Nursing School in Queens, NY Program Information and Options

The Queens, NY, area has more than 25 schools that offer nursing programs, including three located within ten miles of downtown Manhattan. Learn about the programs, admission info, and program requirements for the three schools to make an informed education decision.

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Queens, NY, Nursing Schools

Students in Queens, NY, don't have to look far to find nursing schools that offer certificate, associate's degree, or bachelor's degree programs, including those available through the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Read about the program options at three CUNY colleges below, and use the accompanying table of school facts and section about other school options to choose a nursing program best-suited to your budgetary and training needs.

  • CUNY LaGuardia Community College, located 9.4 miles from downtown Manhattan, offers both a certificate and an associate's degree program in nursing.
  • Located just 2.5 miles from downtown Manhattan, CUNY York College offers a bachelor's degree in nursing.
  • CUNY Queensborough Community College, located 3.1 miles from downtown Manhattan, offers an associate's degree in nursing.

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Comparison of Schools

Aspiring practical and registered nurses can use the following table to find information about program costs and admissions, as well as first-year student retention rates and graduation statistics. Note that both community colleges have open admissions policies and relatively similar tuition.

CUNY LaGuardia Community College CUNY York College CUNY Queensborough Community College
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 20,231* 8,493* 16,182*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $5,218 in-state, $8,098 out-of-state* $6,748 in-state, $13,858 out-of-state* $5,210 in-state, $8,090 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2013-2014) 79%* 84%* 76%*
Acceptance Rate (2015-2016) N/A, open enrollment* 37%* N/A, open enrollment*
Retention Rate (2014) 66% (full-time)* 77% (full-time)* 69% (full-time)*
Graduation Rate 16% for students beginning in 2011* 29% for students beginning in 2008* 18% for students beginning in 2011*

Source: *NCES, College Navigator.

CUNY LaGuardia Community College

The Health Sciences Department at LaGuardia Community College offers two nursing programs. Students may prepare for careers as licensed practical nurses or registered nurses.

Practical Nursing Certificate Program

This 48-credit program requires a series of classes that provide students with a background in general nursing principles and care practices. Topics of study include pharmacology, management, and leadership, as well as different types of nursing, such as maternal and child, mental health, medical surgical, and pediatric. Graduates of the program may qualify to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

Students complete a 33-credit sequence of clinical training as part of the 66-credit program. The required courses are the same as those found in the practical nursing program, including foundational concepts in nursing. Aspiring professionals also pursue specialized training in medical surgical, parent and child, pediatric, and mental health nursing.

Students receive classroom instruction, lab sessions, and hands-on experience at local health care facilities. Licensed practical nurses may enroll with advanced standing if they meet certain criteria. Graduates are qualified to sit for the NCLEX exam for registered nurses.

CUNY York College

Articulation agreements in place between York College and LaGuardia Community College allow students who graduate with an associate's degree in nursing to apply for transfer to York College's bachelor's degree program in nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

York College's bachelor's degree program in nursing offers two tracks of study, including a generic BSN program open to students without any experience or training in nursing. Students must complete 56 credits of general education and prerequisite classes prior to applying to the program; they must also hold Basic Life Support Certification and earn an adequate score on the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Examination (NLN PAX). Admission is competitive. The RN to BSN program is a degree- completion program for registered nurses who already hold a diploma or an associate's degree in nursing.

Nursing classes include care for diverse populations, such as infants, children, adults, and families. Students also take courses in client, family, and community systems; nursing management; professional research; and psychiatric/mental health nursing. The generic BSN curriculum requires more fundamental coursework than the degree completion track for licensed nurses.

CUNY Queensborough Community College (QCC)

Queensborough Community College offers a joint degree program with the Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing. Students who complete the QCC program earn an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, which can be applied towards the bachelor's degree program at Hunter Bellvue. Applicants to the program must take the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Examination (NLN PAX).

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

In preparation for clinical training, students take preliminary courses in psychology, sociology, and anatomy; courses in physiology, microbiology, and math are also required. Additionally, students complete a sequence of courses, through which they learn how to provide appropriate and effective nursing care.

The school has on-campus lab facilities for student nursing practice and dedicated study and work space for nursing students. Students may apply to the school's joint A.A.S. in Nursing/B.S. in Nursing program, offered in partnership with Hunter College's Bellevue School of Nursing. Licensed practical nurses may earn advanced standing.

Other School Options

Aspiring nurses may also seek training at schools located in other New York City boroughs. CUNY Hunter College, part of the City University of New York, is roughly two miles away from the downtown. Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing is a private, not-for-profit school located about three miles away from downtown Manhattan.

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