New York City Practical Nursing Schools
Several schools in the New York City area prepare students to become licensed practical nurses through certificate programs that meet state standards for taking the licensing exam. This article looks at three schools, all part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, that are within 25 miles of the city center. A table of facts about each school, such as enrollment, tuition and graduation rate, is included to help prospective students decide which school is best for them. At the end of the article is a little information about a few more nearby schools that offer practical nursing training.
- Medgar Evers College is located about 6 miles from the downtown area.
- About 3 miles from the heart of the city is LaGuardia Community College.
- Hostos Community College, around 6 miles from downtown, also offers a certificate program.
Comparison of Schools
Individuals who are deciding which school to attend should consider many factors. This table presents information about these institutions in a way that makes comparison easy.
|Medgar Evers College||LaGuardia Community College||Hostos Community College|
|School Type||Four-year, public||Two-year, public||Two-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||6,652||19,373||7,211|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*|| $6,952, in-state
| $5,218, in-state
| $5,208, in-state
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)*||87%||77%||90%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||70% for full-time students and 67% for part-time students||64% for full-time students and 30% for part-time students||61% for full-time students and 44% for part-time students|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate*||12% (35% transfer-out rate) (those starting in 2011)||23% (14% transfer-out rate) (those starting in 2014)||20% (13% transfer-out rate) (those starting in 2014)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Medgar Evers College
Medgar Evers College is located about 6 miles from the downtown New York City area. The School of Science, Health and Technology's nursing department offers associate and bachelor's degree programs in nursing in addition to a practical nursing certificate.
Certificate in Practical Nursing
The Medgar Evers College's practical nursing program requires 18 months of study, and graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Courses in the program include practical nursing, nutrition, pharmacology, surgical nursing, psychological nursing and a review course for the state board. The program includes classroom courses and clinical hours for practical nursing.
LaGuardia Community College
LaGuardia Community College, located about 3 miles from the New York City area, offers over 50 associate degree programs and four certificate programs. Students may pursue an associate degree in nursing, leading to a registered nursing license, or a practical nursing certificate in the school's health sciences department.
Practical Nursing Certificate
LaGuardia Community College's practical nursing certificate program requires students to complete 48 credits in pre-clinical courses and clinical hours. Courses in the program include English, anatomy, physiology, psychology, medical dosages, practical nursing, pharmacology, nutrition and mental health nursing. The practical nursing certificate program qualifies students to take the NCLEX-PN.
Hostos Community College
Hostos Community College is located about 6 miles from the downtown New York City area and offers students an education in nursing at the school's allied health department. Students may complete an associate degree program, leading to a career as a registered nurse, or the practical nursing certificate program.
Certificate in Practical Nursing
The practical nursing certificate program at Hostos Community College requires students to complete 45.5 credits. The student must complete 27 general education credits in courses such as English and mathematics. The nursing courses in the certificate program include pharmacology, clinical nursing, microbiology, anatomy and physiology.
Other School Options
Students may complete a practical nursing education program at Molloy College, which is about 20 miles from downtown New York City. Union County College, Southern Westchester BOCES Practical Nursing Program and Rockland County BOCES Practical Nursing Program are located within 25 miles of the downtown area and offer practical nursing courses.