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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

Utica, Rome, and the surrounding metropolitan area of upstate New York have a large community of nurses. All told, the region is home to 2,860 registered nurses (RNs), 1,470 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 2,330 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Many of these healthcare professionals earned their certificate, diploma, or degree at a local school.

Indeed, the metro area has several highly regarded options including Utica College, St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON), SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC). Collectively, these schools offer nursing programs at all levels. For example, Utica College offers a traditional bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), an accelerated BSN pathway, and an RN-to-BSN degree completion program. SECON and MVCC both offer an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program.

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The exact program required will depend on the nursing role. Registered nurses fill critical leadership roles on the healthcare team. As a result, they must hold a hospital diploma, an ADN, or a BSN degree. Many nurses later pursue a master of science in nursing (MSN) for advanced practice roles. Besides a degree or diploma, a license is required to practice, so RNs must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Aspiring LPNs must complete a state-approved certificate or diploma program in practical nursing. They must also pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam before practicing. Nursing assistants must simply take a brief training program and pass a nurse aide certification exam to become certified.

Graduates of these nursing programs can seek employment with major healthcare providers in the Utica-Rome area, including Rome Memorial Hospital, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare. Salaries vary by role and seniority. The average local salary for registered nurses is about $60,000 per year. RNs in advanced practice roles can earn more than $100,000 annually. LPNs in the Utica-Rome metro area earn approximately $38,000 per year, and local CNAs average $26,500 in annual pay.

If the Utica-Rome metropolitan area sounds like a great place to launch your nursing career, you can start your search for a nursing program here. Below we’ve compiled a detailed list of accredited nursing schools throughout the region.

Utica-Rome nursing schools by NCLEX score

St Elizabeth College of Nursing
2215 Genessee Street | Utica, New York 13501
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Verona
4937 Spring Road | Verona, New York 13478-0168
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 78.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Rome
214 West Liberty Street | Rome, New York 13440-5720
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 75.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Herkimer BOCES
295 West Main Street | Ilion, New York 13357
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 75.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mohawk Valley Community College
1101 Sherman Drive | Utica, New York 13501-5394
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 73.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Utica College
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, New York 13502-4892
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Utica
508 Second Street | Utica, New York 13501-2425
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 68.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica / Rome
100 Seymour Road | Utica, New York 13502
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing