Staten Island and the surrounding New York City metro area host one of the country’s largest populations of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). The region is home to 94,230 RNs, 20,480 LPNs, and 58,220 CNAs. Many of these professionals work at Staten Island’s top hospitals and healthcare centers, including Staten Island University Hospital and Richmond University Medical Center.

RNs perform a wide variety of duties such as treating patients, administering medication, and establishing care plans. LPNs measure and record vital signs, dress wounds, and collect samples for testing. CNAs handle tasks such as bathing patients, serving meals, assisting with eating, and checking vital signs. To ensure that they have the skills needed to deliver exceptional patient care, all positions require a degree or certificate plus state licensure.

RNs must hold a hospital diploma, associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), and they must successfully pass the NCLEX-RN exam. Many employers prefer a BSN or even a master of science in nursing (MSN) for high-level positions. LPNs must complete an accredited, state-approved certificate program and successfully pass the NCLEX-PN exam. CNAs must complete a brief accredited certificate program and obtain state certification.

Graduates of Staten Island’s leading nursing programs can expect a positive employment outlook and competitive salaries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York City’s RNs earn a median annual salary of $83,910, its LPNs earn $52,110 per year, and its CNAs receive $34,210 in annual compensation.

The following is a list of Staten Island’s accredited nursing schools that offer highly regarded degree and certificate programs.

Staten Island nursing schools by NCLEX score

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
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)
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
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)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
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
Curtis High School Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.1% 2009 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary) 69.9% 2008 to 2012
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
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Staten Island Associate's Degree in Nursing 60.2% 2010 to 2017
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