St. Peter’s Hospital seeks to run nursing college

New entity would take over school run by crosstown corporate sibling, Albany Memorial Hospital

ALBANY — St. Peter’s Hospital is proposing to create a new college of nursing, and absorb the long-running Memorial College of Nursing into it.

Both St. Peter’s Hospital and Albany Memorial Hospital are part of St. Peter’s Health Partners, which last month announced that Memorial College of Nursing would relocate to the Maria College campus, just a block away from St. Peter’s Hospital.

St. Peter’s earlier this month submitted the proposal to the state Board of Regents, which must approve the request.

Current Memorial College students, faculty and staff would transition into the new program with no interruption in programs.

Graduates of the new St. Peter’s Hospital College of Nursing would receive an associate of science degree upon completion of their studies, and could then take the licensing exams to become either licensed practical nurses or registered nurses.

Memorial College of Nursing has been affiliated with Albany Memorial Hospital since 1904. St. Peter’s Hospital ran a school of nursing from 1903 to 1970. The other nursing school operated by SPHP — Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing — would continue to operate independently of the new nursing college.

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