Nursing at Maria

A Caring Profession
When you choose Maria, you become part of one of the Capital Region’s strongest, most respected nursing programs. We have been preparing nursing students for 64 years—and have graduated nearly 8,000 nurses with degrees in the field. In virtually every healthcare setting in the Capital Region, and in facilities across the nation, our graduates use the skills they learned at Maria to enhance healthcare and change lives. They are leading the way in our region by improving patient care and building healthier communities.

The Maria Nursing Advantage
Maria’s advantage lies within the mission of Maria College to instill in graduates a respect for the dignity of each person and the ability to transform learned skills from an academic degree program into caring real-world service rooted in the Sisters of Mercy legacy. The core nursing philosophy of the first Sister of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, was “great tenderness” in helping the sick, injured, and vulnerable individuals. Learn more about the Maria Nursing Advantage.

Nursing BS Completion

Designed to help existing RNs complete their bachelor’s degree and take their career to the highest level
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Nursing AAS (RN)

Lays the academic and clinical foundation. Higher than average NYS NCLEX-RN pass rate for college-based RN programs (over 100 graduates/year).
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Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN)

A highly ranked program that prepares students to become an LPN
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Nursing Learning and Education Center
A state-of-the-art nursing teaching and learning facility is located in Maria’s McAuley building. This one million dollar, 6,500 square foot renovation will enhance opportunities for the development of skills and critical thinking for nursing students. Knowledgeable faculty, a caring and supportive environment, the latest in nursing technology, and real-world clinical experiences prepare Maria College nursing graduates for a rewarding and successful career. Click here to learn more about a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Maria College. You can view photos here.

High-tech, real-world experience
Maria nursing students have access to the latest technology, including the Capital Region’s most advanced nursing simulation lab and first 3-D virtual dissection Anatomage Table. Virtual patient educational software helps students improve their diagnostic and communication skills. Clinical rotations—in the region’s top hospitals, long-term care centers, and other nursing practice settings—give students invaluable hands-on experience.

A personal, evidence-based approach
Our faculty members are chosen for their combination of expertise and dedication. Instructors draw on their professional nursing experience to provide a solid academic foundation and underscore the importance of evidence-based nursing. As instructors, advisors, and mentors, faculty members model the care and personal attention that distinguish both Maria and our nursing graduates.


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Maria College was ranked in the top 6% nationally for 2022 Most Focused Colleges for Nursing; ranked #113 out of 2,073 colleges and universities.
Maria Stories
Click to watch a video about Maria’s RN program

Maria’s RN program is academically rigorous and students graduate with the skills, confidence, and compassion they need to be a leader in their field.

Click here to watch a video about Maria College’s Virtual Anatomy Technology

Virtual dissection technology gives students the ability to look beneath the skin to study human anatomy, revolutionizing how anatomy is taught.

Nursing graduates at the White Tea Ceremony

The 2018 Maria nursing program graduates celebrate the annual White Tea with a pinning and candle-lighting ceremony.