Top Rated Nursing Schools in New York

Debra Riley


At Nurse Salary Guide we have tried to make it easy for nursing students to find the best nursing schools in New York State. Finding a list of top schools shouldn’t be so difficult but somehow many sites seem to complicate things!

It is a major decision and this list is designed as a starting point for anyone considering nursing schools in NY state. Obviously a lot more research is recommended before making any applications. At the bottom of this list we have some other New York nursing resources you may find useful … so keep reading.

Check out our Nurse Salary in New York page for a detailed run down of average nursing salaries across several specialties – Rn salaries to Nurse Practitioner salaries. Have a look.

10 of the Best Nursing Schools in New York

1. Pace University-New York

163 William Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10038

Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) based at the College of Health Professionals offer an excellent academic program for nursing students. They can learn in a clinical setting and as the LSN has a close relationship with over 200 healthcare providers they can be sure to find a suitable area for clinical practice.

It offers a wide and varied range of courses and degree opportunities including:

  • BS Nursing -Bachelor of Science Degree Programs
  • ABS-Accelerated Bachelor of Science, Nursing Major
  • Master of Science Degree Programs, Specialization
  • MS (FNP) Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MS (AACNP) Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Certificate of Graduate Studies Programs (CAGS)
  • FNP Family Nurse Practitioner Program
  •  AACNP Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

2. Jeferson Community College

220 Coffeen Street, Watertown, NY 13601

In the last 4 years 100% of Jefferson graduates of nursing landed a job. Each year, 56 students get accepted into the program. The average salary for a starting registered nurse in the USA is $68,450

Program available:

  • AAS- Associate in nursing

3. Cayuga Community College

197 Franklin St. Auburn, NY 13021

93% of graduates passed the NCLEX-RN in the class of 2018. Within 6 months, 100% of graduates had obtained jobs as RN’s.

Program available:

  • AAS- Associate in Nursing

4. Clinton Community College

136 Clinton Point Drive, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

The program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. It runs an excellent program developing and training great nurses.

Programs available:

  • AAS- Associate in Nursing

5. Memorial College of Nursing

600 Northern Blvd, Albany, NY 12204

Graduates from memorial College are eligible to sit the NCLEX which allows them to practice therefore becoming an essential part of the healthcare team.

Programs on offer:

  • AD – Associate Degree in Nursing
  • PN – Practical Nurse Certificate allowing for a role as LPN following licensure.
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6. Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing

1300 Massachusetts Ave , Troy, NY 12180

This program has a rigorous curriculum which develops proficient and professional nurses. It is also known for its high standards. They have a 91.14% pass rate for NCLEX for first timers.

Program on offer:

  • AD – Associate Degree in Nursing

7. Onondaga Community College

4585 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215

Graduates from this program learn to work independently while also being a valued member of the healthcare team. They are great patient advocates and have been taught how to apply the latest medical technology and techniques.

Programs on offer:

  • AAS- Associate in Nursing

8. Stony Brook University

101 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY 11794

Stony Brook University medical centre is the only level one trauma centre in its local area. After graduating from the institution students can sit the NCLEX-RN exam.

Programs on offer:

  • BS Nursing -Bachelor of Science Degree Programs

9. Farmingdale State College

2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735

The New York State Board of Regents and CCNE accredited the college’s nursing program.

Programs on offer:

  • BS Nursing -Bachelor of Science Degree Programs

10. SUNY Erie Community College – City

121 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Buffalo Graduates are motivated learners and great patient advocates. Graduates are also good employment prospects

Programs on offer:

  • AAS- Associate in Nursing

Remember – use this list as a starting point in your search for the right nursing school to suit your own unique needs. Consider all your options – you want to chose well the first time! What a pain to need to change half way through your training due to lack of research!

As I mentioned we have a growing list of resources for New York nurses:

Oh, and check back as we add more. Thanks for visiting and have a good look around before you go – lots of information here.