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New York is home to an impressive population of almost 170,000 registered nurses (RNs), 50,000 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 100,000 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). While these professionals practice in every city across the state, Rochester certainly has its fair share. The city is home to 10,480 RNs, 3,660 LPNs, and 6,100 CNAs. Rochester also offers some of the best career opportunities for nursing professionals, with competitive salaries to boot. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Rochester-based RNs earn an average of $60,000 per year, LPNs receive roughly $38,000 annually, and CNAs take home just over $26,000 per year.

While nursing opportunities in Rochester are plentiful, the field is very competitive – especially at top hospitals. The city’s most prestigious healthcare employers include Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, Rochester General Hospital, Unity Hospital, and Monroe Community Hospital. Fortunately, with the right education and training, aspiring nurses can stand out from the crowd.

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Rochester’s aspiring RNs typically earn an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) before successfully passing the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam. Tenured nurses may hold a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree as well; indeed, many employers prefer a BSN or MSN for high-level positions. RNs treat patients, administer medications, operate medical equipment, and establish care plans for the sick or injured.

Rochester’s aspiring LPNs must complete a state-approved certificate program and successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam. Among other responsibilities, LPNs record vital signs, clean and monitor equipment, and dress wounds. Rochester’s aspiring CNAs must complete an accredited training program and obtain state certification. CNAs serve meals, assist patients with eating, check vital signs, and clean and bathe patients.

The following is a list of Rochester nursing schools that offer accredited nursing programs including MSN, BSN, ADN, LPN, and CNA courses of study.

Featured Schools

Rochester nursing schools by NCLEX score

Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Mount Morris
27 Lackawanna Avenue | Mount Morris, New York 14510
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Marion S Whelan School of Practical Nursing
196 North Street | Geneva, New York 14456
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Monroe Community College
1000 East Henrietta Road | Rochester, New York 14623
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Rochester
500 Joseph C Wilson Boulevard | Rochester, New York 14627
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • 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: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing
100 Kings Highway South | Rochester, New York 14617
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
The College at Brockport
350 New Campus Drive | Brockport, New York 14420
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Finger Lakes Community College
3325 Marvin Sands Drive | Canandaigua, New York 14424
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
St. John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue | Rochester, New York 14618
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Medina
4232 Shelby Basin Road | Medina, New York 14103
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Newark
131 Drumlin Court | Newark, New York 14513
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing
196 North Street | Geneva, New York 14456
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Roberts Wesleyan College
2301 Westside Drive | Rochester, New York 14624
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Spencerport
3545 Buffalo Road | Rochester, New York 14624
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 76.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Rochester
435 East Henrietta Road | Rochester, New York 14620
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening): 74.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Nazareth College
4245 East Avenue | Rochester, New York 14618
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 69.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
161 Chestnut Street | Rochester, New York 14604
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 65.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Keuka College
141 Central Avenue | Keuka Park, New York 14478
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Mount Morris Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.9% 2009 to 2012
Marion S Whelan School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.9% 2008 to 2012
Monroe Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.6% 2008 to 2012
University of Rochester Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.1% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
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: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.8% 2008 to 2012
The College at Brockport Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Finger Lakes Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.3% 2008 to 2012
St. John Fisher College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.8% 2008 to 2012
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Medina Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.0% 2009 to 2012
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Newark Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.3% 2008 to 2012
Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.2% 2010 to 2012
Roberts Wesleyan College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.8% 2008 to 2012
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Spencerport Certificate in Practical Nursing 76.7% 2010 to 2012
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Rochester Certificate in Practical Nursing 75.0% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening) 74.8% 2009 to 2012
Nazareth College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 69.6% 2008 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Master of Science in Nursing
Rochester Educational Opportunity Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 65.6% 2008 to 2012
Keuka College Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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