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The state of New York is home to an impressive population of almost 170,000 registered nurses (RNs). Approximately 10,000 of these RNs live in the Capital District, a region that encompasses Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and the surrounding areas. The Capital District is also home to about 5,000 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and almost 2,800 licensed practical nurses (LPNs). While the region’s nursing industry offers a number of promising opportunities, the field is still very competitive. To get your foot in the door at the area’s top hospitals, you will need the right education, licensure, and work experience.

Registered nurses perform a variety of healthcare duties, from administering treatment and medications to educating patients and the public about medical conditions. These nursing professionals typically hold a hospital diploma, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree in registered nursing. All RNs must also pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination.

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Licensed practical nurses care for the sick or injured under the supervision of RNs, surgeons, and physicians. LPNs must complete a state-approved certificate program and successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination. Certified nursing assistants provide hands-on patient care and perform basic healthcare tasks. CNAs must complete a brief certificate program and obtain state certification.

Graduates of the Capital District’s accredited nursing schools are prepared to seek positions with top local employers such as Albany Memorial Hospital, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Ellis Hospital, Seton Health System, and Samaritan Hospital. Local salaries are very competitive. Capital District-based RNs earn a median annual salary of $58,890. The area’s LPNs earn $39,540 per year on average, while its CNAs earn $26,790 per year.

To help aspiring nurses in the Capital District find the best education, we’ve compiled below a complete list of the region’s top nursing schools and programs.

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Capital District nursing schools by NCLEX score

Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
1300 Massachusetts Avenue | Troy, New York 12180
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Memorial College of Nursing
600 Northern Boulevard | Albany, New York 12204
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Avenue | Troy, New York 12180
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Belanger School of Nursing
1101 Nott Street | Schenectady, New York 12308
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Maria College
700 New Scotland Avenue | Albany, New York 12208
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
SUNY Adirondack
640 Bay Road | Queensbury, New York 12804
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES - Hudson Falls
1051 Dix Avenue | Hudson Falls, New York 12839
  • 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
15 Henning Road | Saratoga Springs, New York 12866
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Columbia-Greene Community College
4400 Route 23 | Hudson, New York 12534
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
The Sage Colleges
65 First Street | Troy, New York 12180
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Science
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Capital Region BOCES
1015 Watervliet Shaker Road | Albany, New York 12205
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 71.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mildred Elley - Albany
855 Central Avenue | Albany, New York 12206
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 66.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Questar III BOCES - Hudson
215 Harry Howard Avenue | Hudson, New York 12534
  • 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
35 Industrial Park Road | Troy, New York 12180
  • 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)
Albany Medical College
47 New Scotland Avenue | Albany, New York 12208
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesiology
Siena College
515 Loudon Road | Loudonville, New York 12211
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.0% 2008 to 2017
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.1% 2008 to 2012
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
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.9% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
SUNY Adirondack Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2008 to 2017
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
Columbia-Greene Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2008 to 2017
The Sage Colleges Bachelor of Science in Nursing 79.2% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Science
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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
Albany Medical College Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesiology
Siena College RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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