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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

While many employers prefer to hire nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from an accredited college or university, an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) will still prepare you for the national licensure examination and help you obtain an entry-level position in the field. An ADN program will also prepare you for entry into an RN-to-BSN program at a later date.

Many aspiring nursing professionals choose an associate’s degree in nursing because it takes less time to complete than a bachelor’s degree. A BSN may take up to four years to complete, while an ADN may be completed in just two to three years. Accelerated programs (e.g., for current LPNs) may take mere months to complete.

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If you are looking for the best ADN and LPN programs, stick to schools accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) must also approve these accredited programs. Some of the most recognized vocational, career, and community colleges for nursing in New York include Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing, Borough of Manhattan Community College, LaGuardia Community College, and North Country Community College.

After earning a nursing degree and passing the national licensure examination, newly licensed nurses can seek employment at a number of New York hospitals and healthcare providers. Some of the state’s top employers for aspiring nurses are North Shore LIJ Health System, Mount Sinai Health System, Bellevue Hospital Center, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center. All four of these health systems have branches in New York City.

Below is a list of New York vocational, career, and community colleges that offer some of the state’s best nursing programs.

Featured Schools

Buffalo

Erie 1 BOCES - Harkness Career and Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie 1 BOCES - Kenton Career and Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie 1 BOCES - Niagara Lutheran Home Rehabilitation Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie 1 BOCES - Potter Career and Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie 1 BOCES - Southtowns Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Angola
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Buffalo
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie Community College - City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Erie Community College - North
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Niagara County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Sanborn
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Erie 1 BOCES - Harkness Career and Technical Center Cheektowaga
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie 1 BOCES - Kenton Career and Technical Center Tonawanda
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie 1 BOCES - Niagara Lutheran Home Rehabilitation Center Buffalo
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie 1 BOCES - Potter Career and Technical Center West Seneca
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie 1 BOCES - Southtowns Academy Hamburg
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Angola Angola
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Buffalo Buffalo
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie Community College - City Buffalo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Erie Community College - North Williamsville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Niagara County Community College Sanborn
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Sanborn Sanborn
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Capital District

Belanger School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Capital Region BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Columbia-Greene Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Hudson Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Memorial College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Mildred Elley - Albany
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Questar III BOCES - Hudson
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Questar III BOCES - Troy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
SUNY Adirondack
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES - Hudson Falls
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES - Saratoga Springs
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Belanger School of Nursing Schenectady
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Capital Region BOCES Albany
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Columbia-Greene Community College Hudson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Hudson Valley Community College Troy
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Memorial College of Nursing Albany
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Mildred Elley - Albany Albany
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Questar III BOCES - Hudson Hudson
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Questar III BOCES - Troy Troy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing Troy
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
SUNY Adirondack Queensbury
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES - Hudson Falls Hudson Falls
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES - Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Hudson Valley

Cochran School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Dutchess BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dutchess Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Montefiore School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Orange-Ulster BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rockland BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Rockland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southern Westchester BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sullivan County BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
SUNY Orange
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Evening)
SUNY Orange - Newburgh
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
SUNY Sullivan
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
SUNY Ulster
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Ulster BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Westchester Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Cochran School of Nursing Yonkers
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Dutchess BOCES Poughkeepsie
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dutchess Community College Poughkeepsie
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Montefiore School of Nursing Mount Vernon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Orange-Ulster BOCES Middletown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES Yorktown Heights
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rockland BOCES West Nyack
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Rockland Community College Suffern
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southern Westchester BOCES Harrison
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sullivan County BOCES Liberty
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
SUNY Orange Middletown
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Evening)
SUNY Orange - Newburgh Newburgh
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
SUNY Sullivan Loch Sheldrake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
SUNY Ulster Stone Ridge
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Ulster BOCES Lake Katrine
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Westchester Community College Valhalla
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Long Island

Eastern Suffolk BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Nassau Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Suffolk County Community College - Brentwood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Suffolk County Community College - Riverhead
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Suffolk County Community College - Selden
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
VEEB of Nassau County
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wilson Technological Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Eastern Suffolk BOCES Patchogue
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
Nassau Community College Garden City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Suffolk County Community College - Brentwood Brentwood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Suffolk County Community College - Riverhead Riverhead
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Suffolk County Community College - Selden Selden
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
VEEB of Nassau County Hicksville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wilson Technological Center Dix Hills
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Mohawk Valley

Fulton-Montgomery Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Herkimer BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Rome
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Utica
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Verona
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mohawk Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
St. Elizabeth College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Fulton-Montgomery Community College Johnstown
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES Johnstown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Herkimer BOCES Ilion
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Rome Rome
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Utica Utica
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Madison-Oneida BOCES - Verona Verona
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mohawk Valley Community College Utica
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES Oneonta
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
St. Elizabeth College of Nursing Utica
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

New York City: The Bronx

Bronx Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hostos Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Bronx Community College Bronx
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hostos Community College Bronx
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

New York City: Brooklyn

Access Careers
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
ASA College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Brooklyn Adult Learning Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Clara Barton High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Kingsborough Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Access Careers Brooklyn
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
ASA College Brooklyn
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Brooklyn Adult Learning Center Brooklyn
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Clara Barton High School Brooklyn
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

New York City: Manhattan

Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Manhattan Institute
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mildred Elley - New York City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
New Age Training
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Phillips School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Swedish Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Borough of Manhattan Community College New York
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility Roosevelt Island
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Manhattan Institute New York
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center New York
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mildred Elley - New York City New York
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
New Age Training New York
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Phillips School of Nursing New York
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Swedish Institute New York
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

New York City: Queens

LaGuardia Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
New York Medical Career Training Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Queensborough Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Queens
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
LaGuardia Community College Long Island City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
New York Medical Career Training Center Flushing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Queensborough Community College Bayside
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Queens Flushing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

New York City: Staten Island

Curtis High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Staten Island
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Curtis High School Staten Island
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
St. Paul's School of Nursing - Staten Island Staten Island
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Rochester

Finger Lakes Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Mount Morris
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Spencerport
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Marion S Whelan School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Monroe Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Medina
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Newark
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Rochester
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening)
School City Programs offered
Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing Geneva
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Mount Morris Mount Morris
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Spencerport Rochester
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing Rochester
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Marion S Whelan School of Practical Nursing Geneva
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Monroe Community College Rochester
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Medina Medina
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rochester Educational Opportunity Center Rochester
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Newark Newark
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Rochester Rochester
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening)

Syracuse

Onondaga Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Liverpool
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Syracuse
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Oswego County BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Pomeroy College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
St. Joseph's College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Syracuse City Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Onondaga Community College Syracuse
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Liverpool Liverpool
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Syracuse Syracuse
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Oswego County BOCES Mexico
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Pomeroy College of Nursing Syracuse
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
St. Joseph's College of Nursing Syracuse
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Syracuse City Schools Syracuse
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Other New York cities

Arnot Ogden Medical Center
  • Diploma in Nursing
Broome-Tioga BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Belmont
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Ellicottville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Olean
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cayuga Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Champlain Valley Educational Services
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Clinton Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Corning Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES - Norwich
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES - Sidney Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Cassadaga
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Jamestown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Genesee Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Batavia
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Warsaw
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Elmira
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Painted Post
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jamestown Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Jefferson Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Jefferson-Lewis BOCES
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Country Community College - Malone
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Country Community College - Saranac Lake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Country Community College - Ticonderoga
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Cortland
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
SUNY Broome
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tompkins Cortland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Arnot Ogden Medical Center Elmira
  • Diploma in Nursing
Broome-Tioga BOCES Binghamton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Belmont Belmont
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Ellicottville Ellicottville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES - Olean Olean
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cayuga Community College Auburn
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Auburn
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Champlain Valley Educational Services Plattsburgh
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Clinton Community College Plattsburgh
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Corning Community College Corning
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES - Norwich Norwich
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES - Sidney Center Sidney Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Cassadaga Cassadaga
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES - Jamestown Jamestown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Genesee Community College Batavia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Batavia Batavia
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - Warsaw Warsaw
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Elmira Elmira
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Painted Post Painted Post
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jamestown Community College Jamestown
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Jefferson Community College Watertown
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Watertown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Country Community College - Malone Malone
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Country Community College - Saranac Lake Saranac Lake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Country Community College - Ticonderoga Ticonderoga
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES - Cortland Cortland
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
SUNY Broome Binghamton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tompkins Cortland Community College Dryden
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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