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One of the fastest routes to becoming a registered nurse (RN) is an associate’s degree. Associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) offerings fall into two broad categories. Associate of science (AS) and associate of arts (AA) programs prepare candidates for subsequent transfer into a bachelor’s degree program. By contrast, an associate of applied science (AAS) degree is a terminal program that prepares students for immediate employment upon graduation. Each program requires two to three years to complete, and all prepare graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Students in either program must complete 70 to 80 credit hours of study to graduate, and many programs offer evening and weekend schedules to accommodate working students.

New York has 60 approved ADN programs across the state, educating over 5,000 graduates annually. Most of New York’s accredited ADN programs have an NCLEX-RN pass rate well in excess of 80%; the best programs consistently see over 90% of their students pass the exam. While community colleges have traditionally educated most associate’s degree candidates, private schools are increasingly filling the void as the demand for nurses outpaces supply.

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Newly licensed registered nurses in New York can expect an excellent job outlook and competitive salaries. The state’s RNs earn a median annual salary of $74,370, one of the highest median salaries for RNs in the United States. Expected employment growth for RNs is 19% for the 2012-2022 decade.

Below is a list of accredited New York schools that offer some of the state’s best associate’s degree in nursing programs.

Featured Schools

Buffalo

Erie Community College - City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Niagara County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Erie Community College - North
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Trocaire College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Erie Community College - City
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.7% 2008 to 2017
Niagara County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.5% 2008 to 2017
Erie Community College - North
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2008 to 2017
Trocaire College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.6% 2008 to 2017

Capital District

Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Memorial College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Hudson Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Belanger School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Maria College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
SUNY Adirondack
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Columbia-Greene Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.0% 2008 to 2017
Memorial College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2008 to 2017
Hudson Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.0% 2008 to 2017
Belanger School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.3% 2008 to 2017
Maria College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.9% 2008 to 2017
SUNY Adirondack
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2008 to 2017
Columbia-Greene Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2008 to 2017

Hudson Valley

SUNY Orange
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Evening): 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Westchester Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Rockland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
SUNY Orange - Newburgh
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
Dutchess Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
SUNY Ulster
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Montefiore School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Cochran School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
SUNY Sullivan
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 62.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
SUNY Orange
Associate's Degree in Nursing (Evening) 93.2% 2009 to 2016
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.3% 2008 to 2017
Westchester Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.8% 2008 to 2017
Rockland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.3% 2008 to 2017
SUNY Orange - Newburgh
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.4% 2016 to 2017
Dutchess Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.8% 2008 to 2017
SUNY Ulster
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.0% 2008 to 2017
Montefiore School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.1% 2008 to 2017
Cochran School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.7% 2008 to 2017
SUNY Sullivan
Associate's Degree in Nursing 62.3% 2008 to 2017

Long Island

Nassau Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Suffolk County Community College - Selden
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Suffolk County Community College - Brentwood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Nassau Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2008 to 2017
Suffolk County Community College - Selden
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.0% 2008 to 2017
Suffolk County Community College - Brentwood
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.8% 2008 to 2017

Mohawk Valley

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Mohawk Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
St. Elizabeth College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.6% 2008 to 2017
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.2% 2008 to 2017
Mohawk Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 71.7% 2008 to 2017

New York City: The Bronx

Bronx Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Hostos Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Monroe College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bronx Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.4% 2008 to 2017
Hostos Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.0% 2008 to 2017
Monroe College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.9% 2009 to 2017

New York City: Brooklyn

New York City College of Technology
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Kingsborough Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Touro College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Medgar Evers College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
ASA College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 37.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
New York City College of Technology
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2008 to 2017
Kingsborough Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.2% 2008 to 2017
Touro College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 75.0% 2008 to 2017
Medgar Evers College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 71.2% 2008 to 2017
ASA College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 37.0% 2013 to 2017

New York City: Manhattan

Phillips School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Helene Fuld College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Swedish Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 58.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Phillips School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.1% 2008 to 2017
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.1% 2008 to 2017
Helene Fuld College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 75.9% 2008 to 2017
Swedish Institute
Associate's Degree in Nursing 58.9% 2013 to 2017

New York City: Queens

Queensborough Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
LaGuardia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Queens
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 68.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Queensborough Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2008 to 2017
LaGuardia Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.0% 2008 to 2017
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Queens
Associate's Degree in Nursing 68.0% 2010 to 2017

New York City: Staten Island

College of Staten Island
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Staten Island
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 60.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
College of Staten Island
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.2% 2008 to 2017
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Staten Island
Associate's Degree in Nursing 60.2% 2010 to 2017

Rochester

Monroe Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Finger Lakes Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Monroe Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.2% 2008 to 2017
Finger Lakes Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.7% 2008 to 2017
Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.5% 2010 to 2017

Syracuse

St. Joseph's College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Onondaga Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Pomeroy College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Morrisville State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
St. Joseph's College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.8% 2008 to 2017
Onondaga Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2017
Pomeroy College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.0% 2008 to 2017
Morrisville State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.8% 2008 to 2017

Other New York cities

Cayuga Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Jefferson Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Clinton Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Tompkins Cortland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Corning Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Genesee Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Jamestown Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
SUNY Delhi
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
SUNY Broome
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Alfred State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
North Country Community College - Saranac Lake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
SUNY Canton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 68.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
North Country Community College - Ticonderoga
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 62.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Cayuga Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.4% 2008 to 2017
Jefferson Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.4% 2008 to 2017
Clinton Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.9% 2008 to 2017
Tompkins Cortland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.4% 2008 to 2017
Corning Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.0% 2008 to 2017
Genesee Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.8% 2008 to 2017
Jamestown Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.0% 2008 to 2017
SUNY Delhi
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.9% 2008 to 2017
SUNY Broome
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.7% 2008 to 2017
Alfred State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.0% 2008 to 2017
North Country Community College - Saranac Lake
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.0% 2008 to 2017
SUNY Canton
Associate's Degree in Nursing 68.5% 2008 to 2017
North Country Community College - Ticonderoga
Associate's Degree in Nursing 62.1% 2010 to 2017
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