With a population of over 94,000 registered nurses (RNs), 20,000 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 58,000 certified nursing assistants (CNAs), the New York City metropolitan area is a great place to begin a nursing career. While the opportunity for success is promising – particularly in Manhattan – nursing requires special skills that may only be obtained through the proper combination of education and training.

Registered nurses typically hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Many RNs also pursue a master of science in nursing (MSN), and all must successfully pass the national licensure exam before practicing. Graduates of these programs are prepared to treat patients, administer medications, operate medical equipment, and establish care plans for the sick and injured. Because bachelor’s and master’s degree programs require a greater amount of advanced study and additional clinical hours, BSN- and MSN-holders are in higher demand at top hospitals and healthcare centers across Manhattan.

Licensed practical nurses record vital signs, clean and monitor equipment, and dress wounds. LPNs must complete an accredited certificate program and successfully pass the national licensure exam before practicing. Certified nursing assistants provide hands-on patient care and perform routine tasks such as feeding patients, bathing them, and helping them use the restroom. CNAs must complete a brief state-approved certificate program.

Graduates of Manhattan’s top nursing schools are prepared to seek positions at major hospitals and healthcare centers throughout the borough. These include New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, Beth Israel Medical Center, and New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.

To aid Manhattan’s aspiring nurses, we’ve compiled below a comprehensive list of the borough’s best nursing schools and programs.

Manhattan nursing schools by NCLEX score

Pace University - New York City
One Pace Plaza | New York, New York 10038
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2015)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Columbia University
West 116th Street & Broadway | New York, New York 10027
  • Direct Entry MSN: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Master's Certificates
New York University
70 Washington Square South | New York, New York 10012
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Advanced Certificate: Palliative Care
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Palliative Care
  • 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: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Hunter College
695 Park Avenue | New York, New York 10065
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center
212 West 120th Street, Suite 307A | New York, New York 10027
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Phillips School of Nursing
148 East 126th Street | New York, New York 10035
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility
One Main Street, Wing D42 | Roosevelt Island, New York 10044
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street | New York, New York 10007
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Helene Fuld College of Nursing
24 East 120th Street | New York, New York 10035
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Swedish Institute
226 West 26th Street | New York, New York 10001
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 58.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
Mildred Elley - New York City
25 Broadway, 16th Floor | New York, New York 10004
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 42.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
CUNY School of Professional Studies
119 West 31st Street | New York, New York 10001
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Manhattan Institute
45 West 34th Street, Fifth Floor | New York, New York 10001
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
New Age Training
145 West 30th Street, Eighth Floor | New York, New York 10001
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pacific College of Health and Science
915 Broadway, Second Floor | New York, New York 10010
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Holistic Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: Holistic Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Teachers College at Columbia University
525 West 120th Street | New York, New York 10027
  • Doctor of Education in Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue | New York, New York 10016
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pace University - New York City Accelerated Second Degree BSN 100.0% 2015 to 2016
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.2% 2008 to 2015
Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Columbia University Direct Entry MSN 92.7% 2017 to 2017
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
Post-Master's Certificates
New York University Accelerated Second Degree BSN 89.5% 2014 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.9% 2008 to 2017
Advanced Certificate: Palliative Care
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Nursing Education
MSN: Palliative Care
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: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Hunter College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.5% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.4% 2008 to 2012
Phillips School of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.1% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.9% 2008 to 2012
Borough of Manhattan Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.1% 2008 to 2017
Helene Fuld College of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing 75.9% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Swedish Institute Associate's Degree in Nursing 58.9% 2013 to 2017
Mildred Elley - New York City Certificate in Practical Nursing 42.0% 2011 to 2012
CUNY School of Professional Studies RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Manhattan Institute Nursing Assistant Certificate
New Age Training Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pacific College of Health and Science Master of Science in Nursing: Holistic Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: Holistic Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Teachers College at Columbia University Doctor of Education in Nursing Education
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
The Graduate Center, CUNY Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
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