Associate Degree

The Associate Degree (AD) Program

Our Associate Degree (AD) program will educate and prepare students to become skilled and competent professional nurses. Graduates earn a two-year associate's in science degree and are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) required for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).  In addition, graduates of the AD program may pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing at The Sage Colleges, SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome and other area colleges.  Students may be admitted to these programs with junior status, transferring in 60 credits, in accordance with the individual college's admission standards and curriculum guidelines.  Graduates are also eligible for admission to many other nursing education programs including on-line programs.

The requirements for the degree can be found in the school catalogs.

Full-time and part-time study

Understanding that today's nursing students have many demands on their time -- family, work, other responsibilities -- we offer both full and part-time study for the AD program. Students may create a part-time schedule for themselves by completing co-requisite courses prior to entering the AD program.  We also offer fall and spring start dates for our AD program.  Please note however, that we do not offer a part-time evening or weekend program.

The graduate outcomes of the associate degree program are:

The graduate of the associate degree program will:

  I.      Promote, restore, and maintain health and well-being in patients, families, and communities to maximize human flourishing.
 II.      Use nursing judgment to provide safe, high quality nursing care to patients, families, and communities.
III.      Demonstrate professionalism that reflects personal accountability, values, integrity, responsibility, and ethical practices.
IV.      Approach nursing practice with a spirit of inquiry to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.
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