|Rank||School Name||Score||Tuition||Student/Teacher ratio||Program count||Graduation Rate|
|1||CUNY Hunter College||88.50||$$$$$||11:1||7||52%|
|3||University at Buffalo||87.00||$$$$$||13:1||6||72%|
|4||Helene Fuld College of Nursing||85.50||$$$$$||11:1||26||100%|
|5||New York University||85.25||$$$$$||10:1||1||83%|
|6||University of Rochester||85.00||$$$$$||10:1||2||84%|
|7||Stony Brook University||83.25||$$$$$||16:1||3||69%|
|8||Columbia University in the City of New York||82.75||$$$$$||6:1||16||95%|
|10||Saint John Fisher College||82.25||$$$$$||12:1||12||72%|
|11||SUNY Binghamton University||81.25||$$$$$||20:1||4||81%|
|12||The Sage Colleges||81.25||$$$$$||12:1||8||59%|
|14||CUNY Graduate School and University Center||80.25||$$$$$||13:1||39||67%|
|16||CUNY Lehman College||79.25||$$$$$||14:1||12||37%|
|17||Le Moyne College||79.25||$$$$$||13:1||16||72%|
|20||Roberts Wesleyan College||77.00||$$$$$||13:1||23||63%|
|21||College of Mount Saint Vincent||77.00||$$$$$||13:1||11||57%|
|22||Morrisville State College||76.50||$$$$$||11:1||26||28%|
|24||Mount Saint Mary College||75.50||$$$$$||14:1||21||59%|
|26||SUNY Polytechnic Institute||74.50||$$$$$||18:1||16||43%|
|27||SUNY College at Brockport||74.00||$$$$$||17:1||39||68%|
|28||Pace University-New York||73.25||$$$$$||14:1||10||55%|
|29||SUNY College of Technology at Alfred||72.50||$$$$$||18:1||26||48%|
|31||Farmingdale State College||72.25||$$$$$||19:1||26||45%|
|32||SUNY College of Technology at Delhi||71.25||$$$$$||17:1||26||39%|
|33||Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing||71.25||$$$$$||7:1||39||N/A|
|35||Concordia College-New York||71.25||$$$$$||12:1||39||48%|
|37||CUNY New York City College of Technology||71.00||$$$$$||17:1||26||15%|
|40||SUNY College of Technology at Canton||70.75||$$$$$||17:1||26||29%|
|44||CUNY Medgar Evers College||69.50||$$$$$||19:1||26||12%|
|47||CUNY York College||67.00||$$$$$||21:1||39||29%|
|48||SUNY Empire State College||68.50||$$$$$||15:1||39||19%|
|49||New York Institute of Technology||65.75||$$$$$||14:1||39||45%|
|50||The College of New Rochelle||68.50||$$$$$||15:1||12||29%|
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports that nursing schools in New York educated almost 29,000 students at the baccalaureate and graduate degree levels in Fall 2014. These schools also enrolled a significant amount of minority and male students (35 percent and 12 percent, respectively), which is not typically seen in other nursing schools in the US.
The search tool below has been designed to allow prospective students to filter through the numerous nursing schools in New York to find a select few that closely match their preferences and needs.
New York has strict requirements for nurses that practice in the state, and these requirements vary depending on the type of license. Aspiring registered nurses can apply for licensure through the New York State Education Department after completing a series of prerequisites. Below is information on how to apply for a first-time RN license, as well as renewal information for nurses in New York.
Registered nurses in New York must be at least 18 years old, be of good moral character and meet the requirements below:
- Hold at least a two-year degree or diploma in nursing from a program approved by the New York State Education Department or a program approved by the agency that oversees nursing licenses in another state
- Complete training in the identification and reporting of child abuse
- Complete approved coursework appropriate to nursing practice regarding infection control and barrier precautions
- Submit an application for licensure to the New York State Education Department with the $143 registration fee
- Have your school of record send official transcripts to the NYSED
- Register to take the NCLEX-RN exam and submit the fee to Pearson Vue
- Nurses who are licensed in another state may forgo the NCLEX-RN requirement in exchange for proof of a current license in that state
Renewal in New York
Once a registered nurse is licensed, the license is valid for life unless it is revoked, annulled or suspended. Instead of renewing a license, as in most other states, RNs in New York must fill out a nursing license parchment and a registration certificate and keep that registration up to date. Registration is good for up to three years and will need to be renewed in order to continue practicing. By law, RNs cannot practice with an expired registration.
New York Advanced Practice Nurses
Advanced practice nurses are registered nurses who continued their education to work in a specialized area. The New York State Education Department issues certificates for nurse practitioners to specialize in adult health, neonatology, school health, oncology and a host of other areas. Advanced practice nurse certification is valid for life; however, nurses need to renew their registration certificate every three years. In addition to the standard RN requirements, advanced practice nurses must also fulfill the following:
- Be currently licensed as a professional RN in the state
- Graduate from a nurse practitioner education program approved by NYSED or be certified as a nurse practitioner by a national certifying organization
- Complete pharmacology coursework
- Complete an application for nurse practitioner certification and submit the $85 fee
For more information about advanced practice nursing licensure and renewal, visit the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions.
By nature, nursing is an altruistic career; however, it does have great financial benefits in New York. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for nurses in the state is nearly $10,000 higher than the national average. Salaries and need vary by geographic area, but there’s a need for about 13 percent more nurses statewide between 2012 and 2022. Take a closer look at the top-paying metropolitan areas in New York as well as the state and national comparison for different types of nurses.
Top-Paying Areas for RNs in New York
|Area||Hourly Median Wage||Annual Median Wage|
|New York-White Plains-Wayne NY-NJ Metropolitan Division||$41.25||$85,790|
|New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island NY-NJ-PA||$40.23||$83,690|
|Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan Division||$39.78||$82,750|
|Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area||$30.23||$62,880|
|East Central New York nonmetropolitan area||$29.98||$62,370|
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014
New York vs. National Numbers
- New York
Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014 and Projections Central
In an effort to advocate for Black nurses, the New York Black Nurses Association was formed in 1971 and it participates in campaigns for social justice and health care issues.
New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions is the state agency charged with issuing nursing licenses and setting guidelines for continuing education requirements.
The New York State Nurses Association is a union organization of about 37,000 nurses who advocate on behalf of nurses. It is the state’s largest union and professional association for nurses.
The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State is a nonprofit that aims to promote high standards by empowering nurse practitioners. Members benefit from education and networking opportunities, several publications and the association’s legislative efforts.
Founded in 1951, the Nursing Students’ Association of New York assists nursing school graduates into the professional world. It has committees and school chapters in which nursing students can get involved.
School nurses in the state of New York can access this School Nurse Toolkit to help provide exceptional quality of care within their schools and districts.