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What does it take to become a registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), or certified nursing assistant (CNA) in New York’s Westchester County? The responsibilities and requirements actually vary significantly by nursing role.

Registered nurses must be skilled at performing a variety of challenging duties that include conducting diagnostic tests, analyzing results, and establishing effective care plans for the sick and injured. As a result, healthcare providers require at least a hospital diploma, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree for any nurse. Many employers prefer to hire nurses with a master’s degree, particularly for senior positions. Regardless of degree program, all nurses must hold an active license to practice in the state of New York.

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Licensed practical nurses care for the sick, injured, or convalescent under the supervision of RNs and physicians. New York’s LPNs must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program and successfully pass the national licensure exam in order to practice.

Nursing assistants provide hands-on patient care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing or medical staff. New York’s CNAs must complete a brief certificate program of several weeks in length and obtain state certification.

Graduates of Westchester County’s top nursing programs will have the skills to join the area’s growing community of nurses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs in the broader New York City metro area earn a median annual salary of $83,910. The area’s LPNs average $52,110 in annual income, and its CNAs earn $34,210 per year.

Below you’ll find a list of accredited nursing schools in New York’s Westchester County that offer some of the region’s top nursing programs.

Westchester County nursing schools by NCLEX score

Pace University
861 Bedford Road | Pleasantville, New York 10570
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road | Valhalla, New York 10595
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Concordia College New York
171 White Plains Road | Bronxville, New York 10708
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southern Westchester BOCES
450 Mamaroneck Avenue, Second Floor | Harrison, New York 10528
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES
200 BOCES Drive | Yorktown Heights, New York 10598
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Montefiore School of Nursing
53 Valentine Street | Mount Vernon, New York 10550
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Mercy College
555 Broadway | Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Cochran School of Nursing
967 North Broadway | Yonkers, New York 10701
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pace University Accelerated Second Degree BSN 100.0% 2015 to 2016
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.7% 2008 to 2017
Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Westchester Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.8% 2008 to 2017
Concordia College New York Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.3% 2010 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southern Westchester BOCES Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.6% 2008 to 2017
Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES Certificate in Practical Nursing 80.2% 2008 to 2012
Montefiore School of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.1% 2008 to 2017
Mercy College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.7% 2008 to 2017
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Cochran School of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.7% 2008 to 2017
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