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Buffalo, New York is one of the nation’s best places to start a nursing career. The city boasts a population of almost 12,000 registered nurses (RNs) with an impressive median annual salary of $68,330. Buffalo is also home to 4,210 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) earning $38,250 per year and 5,760 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) earning $28,660 per year. While the opportunity for success in the city is promising, nurses must demonstrate the ability to juggle numerous demanding tasks in order to land a positon at a top local hospital or healthcare provider. This can only be accomplished with the right education and training.

RNs treat patients, administer medications, operate medical equipment, and establish care plans for the sick or injured. RNs typically hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN); many also pursue a master of science in nursing (MSN). Buffalo’s top healthcare employers frequently prefer nurses with a BSN or MSN degree.

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LPNs record vital signs, clean and monitor equipment, and dress wounds. CNAs provide hands-on patient care and perform routine tasks such as feeding and bathing patients. LPNs must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program, while CNAs require a shorter certificate program of several weeks to a few months in length.

Graduates of Buffalo’s top nursing schools are prepared to seek positions at the city’s major hospitals and healthcare providers, including Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo General Medical Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and VA Western New York Healthcare System.

Below we’ve compiled a list of Buffalo nursing schools that offer some of the city’s best CNA, LPN, ADN, BSN, and MSN programs.

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Buffalo nursing schools by NCLEX score

Niagara County Community College
3111 Saunders Settlement Road | Sanborn, New York 14132
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Sanborn
3181 Saunders Settlement Road | Sanborn, New York 14132
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University at Buffalo
12 Capen Hall | Buffalo, New York 14260
  • 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)
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthetist
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Erie Community College - City
121 Ellicott Street | Buffalo, New York 14203
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Erie 1 BOCES - Potter Career and Technical Center
705 Potter Road | West Seneca, New York 14224
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Erie 1 BOCES - Southtowns Academy
4540 Southwestern Boulevard | Hamburg, New York 14075
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Erie Community College - North
6205 Main Street | Williamsville, New York 14221
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Erie 1 BOCES - Kenton Career and Technical Center
151 Two Mile Creek Road | Tonawanda, New York 14150
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Erie 1 BOCES - Harkness Career and Technical Center
99 Aero Drive | Cheektowaga, New York 14225
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Trocaire College
360 Choate Avenue | Buffalo, New York 14220
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 73.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
D'Youville College
320 Porter Avenue | Buffalo, New York 14201
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Angola
8685 Erie Road | Angola, New York 14006
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Erie 1 BOCES - Niagara Lutheran Home Rehabilitation Center
64 Hager Street | Buffalo, New York 14208
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 77.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Niagara University
5795 Lewiston Road | Niagara University, New York 14109
  • 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
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Buffalo
175 Jefferson Avenue | Buffalo, New York 14210
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 67.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Daemen College
4380 Main Street | Amherst, New York 14226
  • Certificate in Oncology Nursing Perspectives for the International RN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Palliative Care
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Niagara County Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.9% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.5% 2008 to 2017
Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Sanborn Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.5% 2008 to 2012
University at Buffalo Accelerated Second Degree BSN 93.5% 2017 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.2% 2008 to 2017
DNP: Nurse Anesthetist
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Erie Community College - City Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.7% 2008 to 2017
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 Community College - North Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2008 to 2017
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
Trocaire College Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.6% 2008 to 2017
Certificate in Practical Nursing 73.3% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
D'Youville College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 79.3% 2008 to 2017
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
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
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Buffalo Certificate in Practical Nursing 67.0% 2008 to 2012
Daemen College Certificate in Oncology Nursing Perspectives for the International RN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Nursing Education
MSN: Palliative Care
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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