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Registered nurses (RNs) treat patients, perform diagnostic tests, administer various types of treatments and medications, and operate medical equipment. They maintain intravenous lines, establish care plans, and educate patients about medical conditions. Some RNs run general health screenings or immunization clinics, while others may run blood drives or present public seminars on conditions.

To obtain the skills needed to enter this competitive field, all states require a prelicensure degree from an accredited school and a passing score on the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination. In the state of New York, aspiring nurses typically choose either an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program. The state also has one remaining RN diploma program at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY; this is a relic of a prior age when RN education was performed primarily at hospitals. Once licensed as a registered nurse, students may choose to further their education by pursuing a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree in order to compete for positions at New York’s top hospitals. MSN (and BSN) degree-holders command higher salaries and are often the first in line for advancement opportunities.

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Newly licensed registered nurses in New York can expect high salaries and an excellent employment outlook. RNs in the state earn a median annual salary of $74,370, one of the highest RN salaries in the country and nearly $9,000 above the national median of $65,470. Expected employment growth for RNs nationwide is 19% for the 2012-2022 decade.

Below is a list of accredited New York schools that offer some of the state’s top registered nursing programs.

Featured Schools

Buffalo

University at Buffalo
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Erie Community College - City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Niagara County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Erie Community College - North
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Trocaire College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
D'Youville College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Niagara University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 71.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 51.9% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University at Buffalo
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 93.5% 2017 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.2% 2008 to 2017
Erie Community College - City
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.7% 2008 to 2017
Niagara County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.5% 2008 to 2017
Erie Community College - North
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2008 to 2017
Trocaire College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.6% 2008 to 2017
D'Youville College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 79.3% 2008 to 2017
Niagara University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 71.0% 2013 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 51.9% 2015 to 2017

Capital District

Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Memorial College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Hudson Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Belanger School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Maria College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
SUNY Adirondack
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Columbia-Greene Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
The Sage Colleges
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.0% 2008 to 2017
Memorial College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2008 to 2017
Hudson Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.0% 2008 to 2017
Belanger School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.3% 2008 to 2017
Maria College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.9% 2008 to 2017
SUNY Adirondack
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2008 to 2017
Columbia-Greene Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2008 to 2017
The Sage Colleges
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 79.2% 2008 to 2017

Hudson Valley

College of New Rochelle
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Pace University
  • 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)
SUNY Orange
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Evening): 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Westchester Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Concordia College New York
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Rockland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
SUNY Orange - Newburgh
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
Dutchess Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
SUNY Ulster
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Mount Saint Mary College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Montefiore School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Cochran School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Nyack College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 71.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
Dominican College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 68.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
SUNY Sullivan
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 62.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
College of New Rochelle
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 100.0% 2016 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.7% 2008 to 2017
Pace University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 100.0% 2015 to 2016
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.7% 2008 to 2017
SUNY Orange
Associate's Degree in Nursing (Evening) 93.2% 2009 to 2016
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.3% 2008 to 2017
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
Rockland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.3% 2008 to 2017
SUNY Orange - Newburgh
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.4% 2016 to 2017
Dutchess Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.8% 2008 to 2017
SUNY Ulster
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.0% 2008 to 2017
Mount Saint Mary College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.6% 2008 to 2017
Montefiore School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.1% 2008 to 2017
Cochran School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.7% 2008 to 2017
Nyack College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 71.6% 2013 to 2017
Dominican College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 68.9% 2008 to 2017
SUNY Sullivan
Associate's Degree in Nursing 62.3% 2008 to 2017

Long Island

Stony Brook University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Farmingdale State College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Nassau Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Suffolk County Community College - Selden
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Molloy College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
New York Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Suffolk County Community College - Brentwood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Adelphi University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 75.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
St. Joseph's College - Long Island
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Stony Brook University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2017
Farmingdale State College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.8% 2010 to 2017
Nassau Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2008 to 2017
Suffolk County Community College - Selden
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.0% 2008 to 2017
Molloy College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.9% 2008 to 2017
New York Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.3% 2008 to 2017
Suffolk County Community College - Brentwood
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.8% 2008 to 2017
Adelphi University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 75.9% 2008 to 2017
St. Joseph's College - Long Island
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Mohawk Valley

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Utica College
  • 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)
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Hartwick College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Mohawk Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
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
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.2% 2008 to 2017
Hartwick College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.4% 2008 to 2017
Mohawk Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 71.7% 2008 to 2017

New York City: The Bronx

Lehman College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Bronx Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Hostos Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Monroe College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 64.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lehman College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.4% 2008 to 2017
Bronx Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.4% 2008 to 2017
Hostos Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.0% 2008 to 2017
Monroe College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.9% 2009 to 2017
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 64.9% 2008 to 2017

New York City: Brooklyn

SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
New York City College of Technology
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
St. Francis College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
LIU Brooklyn
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Kingsborough Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Touro College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 78.6% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 66.7% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Medgar Evers College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
ASA College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 37.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.5% 2008 to 2017
New York City College of Technology
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2008 to 2017
St. Francis College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.3% 2017 to 2017
LIU Brooklyn
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.3% 2008 to 2017
Kingsborough Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.2% 2008 to 2017
Touro College
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 78.6% 2014 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 75.0% 2008 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 66.7% 2015 to 2017
Medgar Evers College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 71.2% 2008 to 2017
ASA College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 37.0% 2013 to 2017
St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

New York City: Manhattan

Pace University - New York City
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2015)
Columbia University
  • Direct Entry MSN: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
New York University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Hunter College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Phillips School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Helene Fuld College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Swedish Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 58.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pace University - New York City
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 100.0% 2015 to 2016
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.2% 2008 to 2015
Columbia University
Direct Entry MSN 92.7% 2017 to 2017
New York University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 89.5% 2014 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.9% 2008 to 2017
Hunter College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.5% 2008 to 2017
Phillips School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.1% 2008 to 2017
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.1% 2008 to 2017
Helene Fuld College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 75.9% 2008 to 2017
Swedish Institute
Associate's Degree in Nursing 58.9% 2013 to 2017

New York City: Queens

Queensborough Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
LaGuardia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
York College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Queens
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 68.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Queensborough Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2008 to 2017
LaGuardia Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.0% 2008 to 2017
York College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 79.3% 2014 to 2017
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Queens
Associate's Degree in Nursing 68.0% 2010 to 2017

New York City: Staten Island

Wagner College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
College of Staten Island
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Staten Island
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 60.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Wagner College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.6% 2008 to 2017
College of Staten Island
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.2% 2008 to 2017
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Staten Island
Associate's Degree in Nursing 60.2% 2010 to 2017

Rochester

Monroe Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
University of Rochester
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
St. John Fisher College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
The College at Brockport
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Finger Lakes Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Nazareth College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 74.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Monroe Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.2% 2008 to 2017
University of Rochester
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.0% 2008 to 2017
St. John Fisher College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.3% 2008 to 2017
The College at Brockport
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.0% 2008 to 2017
Finger Lakes Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.7% 2008 to 2017
Roberts Wesleyan College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.1% 2008 to 2017
Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.5% 2010 to 2017
Nazareth College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 74.7% 2008 to 2017

Syracuse

St. Joseph's College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Onondaga Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Pomeroy College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Morrisville State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
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
Morrisville State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.8% 2008 to 2017

Other New York cities

Cayuga Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Jefferson Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
SUNY Delhi
  • Nursing Dual Degree Program (ADN + BSN): 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Clinton Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Tompkins Cortland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Corning Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Genesee Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Jamestown Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
SUNY Plattsburgh
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Arnot Ogden Medical Center
  • Diploma in Nursing: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Binghamton University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Elmira College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
SUNY Broome
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Alfred State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
North Country Community College - Saranac Lake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
SUNY Canton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 68.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
North Country Community College - Ticonderoga
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 62.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Cayuga Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.4% 2008 to 2017
Jefferson Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.4% 2008 to 2017
SUNY Delhi
Nursing Dual Degree Program (ADN + BSN) 96.3% 2014 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.9% 2008 to 2017
Clinton Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.9% 2008 to 2017
Tompkins Cortland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.4% 2008 to 2017
Corning Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.0% 2008 to 2017
Genesee Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.8% 2008 to 2017
Jamestown Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.0% 2008 to 2017
SUNY Plattsburgh
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.5% 2008 to 2017
Arnot Ogden Medical Center
Diploma in Nursing 85.5% 2008 to 2017
Binghamton University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.2% 2008 to 2017
Elmira College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.7% 2008 to 2017
SUNY Broome
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.7% 2008 to 2017
Alfred State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.0% 2008 to 2017
North Country Community College - Saranac Lake
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.0% 2008 to 2017
SUNY Canton
Associate's Degree in Nursing 68.5% 2008 to 2017
North Country Community College - Ticonderoga
Associate's Degree in Nursing 62.1% 2010 to 2017