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A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree is fast becoming the preferred credential for registered nursing (RN) positions at major hospitals and healthcare providers. Because BSN curricula include more in-depth coursework and clinical hours, employers view graduates of these programs as better-prepared for the challenges of the RN role. A BSN (or higher) is also preferred for advancement opportunities and higher-level positions such as critical care nurse, nurse manager, occupational health nurse, and psychiatric nurse.

There are two common paths to obtaining a BSN. The first option is a prelicensure program that prepares its students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). BSN prelicensure programs typically require four years of fulltime study to complete and may include up to seven clinical rotations (or 98 clock hours). The second option is an RN-to-BSN program. This option enables licensed professional nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree in a shorter amount of time. RN-to-BSN programs typically require 30 credit hours to graduate and can take as few as three semesters to complete.

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Newly licensed registered nurses in New York can expect competitive salaries and a promising employment outlook. Registered nurses in the state earn a median salary of $74,370 per year, which is almost $9,000 above the national average of $65,470. BSN degree-holders are often able to achieve top-quartile pay: the top 25% of New York’s RNs earn over $90,210 annually.

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

Featured Schools

Buffalo

University at Buffalo
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
D'Youville College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Niagara University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 71.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 51.9% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Daemen College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Trocaire College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University at Buffalo
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 93.5% 2017 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.2% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
D'Youville College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 79.3% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Niagara University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 71.0% 2013 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 51.9% 2015 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Daemen College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Trocaire College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Capital District

The Sage Colleges
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Maria College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Siena College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
The Sage Colleges
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 79.2% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Maria College
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Siena College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Hudson Valley

College of New Rochelle
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pace University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concordia College New York
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mount Saint Mary College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Nyack College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 71.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Dominican College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 68.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mercy College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
College of New Rochelle
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 100.0% 2016 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.7% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pace University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 100.0% 2015 to 2016
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.7% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concordia College New York
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.3% 2010 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mount Saint Mary College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.6% 2008 to 2017
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Nyack College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 71.6% 2013 to 2017
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Dominican College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 68.9% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mercy College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Long Island

Stony Brook University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Farmingdale State College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Molloy College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
New York Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Adelphi University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 75.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
LIU Post
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Joseph's College - Long Island
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Stony Brook University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Farmingdale State College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.8% 2010 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Molloy College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.9% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
New York Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.3% 2008 to 2017
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Adelphi University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 75.9% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
LIU Post
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Joseph's College - Long Island
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Mohawk Valley

Utica College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 73.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hartwick College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Utica College
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 89.0% 2014 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 73.0% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hartwick College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.4% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

New York City: The Bronx

Lehman College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 64.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Monroe College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lehman College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.4% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 64.9% 2008 to 2017
Monroe College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

New York City: Brooklyn

SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Francis College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
LIU Brooklyn
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Touro College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 78.6% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 66.7% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Medgar Evers College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
New York City College of Technology
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.5% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Francis College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.3% 2017 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
LIU Brooklyn
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.3% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Touro College
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 78.6% 2014 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 66.7% 2015 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Medgar Evers College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
New York City College of Technology
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

New York City: Manhattan

Pace University - New York City
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2015)
New York University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Hunter College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
CUNY School of Professional Studies
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Helene Fuld College of Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Phillips School of Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pace University - New York City
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 100.0% 2015 to 2016
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.2% 2008 to 2015
New York University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 89.5% 2014 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.9% 2008 to 2017
Hunter College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.5% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
CUNY School of Professional Studies
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Helene Fuld College of Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Phillips School of Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

New York City: Queens

York College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
York College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 79.3% 2014 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

New York City: Staten Island

Wagner College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
College of Staten Island
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Wagner College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.6% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
College of Staten Island
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Rochester

University of Rochester
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. John Fisher College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
The College at Brockport
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Nazareth College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 74.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Keuka College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Rochester
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.0% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. John Fisher College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.3% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
The College at Brockport
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.0% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Roberts Wesleyan College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.1% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Nazareth College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 74.7% 2008 to 2017
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Keuka College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Syracuse

Le Moyne College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Morrisville State College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Upstate Medical University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Le Moyne College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Morrisville State College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Upstate Medical University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other New York cities

SUNY Delhi
  • Nursing Dual Degree Program (ADN + BSN): 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
SUNY Plattsburgh
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Binghamton University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Elmira College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Alfred State College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
SUNY Canton
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
SUNY Delhi
Nursing Dual Degree Program (ADN + BSN) 96.3% 2014 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
SUNY Plattsburgh
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.5% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Binghamton University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.2% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Elmira College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.7% 2008 to 2017
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Alfred State College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
SUNY Canton
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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