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Nursing A.S. with Belanger School of Nursing

Joint Program

The College cooperates with Ellis Hospital and the Belanger School of Nursing in offering an Associate in Science degree in nursing, which is jointly registered by the New York State Education Department. Under this program, students prepare for professional registered nurse licensure by enrolling in biological and social science courses at the College, and in nursing courses at the School of Nursing. Graduates of this program have historically ranked very high on the New York State licensing examination.

Students interested in transfer to Belanger School of Nursing can take their non-nursing courses scheduled around the nursing curriculum at SUNY Schenectady County Community College. Courses chosen must be comparable in content and credit to the required college courses in the curriculum. Persons interested in enrolling in the School of Nursing may complete any of the college courses before enrollment and receive advanced curriculum credit if the criteria for advanced credit are met. All course requirements for the first year must have satisfactory completion before progression to the second year.

How to Apply

Prospective students should submit an application through the Admissions Office of the Belanger School of Nursing by visiting the School of Nursing online or calling 518-243-4471. Prerequisites for the Belanger program need to be completed prior to enrollment in the Nursing Program.


The A.S. in Nursing is a multi-institution program with Ellis Medicine – Belanger School of Nursing as the degree granting institution and SUNY Schenectady as the non-degree granting institution providing non-nursing courses. Pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43 (2019 Rule), and in compliance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Manual version 19.2, if an educational program is designed to meet educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification that is required for employment in an occupation, or is advertised as meeting such requirements, the institution must provide students information regarding whether completion of that program would be sufficient to meet licensure requirements in a State for that occupation. For the A.S. in Nursing, the institutions have determined the curriculum of this program meets the New York State requirements for licensure and has not made such a determination for any other United States jurisdiction. For further information, please see