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With a growing population of 2.7 million nationwide and almost 170,000 across the state of New York, registered nurses (RNs) make up the largest healthcare occupation. In addition, there are more than 1.5 million certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in the US including 99,820 in New York, and more than 730,000 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in the US including 49,050 in New York.

The state’s nursing population is so large that the New York State Education Department (NYSED) awards thousands of RN, LPN, and CNA licenses each year. To obtain a registered nursing license in the state, you must “present satisfactory evidence of having received at least a two-year degree or diploma from a program in general professional nursing” that has been approved by the NYSED.

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Aspiring registered nurses typically launch their careers with an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program. These programs are available at many of the states 100+ accredited nursing schools, which range from private colleges with small class sizes to large public universities. Private institutions boast many of the advanced curriculums that today’s top healthcare employers seek, while public schools offer a smaller price tag and a more diverse collection of program offerings.

Aspiring LPNs and CNAs must complete a state-approved certificate program and obtain licensure to work in the state. Certificate programs are available in abundance at hundreds of New York community colleges, vocational schools, technical schools, and even at some traditional colleges and universities.

We’ve compiled below a list of New York’s best nursing schools and organized them within each geographic region from largest to smallest.

Featured Schools

Buffalo

Trocaire College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 190 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 65 students during the 2012 period
University at Buffalo
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 139 students during the 2012 period
D'Youville College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 119 students during the 2012 period
Niagara County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 116 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 17 students during the 2012 period
Erie Community College - North
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93 students during the 2012 period
Erie 1 BOCES - Harkness Career and Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86 students during the 2012 period
Erie Community College - City
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 66 students during the 2012 period
Erie 1 BOCES - Kenton Career and Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 51 students during the 2012 period
Erie 1 BOCES - Southtowns Academy
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 47 students during the 2012 period
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Buffalo
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 36 students during the 2012 period
Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Sanborn
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Angola
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
Erie 1 BOCES - Niagara Lutheran Home Rehabilitation Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2012 period
Erie 1 BOCES - Potter Career and Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2012 period

Capital District

Capital Region BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 119 students during the 2012 period
Hudson Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 105 students during the 2012 period
SUNY Adirondack
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85 students during the 2012 period
Maria College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Mildred Elley - Albany
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 61 students during the 2012 period
The Sage Colleges
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 58 students during the 2012 period
Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES - Hudson Falls
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 53 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 3 students during the 2012 period
Belanger School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 49 students during the 2012 period
Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 46 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 26 students during the 2012 period
Columbia-Greene Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 45 students during the 2012 period
Memorial School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 45 students during the 2012 period
Questar III BOCES - Troy
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 1 student during the 2012 period
Questar III BOCES - Hudson
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 8 students during the 2012 period
Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES - Saratoga Springs
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 12 students during the 2012 period

Hudson Valley

Dutchess Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95 students during the 2012 period
Pace University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94 students during the 2012 period
College of New Rochelle
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87 students during the 2012 period
Mount Saint Mary College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87 students during the 2012 period
Ulster BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79 students during the 2012 period
Southern Westchester BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78 students during the 2012 period
Cochran School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76 students during the 2012 period
Rockland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76 students during the 2012 period
Dominican College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 68 students during the 2012 period
Westchester Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 68 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 21 students during the 2012 period
Dutchess BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 60 students during the 2012 period
Orange-Ulster BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 58 students during the 2012 period
SUNY Orange
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 55 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing (Evening): 8 students during the 2012 period
Rockland BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 53 students during the 2012 period
SUNY Sullivan
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 48 students during the 2012 period
Montefiore School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 46 students during the 2012 period
SUNY Ulster
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 42 students during the 2012 period
Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2012 period
Concordia College New York
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Sullivan County BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period

Long Island

Adelphi University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 269 students during the 2012 period
Molloy College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 232 students during the 2012 period
Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 225 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 17 students during the 2012 period
VEEB of Nassau County
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 194 students during the 2012 period
Suffolk County Community College - Selden
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 193 students during the 2012 period
Long Island University Post
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 169 students during the 2012 period
Nassau Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 137 students during the 2012 period
Stony Brook University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 123 students during the 2012 period
Suffolk County Community College - Brentwood
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 99 students during the 2012 period
Wilson Technological Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 58 students during the 2012 period
Farmingdale State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 37 students during the 2012 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Suffolk County Community College - Riverhead
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
New York Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period

Mohawk Valley

Mohawk Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 124 students during the 2012 period
St. Elizabeth College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84 students during the 2012 period
Herkimer BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 60 students during the 2012 period
Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 40 students during the 2012 period
Hartwick College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period
Utica College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Utica
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period
Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2012 period
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Verona
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 21 students during the 2012 period
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Rome
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2012 period

New York City: The Bronx

College of Mount Saint Vincent
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 114 students during the 2012 period
Lehman College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 59 students during the 2012 period
Bronx Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 50 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 3 students during the 2012 period
Hostos Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 50 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Monroe College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period

New York City: Brooklyn

Kingsborough Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 158 students during the 2012 period
New York City College of Technology
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 103 students during the 2012 period
Medgar Evers College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 48 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 31 students during the 2012 period
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 38 students during the 2012 period
Brooklyn Adult Learning Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period
Clara Barton High School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
Touro College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 17 students during the 2012 period

New York City: Manhattan

New York University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 442 students during the 2012 period
Helene Fuld College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 210 students during the 2012 period
Mildred Elley - New York City
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 186 students during the 2012 period
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 178 students during the 2012 period
Columbia University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 165 students during the 2012 period
Hunter College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 122 students during the 2012 period
Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96 students during the 2012 period
Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 51 students during the 2012 period
Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period

New York City: Queens

LaGuardia Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 139 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 63 students during the 2012 period
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Queens
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 131 students during the 2012 period
Queensborough Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 123 students during the 2012 period

New York City: Staten Island

St. Paul's School of Nursing - Staten Island
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 161 students during the 2012 period
College of Staten Island
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 145 students during the 2012 period
Wagner College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 50 students during the 2012 period
Curtis High School
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 33 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period

Rochester

University of Rochester
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 166 students during the 2012 period
Monroe Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 136 students during the 2012 period
St. John Fisher College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 119 students during the 2012 period
Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 66 students during the 2012 period
Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 65 students during the 2012 period
The College at Brockport
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 65 students during the 2012 period
Finger Lakes Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 62 students during the 2012 period
Nazareth College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 46 students during the 2012 period
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Rochester
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 45 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening): 37 students during the 2012 period
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Newark
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 43 students during the 2012 period
Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 38 students during the 2012 period
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Spencerport
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 36 students during the 2012 period
Roberts Wesleyan College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 19 students during the 2012 period
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Mount Morris
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
Marion S Whelan School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 11 students during the 2012 period
Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Medina
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 6 students during the 2012 period

Syracuse

Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Liverpool
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 118 students during the 2012 period
St. Joseph's College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 110 students during the 2012 period
Crouse Hospital College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95 students during the 2012 period
Morrisville State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 63 students during the 2012 period
Onondaga Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 44 students during the 2012 period
Syracuse City Schools
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Syracuse
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Oswego County BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2012 period

Other New York cities

Binghamton University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 152 students during the 2012 period
Genesee Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 125 students during the 2012 period
Jamestown Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 101 students during the 2012 period
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Batavia
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87 students during the 2012 period
SUNY Canton
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2012 period
North Country Community College - Saranac Lake
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 71 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 54 students during the 2012 period
Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Elmira
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 68 students during the 2012 period
Jefferson-Lewis BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 68 students during the 2012 period
Tompkins Cortland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 62 students during the 2012 period
SUNY Broome
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 61 students during the 2012 period
Alfred State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 55 students during the 2012 period
Cayuga Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 49 students during the 2012 period
Corning Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 47 students during the 2012 period
SUNY Delhi
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 47 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
SUNY Plattsburgh
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 42 students during the 2012 period
Clinton Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 40 students during the 2012 period
Jefferson Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 40 students during the 2012 period
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Cortland
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period
Broome-Tioga BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Elmira College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Jamestown
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
Champlain Valley Educational Services
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 28 students during the 2012 period
Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES - Sidney Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period
Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES - Norwich
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Painted Post
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2012 period
Arnot Ogden Medical Center
Diploma in Nursing: 16 students during the 2012 period
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Olean
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 12 students during the 2012 period
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Belmont
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 8 students during the 2012 period
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Ellicottville
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2012 period
North Country Community College - Malone
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2012 period
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Cassadaga
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 5 students during the 2012 period
North Country Community College - Ticonderoga
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 5 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 4 students during the 2012 period
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