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Nursing Schools in New York City with Certification Overviews

Feb 11, 2019

The New York City area has more than 30 schools that offer nursing programs. Get some information about the degree and certificate programs, and see some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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New York City Schools with Nursing Programs

New York City offers a plethora of opportunities for those interested in studying nursing. Students can pursue undergraduate and graduate certificates as well as associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. These programs prepare students to take and pass the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) for nurses so they can obtain licensure to practice nursing in New York.

Two universities in New York City and their nursing programs are profiled below. Find out what specific degrees can be earned and learn helpful facts about each university by reviewing the included table.

  • New York University, located directly in downtown New York City, has both graduate and undergraduate studies in nursing.
  • Nursing students at Columbia University can pursue advanced degrees in this field of study. The school is based approximately five miles north of the city's downtown area.

Comparison of Schools

Whether you are intending to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies in nursing, you might examine all factors of schools offering these programs before making your selection. Read below for facts and statistics regarding each university's tuition, population, acceptance rates and more.

New York University Columbia University
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 51,123* 30,454*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition (2017-2018) $50,464 (undergraduate); $43,848 (graduate)* $46,956 (graduate)*
% of First-Year Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 54%* 59%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017) 28%* 7%*
Undergraduate Retention Rate (2016-2017) 93%* 97%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began Fall 2011) 84%* 95%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

New York University

New York University (NYU) is a 4-year private school featuring an annual student population of more than 50,000 individuals. NYU's College of Nursing offers a variety of nursing programs, including advanced clinical nursing certificate and degree programs. Graduates of these programs are eligible to pursue certification through credentialing organizations such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Students in this program study subjects like anatomy and physiology, nutrition, chemistry and microbiology prior to taking nursing courses. In addition to the traditional 4-year program, NYU's College of Nursing offers a 15-month accelerated program for students already holding bachelor's degrees in unrelated fields. Both tracks are designed to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN, which is required to practice nursing professionally.

Master of Science in Nursing

This program, which offers various concentrations, is designed to prepare individuals for senior-level leadership or advanced nursing positions in the healthcare industry. Degree candidates choose to focus on areas including nurse midwifery, pediatric nursing, mental health and nursing administration.

Post-Master's Advanced Certificate in Nursing

Designed for working nurses, this program is available in specialized tracks, providing instruction in areas such as gerontology, nursing informatics and mental health nursing. In addition to providing a comprehensive understanding of specific clinical subjects, this program can also ready candidates for doctoral study.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

This DNP program features a curriculum designed for working nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives. Emphasis is placed on the methods and means of designing and implementing clinical and administrative systems of care delivery within the healthcare industry.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Research and Theory Development

This program - one of the oldest nursing doctorate programs in the nation - features a curriculum focused on qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as the theoretical underpinnings of nursing science. Degree candidates can pursue this degree on a part-time or full-time basis. Graduates are prepared for careers in research and academia.

Columbia University

Columbia University was the first college to offer a doctoral degree for clinical nursing, as well as the first school to be named a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre. The university's School of Nursing offers many nursing programs to prepare prospective nurses to take certification exams.

Master's Degrees in Nursing

Columbia offers programs designed for licensed professional nurses looking to expand their knowledge and experience into the area of anesthesia or advanced clinical management and leadership. In addition to coursework, students complete clinicals at hospitals, clinics and in other medical settings. Upon completion, they can obtain certification in their respective specialty.

There's also a 15-month direct-entry master's degree program for individuals with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

This program is intended for professional nurses seeking to expand their clinical abilities in such areas as family, mental health and pediatric nursing. While research methodologies are explored, greater emphasis is placed on diagnostic modalities and the clinical sciences. Students complete seminars, field experiences and residencies.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

The research-based curriculum helps train students for careers in health service research. Coursework focuses on nursing science foundations and research, with courses also given in biostatistics and statistical computing. Although the required dissertation may add more time, this program usually takes 3-4 years to complete.

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