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Utica, Rome, and the surrounding metropolitan area of upstate New York have a large community of nurses. All told, the region is home to 2,860 registered nurses (RNs), 1,470 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 2,330 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Many of these healthcare professionals earned their certificate, diploma, or degree at a local school.

Indeed, the metro area has several highly regarded options including Utica College, St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON), SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC). Collectively, these schools offer nursing programs at all levels. For example, Utica College offers a traditional bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), an accelerated BSN pathway, and an RN-to-BSN degree completion program. SECON and MVCC both offer an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program.

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The exact program required will depend on the nursing role. Registered nurses fill critical leadership roles on the healthcare team. As a result, they must hold a hospital diploma, an ADN, or a BSN degree. Many nurses later pursue a master of science in nursing (MSN) for advanced practice roles. Besides a degree or diploma, a license is required to practice, so RNs must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Aspiring LPNs must complete a state-approved certificate or diploma program in practical nursing. They must also pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam before practicing. Nursing assistants must simply take a brief training program and pass a nurse aide certification exam to become certified.

Graduates of these nursing programs can seek employment with major healthcare providers in the Utica-Rome area, including Rome Memorial Hospital, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare. Salaries vary by role and seniority. The average local salary for registered nurses is about $60,000 per year. RNs in advanced practice roles can earn more than $100,000 annually. LPNs in the Utica-Rome metro area earn approximately $38,000 per year, and local CNAs average $26,500 in annual pay.

If the Utica-Rome metropolitan area sounds like a great place to launch your nursing career, you can start your search for a nursing program here. Below we’ve compiled a detailed list of accredited nursing schools throughout the region.

Featured Schools

Utica-Rome nursing schools by NCLEX score

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing
2215 Genessee Street | Utica, New York 13501
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Utica College
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, New York 13502
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 73.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Verona
4937 Spring Road | Verona, New York 13478
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Rome
214 West Liberty Street | Rome, New York 13440
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 75.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Herkimer BOCES
295 West Main Street | Ilion, New York 13357
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 75.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mohawk Valley Community College
1101 Sherman Drive | Utica, New York 13501
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Utica
508 Second Street | Utica, New York 13501
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 68.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
100 Seymour Road | Utica, New York 13502
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
St. Elizabeth College of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.6% 2008 to 2017
Utica College Accelerated Second Degree BSN 89.0% 2014 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 73.0% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Verona Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.4% 2008 to 2012
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Rome Certificate in Practical Nursing 75.8% 2008 to 2012
Herkimer BOCES Certificate in Practical Nursing 75.7% 2008 to 2012
Mohawk Valley Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 71.7% 2008 to 2017
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Utica Certificate in Practical Nursing 68.8% 2008 to 2012
SUNY Polytechnic Institute MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion