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With a population of almost 170,000 registered nurses (RNs), impressive salaries, and hundreds of top-rated nursing schools, New York is one of the nation’s best places to start a nursing career. While nursing programs and career opportunities are plentiful throughout the state – especially in Long Island – it still takes hard work and the right education to obtain a lucrative position in this competitive field.

In addition to registered nurse, the most common career paths for aspiring nurses include licensed practical nurse (LPN) and certified nursing assistant (CNA). RNs must be skilled at performing a variety of challenging tasks that include conducting diagnostic tests, analyzing results, and establishing patient care plans. To prepare for these tasks, New York’s aspiring RNs must complete either a hospital diploma, associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). All registered nursing candidates 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 registered nurses and physicians, while nursing assistants provide hands-on care and perform routine patient care tasks. New York’s aspiring LPNs must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program and successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination. CNAs must complete a briefer state-approved certificate program.

Graduates of RN, LPN, and CNA programs in New York will join a large community of nurses that earn some of the highest salaries in the healthcare industry. Long Island is home to 23,800 RNs with a median annual salary of over $82,000. The area’s 7,000 LPNs earn over $52,000 per year, and its 14,750 CNAs earn roughly $35,000 per year. These professionals work at top Long Island hospitals and healthcare centers such as North Shore-LIJ Health System, Franklin Hospital Medical Center, Eastern Long Island Hospital, and Mercy Medical Center.

The following is a list of accredited nursing schools in Long Island, New York that offer top-tier programs in all areas of this lucrative field.

Featured Schools

Long Island nursing schools by NCLEX score

Stony Brook University
310 Administration Building | Stony Brook, New York 11794
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Nassau Community College
One Education Drive | Garden City, New York 11530
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Wilson Technological Center
17 Westminster Avenue, Building C | Dix Hills, New York 11746
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Suffolk County Community College - Riverhead
121 Speonk-Riverhead Road | Riverhead, New York 11901
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Long Island University Post
720 Northern Boulevard | Brookville, New York 11548
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Suffolk County Community College - Selden
533 College Road | Selden, New York 11784
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhollow Road | Farmingdale, New York 11735
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 71.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
VEEB of Nassau County
30 East Cherry Street | Hicksville, New York 11801
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Suffolk County Community College - Brentwood
1001 Crooked Hill Road | Brentwood, New York 11717
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Adelphi University
One South Avenue | Garden City, New York 11530
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 76.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Molloy College
1000 Hempstead Avenue | Rockville Centre, New York 11571
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 75.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Eastern Suffolk BOCES
201 Sunrise Highway | Patchogue, New York 11772
  • 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)
New York Institute of Technology
Two Northern Boulevard | Old Westbury, New York 11568
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 53.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
SBI Campus, an affiliate of Sanford-Brown
320 South Service Road | Melville, New York 11747
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
St. Joseph's College - Long Island
155 West Roe Boulevard | Patchogue, New York 11772
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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