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General Information about The Belanger School of Nursing

The Belanger School of Nursing prepares individuals 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 64 credit curriculum consists of 37 credits in nursing and 27 general education credits, spanning four semesters. The primary focus of instruction is the care of the hospitalized patient with an 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, Empire State College, Excelsior College, Grand Canyon University, Maria College, 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.

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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.

NYS Education Department jointly with Schenectady County Community College HEGIS CODE: 5208.00

NYS Education Department jointly with Siena College HEGIS CODE: 1203.10

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

The associate degree nursing program at Ellis Medicine, The Belanger School of Nursing,  located in Schenectady, NY is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

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.

Technology Requirments:

  1. All students are required to have their own laptop or MacBook.
  2. Smartphones, iPad’s, SurfacePro and Chrome books DO NOT meet the school’s requirements.
  3. You will be required to bring your laptop or MacBook to class, and to install course specific apps.  You are  required to have this laptop or MacBook for all examinations.

Component Type

Minimum for all laptops or MacBook’s

Operating System

64-bit Versions of Windows 10 (20H2, 21H1, 21H2) or 11 (21H2) OR  Mac OS (Ventura or Sonoma).

Alternative versions of Windows 10 or 11 such as Windows RT and Windows 10S and 11S are NOT supported at this time.


2.0 GHz Intel i3 processors or equivalent (Mac: Intel or M1 Processor)




8 GB RAM or more

Hard Drive

REQUIRED: 128 GB storage At least 10GB free

Web Camera

REQUIRED: Must have both audio and video capability. Must use an integrated camera or external USB camera supported by your operating system. Virtual cameras and Microsoft Lifecam Series cameras are not supported.

Audio Output

Built-In Speakers and/or earphone output


No headphones, no virtual mics


Laptop Screen


960px height (example 1024 X 768) or higher (Higher recommended)

13 inch or larger screen recommended

Wireless – Broadband Connection

Must be Wi-Fi enabled – 2.5 Mbps upload speed or higher



Microsoft Office 2010 or newer, or Office 365 (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) 

Pages and Keynote are NOT compatible.  The following Adobe Software: Flashplayer 10.0+, Adobe Reader DC, Shockwave, JavaScript and cookies may need to be enabled for specific programs.

Video Card

At least 64MB of video memory

Sound Card

At least 64-bit

Web Browser

Google Chrome OR Mozilla Firefox – Always use most current versions.

NOTE: Internet Explorer will NOT work


Have at least one functional USB port available

NOTE: Please be advised that we reserve the right to update these requirements as we learn of them through our vendors or Ellis Medicine. Any such changes will be communicated as soon as we know of any confirmed changes.

Revised:  7/20/22