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Depending on whether you attend a public or private school, the type of degree program, and whether you are a resident or non-resident, nursing school can range from quite affordable to very expensive. While there are too many factors involved to provide a precise cost for nursing school, we can offer a range that will be useful during your search.

Tuition costs cover a wide spectrum. Aspiring nurses can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 per semester at a public school to $20,000+ per semester at a private school. Other expenses include $200 to $1,000 per semester for books and supplies; several thousand dollars per semester (at a minimum) for housing; and $2,500-10,000 annually for required health insurance and other living expenses. Students should also squirrel away $143 for nursing exams and licenses in the state of New York.

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The good news? Nursing is one of the most lucrative career fields in the healthcare industry, with New York-based nurses earning well over the national average. Registered nurses in the state earn $74,370 per year versus a national average of $65,470. Licensed practical nurses in New York bring home $44,460 in annual salary, well above the national average of $41,450. The $32,700 annual compensation of New York-based nursing assistants also well exceeds the national average of $24,420. This means that no matter your choice of nursing school or program, you can expect an impressive return on your education investment in the state of New York.

Below is a list of New York schools that offer some of the region’s top accredited nursing programs, organized from most to least expensive.

Featured Schools

Buffalo

Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Sanborn
Certificate in Practical Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $9,900, books and supplies $1,656, room and board $12,250
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Angola
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $9,500, books and supplies $950, room and board $6,492
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Buffalo
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $9,500, books and supplies $950, room and board $6,492
Erie 1 BOCES - Potter Career and Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $8,800, books and supplies $500, room and board $4,056
Erie 1 BOCES - Southtowns Academy
Certificate in Practical Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $8,800, books and supplies $500, room and board $4,056
Erie 1 BOCES - Harkness Career and Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $8,800, books and supplies $500, room and board $4,056
Erie 1 BOCES - Kenton Career and Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $8,800, books and supplies $500, room and board $4,056
Erie 1 BOCES - Niagara Lutheran Home Rehabilitation Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $8,800, books and supplies $500, room and board $4,056

Capital District

Capital Region BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $11,650, books and supplies $550, room and board $9,264
Questar III BOCES - Hudson
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $10,976, books and supplies $524, room and board $14,900
Questar III BOCES - Troy
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $10,976, books and supplies $524, room and board $14,900
Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES - Saratoga Springs
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $10,560, books and supplies $900, room and board $6,377
Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES - Hudson Falls
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $10,560, books and supplies $900, room and board $6,377

Hudson Valley

Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $12,800, books and supplies $1,000, room and board $3,000
Orange-Ulster BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $11,585, books and supplies $800, room and board $11,000
Southern Westchester BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $11,000, books and supplies $500, room and board $11,050
Ulster BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $10,910, books and supplies $240, room and board $6,740
Rockland BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $10,403, books and supplies $500, room and board $11,050
Dutchess BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $9,280, books and supplies $650, room and board $9,750
Sullivan County BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing (20-month program): tuition and fees $8,500, books and supplies $1,000, room and board $40,000

Long Island

Wilson Technological Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $18,999, books and supplies $1,105
Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $13,375, books and supplies $1,225, room and board $9,984

Mohawk Valley

Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing (20-month program): tuition and fees $10,335, books and supplies $955, room and board $0
Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $9,720, books and supplies $1,025, room and board $3,910
Herkimer BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $8,825, books and supplies $1,000, room and board $4,990
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Utica
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $6,700, books and supplies $1,520, room and board $8,688
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Verona
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $6,700, books and supplies $1,520, room and board $8,688
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Rome
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $6,700, books and supplies $1,520, room and board $8,688

New York City: Manhattan

Manhattan Institute
Nursing Assistant Certificate (1-month program): tuition and fees $1,470, books and supplies $29

New York City: Queens

New York Medical Career Training Center
Nursing Assistant Certificate (2-month program): tuition and fees $1,448, books and supplies $70

Rochester

Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Rochester
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $14,385, books and supplies $0, room and board $8,400
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening) (12-month program): tuition and fees $14,385, books and supplies $0, room and board $8,400
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Newark
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $14,385, books and supplies $0, room and board $8,400
Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing (20-month program): tuition and fees $11,525, books and supplies $1,225, room and board $16,403
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Mount Morris
Certificate in Practical Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $10,050, books and supplies $600, room and board $5,700
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Spencerport
Certificate in Practical Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $10,050, books and supplies $600, room and board $5,700
Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Medina
Certificate in Practical Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $9,900, books and supplies $1,656, room and board $12,250

Syracuse

Oswego County BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing (11-month program): tuition and fees $8,450, books and supplies $0, room and board $5,644
Syracuse City Schools
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $8,350, books and supplies $423, room and board $7,200
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Liverpool
Certificate in Practical Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $8,000, books and supplies $0, room and board $13,450
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Syracuse
Certificate in Practical Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $8,000, books and supplies $0, room and board $13,450

Other New York cities

Arnot Ogden Medical Center
Diploma in Nursing (26-month program): tuition and fees $29,073, books and supplies $2,400, room and board $12,360
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Belmont
Certificate in Practical Nursing (20-month program): tuition and fees $14,740, books and supplies $720, room and board $0
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Ellicottville
Certificate in Practical Nursing (20-month program): tuition and fees $14,740, books and supplies $720, room and board $0
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Olean
Certificate in Practical Nursing (20-month program): tuition and fees $14,740, books and supplies $720, room and board $0
Broome-Tioga BOCES
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $10,920, books and supplies $0, room and board $9,165
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Batavia
Certificate in Practical Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $10,050, books and supplies $600, room and board $5,700
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Warsaw
Certificate in Practical Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $10,050, books and supplies $600, room and board $5,700
Champlain Valley Educational Services
Certificate in Practical Nursing (10-month program): tuition and fees $9,800, books and supplies $1,352, room and board $8,400
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Cassadaga
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $9,500, books and supplies $950, room and board $6,492
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Jamestown
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $9,500, books and supplies $950, room and board $6,492
Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Elmira
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $9,495, books and supplies $993, room and board $5,400
Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Painted Post
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $9,495, books and supplies $993, room and board $5,400
Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES - Norwich
Certificate in Practical Nursing (11-month program): tuition and fees $8,105, books and supplies $835, room and board $3,570
Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES - Sidney Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (11-month program): tuition and fees $8,105, books and supplies $835, room and board $3,570
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Cortland
Certificate in Practical Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $8,000, books and supplies $0, room and board $13,450
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