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New York City offers numerous opportunities for skilled registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Indeed, the New York City metro area is home to over 94,000 RNs, 20,000 LPNs, and 58,000 CNAs. But what does it take to get your foot in the door?

Registered nurses perform a wide variety of duties that include treating patients, performing diagnostic tests, analyzing results, establishing care plans, and operating medical equipment. Employers therefore require a hospital diploma, associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) plus successful passing of the NCLEX-RN national exam. Many advanced nursing positions also required a master of science in nursing (MSN).

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Licensed practical nurses care for the sick or injured under the supervision of RNs, surgeons, and physicians. They measure and record vital signs, dress wounds, prepare and give injections, collect samples for testing, and clean and monitor medical equipment. Aspiring LPNs must complete an accredited, state-approved certificate program of 12 to 18 months in length, followed by a passing score on the NCLEX-PN national exam.

Certified nursing assistants provide hands-on care and help sick or injured patients to perform routine tasks. Aspiring CNAs must complete an accredited training program of several weeks in length and obtain state certification.

After completing an accredited nursing program, graduates are prepared to seek positions at top New York City hospitals and medical centers. Some of the city’s most prestigious care centers include Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, and Metropolitan Hospital Center. New York City nursing salaries are very competitive. RNs earn a median annual salary of almost $84,000 per year, while local LPNs and CNAs earn over $52,000 and $34,000 per year, respectively.

To help the Big Apple’s aspiring nurses, we’ve listed below the city’s accredited schools, their nursing programs, and their students’ recent NCLEX test scores where available.

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New York City nursing schools by NCLEX score

Bronx Community College
2155 University Avenue | Bronx, New York 10453
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
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
Monroe College
2501 Jerome Avenue | Bronx, New York 10468
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Avenue | Brooklyn, New York 11203
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Brooklyn Adult Learning Center
475 Nostrand Avenue | Brooklyn, New York 11216
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
New York City College of Technology
300 Jay Street | Brooklyn, New York 11201
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Queensborough Community College
222-05 56th Avenue | Bayside, New York 11364
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
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)
Wagner College
One Campus Road | Staten Island, New York 10301
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
Phillips School of Nursing
776 Avenue of the Americas, Fourth Floor | New York, New York 10001
  • 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)
Lehman College
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West | Bronx, New York 10468
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue | Long Island City, New York 11101
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street | Brooklyn Heights, New York 11201
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
LIU Brooklyn
One University Plaza | Brooklyn, New York 11201
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Curtis High School
105 Hamilton Avenue | Staten Island, New York 10301
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 69.9% 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)
College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Boulevard | Staten Island, New York 10314
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Kingsborough Community College
2001 Oriental Boulevard | Brooklyn, New York 11235
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
York College
94-20 Guy R Brewer Boulevard | Jamaica, New York 11451
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Touro College
902 Quentin Road, Third Floor | Brooklyn, New York 11223
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 78.6% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 66.7% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hostos Community College
500 Grand Concourse | Bronx, New York 10451
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 66.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
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
Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Avenue | Brooklyn, New York 11225
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 75.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Queens
30-50 Whitestone Expressway | Flushing, New York 11354
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 68.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
College of Mount Saint Vincent
6301 Riverdale Avenue | Bronx, New York 10471
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 64.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Staten Island
Two Teleport Drive, Suite 203 | Staten Island, New York 10311
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 60.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Swedish Institute
226 West 26th Street | New York, New York 10001
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 58.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
Clara Barton High School
901 Classon Avenue | Brooklyn, New York 11225
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 47.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
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)
ASA College
81 Willoughby Street | Brooklyn, New York 11201
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 37.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
Access Careers
25 Elm Place | Brooklyn, New York 11201
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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
Metropolitan Learning Institute
97-77 Queens Boulevard, Ninth Floor | Rego Park, New York 11374
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
New Age Training
145 West 30th Street, Eighth Floor | New York, New York 10001
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
New York Medical Career Training Center
36-09 Main Street, Fifth Floor | Flushing, New York 11354
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
915 Broadway, Second Floor | New York, New York 10010
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn
245 Clinton Avenue | Brooklyn, New York 11205
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • 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
Bronx Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.4% 2008 to 2017
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
Monroe College Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.9% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.9% 2009 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
SUNY Downstate Medical Center Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.5% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificates
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Brooklyn Adult Learning Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.3% 2008 to 2012
New York City College of Technology Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Queensborough Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2008 to 2017
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
Wagner College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.6% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificates
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
Lehman College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.4% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
LaGuardia Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.0% 2008 to 2017
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.7% 2008 to 2012
St. Francis College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.3% 2017 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
LIU Brooklyn Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.3% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Curtis High School Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.1% 2009 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary) 69.9% 2008 to 2012
Borough of Manhattan Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.1% 2008 to 2017
College of Staten Island Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.2% 2008 to 2017
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Kingsborough Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.2% 2008 to 2017
York College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 79.3% 2014 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Touro College Accelerated Second Degree BSN 78.6% 2014 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 75.0% 2008 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 66.7% 2015 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hostos Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.0% 2008 to 2017
Certificate in Practical Nursing 66.4% 2008 to 2012
Helene Fuld College of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing 75.9% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Medgar Evers College Certificate in Practical Nursing 75.6% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 71.2% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Queens Associate's Degree in Nursing 68.0% 2010 to 2017
College of Mount Saint Vincent Bachelor of Science in Nursing 64.9% 2008 to 2017
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Staten Island Associate's Degree in Nursing 60.2% 2010 to 2017
Swedish Institute Associate's Degree in Nursing 58.9% 2013 to 2017
Clara Barton High School Certificate in Practical Nursing 47.6% 2008 to 2012
Mildred Elley - New York City Certificate in Practical Nursing 42.0% 2011 to 2012
ASA College Associate's Degree in Nursing 37.0% 2013 to 2017
Access Careers Nursing Assistant Certificate
CUNY School of Professional Studies RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Manhattan Institute Nursing Assistant Certificate
Metropolitan Learning Institute Nursing Assistant Certificate
New Age Training Nursing Assistant Certificate
New York Medical Career Training Center Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn Bachelor of Science in Nursing
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Education
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