Health Care Programs

You want to make a difference and change lives. SUNY Adirondack has everything you need to start a meaningful career in health care. We offer courses that provide the foundation to enter directly into the workforce or to seamlessly transfer to continue your studies in a specialized program. Whether you have experience as an LPN or EMT, had a long career in another field or are straight out of high school, your future in health care starts here.

SUNY Adirondack offers articulation agreements —guarantees that classes you complete with us will be accepted upon transfer — in health care fields to:

These colleges offer several courses of study, including:

  • Biotechnology 
  • Dental hygiene
  • Health and occupational sciences
  • Health care management
  • Health sciences
  • Mortuary science
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition science
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Polysomnography
  • Practical nurse certificate
  • Radiologic technician
  • Surgical technician

Learn more about SUNY Adirondack's Nursing program at a Nursing Info Session being held via Zoom at the following times:

  • Thursday, May 20, at 9 a.m.
  • Friday, June 18, at 11 a.m.
  • Monday, July 12, at 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug.18, at 2 p.m.

Please use Zoom link:

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

    • Employment in health care occupations will grow 15 percent through 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.
    • More than 2.4 million new jobs will be created.
    • Because of an aging population, increased demand in health care services is projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups.
    • The median annual wage for health care practitioners and technical occupations (such as registered nurses, physicians and surgeons, and dental hygienists) was $69,870 in 2020, which is higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy of $41,950.
    • Health care support occupations (such as home health aides, occupational therapy assistants and medical transcriptionists) had a median annual wage of $29,960 in 2020.

    SUNY Adirondack Saratoga is available for students in all degree programs, offering:

    • small class sizes, individual attention and one-on-one support
    • biology and chemistry labs
    • day and evening course programs
    • workforce development courses
    • health care career courses
    Nursing students working in the lab
    Nursing students working in the nursing simulation lab
    Nursing students working in the nursing simulation lab
    Nursing students working in the nursing simulation lab
    Nursing students working in the nursing simulation lab
    Nursing students working in the nursing simulation lab
    Nursing students working in the nursing simulation lab

    The SUNY Adirondack Nursing program has educated many of the region’s top health care professionals, and the program continues to evolve to meet the high-tech demands on the health care industry.

    “The SUNY Adirondack nursing faculty prepare students to meet the challenges of working in today’s rapidly changing health care system, and our graduates are making a difference for this community,” said Kim Hedley, Health Sciences division chair and associate professor of Nursing.

    The college’s Nursing program is approved by the New York State Board of Education and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, a prestigious national accreditation that ensures a rigorous and quality program of study.

    “Our graduates bring state-of-the-art experiences to their positions and value lifelong learning,” Hedley said. “They are prepared to promote patient-centered care, advocate for the patient and their family and collaborate with members of the healthcare team to ensure the patient receives safe, quality care.”

    Did you know?

    • 100 percent of 2019 SUNY Adirondack Nursing graduates were employed after graduation.
    • The 2019 YTD pass rate for SUNY Adirondack Nursing students who took the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses for the first time is 94.19 percent.

    SUNY Adirondack's Adirondack Hall includes nine science laboratories, seven laboratory prep rooms, a greenhouse and aquarium, classrooms and seminar spaces.

    The building offers a 2,400-square-foot nursing simulation lab, as well as classrooms, labs, study rooms, tutoring spaces and offices. With lifelike mannequins that display symptoms such as heart rate changes, fever, bleeding and more, students get hands-on experience in diagnosing and treating patients.

    Meet Krystiana, a 2020 nursing graduate from Lansingburgh who is employed at St. Peter's Hospital


     Nursing student on her graduation day

    Krystiana Norman knew she made the right decision in becoming a nurse not when she helped diagnose some obscure disease or performed a miraculous life-saving procedure like a scene in a made-for-TV medical drama, but instead when she sat with the family of a patient who just died.

    As a student nurse in her intensive care unit rotation, she asked if she could support chest compressions in a cardiac arrest case. She performed the fourth round of compressions on the patient, who had no heart rate. 

    “I gave him a couple of irregular rhythms; we thought he would come back,” she remembered. “But he didn’t make it, we couldn’t keep his heart rate going.”

    “Watching the family go through that, just being there for them after they just lost a loved one,” she said, “really assured me this was for me.”

    Read more alumni stories in Community Roots, the college's Alumni Collective magazine