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Nurses Middle College


Capital Region, New York

Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in New York and across the country. The NY Department of Labor projects a continued demand for nurses both to replace nurses retiring, and to fill a growing need, especially in the Capital Region.

The pandemic pulled back the curtain on health inequities in our communities. Nurses are key to tackling many of the problems our health care system faces. Building a pipeline of diverse and well-prepared future nurses and healthcare professionals can dramatically improve health outcomes in the Capital Region of New York and across the United States.

The Nurses Middle College-Capital Region is based on the highly successful RI Nurses Institute Middle College (RINI) Charter High School, located in Providence, RI. This school was created in 2011 by the nursing community in that state as a solution to the lack of diversity in the state’s nursing workforce and to meet the demand for more nurses.

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Enrolled Students


Years of Experience


Completed Projects

Nurses Middle College Capital Region School Model

College Experience and Career Prep

  • College prep
  • Nursing/health knowledge
  • Dual and concurrent college enrollment

Healthcare Sector Experience

  • Mentors
  • Internships
  • CNA, PCT, EMT training
  • Summer/weekend employment

Personal Development

  • Professionalism
  • Character
  • Empathy
  • Compassion

Frequently Asked Questions

After Lottery and Ongoing Recruitment

  • What types of classes will students be taking?

    Students will follow a rigorous college preparatory high school curriculum resulting in a NYS Regents Diploma.

    College courses will begin as early as 10th grade, with students having the opportunity to earn 12 or more credits prior to graduation.

  • What are the graduation requirements for students?

    • Regent’s diploma

    • Certificate as a Certified Nursing Assistant

    • A minimum of three (3) college credits

    • An internship experience
  • Will these college credits be transferable after graduation?

    Yes. All college credits offered are from accredited colleges and universities, and can be transferred to other healthcare degree programs.

    Our students often pursue a degree for the following career paths: RN, NP, PA, PT, OT, or Pharmacy. The opportunities in healthcare are endless!

  • What type of healthcare workforce experience will be offered?

    The following opportunities are offered to our students:

    • Entry level patient care certification/license (Certified Nursing Assistant [CNA])

    • Internships

    • Mentoring by healthcare leaders

    • Afterschool/summer employment opportunities
  • Transportation: How will students get to the school?

    Students will be transported on school paid transportation via a City bus pass or yellow bus, depending on the host school district’s preference.

  • What will the school uniforms consist of?

    Nurses Middle College Charter High School students will wear scrubs daily as their school uniform.

    The school will provide each student with one full set of “Class A Blue” uniform scrubs to be worn for special school events and at internship sites.

  • Will NursesMC-CR offer school sports?

    No, NursesMC-CR will not be offering school wide sports.

    We are, however, committed to helping students get the opportunity to join school sports teams from their district of residence or other local charter schools.

  • What type of after school activities or clubs will be offered?

    NursesMC-CR will offer a variety of afterschool activities or clubs. Some examples are specialized art courses, student council, music.

    One of the most exciting opportunities of being part of the inaugural freshmen class is that students will get to inform leadership on which activities and clubs to offer!

  • Is Nurses Middle College Charter High School - Capital Region a free program?

    Yes. NursesMC-CR is a publicly funded charter high school. There is no tuition or cost to the families of students that attend. The school pays for all certifications and college credits.

  • What is the selection criteria to attend Nurses Middle College Charter High School?

    NursesMC-CR doesn’t have any academic or other selection criteria.

    Students simply need to be entering the 9th grade to be eligible for admission and be passionate about their future career in healthcare.

  • Is my child enrolled once I fill out an application?

    • Completing an application is the first step in the admissions process.

    • Enrollment is ongoing and recruitment takes place throughout the year. Once we have reached the enrollment capacity, applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which they were received.

School Leadership

Jan Zadoorian

Head of School / Principal
Jan possesses 30 plus years of educational leadership experience in the Capital Region in the Schenectady City and North Colonie School Districts and is excited to lead this incredible opportunity ...

Hope Shuttleworth

Director of Teaching and Learning
An experienced teacher educator and National Board Certified teacher, Mrs. Shuttleworth has taught English in every grade 5th - 12th, up through the college level. Well-versed in New York State lea...

Faculty and Staff

Enrollment Team

Lia Ortiz

Administrative Assistant & Recruitment Specialist

Andrea Williams

Enrollment & Family Engagement Specialist

Mission & Vision

To prepare a diverse group of students to become the highly educated and professional nursing workforce of the future. Our vision is to create an innovative high school experience that is student-centric, structured to foster a supportive learning environment, and committed to developing the skills, knowledge, and passion necessary to excel in the nursing and allied health professions.

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Your donation will go towards providing our students with the resources and opportunities they need to succeed in their education and future careers in the nursing field. Please consider making a donation today and help us make a difference in the lives of these young people. Thank you for your generosity!
Nurses Middle College
Capital Region, New York

PO Box 38109
Albany, NY 12203

Phone: (518) 212-7811

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