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The Hudson Valley includes the New York counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester. This area is home to 94,230 registered nurses (RNs), 58,220 certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and 20,480 licensed practical nurses (LPNs). These professionals earn some of the highest nursing salaries in the United States. For example, Hudson Valley’s RNs hold an impressive median annual salary of $83,910. Its LPNs earn $52,110 per year, and its CNAs earn $34,210 per year. These salaries are all $10,000-20,000 higher than the respective national averages.

To land a position as a registered nurse, you will need at least an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Many high-level RN positions require a master of science in nursing (MSN) as well. LPNs must complete a state-approved certificate program of 12 to 18 months in length. CNAs must finish a shorter certificate program, usually several weeks to a few months in length.

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With the right education and training, aspiring nurses are well-prepared for the demands of these challenging positions. On a typical day, RNs will perform a wide range of duties that include treating patients, performing diagnostic tests, establishing care plans, and providing emotional support to families. LPNs do everything from measuring and recording vital signs to teaching family members how to care for patients. CNAs frequently help patients with routine tasks such as cleaning, bathing and eating.

The Hudson Valley’s hospitals and healthcare centers are constantly seeking to hire well-trained nurses. Some of the region’s major nursing employers include Hudson Valley Hospital Center, Northern Westchester Hospital, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, and St. Peter’s Hospital.

If you’re ready to begin a career in nursing, feel free to peruse our list below of the Hudson Valley’s top nursing schools and programs.

Hudson Valley nursing schools by NCLEX score

Rockland BOCES
65 Parrott Road | West Nyack, New York 10994
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2008)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Ulster BOCES
727 Grant Avenue | Lake Katrine, New York 12449
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2010)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road | Valhalla, New York 10595
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
SUNY Orange
115 South Street | Middletown, New York 10940
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Evening): 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Sullivan County BOCES
52 Ferndale Loomis Road | Liberty, New York 12754
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Concordia College New York
171 White Plains Road | Bronxville, New York 10708
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Dutchess Community College
53 Pendell Road | Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Rockland Community College
145 College Road | Suffern, New York 10901
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southern Westchester BOCES
450 Mamaroneck Avenue, Second Floor | Harrison, New York 10528
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Avenue | Newburgh, New York 12550
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pace University
861 Bedford Road | Pleasantville, New York 10570
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • 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
SUNY Ulster
491 Cottekill Road | Stone Ridge, New York 12484
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Orange-Ulster BOCES
130 Dolson Avenue | Middletown, New York 10940
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 60.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2011)
Montefiore School of Nursing
53 Valentine Street | Mount Vernon, New York 10550
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES
200 BOCES Drive | Yorktown Heights, New York 10598
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Dutchess BOCES
Five BOCES Road | Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place | New Rochelle, New York 10805
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Dominican College
470 Western Highway | Orangeburg, New York 10962
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 71.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Cochran School of Nursing
967 North Broadway | Yonkers, New York 10701
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
SUNY Sullivan
112 College Road | Loch Sheldrake, New York 12759
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 59.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mercy College
555 Broadway | Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522
  • 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
Nyack College
One South Boulevard | Nyack, New York 10960
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
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