The Belanger School of Nursing
  • Ellis School of Nursing
  • Ellis School of Nursing
  • Ellis School of Nursing
  • Ellis School of Nursing

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 curriculum consists of 42 credits in nursing and 30 college credits spanning four semesters and one summer session. 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 offers an evening/weekend alternative for completion of the associate degree curriculum. The prerequisites for admission to the evening/weekend program are the same as for the day program with the addition of Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, and Microbiology. The evening/weekend program will take approximately 20 more weeks to complete than the day program. The only approach to part-time study at the School of Nursing is by completion of the required college courses prior to enrollment.

The Belanger School of Nursing has articulation agreements with S.U.N.Y., Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, Hartwick 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 S.U.N.Y. at Plattsburgh. 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. All departments that employ registered nurses welcome new graduates of Ellis Medicine's own nursing school.

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 who provides safe, competent and compassionatte nursing care to maximize the health and well-being of all people served.

Vision Statement

To be nationally recognized as a hospital based school of nursing, trusted and respected by our community.


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

HEGIS CODE: 5208 The University of the State of New York Education Department, Office of the Professions, 89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York 12234 - 518,474.5851

Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 500 Atlanta, GA 30326 - 866.747.9965

Member of: National League for Nursing, Council of Associate Degree Programs, New York State Associate Degree Council, National Organization of 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.