7
  • Must have taken the following high school courses and earned at least an 82, 2.7, or B- grade: Biology with a lab, Chemistry with a lab, Algebra I
  • Two Letters of Recommendation – The first letter from your guidance counselor. The second letter from a teacher, coach, employer, volunteer coordinator, or another professional who can discuss your qualifications for admission. The letter may not be written by a relative.
  • An in-person or virtual interview
  • A personal essay

*The 1+2+1 sequence is specific to first-year students. However, if you are a transfer student and are interested in our nursing program, please reach out to Program Chair Joanne Peters Steele to discuss opportunities.

Program Highlights

Take nursing courses as early as your first year
Nursing courses start as early as the first semester of your first year and are designed to prepare you for clinical work and the rigors of the program.

Gain more than 922 hours of clinical experience
Work in geriatrics, behavioral health, obstetrics, and pediatrics, preparing you for a variety of career settings and leadership opportunities.

Be prepared to take your NCLEX exam at the end of year 3
Receive your associate degree in nursing and become a Registered Nurse (RN) in three years, once you take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

  • Live within walking distance or a short drive from the Capital Region’s top medical centers, hospitals, birthing centers, and state agencies, such as Saint Peter’s Health Partners, Albany Medical Center, and the Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Live on campus all four years and experience other opportunities outside of academics, such as joining student clubs, participating in activities, and making life-long friendships.
  • Complete your bachelor’s degree one year after receiving your associate degree — so you won’t have to worry about a New York State law (like many states) that requires nurses to receive their BSN within 10 years of receiving their nursing license. You’ll already have met the requirements upon graduation, making you an even more appealing job candidate and opening up many more employment opportunities.
  • Participate in a white coat ceremony after your first year and before you begin clinical hours at St. Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing or Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing, celebrating the beginning of your nursing career.
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Faculty and Staff

Receive dual advisement from both Saint Rose faculty and the experts at our clinical partners.

Get to know our exceptional team of educators who will act as your mentors throughout the academic and clinical aspects of the program.

Joanne Peters Steele PhD, CNM, RN Chair of Nursing

Joanne on an educational trip in Guatemala.

Experience

Dr. Steele’s nursing experience includes: maternity nursing, Public Health, School Nursing. full-scope midwifery care and transcultural care with travel to countries with limited resources. She has been a nurse entrepreneur owning a holistic and integrative care business and has taught nursing at the Bachelor’s level for seven years.

Dr. Steele feels that she loves to teach because she loves to learn! Caring for people is a life-long passion of hers and she hopes to ignite this passion in others.

Dr. Steele feels that she loves to teach because she loves to learn!  Caring for people is a life-long passion of hers and she hopes to ignite this passion in others.

Education

Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing, Troy, NY- Diploma graduate 1981

SUNY at Utica Rome (Currently SUNY Poly), Utica, NY- BSN 1986

University of Medicine and Dentistry (Currently Rutgers) Newark, NJ Certificate in Nurse Midwifery 1989
SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY MSN (Nurse-Midwifery) 1996

Clayton College of Natural Health, Birmingham, AL- PhD 2011

Patricia Cannistraci, DNS, RN, CNE Director of the Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing

I have worked in many areas of nursing (NICU, medical-surgical, forensics, nursing homes), but I found that in all these areas, I was always teaching. There are always new things to learn in nursing, new skills and knowledge to share. So many years ago I combined my passion for patient care with my affinity for teaching.

Nursing has given me amazing opportunities and gifts. From bringing new little lives into the world, to helping people pass on in a way that is meaningful for them, these are the gifts of nursing. What always humbles me as a nurse, is the fact that as a perfect stranger to my patient, I am allowed into the most vulnerable aspects of their lives, at the most frightening moments for the patient, and together, as a team we create a plan and a path to achieve their goal. That is truly the honor I find in nursing.

Education
BSN Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY 1980

MSN The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY CNS in Parent-Child Nursing  1986

DNS The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY Education and Leadership. Dissertation: Health and Wellness: What Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Identify as Facilitators and Barriers. 2011

Angela Cox Dean of Student Services at St. Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing

Angela has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Counseling both from The College of Saint Rose.

She has worked in higher education for 30 years in admissions, academic advisement and student services.

She loves nursing education because she enjoys seeing the transformation of the students into critical thinkers and compassionate care givers. It is very fulfilling to be a part of their journey.  Additionally, she loves that their nursing degree is often life changing for many of our graduates, allowing them to pursue a multi-faceted career with various employment opportunities and good earning potential.

Mariam Gawdat PHARM. D Adjunct faculty

Dr. Gawdat is an actively practicing pharmacist both in the community and in pharmaceutical research.  She is passionate about teaching, especially her favorite fields of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics. Dr. Gawdat is pleased and honored to be part of the College of Saint Rose community. She aspires to continue making positive differences in the lives of her patients, students, and healthcare team.

Education
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany NY- Professional science Masters 2022

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany NY- Doctor of Pharmacy degree with a nephrology concentration 2019

Siena College, Albany NY- Bachelors of Biology degree with minors in Health Studies and in Franciscan Service and Advocacy 2015

Joanne Peters Steele PhD, CNM, RNChair of Nursing

Joanne on an educational trip in Guatemala.

Experience

Dr. Steele’s nursing experience includes: maternity nursing, Public Health, School Nursing. full-scope midwifery care and transcultural care with travel to countries with limited resources. She has been a nurse entrepreneur owning a holistic and integrative care business and has taught nursing at the Bachelor’s level for seven years.

Dr. Steele feels that she loves to teach because she loves to learn! Caring for people is a life-long passion of hers and she hopes to ignite this passion in others.

Dr. Steele feels that she loves to teach because she loves to learn!  Caring for people is a life-long passion of hers and she hopes to ignite this passion in others.

Education

Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing, Troy, NY- Diploma graduate 1981

SUNY at Utica Rome (Currently SUNY Poly), Utica, NY- BSN 1986

University of Medicine and Dentistry (Currently Rutgers) Newark, NJ Certificate in Nurse Midwifery 1989
SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY MSN (Nurse-Midwifery) 1996

Clayton College of Natural Health, Birmingham, AL- PhD 2011

Patricia Cannistraci, DNS, RN, CNEDirector of the Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing

I have worked in many areas of nursing (NICU, medical-surgical, forensics, nursing homes), but I found that in all these areas, I was always teaching. There are always new things to learn in nursing, new skills and knowledge to share. So many years ago I combined my passion for patient care with my affinity for teaching.

Nursing has given me amazing opportunities and gifts. From bringing new little lives into the world, to helping people pass on in a way that is meaningful for them, these are the gifts of nursing. What always humbles me as a nurse, is the fact that as a perfect stranger to my patient, I am allowed into the most vulnerable aspects of their lives, at the most frightening moments for the patient, and together, as a team we create a plan and a path to achieve their goal. That is truly the honor I find in nursing.

Education
BSN Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY 1980

MSN The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY CNS in Parent-Child Nursing  1986

DNS The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY Education and Leadership. Dissertation: Health and Wellness: What Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Identify as Facilitators and Barriers. 2011

Angela CoxDean of Student Services at St. Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing

Angela has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Counseling both from The College of Saint Rose.

She has worked in higher education for 30 years in admissions, academic advisement and student services.

She loves nursing education because she enjoys seeing the transformation of the students into critical thinkers and compassionate care givers. It is very fulfilling to be a part of their journey.  Additionally, she loves that their nursing degree is often life changing for many of our graduates, allowing them to pursue a multi-faceted career with various employment opportunities and good earning potential.

Mariam Gawdat PHARM. DAdjunct faculty

Dr. Gawdat is an actively practicing pharmacist both in the community and in pharmaceutical research.  She is passionate about teaching, especially her favorite fields of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics. Dr. Gawdat is pleased and honored to be part of the College of Saint Rose community. She aspires to continue making positive differences in the lives of her patients, students, and healthcare team.

Education
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany NY- Professional science Masters 2022

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany NY- Doctor of Pharmacy degree with a nephrology concentration 2019

Siena College, Albany NY- Bachelors of Biology degree with minors in Health Studies and in Franciscan Service and Advocacy 2015

Jennifer Marie Moore, DPN (ip), BS, RN NY-SAFE EMT Assistant Director of St. Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing

Jen Moore began her career in Trauma in 2014 due to her love of the care of the most sick and injured. She then advanced her practice to include both Critical Care and Emergency Room nursing. She has taught locally since 2016 at the Critical Care Consortium to train newly graduated critical care nurses and teaches many classes including BLS, ACLS, and PALS in the classroom and in the community.

Jen Moore loves to teach for many reasons. She is Catholic and believes strongly in her commitment in the service to others. It gives her great joy to share her love of nursing practice with the next generation of nurses.

Education
SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY- BS Social Theory, Structure and Change 2008

Maria College Albany, NY AAS-Registered Nurse 2014

Capella University, Minneapolis, MN-Masters of Nursing Education 2020

Capella University, Minneapolis MN-Doctor of Nursing Practice anticipated graduation 2022

Doralba Naqi Office Assistant

Doralba has always been devoted to the Education Institution. She is eager to gain new skills and experiences while sharing her knowledge.  She finds joy in learning and providing support to staff.

Education
Maria College – Associate in Applied Science, Early Childhood Education ( 2008)

SUNY Cobleskill-  Bachelor’s of Science, Child Care and Development ( 2011) 

Melody Sardella MSN, RN Full time Faculty

Professor Sardella’s nursing experience includes maternity nursing and working in the Pre-Admission Testing department, both at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY. This will be her second year teaching at the BSN level.

Professor Sardella is passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care. She loves teaching, sharing her clinical experiences and interacting with students. Nursing leadership is a strong passion of hers. She hopes to be a strong role model and mentor to all her students; helping them become caring, compassionate future leaders in the profession.

Education
SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY- BS Human Development 2013

Southern Vermont College, Bennington, VT- BSN 2016

SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY- MSN in Nursing Administration 2021

SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY- Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education 2022

Jennifer Marie Moore, DPN (ip), BS, RN NY-SAFE EMTAssistant Director of St. Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing

Jen Moore began her career in Trauma in 2014 due to her love of the care of the most sick and injured. She then advanced her practice to include both Critical Care and Emergency Room nursing. She has taught locally since 2016 at the Critical Care Consortium to train newly graduated critical care nurses and teaches many classes including BLS, ACLS, and PALS in the classroom and in the community.

Jen Moore loves to teach for many reasons. She is Catholic and believes strongly in her commitment in the service to others. It gives her great joy to share her love of nursing practice with the next generation of nurses.

Education
SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY- BS Social Theory, Structure and Change 2008

Maria College Albany, NY AAS-Registered Nurse 2014

Capella University, Minneapolis, MN-Masters of Nursing Education 2020

Capella University, Minneapolis MN-Doctor of Nursing Practice anticipated graduation 2022

Doralba NaqiOffice Assistant

Doralba has always been devoted to the Education Institution. She is eager to gain new skills and experiences while sharing her knowledge.  She finds joy in learning and providing support to staff.

Education
Maria College – Associate in Applied Science, Early Childhood Education ( 2008)

SUNY Cobleskill-  Bachelor’s of Science, Child Care and Development ( 2011) 

Melody Sardella MSN, RNFull time Faculty

Professor Sardella’s nursing experience includes maternity nursing and working in the Pre-Admission Testing department, both at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY. This will be her second year teaching at the BSN level.

Professor Sardella is passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care. She loves teaching, sharing her clinical experiences and interacting with students. Nursing leadership is a strong passion of hers. She hopes to be a strong role model and mentor to all her students; helping them become caring, compassionate future leaders in the profession.

Education
SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY- BS Human Development 2013

Southern Vermont College, Bennington, VT- BSN 2016

SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY- MSN in Nursing Administration 2021

SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY- Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education 2022

Program Facilities

Saint Rose has partnered with St. Peter’s Health Partners Schools of Nursing to help our nursing students develop the clinical experience needed to become competent, compassionate nurses. Saint Rose students will spend years 2 and 3 of St. Peter’s nursing schools, working toward passing their NCLEX exam. Tour their facilities to find out what it is like to be a student at either campus!

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History of Nursing at Saint Rose

Throughout its history, the Saint Rose nursing program combined theory with practice, including a full foundation of academic study followed by practice in affiliate hospitals throughout New York State.

In 1932, Saint Rose inaugurated the first five-year nursing program in the Eastern U.S., supporting its charter of helping students cultivate their cultural and creative gifts while serving their community. Initially a five-year course of study, the program was later shortened to four years. In 1943, to aid the war effort by preparing nurses more quickly, Saint Rose added a three-year RN option to the B.S. in Nursing. Due to changes in the field, Saint Rose discontinued its nursing program in the late 1950s, but we are proud to announce its return in Fall 2020.

Career Outlook

Today, professional, competent nurses are in demand.

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the national average.

Explore your career opportunities

Not all nurses work at hospitals or healthcare centers. There are a variety of career settings and paths you can take after graduation.

  • Hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • outpatient settings
  • physician offices
  • clinics
  • insurance companies
  • government
  • community health
  • elementary or high schools
  • universities
  • correctional healthcare facilities
  • private practice
  • Indian Health Services
  • legal systems
  • birth centers

If you pursue a graduate-level degree in an applicable field and become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, these skilled professionals go on to rewarding careers as:

  • nurse practitioners
  • clinical nurse specialists
  • nurse-midwives
  • nurse anesthetists

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Of course, if you have any questions, please reach out. We’re here to help.

Matt Stabler
Admissions

Joanne Peters Steele, PhD, CNM, RN
Director/Chair of Nursing

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