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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.

New York City nursing schools by NCLEX score

Bronx Community College
2155 University Avenue | Bronx, New York 10453
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Pace University - New York City
One Pace Plaza | New York, New York 10038
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Doctor's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Master's in Nursing Education; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education
Monroe College
2501 Jerome Avenue | Bronx, New York 10468
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 80.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Columbia University
West 116th Street & Broadway | New York, New York 10027
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Science; Doctor's in Nursing Practice; Master's in Registered Nursing
Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing
776 Avenue of the Americas, Fourth Floor | New York, New York 10001
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
New York City College of Technology
300 Jay Street | Brooklyn, New York 11201
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
New York University
70 Washington Square South | New York, New York 10012
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Nursing Research; Doctor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Research; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Research; Master's in Nursing Administration; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Research; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Nursing Midwifery; Master's in Pediatric Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Nursing; Master's in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Master's in Nursing Education; Bachelor's in Nursing Practice; Master's in Palliative Care Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care Nursing; Master's in Geriatric Nursing
Hunter College
695 Park Avenue | New York, New York 10065
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education; Master's in Clinical Nurse Leader; Master's in Geriatric Nursing
Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Avenue | Brooklyn, New York 11225
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 75.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Brooklyn Adult Learning Center
475 Nostrand Avenue | Brooklyn, New York 11216
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center
212 West 120th Street, Suite 307A | New York, New York 10027
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Long Island University - Brooklyn
One University Plaza | Brooklyn, New York 11201
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Graduate Certificate in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Geriatric Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Nursing Administration; Bachelor's in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Adult Health Nursing
Queensborough Community College
222-05 56th Avenue | Bayside, New York 11364
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Avenue | Brooklyn, New York 11203
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nurse Anesthetist; Master's in Nursing Research; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Research
Lehman College
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West | Bronx, New York 10468
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Master's in Geriatric Nursing; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Pediatric Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education
Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility
One Main Street, Wing D42 | Roosevelt Island, New York 10044
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Kingsborough Community College
2001 Oriental Boulevard | Brooklyn, New York 11235
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Wagner College
One Campus Road | Staten Island, New York 10301
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Science; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
St Paul's School of Nursing - Queens
30-50 Whitestone Expressway | Flushing, New York 11354
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 84.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Boulevard | Staten Island, New York 10314
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Adult Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education; Master's in Geriatric Nursing
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street | New York, New York 10007
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue | Long Island City, New York 11101
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 81.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Curtis High School
105 Hamilton Avenue | Staten Island, New York 10301
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 82.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Secondary): 69.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
St Paul's School of Nursing - Staten Island
Two Teleport Drive, Suite 203 | Staten Island, New York 10311
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 79.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Touro College
902 Quentin Road, Third Floor | Brooklyn, New York 11223
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 79.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Helene Fuld College of Nursing
24 East 120th Street | New York, New York 10035
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 78.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Hostos Community College
500 Grand Concourse | Bronx, New York 10451
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 77.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 66.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
College of Mount Saint Vincent
6301 Riverdale Avenue | Bronx, New York 10471
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 76.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Administration; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Nursing Education; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education
New York Institute of Technology - Manhattan
1855 Broadway | New York, New York 10023
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 65.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Clara Barton High School
901 Classon Avenue | Brooklyn, New York 11225
Certificate in Licensed 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 Licensed Practical Nursing: 42.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Access Careers
25 Elm Place | Brooklyn, New York 11201
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Manhattan Institute
45 West 34th Street, Fifth Floor | New York, New York 10001
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
New Age Training
145 West 30th Street, Eighth Floor | New York, New York 10001
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
New York Medical Career Training Center
36-09 Main Street, Fifth Floor | Flushing, New York 11354
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
St Francis College
180 Remsen Street | Brooklyn Heights, New York 11201
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
St Joseph's College - Brooklyn
245 Clinton Avenue | Brooklyn, New York 11205
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Teachers College at Columbia University
525 West 120th Street | New York, New York 10027
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Administration; Doctor's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Nursing Education; Doctor's in Nursing Education
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue | New York, New York 10016
Programs offered: Doctor's in Nursing Science
York College
94-20 Guy R Brewer Boulevard | Jamaica, New York 11451
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
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