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Syracuse is home to a small but gifted population of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). The metro area’s 6,420 RNs, 2,510 LPNs, and 3,450 CNAs deliver exceptional medical care to a population of more than 660,000 people. These professionals work at healthcare centers such as Crouse Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse VA Medical Center, and Upstate Medical University.

While the city offers promising opportunities, it still takes education, experience, and a license to obtain a position at a top Syracuse hospital or healthcare provider. RNs, for example, typically hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in registered nursing plus a passing score on the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam. LPNs hold a certificate from a state-approved program plus a passing score on the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam. CNAs hold a certificate from a (significantly shorter) state-approved program.

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These programs fully prepare aspiring nurses to meet the daily demands of their careers. On a typical day, an RN will perform diagnostic tests, administer medication, establish care plans, and provide emotional care to families. An LPN will monitor vital signs and teach family members how to care for patients. A CNA will help patients with daily tasks such as cleaning, bathing, and eating.

Salaries for these positions are competitive. Syracuse-based RNs earn a median annual salary of $58,550 per year. The city’s LPNs receive $36,650 per year on average, while local CNAs average $27,200 in annual income.

To help Syracuse’s aspiring nurses, we’ve compiled below a list of the city’s top accredited nursing schools and programs.

Featured Schools

Syracuse nursing schools by NCLEX score

St. Joseph's College of Nursing
206 Prospect Avenue | Syracuse, New York 13203
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Onondaga Community College
4585 West Seneca Turnpike | Syracuse, New York 13215
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Pomeroy College of Nursing
765 Irving Avenue | Syracuse, New York 13210
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Syracuse City Schools
573 East Genesee Street | Syracuse, New York 13202
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Morrisville State College
80 Eaton Street | Morrisville, New York 13408
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Liverpool
4500 Crown Road | Liverpool, New York 13090
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Syracuse
6820 Thompson Road | Syracuse, New York 13221
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 73.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Oswego County BOCES
179 County Route 64 | Mexico, New York 13114
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 68.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road | Syracuse, New York 13214
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street | Syracuse, New York 13210
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
St. Joseph's College of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.8% 2008 to 2017
Onondaga Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2017
Pomeroy College of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.0% 2008 to 2017
Syracuse City Schools Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.2% 2008 to 2012
Morrisville State College Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.8% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Liverpool Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.6% 2009 to 2012
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Syracuse Certificate in Practical Nursing 73.4% 2008 to 2012
Oswego County BOCES Certificate in Practical Nursing 68.1% 2008 to 2012
Le Moyne College Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Upstate Medical University Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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