Nursing Schools in New York – NY | Colleges | Degree | Education

Nursing Schools in New York – NY

With a population of over 20 million and the state of New York facing a shortage of over 20,000 registered nurses (RNs) by 2030 (per estimates by the American Journal of Medical Quality, 2018), qualified nurses are likely to see favorable prospects of being employed in hospitals, nursing care facilities, health practitioners' offices, home health care, as well as elementary and secondary schools across the state.

You probably have many questions on your mind as you consider New York nursing careers. General information on the profession may be found at Nursing Education, Schools and Career Overview, while information that's specific to New York can be found below.

What nursing schools are there in New York?

There are nearly 120 New York nursing schools offering associate, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree programs, including 20 which offer online nursing degree programs. Keep in mind that the state of New York requires nurses to complete their baccalaureate degree in nursing within 10 years of receiving their nursing license.

Here are a few traditional nursing colleges you may consider:

  • Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing — The nursing degree programs offered by Hunter Bellevue are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Their Accelerated Second-Degree Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) program has been designed for students who have completed a non-nursing bachelor's degree and desire a change of career.
  • Philips School of Nursing Mount Sinai — Their bridge program is designed for nurses who have a diploma or an associate degree in nursing and want to earn a bachelor's degree to advance in a specialty such as critical care nursing, emergency nursing, perioperative nursing and community/home.
  • Rory Meyers College of Nursing — The college offers a dual degree (bachelor's and master's) nursing program. Students can choose from advanced practice areas such as adult acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, family, pediatrics, or mental health, among others.
  • Columbia School of Nursing — This college offers a variety of programs for advanced practice nursing at the master's and doctoral levels. Non-nurse college graduates can become master's-credentialed registered nurses with a focus on care coordination through their Master's Direct Entry (MDE) program.

Online Nursing Degree Programs in New York

  • Excelsior College offers two online associate degree programs in nursing.
  • Farmingdale State College offers an online RN to BSN designed for recent associate degree graduates as well as RNs with nursing experience to move to the next level in their career.
  • Stony Brook University offers students the opportunity to earn their master's in nursing online.

What financial aid or nursing scholarships in New York can I get?

Nursing students in New York may find financial aid in the form of federal grants, private and institutional scholarships, work-study programs and loans. Available aid can be based on a student's merit, personal or family income, or specific eligibility factors such as being a veteran or a first-generation college student. Take a look at a few nursing scholarships for New York students:

  • Edna A. Lauterbach Scholarship — to help those who are already working as registered nurses and licensed practical nurses pursue additional education in home or community-based healthcare in order to help the aging community in the state.
  • Senator Patricia K. McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarship — for those interested in pursuing an accredited master's or doctoral-level program. Candidates who are accepted based on qualifying criteria must agree to live in and work as a nursing faculty of adjunct clinical faculty in New York for at least four years.
  • Lucretia H. Richter Nursing Scholarship — a needs-based award for full-time or part-time students pursuing an associate, RN to BSN, or graduate-level program in a professional nursing school in the greater Rochester New York area.

What do I need to know about nursing certifications in New York?

The state of New York recognizes four distinct nursing professions: registered professional nurses (also called registered nurses; RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), clinical nurse specialists (CNS), and nurse practitioners (NPs). Nursing certification in New York is not required for a RN or LPN; New York nursing certification is required for clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners.

Clinical nurse specialists must be certified and registered to practice in the state of New York. To become a CNS, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires students to complete an advanced degree in nursing, usually a master's, and obtain certification through the NYSED in any one or more of the following specialty practice areas:

  • Adult Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry/Mental Health

The NYSED also recognizes national certifications issued by the following credentialing organizations:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation (AACN)
  • Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC)

Nurse practitioners must be certified and registered to practice in New York. The NYSED issues certifications for NPs in the following specialty practice areas:

  • Acute Care
  • Adult Health
  • College Health
  • Community Health
  • Family Health
  • Gerontology
  • Holistic Care
  • Neonatology
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Palliative Care
  • Perinatology
  • Psychiatry
  • School Health
  • Women's Health

The NYSED also recognizes the following national credentialing organizations in order to satisfy criteria for NP certification:

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses
  • National Certification Corporation
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

Additional Nursing Certification in New York

While not mandatory, both RNs and LPNs may obtain specialty certifications in order to prove their competency and advance their careers. Examples of specialty certifications can include:

  • Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification
  • Pain Management Nursing Certification
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification

Clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners may obtain additional certifications in their area of interest to enhance their career profile. These can be obtained either from NYSED or any other accredited national certifying body.

Do I need a nursing license in New York? How do I apply for it?

Graduating from one of the accredited nursing schools in New York is often necessary to be eligible for licensing. The state of New York requires all four distinct nursing professions to be licensed by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

To practice as an RN, CNS, or an NP, graduating students need to pass the National Council Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). You can apply to NYSED for licensure or register with Pearson VUE, an agency that administers the NCLEX-RN.

Practical nurses need to pass the NCLEX-PN in order to practice in the state as LPNs.

Licenses are generally valid for life, but nurses need to renew their registration certificates every three years with the NYSED.

Continuing Education

The state of New York can require nurses to take three hours of infection control coursework every four years as a mandatory part of their continuing education from providers that are approved by the state, usually an ANCC-accredited provider.

What can I do with a degree in nursing in New York?

In 2019, the New York State Nurses Association was instrumental in negotiating an agreement with the leading hospital systems in the state — something that is likely to lead to the recruiting of additional nurses and establishing, for the first time, minimum ratios of nurses to patients. New York nurses may also look forward to higher-than-the-national-average wages making the Empire State a worthy consideration for nursing aspirants.

Keep in mind that each of the different nursing occupations can require students to acquire special skillsets.

The metropolitan area of New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA has the highest level of employment in the country for registered nurses. Not only is there the possibility of more employment for nurses in this area, but in 2019 it was listed among the top 50 cities where nurses can earn the most money, according to Forbes.

The following tables present prospective nurses with a few facts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics specific to nursing careers in New York. This includes figures of the kind of nursing salaries in New York you can expect as well as occupations that have a high demand.

CareerTotal Employment
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses46,320
Nurse Anesthetists1,900
Nurse Midwives480
Nurse Practitioners14,060
Nursing Assistants85,090
Registered Nurses178,320
2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics,

CareerAnnual Mean WageBottom 10% Annual WageTop 10% Annual Wage
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$49,860$36,030$63,230
Nurse Anesthetists$200,350$139,090>$208,000
Nurse Midwives$120,380$83,130$161,820
Nurse Practitioners$122,550$85,520$162,460
Nursing Assistants$38,810$26,980$51,030
Registered Nurses$87,840$56,980$123,860
2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics,


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