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For our 2018 rankings, the research team at Nursing Schools Almanac collected data on over 3,000 nursing schools and campuses throughout the United States. We evaluated each school on three dimensions:

  • The institution’s academic prestige and perceived value
  • The breadth and depth of nursing programs offered
  • Student success, particularly on the NCLEX national licensure exam

We then combined these assessments into an overall score and ranked the schools accordingly. For a detailed description of our assessment methodology and dimension weights, please see here.

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#1: New York University | New York, NY
U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner programs at Rory Meyers College of Nursing among the top ten nationally. The college is also seventh in the nation in terms of NIH nursing research funding awarded over the past decade, and NYU Meyers has twice earned a Center of Excellence designation from the National League for Nursing. In its flagship BSN program, the college graduates approximately 400 students each year who have passed the NCLEX exam at an 86% rate since 2008. NYU Meyers also offers an MSN degree, post-master’s advanced certificates, a DNP program, and a PhD in Research Theory and Development.


#2: University of Rochester | Rochester, NY
The School of Nursing at University of Rochester prides itself on innovation in nursing education, including the country’s first Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program and its first Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship. The school’s most recent initiative is its Council for Diversity and Inclusiveness. Over the past decade, 91% of Rochester’s BSN students have passed the NCLEX licensure exam on their first try. The school also provides RN-to-BSN, MSN, PhD, and post-PhD programs. Nursing students have access to a state-of-the-art Clinical and Educational Resource Center as well as a 52-bed neonatal intensive care unit.


#3: Columbia University | New York, NY
As part of Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia Nursing enjoys a unique collaboration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, and the College of Dental Medicine. In fact, Columbia is one of eight nursing schools in the nation associated with a major academic medical center. Since its establishment in 1892, Columbia Nursing has graduated approximately 12,000 nurses. The school has a history of innovation: it launched the first master’s degree in clinical nursing in 1956, and it recently introduced a fifteen-month direct-entry MSN program for non-nurse college graduates. Columbia Nursing is proud to boast 38% ethnic diversity.


#4: Teachers College at Columbia University | New York, NY
Teachers College at Columbia University has trained nurse education leaders since 1899. Offered through the Department of Health & Behavior Studies, the college conducts programs for MSN-prepared and advanced practice nurses. Teachers College’s doctor of education (EdD) in nursing education has a newly revised curriculum, designed by nursing education experts and recently approved by the State of New York as an online offering. Doctoral students who would like clinical expertise in diabetes management may take advantage of the school’s Diabetes Education and Management curriculum. The school also offers a five-course advanced certificate in nursing education specifically designed for doctorally prepared nurses.


#5: Upstate Medical University | Syracuse, NY
Upstate Medical University’s College of Nursing strives to meet the needs of RNs in the Syracuse and Central New York area. In 1959, to address the region’s nursing shortfall, Upstate Medical University launched an ADN program that educated more than 500 registered nurses over the next two decades. Today, Upstate Medical University is one of the longest-established upper-division nursing schools in the region. It offers an RN-to-BSN degree completion program, three MSN tracks, two post-master’s advanced certificates, and a part-time MSN-to-DNP program.


#6: Hunter College | New York, NY
Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing (HBSON) offers three undergraduate programs: a traditional BSN, an accelerated second-degree program, and an RN-to-BSN bridge. It also provides six MSN specialization tracks, a post-master’s certificate in psychiatric-mental health, and a DNP program. The school graduates 90-130 BSN students annually, who have passed the NCLEX exam at a solid 88% rate over the past ten years. With an aim to provide care in culturally diverse communities, HBSON has supported nursing education initiatives in Haiti and introduced a Global Health Nursing elective at the undergraduate level.


#7: Pace University | New York & Pleasantville, NY
The Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) at Pace University’s College of Health Professions offers its students learning opportunities by partnering with many well-known primary, acute, and tertiary care facilities and community agencies. LSN’s small class sizes ensure greater faculty attention, enabling BSN students to pass the NCLEX exam at an 89% rate over the past ten years. Across its two campuses in Pleasantville and New York City, LSN offers traditional and accelerated BSN programs for undergraduates as well as a variety of graduate degree and certificate programs.


#8: University at Buffalo | Buffalo, NY
University at Buffalo’s School of Nursing has educated nurses for over 75 years. The school provides a traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, RN-to-BSN bridge, master’s in nursing leadership, DNP program, and PhD program. The latter two are available in a distance learning format. The university graduates about 120 new nurses from its BSN program each year, and these students have passed the NCLEX exam at an 87% rate over the past ten years. UB School of Nursing students can access a varied list of clinical partners including a major cancer center, several comprehensive healthcare providers, a hospice center, and a veterans’ medical center.


#9: Wagner College | Staten Island, NY
In 2012, the Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing Accreditation earned a coveted COE designation from the National League for Nursing. The school offers a traditional BSN, second-degree BSN, and RN-to-BSN completion program at the undergraduate level. It also offers MSN tracks for aspiring nurse educators and family nurse practitioners, a post-master’s FNP certificate, and a DNP program. Wagner produces 60-100 new BSN-educated nurses each year, and these graduates have passed the NCLEX exam at rates as high as 92% in recent years. Students learn at the Nursing Resource Center, which has a well-equipped high-fidelity simulation lab and a general skills lab.


#10: Binghamton University | Binghamton, NY
Since its establishment in 1969, the Decker School of Nursing (DSON) has earned a reputation for its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral nursing programs in the state of New York. DSON graduates 150-200 BSN students each year that have passed the NCLEX exam at a rate of 82% over the last decade. The school provides its nursing students with intensive clinical experiences and state-of-the-art facilities. Students complete hundreds of clinical rotation hours in acute care and community settings, and they also enjoy access to DSON’s Simulation and Practice Center.


#11: St. John Fisher College | Rochester, NY
The Wegmans School of Nursing recently launched three new MSN specializations with an eye on the healthcare needs of the Rochester community: adult-gerontology primary care, adult-gerontology acute care, and psychiatric-mental health. The graduate nursing department also offers an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and a Doctor of Nursing Practice, while the undergraduate department leads traditional BSN and online RN-to-BSN programs. Wegmans’ BSN students have passed the NCLEX exam at a solid 90% rate since 2008.


#12: Stony Brook University | Stony Brook, NY
At Stony Brook University’s School of Nursing, all graduate-level and online classes are recorded and archived, allowing students to access lecture materials at their convenience. Not surprisingly, Stony Brook’s online MSN program consistently ranks highly according to U.S. News & World Report. The school annually sits 100-160 BSN students for the NCLEX exam, and they have passed at a strong 90% rate since 2008. Stony Brook also offers a wide breadth of graduate nursing programs, including nine MSN / advanced certificate tracks and a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


#13: SUNY Downstate Medical Center | Brooklyn, NY
SUNY Downstate College of Nursing offers two baccalaureate options: a second-degree accelerated BSN and an RN-to-BSN completion program. The BSN class is on the smaller side, graduating 50-75 students annually, and they are exceptionally well-prepared for licensure, with an NCLEX pass rate of 90% since 2008. SUNY Downstate is one of only four colleges in the state to offer an MSN in all four advanced practice roles: clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, and nurse midwife. The college also offers advanced certificates in family nurse practitioner and women’s health primary care nurse practitioner.


#14: Adelphi University | Garden City, NY
With 70 years of nursing education experience, the Adelphi College of Nursing and Public Health is designated a Center of Excellence by the NLN. The college currently enrolls over 1,000 undergraduates and approximately 150 graduate nurses. Adelphi students benefit from small class sizes and strong collaboration with faculty. Approximately 250-350 BSN students appear for the NCLEX exam each year, and they have scored a 76% pass rate since 2008. The college also prides itself on the fact that 89% of Adelphi master’s degree students gain employment within a year of graduation.


#15: Lehman College | Bronx, NY
The Department of Nursing at Lehman College is part of the School of Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing. The department offers three undergraduate nursing pathways including a generic BSN, an accelerated BSN, and an online RN-to-BSN program. Since 2016, prelicensure BSN graduates have achieved a noteworthy 89% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam. At the graduate level, Lehman College offers two MSN specializations (family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner) and four post-master’s certificates (FNP, PNP, nursing education, nursing administration). The college is currently seeking approval to offer a DNP program with an adult-geriatric clinical nurse specialist focus.


#16: Molloy College | Rockville Centre, NY
Molloy College graduates a BSN class of approximately 300 students each spring, the second-largest such cohort in the entire state (after NYU). Molloy students perform well on their licensure exams, passing at rates as high as 92% in recent years. The college also offers a BSN degree completion program for RNs, as well as a unique dual-degree option that enables students to enroll in both undergraduate and graduate courses simultaneously. At the graduate level, Molloy offers seven distinct MSN tracks, nine post-master’s nursing certificates, and a highly regarded nursing PhD program.


#17: The Graduate Center, CUNY | New York, NY
The Graduate Center at The City University of New York offers a PhD program for nurses that hold a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited school. The PhD program – formerly called a doctor of nursing science, or DNS – is composed of 49 post-master’s credits with no clinical component, as these courses would have been completed at the master’s level. Sample courses for the program include Applied Statistics, Bioethics, and Nursing Care Perspectives to Eliminate Health Disparities. In years one and two of the program, students will complete twenty hours of required courses each year. In the third year, students will complete nine hours of required coursework, and in the fourth year, students will complete and defend their dissertation.


#18: SUNY Polytechnic Institute | Utica, NY
SUNY Polytechnic Institute offers several innovative pathways for nursing students. The school’s 1+2+1 partnership with St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) enables students to complete two nursing degrees – an ADN from SECON and a BSN from SUNY Poly – in four years, all while living on the SUNY Poly campus. The school’s two-year RN-to-BSN program is now offered online beginning with the 2018 fall semester. SUNY Poly also offers an accelerated BSN/MSN program with specializations in family nurse practitioner and nursing education, as well as certificates of advanced study in both fields.


#19: Daemen College | Amherst, NY
The nursing department at Daemen College partners with local community colleges to deliver an innovative 1+2+1 curriculum. This unique program confers both an ADN and a BSN degree in only four years of study, and it enables students to work as a registered nurse after just their third year. The college also offers a traditional RN-to-BSN bridge, a DNP program, and three MSN tracks in adult-gerontology primary care, nursing executive leadership, and nursing education. Daemen’s nursing department strives to integrate several methods of instruction, including traditional classroom, distance education, hybrid, and online.


#20: The Sage Colleges | Troy, NY
The Sage Colleges offer both BSN and MSN degrees. The BSN program is designed for students who are preparing for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. Students in the program take 60 credits in the arts and sciences, including 36 credits of general education requirements. The nursing major then includes 54 nursing credits and 27 credits of required support courses. Students may transfer up to 30 credits from an ADN program or up to 75 credits from a BSN program. The Sage Colleges’ undergraduates have achieved a solid 85% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam over the past three years. Graduate students may pursue an MSN degree in four nurse practitioner specialties (acute care, adult gerontology, family, psychiatric mental health) or a post-master’s certificate in any of these areas.


#21: St. Joseph’s College of Nursing | Syracuse, NY
St. Joseph’s College of Nursing was founded in 1898 by the Sisters of St. Francis. Over the past 118 years, the college has produced more than 4,000 newly minted nurses, with 120-150 new graduates joining their ranks each year. St. Joseph’s offers a number of tailored pathways to the nursing profession, including a traditional two-year weekday ADN and an accelerated 18-month evening / weekend program. The school has also designed a dual degree partnership in nursing (DDPN) option with Le Moyne College, awarding both an associate’s degree and a baccalaureate degree in four years over a 1+2+1 class schedule. St. Joseph’s students have earned a stellar NCLEX pass rate of 93% over the past decade. Graduates are given transfer consideration into the RN-to-BSN programs of more than a dozen local and online nursing colleges.


#22: Mount Saint Mary College | Newburgh, NY
Mount Saint Mary College offers five pathways in nursing including a traditional BSN, an adult degree completion program, an LPN-to-BSN bridge, an RN-to-BSN bridge offered in a hybrid on-site / online model, and an MSN degree. The traditional BSN is a four-year program for students with no prior nursing education, while the adult degree completion program is an evening and weekend program designed especially for adult learners. The bridge programs are designed for existing LPNs and RNs who wish to advance their nursing education in a streamlined manner. Across prelicensure pathways, BSN students have averaged an 84% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX exam during the past decade. Mount Saint Mary’s MSN degree prepares nurses to enter the healthcare arena as nurse practitioners.


#23: Albany Medical College | Albany, NY
Albany Medical College offers an MSN degree in nurse anesthesiology that prepares graduates to begin work immediately at hospitals and other healthcare facilities. During the first year of the program, students complete coursework in basic sciences, research, nurse anesthesia practice, and clinical practicum laboratories. In the second year, students continue the clinical practicum laboratories and nurse anesthesia courses; they also complete board preparation coursework and a clinical residency. Albany Medical College’s most recent graduating class of 23 students enjoyed a 92% first-time pass rate on the national certification examination and a perfect 100% employment rate within six months of graduation.


#24: The College at Brockport | Brockport, NY
The Department of Nursing at The College at Brockport offers three undergraduate pathways: a traditional BSN, a fast-track RN-to-BSN, and a second degree option. The most unique program is the fast-track RN-to-BSN, which may be completed 100% online. Students have the option to complete their clinical experiences within their own communities and regions, or they may opt to take advantage of international experiences in Peru and Costa Rica. Most nurses complete the program in 30-36 credits over 12 months full-time or 18-24 months part-time. In the school’s prelicensure BSN programs, approximately 100 students graduate each year and they achieve strong marks on their licensure exams, with an 89% pass rate over the past decade. At the graduate level, The College at Brockport offers both MSN and certificate of advanced standing (CAS) programs for aspiring family nurse practitioners.


#25: St. Joseph’s College | Brooklyn & Long Island, NY
St. Joseph’s College conducts its nursing programs across two convenient campus locations in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and the Patchogue region of Long Island. At the undergraduate level, St. Joseph’s offers a traditional four-year BSN program for students entering the nursing field, as well as a blended RN-to-BSN program for RNs seeking career advancement. The baccalaureate curriculum features innovative courses like Adults in Transition, Group Dynamics & Communication, Relationship-Centered Care, and Way of Being. The college also offers an MSN program with three concentrations: adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist, adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, and nursing education. Graduate students may also earn an online certificate in management of health information systems.


#26: Nazareth College | Rochester, NY
Nazareth College has three pathways to a BSN degree: a traditional undergraduate program, an LPN-to-BSN bridge, and an RN-to-BSN completion program. Nazareth offers its students the unique opportunity to study and work overseas. For example, the college offers a Belize service-learning project that takes place over spring break, pairing students with residents of Octavia Waight Centre, a nursing home in San Ignacio. The college also offers a Finland study abroad program that takes place over one or two semesters; the two-semester option makes students eligible for a dual degree and for licensure in the European Union. Nazareth College students have achieved an 89% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam over the past three years, including an impressive 95% pass rate last year.


#27: Le Moyne College | Syracuse, NY
The Department of Nursing at Le Moyne College has four undergraduate pathways, including two dual-degree partnerships with St. Joseph’s College of Nursing and two degree completion programs. The core dual-degree partnership with St. Joseph’s is designed for high school graduates who want to study nursing when they enter Le Moyne College as freshmen. The accelerated version is for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. Le Moyne’s degree completion pathways enable both RN-to-BSN and RN-to-MSN progressions. At the graduate level, Le Moyne offers a traditional MSN program with tracks in family nurse practitioner, nursing education, and nursing administration.


#28: Keuka College | Keuka Park, NY
Keuka College has joined forces with Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing and Health Sciences (FLHCON) to offer a dual degree program. Enrollees will earn an AAS degree from FLHCON and a BSN degree from Keuka. Students in this exclusive program benefit from state-of-the-art facilities at Keuka, FLHCON, and Geneva General Hospital. In addition, they gain hands-on experience through Field Period which features local and overseas trips to explore various nursing roles. Keuka College also offers a hybrid RN-to-BSN pathway, an MSN degree with tracks in nursing education and adult / gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AGPCNP), and an AGPCNP post-master’s certificate. The MSN in nursing education includes a self-selected internship that provides hands-on experience in classroom and clinical instruction.


#29: SUNY Plattsburgh | Plattsburgh, NY
The Department of Nursing at SUNY Plattsburgh has two pathways for nursing students: a traditional freshman-entry BSN program and an online RN-to-BSN program. The freshman-entry BSN program requires four years of general education and professional studies. In addition to covering the natural, biological, and behavioral sciences, the program includes applied learning and clinical experiences. Over the past decade, traditional BSN students have achieved a notable 88% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. The online RN-to-BSN program is specifically designed for students who have completed their ADN or diploma in nursing and are licensed RNs. A clinical coordinator works with online students to find appropriate clinical experiences in their region.


#30: Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital | Syracuse, NY
Located in the heart of Syracuse’s University Hill area, the Bill and Sandra Pomeroy College of Nursing offers a two-year associate’s degree program in nursing. Classes are conducted at the Harry and Lillian Marley Education Center, a high-tech facility located directly across from Crouse Hospital. The school’s vibrant curriculum includes a cross-cultural healthcare immersion program in Guatemala. Pomeroy students have performed very well on the national licensure examination, posting a 90% NCLEX pass rate since 2008. The school continues to innovate, recently launching an Early Assurance option for graduates to transfer seamlessly into the Le Moyne College RN-to-BSN program. Pomeroy also began offering an accelerated 18-month pathway with evening and weekend classes in January 2017.


#31: Siena College | Loudonville, NY
Siena College’s Baldwin Nursing Department and Ellis Medicine’s Belanger School of Nursing offer two pathways for aspiring nurses: the dual ADN/BSN and the RN-to-BSN. The dual ADN/BSN allows students to earn two degrees through one seamless program. Students have the opportunity to learn on both campuses while spending all four years living at Siena. The RN-to-BSN features small class sizes, a caring science curriculum, state-of-the-art health assessment and simulation labs, and a convenient cohort approach to learning. This program can be completed in as little as 24 months, or in just 16 months for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field.


#32: Elmira College | Elmira, NY
The BSN program at Elmira College provides a foundation of liberal arts and professional education for the practice of nursing. Students take an Introduction to Nursing class during the first term of sophomore year, and they begin clinicals with a Quality and Safety in Nursing class during the second term. The program offers extensive clinical experiences at state-of-the-art facilities in all major specialties, participation in simulated clinical learning experiences at an on-campus nursing simulation center, and an in-depth concentrated hospital clinical field experience with a nurse preceptor. Over the past decade, Elmira’s BSN graduates have achieved an 82% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.


#33: College of Staten Island | Staten Island, NY
The College of Staten Island, part of the vast City University of New York, offers a breadth of nursing programs across all degree levels. Undergraduate options include ADN and RN-to-BSN programs. The undergraduate curriculum combines science, humanities, and nursing coursework with supervised clinical experiences and the opportunity to practice nursing skills in state-of-the-art laboratories, including a high-fidelity simulation center. Over the past decade, ADN graduates have achieved a solid 80% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. At the graduate level, CSI offers an MSN degree with two adult-gerontological specializations (clinical nurse specialist, primary care nurse practitioner) and two doctoral programs (DNP, PhD in nursing).


#34: Roberts Wesleyan College | Rochester, NY
The School of Nursing at Roberts Wesleyan College offers three nursing programs: a traditional BSN, an RN-to-BSN bridge pathway, and an MSN degree. The traditional BSN program is for students who are new to the nursing field. Over the past five years, approximately 50 students have graduated from the traditional BSN program each year, scoring an average first-time NCLEX pass rate of 83%. The RN-to-BSN bridge program is designed for working RNs with an ADN degree who wish to complete their baccalaureate education in a streamlined manner. The MSN program allows entry to BSN-educated nurses, with focal areas in both leadership / administration and nursing education.


#35: LIU Brooklyn | Brooklyn, NY
The Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing at LIU Brooklyn offers both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. The BSN program has three tracks: full-time day, part-time evening / weekend, and accelerated second degree. The accelerated track is a 16-month program for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field, with admission in the spring, summer, and fall. LIU Brooklyn graduates 200-300 students annually across all BSN tracks. These students have passed the NCLEX licensure exam at an 82% first-time rate over the past decade, and they typically enter the field within three to six months of program completion. Graduate programs include a BSN/MSN executive program for nursing & healthcare management, and an MSN degree with three concentrations (family nurse practitioner, adult nurse practitioner, nurse educator).


#36: D’Youville College | Buffalo, NY
The School of Nursing at D’Youville College offers degree programs at the BSN, MSN, and DNP levels. Prelicensure BSN graduates have achieved approximately an 80% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX exam over the past decade. The MSN program features specialty tracks in four areas: family nurse practitioner (FNP), nursing education with a clinical focus, nursing management and quality leadership, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). The DNP program also offers FNP and PMHNP specializations. Working nurses who already hold an MSN degree may apply to the advanced certificate program, which offers FNP and PMHNP options plus a certificate in nursing and health-related professions education.


#37: CUNY School of Professional Studies | New York, NY
CUNY School of Professional Studies has several degree pathways for registered nurses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate options include a traditional RN-to-BSN program, a dual/joint offering with Queensborough Community College, and an accelerated RN-to-BSN/MSN program with tracks in nursing education, informatics, and organizational leadership. All pathways are offered online. At the graduate level, CUNY SPS offers BSN-educated nurses a traditional MSN program with specializations in all three areas noted above. Graduates are prepared for immediate work in management and leadership positions or for admission to a doctoral program.


#38: Hartwick College | Oneonta, NY
Hartwick College offers a variety of pathways to a BSN degree, including programs for high school graduates, transfer students, nurses with an ADN, and non-nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. The school’s four-year BSN program provides traditional students with direct exposure to clinical settings by the end of the first semester. For non-nursing baccalaureate degree-holders, Hartwick offers both an 18-month accelerated BSN and an accelerated summer BSN, known as the Rural Nursing Opportunities Program. Across these prelicensure pathways, approximately 50 BSN graduates per year have averaged an 85% NCLEX pass rate over the past four years.


#39: Concordia College New York | Bronxville, NY
The BSN program at Concordia College New York has two pathways: traditional and post-bachelor’s. Students experience healthcare at the cutting edge, both through campus laboratory instruction and through hands-on practice in hospitals, nursing homes, and mental health facilities throughout Westchester County and the broader New York metropolitan area. Since the program’s inception, BSN graduates have enjoyed an excellent 91% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. The most recent graduating class passed the NCLEX exam at a 96% rate, placing Concordia among the top five BSN programs in New York State.


#40: Mercy College | Dobbs Ferry, NY
The School of Health & Natural Sciences at Mercy College has three nursing programs: a traditional four-year BSN, an RN-to-BSN pathway offered online or on-campus, and a 15-month MSN program with tracks in nursing administration and nursing education. Nursing administration MSN students must complete a 120-hour practicum which places them with a preceptor or mentor in an administrative area. Nursing education MSN students are prepared to use innovative technology in the planning, implementation, and delivery of educational programs. Clinical nursing experiences for all programs are conducted in a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory as well as traditional, hands-on, instructor-supervised training in Westchester County and New York City healthcare facilities.


#41: New York City College of Technology | Brooklyn, NY
The nursing program at New York City College of Technology offers both ADN and BSN programs. Gerontological nursing and community-based nursing are integrated throughout the ADN curriculum; so too is technology through clinical laboratory simulation and BlackBoard enhancement of all nursing courses. Over the past decade, the college’s approximately 100 annual ADN graduates have achieved an impressive 88% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. Designed for ADN- and diploma-prepared nurses, the BSN is a flexible upper-level program with didactic and clinical courses to meet the educational needs of current RNs. In addition to academic coursework in the classroom, students practice physical assessment skills in a college laboratory setting.


#42: Bronx Community College | Bronx, NY
Bronx Community College has educated aspiring nurses for sixty years. The college offers both an AAS degree in registered nursing and a certificate in practical nursing. The AAS program features convenient evening lectures and a breadth of clinical experiences. Over the past decade, these students have passed the NCLEX-RN exam at a solid 83% first-time rate. Graduates who wish to pursue a BSN degree may transfer 60 credits within the City University of New York system or take advantage of articulation agreements with College of Staten Island, Lehman College, Mercy College, and SUNY Empire State College. The LPN program places a similar emphasis on convenience, with evening / weekend classes and barrier-free articulation to the AAS program. LPN students have posted a strong 93% NCLEX-PN pass rate over the past decade.


#43: Utica College | Utica, NY
The Utica College nursing major has three flexible study options: a traditional four-year BSN, an accelerated BSN for non-nursing bachelor’s degree-holders, and an RN-to-BSN for nurses who already hold an ADN degree. The 16-month accelerated BSN program blends online coursework with hands-on lab simulations and clinical rotations. It is offered through Utica’s learning sites in Syracuse, New York; Saint Petersburg, Florida; and South Florida. Since the launch of the accelerated BSN program, graduates have achieved an impressive 90% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX licensure examination.


#44: Pacific College of Oriental Medicine | New York, NY
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine has two distinct online programs for nurses. The RN-to-BSN program requires a minimum of 31.5 credits to complete. Online coursework is complemented by a three-day onsite retreat and the option to complete clinical requirements in the students’ hometown. Sample courses include Nursing Issues and Trends, Psychoneuroimmunology, and The Nurse as Facilitator of Healing. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine also offers an online certificate in holistic nursing. This post-baccalaureate program offers a broader view on healing through disease prevention and maintenance, self-care techniques, integrative holistic modalities, and quality of life improvements.


#45: St. Elizabeth College of Nursing | Utica, NY
St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) was founded in 1904 as a single-purpose three-year diploma program in registered nursing. The college now prepares aspiring RNs through a comprehensive two-year AAS degree. Through SECON’s innovative 1+2+1 partnership with SUNY Polytechnic Institute, qualified high school graduates can earn both the associate’s degree and a BSN degree in just four years. The college boasts excellent student outcomes: since 2008, SECON graduates have passed the NCLEX licensure exam at a 90% overall rate. Recent graduating classes have also achieved as high as an 89% employment rate within six months of program completion.


#46: LaGuardia Community College | Long Island City, NY
Founded in 1971, LaGuardia Community College is named after New York City’s New Deal mayor who inspired a generation of immigrants. Located in Queens, the city’s most ethnically diverse borough, students develop a keen awareness of the different cultures they will serve. The college offers a certificate in practical nursing and an AAS degree in registered nursing, with an LPN-to-RN advanced placement option for existing practical nurses. Nursing courses are complemented by campus laboratory experience and clinical practice in local healthcare facilities. LaGuardia nursing students score very well on the NCLEX licensure examination, including a 93% pass rate for aspiring LPNs and a 94% pass rate for aspiring RNs since 2016. Graduates can take advantage of the college’s comprehensive transfer agreements with more than 70 four-year colleges.


#47: Cochran School of Nursing | Yonkers, NY
Founded in 1894 at St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Cochran School of Nursing (CSN) is the oldest nursing school in Westchester County and the oldest hospital-based nursing school in the metropolitan region. CSN offers a prelicensure AAS degree program in professional nursing. Prerequisite courses, corequisite courses, and tutorial services are provided through Mercy College in nearby Dobbs Ferry. CSN also has an RN-to-BSN articulation agreement with Mercy College as well as Excelsior College, Chamberlain College of Nursing, and SUNY Delhi. The school offers very flexible scheduling, with both day and night classes and both spring and fall admissions. It also boasts three human patient simulators on campus and clinical affiliations with the best hospitals in Westchester County. CSN students have passed the NCLEX licensure exam at a rate greater than 91% over the past two years, well exceeding the state and national averages.


#48: College of Mount Saint Vincent | Bronx, NY
The College of Mount Saint Vincent’s School of Nursing has traditional BSN, accelerated second degree BSN, and dual BSN/MSN programs. Nursing students complete their clinical placements, externships, and preceptorships at some of New York’s top hospitals. Recent practicum placement sites include Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York-Presbyterian University Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell, and NYU Langone Medical Center. Students also enjoy small class sizes and personalized attention by an assigned advisor. The college graduates 100-180 prelicensure BSN students annually, who have maintained a 74% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX licensure exam for the past two years.


#49: Vocational Education & Extension Board of Nassau County | Hicksville, NY
The Vocational Education & Extension Board (VEEB) of Nassau County has offered a practical nursing certificate program for over fifty years. Along with the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in neighboring eastern Suffolk County, the Nassau County VEEB leads one of New York State’s two largest LPN programs, graduating 130-200 students annually. These individuals have averaged an 83% NCLEX pass rate over the past decade, demonstrating the VEEB’s exceptional job at delivering both quantity of graduates and quality of instruction. The LPN program is delivered in three 16-week trimesters from September through August of each academic year, with an option to sit for the state’s Nursing Home Nurse Aide Competency Examination at the conclusion of the first trimester.


#50: Dominican College | Orangeburg, NY
Dominican College offers several BSN pathways including a traditional four-year degree, two accelerated prelicensure options, and an accelerated RN-to-BSN program. The traditional daytime BSN is designed for LPNs and students with no nursing experience. It follows a conventional semester format, meeting five days a week. The accelerated BSN program can be completed in just 12 months, and the weekend accelerated BSN in just 24 months, by utilizing a back-to-back trimester format. Nursing classes for the unique accelerated RN-to-BSN program are sequenced on Wednesdays only within an 18-month period. Select courses for the program are offered in a hybrid or online format. Dominican College’s BSN students typically pass the NCLEX licensure exam at a 70% rate on their first attempt.


#51: New York Institute of Technology | Old Westbury, NY
NYIT’s School of Health Professions boasts a 91% NCLEX-RN pass rate over the past four years, including a stellar 97.7% pass rate during 2016. The school’s BSN program features nearly two dozen partnerships and clinical affiliations, as well as access to high-tech labs and clinical settings. Sample courses for the program include Community Health Nursing, Managerial Concepts and Skills, Nursing Therapeutics, and Transcultural Nursing. The transcultural nursing curriculum provides a holistic approach to team-based patient-centered care, enabling students to treat patients from a wide spectrum of clinical populations and practice settings.


#52: York College | Jamaica, NY
The Department of Nursing at York College offers a generic BSN program and an RN-to-BSN program. The generic BSN provides all general education and professional coursework in preparation for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. York College’s generic BSN students have achieved approximately an 80% first-time NCLEX pass rate since the program’s inception, including a perfect 100% pass rate in 2017. The RN-to-BSN completion program is exclusively designed for ADN- or diploma-educated RNs who wish to complete a baccalaureate degree. Both BSN pathways prepare a generalist nurse to deliver professional nursing care in a variety of settings, with a focus on primary interventions like disease prevention and health maintenance. Students are also prepared for graduate-level nursing study.


#53: Farmingdale State College | Farmingdale, NY
Farmingdale State College provides three pathways to a BSN degree: generic, transfer, and RN-to-BSN. The generic BSN is a traditional four-year program that consists of 126 credits. The transfer BSN is an advanced standing program that takes only three years to complete. The RN-to-BSN pathway requires just 62 college credits beyond the ADN degree, allowing a minimum of 30 credits in nursing and 20 credits in liberal arts and sciences to be transferred. Since the launch of Farmingdale State’s BSN program, graduates have scored an 86% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX licensure exam, including an outstanding 94% pass rate over the last three years.


#54: Rochester Educational Opportunity Center | Rochester, NY
The LPN program at Rochester Educational Opportunity Center is a comprehensive program that relates classroom study to clinical experience. The curriculum, which leads to a certificate in practical nursing, provides training and education on direct patient care in both acute and long-term care facilities. The program is open to high school graduates, and applicants are required to attend an information session prior to scheduling an interview for admission. Upon successful completion of the REOC nursing program, graduates are qualified to take the NCLEX-PN exam for initial LPN licensure.


#55: SUNY Delhi | Delhi, NY
SUNY Delhi prepares nurses at a number of educational levels. Undergraduate options include a two-year ADN program with multiple entry points, a dual-degree ADN/BSN program that features simultaneous enrollment, and an online RN-to-BSN program for working registered nurses. Students in the ADN program have averaged an 86% NCLEX pass rate over the past three years, while dual-degree students have scored an impressive 96% NCLEX pass rate since the program’s recent launch. At the graduate level, SUNY Delhi offers an MSN degree with tracks in nursing administration and nursing education, both available online.


#56: Helene Fuld College of Nursing | New York, NY
Helene Fuld College of Nursing offers three programs for aspiring nurses: a generic BSN, an LPN-to-RN bridge, and an RN-to-BSN completion pathway. The generic BSN, which takes 28 months to complete full-time, welcomes high school graduates, LPNs, and individuals who hold a degree in a non-nursing field. The LPN-to-RN bridge is a one-year full-time program for LPNs who wish to earn an ADN degree on an accelerated schedule. The RN-to-BSN pathway is designed for licensed registered nurses seeking a bachelor’s degree. This unique program, which focuses on environmental urban health nursing, can be completed in just 19 months full-time. Helene Fuld’s most recent two graduating classes have both scored an 82% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.


#57: Monroe College | Bronx, NY
Monroe College offers its three nursing programs in a ladder progression that provides students the flexibility of multiple entry and exit points. The three-semester LPN certificate program progresses from simple to complex concepts within a supportive liberal arts and sciences structure. The three-semester AAS degree is designed specifically for LPNs, with a curriculum that builds on what these students learned during their first year of study. The 15-month RN-to-BSN program prepares nurses for leadership roles by integrating concepts from health administration, public health, and a variety of electives. Monroe College students have performed well on their recent licensure exams, with an 87% NCLEX-RN pass rate and a 96% NCLEX-PN pass rate over the past three years.


#58: Queensborough Community College | Bayside, NY
The Nursing Department at Queensborough Community College has an ADN program that starts in both the spring and fall semesters, with an evening program available in the fall. Over the past four years, 80-90 ADN graduates per year achieved a strong 92% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. Three dual / joint degree programs with Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, CUNY School of Professional Studies, and York College are also available. These programs enable Queensborough students to transition seamlessly for their bachelor’s degree with convenient online options. Students may apply for these programs while enrolled in their first clinical course in nursing.


#59: Alfred State College | Alfred, NY
Alfred State College of Technology is part of the State University of New York system. The college offers a prelicensure ADN program and an online RN-to-BSN program. Courses for the ADN are sequential, progressing from simple to complex situations with specialized content in obstetric, psychiatric, and pediatric nursing. The first year of the program features a clinical experience that requires seven hours per week. The clinical experience increases in time and complexity during the second year, with simulations also incorporated into the laboratory experience. Over the past decade, Alfred State’s ADN graduates have achieved an 80% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. The RN-to-BSN program provides advanced instruction in health assessment and promotion across the lifespan, nursing leadership and management, and population-focused care in the community.


#60: Kingsborough Community College | Brooklyn, NY
Kingsborough Community College offers an ADN program that boasts a solid 89% NCLEX pass rate over the past two years. At least 55% of graduates complete the clinical component of the program within three years of beginning clinical nursing courses. Approximately half of Kingsborough’s nursing graduates are employed in a position requiring an RN license within twelve months of completing the program. The other half will enter a BSN program directly after completing the ADN degree. Kingsborough also offers an advanced placement option for LPNs; if accepted, the LPN advances to the clinical component of the ADN program.