We've organized a comprehensive list of New York nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major New York city.

The state of New York is home to 169,820 registered nurses (RNs), the third-largest population of RNs in the U.S. It is also home to 49,050 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and 99,820 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). As a result, nursing career opportunities are plentiful in cities across the state, including New York City’s Bronx borough. So what do these nursing professionals do, and how do they prepare for success?

A master of science in nursing (MSN) is one of the best degree options for professional nurses looking to advance their careers. While a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree can certainly open some doors on its own, an MSN is preferred by hospitals, universities, and other medical facilities seeking skilled administrators, educators, and managers. Top colleges and universities typically offer the best MSN programs, and they usually require 18-24 months to complete.

A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree is fast becoming the preferred credential for registered nursing (RN) positions at major hospitals and healthcare providers. Because BSN curricula include more in-depth coursework and clinical hours, employers view graduates of these programs as better-prepared for the challenges of the RN role. A BSN (or higher) is also preferred for advancement opportunities and higher-level positions such as critical care nurse, nurse manager, occupational health nurse, and psychiatric nurse.

One of the fastest routes to becoming a registered nurse (RN) is an associate’s degree. Associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) offerings fall into two broad categories. Associate of science (AS) and associate of arts (AA) programs prepare candidates for subsequent transfer into a bachelor’s degree program. By contrast, an associate of applied science (AAS) degree is a terminal program that prepares students for immediate employment upon graduation.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) care for the sick or injured under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs), surgeons, and other medical professionals. Duties include (but are not limited to) collecting samples for testing, cleaning and monitoring medical equipment, measuring and recording vital signs, dressing wounds, preparing and giving injections, monitoring catheters, gathering medical information from patients, and teaching family members how to care for loved ones.

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.

New York is home to some of America’s most sought-after private schools. Elite institutions like Columbia University and New York University (NYU) have garnered international reputations in a number of educational disciplines. Thankfully, many of the state’s top private institutions are also the nation’s leading nursing schools. In addition to NYU and Columbia, some of the top private nursing schools in New York are Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, University of Rochester, and St. John Fisher College in Rochester.

The state of New York is home to the largest comprehensive university system in the United States: the State University of New York (SUNY). The state is also home to the celebrated City University of New York system or “CUNY.” Public nursing school education in New York offers benefits that go beyond each system’s stellar reputation. For starters, public universities in the state (and across the US) cost less. Public universities are primarily funded through state government subsidies, so New York State residents will pay an average tuition of under $7,000 per year.