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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

Accepting Applications for Fall 2021!

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%
  • Must have taken the following high school courses and earned at least a C+ grade: Biology with a lab, Chemistry with a lab, Algebra (at the very least)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation – Please have your guidance counselor submit a letter. The second letter of recommendation is required and may be written by 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.

How it Works

  • Year One: Students are admitted to the program, attend classes and live on campus at The College of Saint Rose.
  • Years Two and Three: Students continue to live on campus and take classes at Saint Rose. They will also take nursing classes, labs and clinical at either St. Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing or Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing.
  • Year Three: Students graduate with an Associates Degree in Nursing from either the *St. Peter’s or *Samaritan program and qualify to sit for the NCLEX exam.
  • Year Four: All classes resume at The College of Saint Rose and students earn their Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (BSN) and graduate from The College of Saint Rose.

*Students will be assigned which school of nursing they will attend based on when they are admitted to the Saint Rose Nursing Program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Transfer students, regardless of how many credits they have already earned, can only transfer in up to 15 credits into non-Nursing classes.

It will be a four-year/8 semester/1+2+1 program, regardless of the credits that transfer.

No, you can only transfer in up to 15 credits into non-Nursing classes. It will be a four-year/8 semester/1+2+1 program, regardless of the credits that transfer.

It will be a four-year/8 semester/1+2+1 program, regardless of the credits that transfer.

No, it is not a bridge program, but you may apply for the Spring 2021 semester if you are interested in the 1+2+1 program.

We are working on a program to start in the Fall 2021. Please check back in the new year for an update!

The short answer is: YES!  The long answer is that you will need to take winter term courses (1 or 2) and possibly summer term courses (1 or 2).

Yes, unless you have permission from the Dean of Math and Science to live elsewhere.

No, the degree can only be taken full time.

No, the vast majority of the classes over the four years are during the day and are Monday through Friday.

  • Eligible applicants need a minimum C+/78% grade in these high school classes.
  • Chemistry (with a lab)
  • Biology or Environmental Science (with a lab)
  • Algebra I
  • A high school cumulate gpa minimum of 2.7/82%

Yes, email Matt Stabler at stablerm@strose.edu photos and screenshots of your high school and all your college transcripts.

  • Submit an application
  • High school and college transcripts
  • Two letters of Recommendation
  • First-Years: School Counselor and a Teacher
  • Transfers: Faculty member and an Employer/Supervisor
  • Essay
  • Specific content required
  • Qualified candidates will be invited to Interview

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.

Meet Your Mentors

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, Ph.D., C.N.M., R.N. Director and Program Chair

Joanne on an educational trip in Guatemala.

Dr. Peters Steele has a wide range of experience working throughout the United States in various nursing capacities, including maternity nursing, office ob/gyn, public health, and school nursing. As a certified nurse midwife, Steele has served primarily underserved, rural communities including Mennonite and Amish populations. She was the owner and practitioner of her own integrative women’s health practice for 10 years.

As a nursing professor for the last five years, she has enjoyed teaching health assessment, evidence-based nursing. She chaired a transcultural nursing course, taking students to Arusha, Tanzania, in 2017.

Mary Ellen Giambona MS, RN Dean of Saint Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing

Mary Ellen Giambona MS, RN, is the Dean of Nursing at Memorial College of Nursing and is working with our nursing program (years two and three) at The College of Saint Rose.

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

In this role, Cannistraci oversees all aspects of the nursing education program from strategic planning and curricular development to personnel, fiscal, and physical plant management. Cannistraci has a long history in nursing education.

Most recently, she has served as Assistant Dean of the Excelsior College School of Nursing and Assistant Professor of Nursing at The Sage Colleges. She has also held appointments at Hudson Valley Community College, Maria College, and American Sentinel University. Prior to her long tenure in academia, Cannistraci spent more than a decade as a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse at both Albany Medical Center Hospital and Crouse Irving Hospital in Syracuse. Most recently, she has focused her care on the elderly, working as a Home Care Nurse at a Capital Region group home.

Joanne Peters Steele, Ph.D., C.N.M., R.N.Director and Program Chair

Joanne on an educational trip in Guatemala.

Dr. Peters Steele has a wide range of experience working throughout the United States in various nursing capacities, including maternity nursing, office ob/gyn, public health, and school nursing. As a certified nurse midwife, Steele has served primarily underserved, rural communities including Mennonite and Amish populations. She was the owner and practitioner of her own integrative women’s health practice for 10 years.

As a nursing professor for the last five years, she has enjoyed teaching health assessment, evidence-based nursing. She chaired a transcultural nursing course, taking students to Arusha, Tanzania, in 2017.

Mary Ellen Giambona MS, RNDean of Saint Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing

Mary Ellen Giambona MS, RN, is the Dean of Nursing at Memorial College of Nursing and is working with our nursing program (years two and three) at The College of Saint Rose.

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

In this role, Cannistraci oversees all aspects of the nursing education program from strategic planning and curricular development to personnel, fiscal, and physical plant management. Cannistraci has a long history in nursing education.

Most recently, she has served as Assistant Dean of the Excelsior College School of Nursing and Assistant Professor of Nursing at The Sage Colleges. She has also held appointments at Hudson Valley Community College, Maria College, and American Sentinel University. Prior to her long tenure in academia, Cannistraci spent more than a decade as a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse at both Albany Medical Center Hospital and Crouse Irving Hospital in Syracuse. Most recently, she has focused her care on the elderly, working as a Home Care Nurse at a Capital Region group home.

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!

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

Contact Us Now

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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