LPN Programs in New York

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New York is one of the states with the largest number of licensed practical nurses, totaling close to 48,000. Even so, the demand for LPNs continues to rise. In addition to a promising job outlook, LPNs in New York enjoy annual wages above the national average. Learn more about the steps to become a licensed practical nurse, what the industry growth projections are, and specific requirements to practice in the state of New York.

Top LPN Programs in New York

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The top LPN programs listed in this state's ranking were determined by comparison of three primary, equally-weighted criteria including

  • Student-to-faculty ratio
  • In-state tuition
  • Graduation rate

Additional details for each school were included:

  • Count of programs available
  • Public and not-for-profit schools
  • Normalized on a 100 percent curve

The methodology used for tie-break is as follows...

  • Ties are broken based on lowest average net price for full-time, first-time undergraduates paying in-state tuition (average cost of tuition and expenses after grants and scholarships).
  • If necessary, the lowest in-state tuition rate is used as a second tie-break
Rank School Name Score Tuition Student/Teacher ratio Graduation Rate
1 Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing 94 $$$$$ 5:1 100%
2 Niagara County Community College 92.67 $$$$$ 17:1 24%
3 Veeb Nassau County School of Practical Nursing 92 $$$$$ 11:1 94%
4 Jefferson Lewis BOCES-Practical Nursing Program 91.67 $$$$$ 12:1 75%
5 University at Buffalo 91.67 $$$$$ 13:1 72%
6 North Country Community College 91.33 $$$$$ 16:1 22%
7 SUNY Westchester Community College 91 $$$$$ 16:1 12%
8 Farmingdale State College 90.33 $$$$$ 19:1 45%
9 SUNY College of Technology at Canton 90.33 $$$$$ 17:1 29%
10 SUNY College of Technology at Delhi 90.33 $$$$$ 17:1 39%
11 Maria College 89.33 $$$$$ 8:1 21%
12 CUNY Hostos Community College 89 $$$$$ 19:1 13%
13 Trocaire College 89 $$$$$ 11:1 26%
14 CUNY LaGuardia Community College 87.67 $$$$$ 24:1 16%
15 Suffolk County Community College 87.33 $$$$$ 24:1 20%
16 CUNY Bronx Community College 87.33 $$$$$ 20:1 11%
17 CUNY Medgar Evers College 87.33 $$$$$ 19:1 12%
18 Marion S Whelan School of Nursing 87 $$$$$ 25:1 67%

New York LPN Programs

Whether in New York City, Long Island, or upstate, those who want to study practical nursing in New York have several options available to them, including programs at technical schools and community colleges. To narrow down their options, aspiring LPNs can use the search tool below to find a school that meets their location, education, and tuition preferences.

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Getting an LPN License in New York

Like other states around the country, LPNs in New York are required to obtain a license in order to find employment. These credentials are issued by the New York State Board of Nursing, an agency that regulates the nursing profession. This section provides information on the licensure process, from education to license renewal.

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Basic Eligibility for Licensure

  • Must be at least 17 years old
  • Complete a high school diploma or equivalent

Licensure Education & Training Requirements

Licensed practical nurses are required to complete a state-approved program that lasts at least nine months. In addition, license applicants must take an infection control course that has been approved by the New York State Board of Nursing to ensure they understand how to prevent the spread of diseases like HIV and hepatitis B.

Additional Requirements for Licensure

  • Complete a licensing application and submit it to the Board
  • Pay the required $143 licensing application fee
  • Successfully take the NCLEX-PN examination
  • Submit to a criminal background check
  • Have school transcripts sent to the Board to verify education


The New York State Board of Nursing requires that LPNs go through the licensing renewal process every two years. These professionals must take continuing education classes that cover infection control and child abuse in order to get their credentials renewed. When applying to renew a license, LPNs pay a $50 fee.

Salaries for LPNs in New York

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary of LPNs around the country is $42,490. However, like other nursing jobs, the specific salaries of these professionals depend on where they work. This section details the top paying locations for LPNs in New York.

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New York LPN Employment Trends

LPNs can choose to work in various professional settings, each of which has its own rewards. The following tables provide a picture of where LPNs work in New York State.

Top Locations for Employment

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