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Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) care for the sick or injured under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs), surgeons, and other medical professionals. Duties include (but are not limited to) collecting samples for testing, cleaning and monitoring medical equipment, measuring and recording vital signs, dressing wounds, preparing and giving injections, monitoring catheters, gathering medical information from patients, and teaching family members how to care for loved ones. Some LPNs even help to deliver and care for infants, and experienced LPNs may supervise nursing assistants and aides.

Licensed practical nurses must have advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of anatomy, first aid, nutrition, medical-surgical nursing, obstetrics nursing, pediatrics, pharmacology, and physiology. To obtain the education and skills necessary to compete for a positon at a top New York healthcare facility, aspiring LPNs must complete a state-approved training program and successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination. LPN programs typically require 12-18 months of study to complete.

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Graduates of an approved LPN program can expect a positive employment outlook and competitive salaries. New York-based LPNs earn an average salary of $44,460 per year, which is almost $3,000 above the national average of $41,540 per year. Expected employment growth for LPNs nationwide is 25% for the 2012-2022 decade.

Below we’ve compiled a list of accredited New York schools that offer some of the best licensed practical nursing programs in the state.

Featured Schools

Buffalo

Niagara County Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Sanborn
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Erie 1 BOCES - Potter Career and Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Erie 1 BOCES - Southtowns Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Erie 1 BOCES - Kenton Career and Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Erie 1 BOCES - Harkness Career and Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Angola
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Erie 1 BOCES - Niagara Lutheran Home Rehabilitation Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 77.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Trocaire College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 73.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Buffalo
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 67.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Niagara County Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.9% 2008 to 2012
Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Sanborn
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.5% 2008 to 2012
Erie 1 BOCES - Potter Career and Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.3% 2008 to 2012
Erie 1 BOCES - Southtowns Academy
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.2% 2011 to 2012
Erie 1 BOCES - Kenton Career and Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.9% 2009 to 2012
Erie 1 BOCES - Harkness Career and Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.0% 2008 to 2012
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Angola
Certificate in Practical Nursing 77.8% 2008 to 2012
Erie 1 BOCES - Niagara Lutheran Home Rehabilitation Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 77.3% 2008 to 2012
Trocaire College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 73.3% 2008 to 2012
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Buffalo
Certificate in Practical Nursing 67.0% 2008 to 2012

Capital District

Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Maria College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES - Hudson Falls
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 70.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES - Saratoga Springs
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Capital Region BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 71.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mildred Elley - Albany
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 66.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Questar III BOCES - Hudson
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 63.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 25.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Questar III BOCES - Troy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 62.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 31.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.1% 2008 to 2012
Maria College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.9% 2008 to 2012
Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES - Hudson Falls
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.1% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary) 70.0% 2008 to 2012
Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES - Saratoga Springs
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.7% 2008 to 2012
Capital Region BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing 71.7% 2008 to 2012
Mildred Elley - Albany
Certificate in Practical Nursing 66.8% 2009 to 2012
Questar III BOCES - Hudson
Certificate in Practical Nursing 63.5% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary) 25.0% 2008 to 2012
Questar III BOCES - Troy
Certificate in Practical Nursing 62.6% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary) 31.3% 2008 to 2012

Hudson Valley

Rockland BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2008)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Ulster BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2010)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Westchester Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Sullivan County BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Southern Westchester BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Orange-Ulster BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 60.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2011)
Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Dutchess BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Rockland BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary) 100.0% 2008 to 2008
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.5% 2008 to 2012
Ulster BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary) 100.0% 2009 to 2010
Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.4% 2008 to 2012
Westchester Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.5% 2008 to 2012
Sullivan County BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.6% 2009 to 2012
Southern Westchester BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.1% 2008 to 2012
Orange-Ulster BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.3% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary) 60.0% 2008 to 2011
Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing 80.2% 2008 to 2012
Dutchess BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.2% 2008 to 2012

Long Island

Wilson Technological Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Suffolk County Community College - Riverhead
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
VEEB of Nassau County
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Eastern Suffolk BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 70.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 58.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Wilson Technological Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.3% 2008 to 2012
Suffolk County Community College - Riverhead
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.2% 2009 to 2012
VEEB of Nassau County
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.3% 2008 to 2012
Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing 70.4% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary) 58.6% 2008 to 2012

Mohawk Valley

Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Verona
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Rome
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 75.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Herkimer BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 75.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Utica
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 68.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.6% 2008 to 2012
Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.5% 2008 to 2012
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Verona
Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.4% 2008 to 2012
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Rome
Certificate in Practical Nursing 75.8% 2008 to 2012
Herkimer BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing 75.7% 2008 to 2012
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Utica
Certificate in Practical Nursing 68.8% 2008 to 2012

New York City: The Bronx

Bronx Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Monroe College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Hostos Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 66.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bronx Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Monroe College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.9% 2008 to 2012
Hostos Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 66.4% 2008 to 2012

New York City: Brooklyn

Brooklyn Adult Learning Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Medgar Evers College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 75.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Clara Barton High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 47.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Brooklyn Adult Learning Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.3% 2008 to 2012
Medgar Evers College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 75.6% 2008 to 2012
Clara Barton High School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 47.6% 2008 to 2012

New York City: Manhattan

Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mildred Elley - New York City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 42.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.4% 2008 to 2012
Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.9% 2008 to 2012
Mildred Elley - New York City
Certificate in Practical Nursing 42.0% 2011 to 2012

New York City: Queens

LaGuardia Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
LaGuardia Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.7% 2008 to 2012

New York City: Staten Island

Curtis High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 69.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Curtis High School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.1% 2009 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary) 69.9% 2008 to 2012

Rochester

Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Mount Morris
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Marion S Whelan School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Medina
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Newark
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Spencerport
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 76.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Rochester
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening): 74.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 65.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Mount Morris
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.9% 2009 to 2012
Marion S Whelan School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.9% 2008 to 2012
Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.8% 2008 to 2012
Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Medina
Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.0% 2009 to 2012
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Newark
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.3% 2008 to 2012
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Spencerport
Certificate in Practical Nursing 76.7% 2010 to 2012
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Rochester
Certificate in Practical Nursing 75.0% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening) 74.8% 2009 to 2012
Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 65.6% 2008 to 2012

Syracuse

Syracuse City Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Liverpool
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Syracuse
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 73.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Oswego County BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 68.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Syracuse City Schools
Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.2% 2008 to 2012
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Liverpool
Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.6% 2009 to 2012
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Syracuse
Certificate in Practical Nursing 73.4% 2008 to 2012
Oswego County BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing 68.1% 2008 to 2012

Other New York cities

Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Warsaw
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2011)
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Ellicottville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Painted Post
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Country Community College - Malone
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Olean
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Country Community College - Ticonderoga
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Broome-Tioga BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Belmont
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Champlain Valley Educational Services
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Elmira
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Country Community College - Saranac Lake
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Jefferson-Lewis BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Jamestown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Batavia
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Cortland
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES - Norwich
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 76.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Cassadaga
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 70.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES - Sidney Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 69.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
SUNY Canton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 58.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Warsaw
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2011 to 2011
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Ellicottville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.4% 2008 to 2012
Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Painted Post
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.1% 2008 to 2012
North Country Community College - Malone
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.9% 2008 to 2012
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Olean
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.2% 2008 to 2012
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.9% 2008 to 2012
North Country Community College - Ticonderoga
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.0% 2008 to 2012
Broome-Tioga BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.5% 2008 to 2012
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Belmont
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.0% 2009 to 2012
Champlain Valley Educational Services
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.0% 2008 to 2012
Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Elmira
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.0% 2008 to 2012
North Country Community College - Saranac Lake
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.6% 2008 to 2012
Jefferson-Lewis BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.2% 2008 to 2012
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Jamestown
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.3% 2008 to 2012
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Batavia
Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.5% 2008 to 2012
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Cortland
Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.2% 2008 to 2012
Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES - Norwich
Certificate in Practical Nursing 76.2% 2008 to 2012
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Cassadaga
Certificate in Practical Nursing 70.6% 2008 to 2012
Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES - Sidney Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 69.9% 2008 to 2012
SUNY Canton
Certificate in Practical Nursing 58.3% 2010 to 2012