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Nurses at all levels, from nurse assistants to advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), can expect high salaries and employment opportunities in New York, particularly in the New York City metropolitan area.

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Why Attend a Nursing Program in New York?

New York offers nurses high employment levels and paychecks. The state ranks second for employment levels for APRNs, third for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and fourth for registered nurses (RNs). New York-Newark-Jersey City tops the list of metropolitan areas in the U.S. for employment levels of RNs, nurse practitioners (NPs), nurse midwives, CNAs, and LPNs.

New York comes in second among top paying states for CNAs, and New York NPs and nurse midwives earn the fourth highest salaries in the country. Nurse anesthetists’ pay in the Capital/Northern New York region tops the list of nonmetropolitan areas.

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Nursing Program Requirements in New York

NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 89.9%
State Nursing Board: New York State Education Department


The New York State Education Department handles licensure of RNs, LPNs, and NPs. Nursing licenses and registration in New York permit nurses to practice under professional titles. Licensure applicants must graduate from an approved nurse training program and pass the applicable National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). CNAs obtain their credentials from the New York State Department of Health, which requires a passing score on the New York Nurse Aide Exam.

Details for each type of nurse licensing available in New York can be found in the tables below, including job descriptions, educational requirements, and licensure steps.

Prospective nursing professionals should know that New York state law requires graduates of nursing diploma or associate degree in nursing (ADN) programs to earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) within 10 years of their initial licensure date. A BSN can lead to better patient outcomes and more professional opportunities.

Certified Nurse Assistant

CNAs work under the supervision of licensed nurses to provide basic patient care, such as monitoring vital signs, bathing and grooming, feeding, and ambulation, and to support nursing staff. CNAs can find employment mainly in nursing care facilities and retirement and assisted living communities in addition to hospitals and home healthcare services.

CNA Program Requirements:

  • Application Requirements: High school diploma or GED, academic transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, placement exam
  • How Long to Complete: 6-12 months
  • Accrediting Bodies: New York State

New York Licensure Requirements:

Licensed Practical Nurse

Under the direction of an RN, APRN, or physician, LPNs provide basic medical care to patients, such as changing bandages, administering injections, and monitoring blood pressure, and helping them bathe and dress. LPNs work in nursing and residential care facilities, hospitals, physicians' offices, and home healthcare services.

LPN Program Requirements:

New York Licensure Requirements:

  • Education: Nursing diploma or certificate
  • Exams: National Council Licensure Exam for LPNs (NCLEX-PN)
  • Renewal Frequency: Three years
  • Continued Education: Infection control coursework every four years
Registered Nurse

RNs perform a wide range of tasks as part of interdisciplinary healthcare teams, including health assessment, treatment, and patient education and counseling. The majority of RNs work in hospitals, but they also find employment in physicians' offices, home healthcare, community clinics, nursing and residential care facilities, and educational services.

RN Program Requirements:

New York Licensure Requirements:

  • Education: ADN or BSN
  • Exams: National Council Licensure Exam for RNs (NCLEX-RN)
  • Renewal Frequency: Three years
  • Continued Education: Infection control coursework every four years; one-time two-hour instruction on identifying and reporting child abuse and maltreatment
Nurse Practitioner

As advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners must earn a graduate degree and pursue a specific patient population specialty, such as acute care, family health, adult-gerontology, neonatology, or pediatrics. NPs undergo years of training to develop high-level clinical skills and work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, and outpatient care centers. Some may provide home healthcare or find employment in specialty clinics.

NP Program Requirements:

New York Licensure Requirements:

  • Education: Master of science in nursing or doctor of nursing practice
  • Exams: Certification exams vary by specialty and are offered through multiple organizations. For example, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board provides certification for family, adult-gerontology primary care, and emergency NPs.
  • Renewal Frequency: Three years
  • Continued Education: Specialty certification-specific

Salary and Job Outlook for Nurses in New York

New York's cost of living scores as the third most expensive in the U.S. With a cost of living index of 146.6, the Empire State outpaces the national average of 100. Fortunately, nursing salaries rank among the highest for the state overall and in many of its metropolitan and non-metro areas. Job prospects in New York also look strong, with NPs showing the highest projected employment growth rate.

The tables below provide more detailed information.

Nursing Level Salary Projected Job Growth
Certified Nursing Assistant $40,620 13.9%
Licensed Practical Nurse $51,300 19.6%
Registered Nurse $89,760 24.6%
Nurse Practitioner $126,440 41.3%
Source: BLS

Highest Paying Cities for Nurses in New York

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas for Registered Nurses

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas Median Salary for RNs
New York-Newark-Jersey City $94,960
Kingston $79,360
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls $77,830
Albany-Schenectady-Troy $72,540
Watertown-Fort Drum $70,640
Source: BLS

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas for Nurse Practitioners

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas Median Salary for NPs
New York-Newark-Jersey City $128,860
Kingston $119,040
Glens Falls $115,140
Watertown-Fort Drum $114,980
Albany-Schenectady-Troy $108,790
Source: BLS

Explore the Best BSN Programs in New York and School Info

CUNY Hunter College View School Profile New York, NY 56% 10% 5% Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The flagship nursing school of The City University of New York, the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing offers a bachelor of science in nursing program and an RN-to-BSN program. Both programs provide full CCNE accreditation in addition to institution-level MSCHE accreditation.

Students will complete 60 non-nursing credits in addition to 60 nursing credits as part of the four-year program. Non-nursing credits satisfy liberal arts and general education requirements, while the nursing credits focus on professional nursing education. Degree coursework prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN exam, the licensing examination for registered nurses.

  • Program: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Campus: New York, New York
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditations: Middle States Commission on Higher Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $305 per credit (in-state), $620 per credit (out-of-state)
  • Admission Requirements: Minimum 3.2 GPA, meet minimum prerequisite requirements, NLN PAX exam, career goal statement
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 48 months
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 89.9%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
Stony Brook University View School Profile $$ Stony Brook, NY 74% 38% 17% Middle States Commission on Higher Education

One of six professional schools in the Health Sciences Center at Stony Brook University, the School of Nursing offers both full-time and part-time distance and in-person learning programs for nursing students. The bachelor of science in nursing program consists of two years of pre-admission, general bachelor coursework and two years of nursing practicum.

General bachelor's degree coursework includes 57 credits of undergraduate study before entering the nursing core practicum, which consists of 71 credits. Practicum coursework prepares students for the NCLEX-RN exam. The institution also offers a registered-nurse-to-baccalaureate degree program (RNBP), designed for students with an associate degree in nursing.

  • Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing; RNBP
  • Campus: Stony Brook, New York
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation(s): Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $295 per credit (in-state), $1,031 per credit (out-of-state)
  • Admission Requirements: Minimum 2.8 GPA; satisfy required prerequisites, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, personal statement
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 24 months following two years of prerequisite requirements
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 93.1%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
University of Rochester View School Profile Rochester, NY 86% 43% 4% Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The University of Rochester's School of Nursing is one of the most respected nursing schools in the country. The school operates as part of the University of Rochester Medical Center, a leading academic medical center in Upstate New York. Current undergraduate nursing degree offerings include an accelerated bachelor's program for non-nurses and an RN-to-BS program, the former of which does not require prior nursing education.

Students can typically achieve coursework completion for the accelerated bachelor's program in as little as 12 months and in as little as 16 months for the 64-credit RN-to-BS program.

  • Program(s): Accelerated Bachelor's program for non-nurses, RN-to-BS program
  • Campus: Rochester, New York
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation(s): Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $1,200 per credit
  • Admission Requirements: Associate degree or diploma in nursing, resume, RN license, letter of recommendation
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 12-16 months
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 95.1%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
Binghamton University View School Profile $$$ Vestal, NY 81% 45% 5% Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Binghamton University's Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences consists of three schools: Decker School of Nursing, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, and School of Applied Health Sciences. Students at Binghamton can enroll in nursing programs designed for students fresh out of high school to doctoral candidates.

The bachelor of science in nursing degree requires 126 credits for completion, broken up into 74 credits of nursing prerequisites, general education courses, and electives, and 52 credits of nursing courses. Students may receive transfer credit for AP exam scores of 3 or better, IB higher-level exam scores of 4 or better, and for other college-level courses completed during high school.

  • Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Campus: Binghamton, New York
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation(s): Middle States Commission on Higher Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $7,070 per year for New York residents, $24,660 per year for out-of-state students
  • Admission Requirements: Graduate of an accredited secondary school or equivalent education, demonstrated strength in biology, chemistry, and mathematics
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 48 months
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 94.6%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
New York University View School Profile New York, NY 85% 31% 7% Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Situated in downtown New York City, NYU offers a traditional four-year bachelor of science in nursing program, an accelerated 15-month program for students that meet prerequisite nursing requirements, and an RN-to-BSN program for registered nurses with an associate's degree in nursing. The school offers several master's and doctoral programs, as well.

The traditional four-year bachelor's program requires 128 credits for completion, and consists of a liberal arts curriculum, science and prerequisite courses, and credits of nursing core and clinical courses. All offerings provided by NYU's College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

  • Program(s): Traditional 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing, accelerated 15-month program; RN-to-BSN, Master of Science in Nursing, Ph.D. or Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Campus: New York, New York
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation(s): Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $44,500 per year assuming 30 credits per year
  • Admission Requirements: Meet minimum technical standards for nursing, meet minimum course prerequisites, bachelor's degree (select degrees), associate degree in nursing (RN-to-BSN)
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 15-48 months, program dependent
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 92.9%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
St. John Fisher College View School Profile Rochester, NY 73% 75% 10% Middle States Commission on Higher Education

An independent institution in the Catholic tradition of American higher education, Fisher is located in Rochester, NY. Fisher offers a host of nursing programs including a bachelor of science in nursing program, an RN-to-BSN accelerated online program, and a master of science in nursing program.

The bachelor of science in nursing degree requires 120 credits, consisting of 60 credits of liberal arts and sciences courses and 60 credits of nursing courses. The completely online RN-to-BSN program requires 30 credits of Fisher coursework, assuming students have completed 60 credits of liberal arts and science coursework and transfer 30 credits of nursing coursework into the program.

  • Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, online RN-to-BSN, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Campus: Rochester, New York
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation(s): Middle States Commission on Higher Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $960 per credit, $35,300 per year
  • Admission Requirements: Official transcripts, standardized test scores, counselor/teacher recommendation, essay, or completed nursing coursework with minimum 2.0 GPA, current RN license, record of physical examination
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 48 months for BSN, 12-18 months for RN-to-BSN
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes for BSN; No for RN-to-BSN
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 94.6%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
University at Buffalo View School Profile $$$ Buffalo, NY 76% 47% 17% Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Founded in 1936, the UB School of Nursing currently serves 250 undergraduate and 200 graduate nursing students annually. Situated in the beautiful Buffalo-Niagara region, the programs feature state-of-the-art facilities spanning three campuses, as well as online learning.

The University at Buffalo provides three undergraduate programs: traditional bachelor of science in nursing, an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing, and a completely online RN-to-BSN. In addition to baccalaureate programs, UB offers several graduate programs including master's in nursing leadership, DNP, and Ph.D. programs.

  • Program(s): Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; online RN-to-BSN; Master's in Nursing Leadership; Doctor of Nursing Practice; Ph.D.
  • Campus: Buffalo, New York
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation(s): Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $6,000 per semester for traditional BSN, $24,000 total for accelerated BSN, $12,000-$14,000 total for RN-to-BSN
  • Admission Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA (2.5 for RN-to-BSN), completion of required prerequisites, resume, essay response, RN license and nursing degree (RN-to-BSN only)
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 48 months for traditional BSN, 12 months for accelerated BSN, 12-24 months for RN to BSN
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes for both BSN, No for RN-to-BSN
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 98.6%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
Nazareth College View School Profile Rochester, NY 66% 79% 21% Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Founded in 1924, the institution now sits on 150 acres near Rochester, New York. Today, 2,800 students attend Nazareth annually, with studies ranging across 60 majors and 70 minors.

Nazareth College offers a traditional, four-year bachelor of science in nursing program, an LPN-to-BSN program, and an RN-to-BSN program. The coursework for each individual program remains largely similar, with the time for completion required dependent on the prerequisites a student brings into the program. Nazareth students will complete core coursework designed to satisfy bachelor of science requirements, with additional coursework dependent on individual student prerequisites.

  • Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, LPN-to-BSN, RN-to-BSN
  • Campus: Rochester, New York
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation(s): Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $857 per credit
  • Admission Requirements: Completed application, essay, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, demonstrate proficiency in math and science
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 48 months for BSN; 36-48 months for LPN-to-BSN; varies based on prerequisites for RN-to-BSN
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 97.1%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
Roberts Wesleyan College View School Profile Rochester, NY 68% 74% 15% Middle States Commission on Higher Education

This private, Christian institution currently serves over 1,700 students annually at its campus in Rochester, New York and online. Over 98% of the incoming student body receives some form of financial aid.

Roberts Wesleyan College School of Nursing provides a bachelor of science in nursing degree that requires 124 credits for completion, split into 45 credits of general education and 79 credits of major requirements. It also offers an online RN-to-BSN degree designed for students with an active RN license. Graduate programs offered include a master of science in nursing education, a master of science in nursing leadership and administration, and an RN-to-MS in nursing.

  • Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing; RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MS in Nursing, MS in Nursing Education, MS in Nursing Leadership and Administration
  • Campus: Rochester, New York
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation(s): Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $33,000 per year
  • Admission Requirements: Test-optional, 2.8 GPA, active RN license (RN-to-BSN only)
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 48 months for BSN, 15 months for RN-to-BSN
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes for BSN; No for RN-to-BSN
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 75.0%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
Columbia University View School Profile New York, NY 96% 22% 6% Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Columbia University's rich history of academic excellence began in 1754 under the name of King's College. Today, its School of Nursing serves over 840 students annually, in addition to almost 150 students in the OPEN program.

Columbia's School of Nursing provides a full-time, accelerated masters direct entry program for non-nurses and requires 15 months for completion. Additional offerings include a 15-credit online prerequisites for entry to nursing (OPEN) program, designed to meet prerequisite requirements for the advancement of education in the field of nursing, in addition to other master's programs.

  • Program(s): Masters Direct Entry Program for Non-Nurses, Family Nurse Practitioner, Online Prerequisites for Entry to Nursing, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Transgender/Gender-Non-Binary Health Care for Nurse Practitioners, and more
  • Campus: New York, New York
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation(s): Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $87,200 total
  • Admission Requirements: Vary by program
  • Minimum Time Commitment: Varies by program
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
Daemen College View School Profile Amherst, NY 57% 72% 20% Middle States Commission on Higher Education

This private, nonsectarian institution in Amherst, New York, currently serves over 2,600 students both on campus and online. Daemen College's bachelor of science in nursing program utilizes a unique 1+2+1 learning format where students attend community college for the middle two years. This provides financial flexibility for students while allowing them to achieve full coursework completion.

The institution offers several other nursing programs, including an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, master of science in adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program, master of science in nursing executive leadership program, and master of science in nursing education program.

  • Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN-to-BSN, MS in Nursing Executive Leadership, MS in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, MS in Nursing Education
  • Campus: Amherst, New York
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation(s): Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • Tuition: $990 per credit (reduced in years 2 and 3 at community college tuition levels)
  • Admission Requirements: Minimum 1080 SAT score, Advanced Regents diploma, minimum high school average of 88%
  • Minimum Time Commitment: Varies by program
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
Wagner College View School Profile Staten Island, NY 69% 61% Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Wagner College, located on Staten Island, currently serves 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students both on campus and online. Wagner's Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing provides a bachelor of science in nursing program that requires 37 units for completion. Students can typically complete coursework requirements in four years. Traditional students must complete at least 18 units, including all prerequisites, prior to June 1 of their sophomore year.

Additionally, the institution offers a 15-month second-degree program designed for students with an existing bachelor's degree, and an RN-to-BSN program designed for students with an active RN license. Graduate offerings include a master of science in nursing program and doctor of nursing practice program.

  • Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Second Degree, RN-to-BSN, MS in Nursing, DNP
  • Campus: Staten Island, New York
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation(s): Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • Tuition: $24,000 per semester, $3,250 per course
  • Admission Requirements: Personal essay or statement, official transcripts, standardized test scores optional, two letters of recommendation, personal interview, active RN license (RN-to-BSN only)
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 48 months for BSN, 15 months for Second Degree, as little as 12 months for RN-to-BSN assuming requisite transfer credits
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 93.7%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
St. Francis College View School Profile Brooklyn Heights, NY 55% 51% 23% Middle States Commission on Higher Education

St. Francis is one of the most affordable private colleges in New York and currently offers 72 major and minor fields of study.

The bachelor of science in nursing program offers a CCNE-accredited nursing education that utilizes state-of-the-art simulation labs to mimic real medical scenarios. The degree requires four years of full-time schooling and prepares students for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. The institution also offers an accelerated RN-to-BSN program designed for students with an active RN license.

  • Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN-to-BSN
  • Campus: Brooklyn Heights, New York
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation(s): Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $650 per credit for over 18 credits, $890 per credit for part-time students
  • Admission Requirements: SAT or ACT scores, cumulative GPA of 3.0, active RN license (RN-to-BSN only)
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 48 months for BSN, 30 credits over one year for RN-to-BSN
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 54.2%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
Adelphi University View School Profile Garden City, NY 70% 60% 19% Middle States Commission on Higher Education

With over 150 years of collegiate instruction, Adelphi University achieved a high distinction as the nation's number one-ranked university for career guidance in 2020 by the American Association of University Administrators.

Adelphi's College of Nursing and Public Health offers a bachelor of science in nursing degree and an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree for students with an existing bachelor's degree in another subject area. Students can complete required coursework in four years for the traditional degree and as little as 14 months for the accelerated program. The institution also offers a completely online RN-to-BSN program for students with an active RN license, along with several graduate-level programs.

  • Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated BSN, RN-to-BSN, DNP, Ph.D. in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing Education, and more
  • Campus: Garden City, New York
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation(s): Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $19,900 per semester
  • Admission Requirements: Personal statement or essay, official transcripts, letter of recommendation, active RN license (RN-to-BSN only)
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 48 months for BSN, 14 months for accelerated BSN, 36 months for RN-to-BSN
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 78.1%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
Molloy College View School Profile Rockville Centre, NY 75% 67% 19% Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Molloy College, founded by the Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of the Holy Cross Amityville in 1955, currently serves almost 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Molloy College offers a bachelor of science in nursing program in addition to an RN-to-BSN program. Students will enjoy a state-of-the-art simulation learning laboratory at the school's Barbara H. Hagan Nursing Center. The BSN curriculum promotes critical thinking, clinical judgement, and ethical decision-making for real-world application, while the RN-to-BSN completion program emphasizes population health, public health, and world health issues.

  • Program(s): Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, DNP, Ph.D. in Nursing
  • Campus: Rockville Centre, New York
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation(s): Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $1,040 per credit
  • Admission Requirements: Official transcripts, minimum prerequisite course requirements, SAT or ACT scores, active RN license (RN-to-BSN only)
  • Minimum Time Commitment: Varies by program
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 93.1%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid

Frequently Asked Questions


How long does it take to become an RN in NY?

Graduates of state-approved nursing diploma, ADN, and BSN programs qualify to take the NCLEX-RN and apply for licensure in New York. Traditional nursing school programs in New York take four years to complete, while diplomas and ADNs average about two years of schooling.

Are nurses in demand in New York?

A New York State Department of Health report cites research pointing to a continued shortage of nurses over the next decade, particularly LPNs, which would hinder healthcare providers in meeting the minimum mandated nurse-to-patient levels for safe care. The report also cites a projected shortage of 39,000 RNs by 2030.

Which is the best nursing college in New York?

Identifying the best nursing school in New York depends on your goals and priorities. When evaluating schools, look for high first-attempt NCLEX-RN pass rates. Prospective nurses should also explore master's-level specialization availability, post-graduation employment rates, and bridge programs to identify their top nursing school in New York. View some of the top-ranked New York nursing programs by degree type here.

How much is nursing school in New York?

New York nursing school costs vary depending on several factors, including degree level, full- or part-time enrollment, online or on-campus learning, specialization, and whether the school is public or private. For a sampling of tuition costs for BSN programs in New York, visit this page.

Resources for Nurses in New York

  • This union and professional association represents 42,000 RNs who staff on the frontlines, with advocacy for safe care, fair pay, and other issues. Member benefits include pension plans and healthcare coverage, along with online continuing education, practice resources, and a monthly magazine.
  • NPA's mission is to promote and support high healthcare standards through advocacy, education, leadership, and NP empowerment. Students and retired members pay less than half of the regular membership rate. Benefits include conferences, events, and meetings, plus an on-demand continuing education center and resources for students and practitioners.
  • With the goals of uplifting New York City neighborhoods through innovation, teaching, and engagement, GNYCBNA offers community healthcare services, networking opportunities, youth mentoring, and legislative advocacy. Nursing students can join at a fraction of the cost of regular dues and can also apply for scholarships and awards.
  • ANA-NY supports RNs through nursing practice resources and professional and leadership development. Members can access job listings, webinars, and discounts on publications and continuing education courses. Joining ANA-NY also confers membership in the national ANA, which offers discounted certification and increased networking and knowledge opportunities.

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