Reinventing healthcare one patient at a time

General Information about The Belanger School of Nursing

The Belanger School of Nursing prepares men and women for licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse. The program is registered by the New York State Education Department jointly with Schenectady County Community College. This hospital-based school awards an Associate in Science degree in Nursing conferred by the Ellis Medicine Board of Trustees.

The current curriculum consists of 42 credits in nursing and 30 college credits spanning four semesters and one summer session. A new 64 credit curriculum will begin in fall 2018, it is designed to be completed in four semesters. The primary focus of instruction is the care of the hospitalized patient with emphasis on clinical practice.

To address the increased health care provided in community-based settings, The Belanger School of Nursing curriculum has expanded learning experiences in public health, primary care and community services. The majority of content in the curriculum is comprised of nursing courses taught at the nursing school and in clinical areas. The required courses in biological and behavioral sciences are provided at Schenectady County Community College. Students may complete these requirements at an institution of their choice, however, courses must be comparable in content and credit to the required college courses in the curriculum.

The Belanger School of Nursing has articulation agreements with S.U.N.Y., Polytechnic Institute at Utica/Rome, Siena College, The Sage Colleges, Southern Vermont College, Empire State College, Excelsior College, Grand Canyon University, Maria College, Walden University, S.U.N.Y. Delhi and Chamberlain College of Nursing. Following graduation from the School of Nursing, a bachelor's degree in nursing may be obtained after two years of full time study.

Many graduates of the School of Nursing choose to begin their nursing careers at Ellis Medicine.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Belanger School of Nursing is to prepare the Associate Degree graduate for Registered Professional Nurse Licensure. The graduate will function as a beginning nurse providing safe, competent and compassionate care while participating in lifelong learning to meet the needs of our community with excellence.

Vision Statement

To be an exceptional school of nursing which provides a student-centered, innovative, contemporary curriculum closely aligned with community partners to provide a seamless transition for ongoing education.


Registered By: NYS Education Department jointly with Schenectady County Community College

HEGIS CODE: 5208 New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234 - 518.474.3817

Accredited By: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326. Phone: 404.975.5000.

Member of: National League for Nursing, New York State Associate Degree Council, Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and the New York State Council of Hospital Schools of Professional Nursing Approved by the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs for the training of veterans and other eligible persons

Non-Discriminatory Policy: The Belanger School of Nursing fully subscribes to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in higher education. No otherwise qualified candidate shall be discriminated against on the basis of age, sex, marital status, religious beliefs, disability, race, color, national or ethnic origin, or political affiliation.