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RN Programs in NY State with Course and Degree Summaries

There are more than 100 schools in New York that have registered nursing programs. Read an overview of the ten largest schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

In New York, aspiring and existing registered nurses (RNs) have several options. Associate degree programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level RN positions. Additionally, there are various tracks that can lead students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). For example existing RNs with an associate degree as well as students with an unrelated bachelor's degree may be able to complete an accelerated program. There are also BSN programs for first-time college students. Programs typically combine lectures with labs and clinical experiences.

Below is an overview of the ten largest public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities in New York offering RN programs, some of which can prepare students for the NCLEX exam, as well as a comparison table that shows each school's programs and tuition costs.


Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University in the City of New York is located in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. Columbia's School of Nursing offers a Master's Direct Entry program that allows graduates to move directly into one of two doctoral programs. This program prepares students to enter the nursing profession as registered nurses with master's credentials. The program consists of a 15-month pre-licensure curriculum. Students who opt to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice track within the program will participate in a paid residency during their last year. Program prerequisites include a bachelor's degree and undergraduate coursework in undergraduate courses in English composition, human anatomy, human physiology, microbiology, psychology, nutrition and statistics. The bachelor's degree doesn't need to be in nursing to be eligible for admission.

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College

The 65-credit Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing degree program at the City University of New York (CUNY) Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City qualifies students to take the NCLEX-RN. Courses in the program include English composition, anatomy, physiology, psychology and microbiology. Nursing process courses include clinical experiences in hospitals and nursing homes.

CUNY Hunter College

CUNY Hunter College in New York City offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program that meets the requirements to sit for the NCLEX-RN. The general BSN degree program requires students to complete 120 credits in lower and upper division coursework. Courses in the program include English, psychology, history, humanities, natural sciences and nursing practice. CUNY Hunter also offers an accelerated second degree option for students entering the program with a bachelor's degree in another field and an RN-BSN program for current RNs.

CUNY Kingsborough Community College

The AAS in Nursing degree at CUNY Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn qualifies graduates for the NCLEX-RN. The nursing degree program includes 66 credits in coursework and clinical experiences. Students must complete the five semesters in the program in sequence to earn the degree.

CUNY LaGuardia Community College

CUNY LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City offers an AAS in Nursing that prepares students for the NCLEX-RN. The associate's degree program requires 60 credits in courses such as English, humanities, mathematics and social science. Science courses in the program include chemistry, human anatomy, microbiology and human physiology. Students must also complete 33 credits in nursing courses to earn the degree.

Nassau Community College

The Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) at Nassau Community College in Garden City meets the state's requirements to sit for the registered nursing license examination. The program consists of 70 credits in courses such as anatomy, physiology, English composition, microbiology and human development. The nursing curriculum also includes clinical experience in health care facilities.

New York University

New York University is located in New York City and offers a traditional bachelor's degree, an accelerated second degree BSN and an RN to BSN program. The traditional BSN program includes 128 credits in courses over a four-year period. Courses in the program include chemistry, anatomy, physiology, sociology, psychology, nutrition, microbiology, leadership and management in nursing. Upon program completion, students can take the NCLEX-RN.

Stony Brook University

Students have three options for the bachelor's degree program in nursing at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. The basic BSN is a traditional 4-year program in nursing that prepares students for the NCLEX-RN. Stony Brook also offers the accelerated BSN for students with non-nursing bachelor's degrees and the RN to BSN program. Courses in the traditional and accelerated programs include research in nursing, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition, health assessments, community health nursing and mathematics for health care.

Suffolk County Community College

Suffolk County Community College offers an AAS in Nursing degree program at its campuses in Selden and Brentwood, New York. The curriculum prepares students for RN licensure and requires the completion of 71.5 to 72.5 credits. Both day and evening programs are available. Courses in the nursing program include child health nursing, dosage calculations for nurses, adult physical health nursing and adult mental health nursing.

University at Buffalo

In Buffalo, aspiring RNs can attend the University at Buffalo (UB), which is the largest school in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The UB School of Nursing hosts a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and an accelerated BSN for students who have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field and want to become an RN. Both programs prepare students for the NCLEX-RN. Additionally, UB offers an RN-BSN program that allows current RNs to complete a bachelor's degree. UB also offers several graduate degree options for RNs, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Career Requirements

In every U.S. state, registered nurses must obtain a license to practice. To qualify for a RN license in New York, students must complete an approved nursing education program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Registered Nursing Degree Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)
Columbia University in the City of New York Four-year; private, non-profit; city Master's Direct Entry Program $53,000*
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College Two-year; public; city AAS in Nursing $5,170 in-state; $8,050 out-of-state*
CUNY Hunter College Four-year; public; city BSN,
Accelerated BSN,
RN to BSN
$6,782 in-state; $13,892 out-of-state*
CUNY Kingsborough Community College Two-year; public; city AAS in Nursing $5,202 in-state; $8,082 out-of-state*
CUNY LaGuardia Community College Two-year; public; city AAS in Nursing $5,218 in-state; $8,098 out-of-state*
Nassau Community College Two-year; public; suburb ASN $4,854 in-state; $9,388 out-of-state*
New York University Four-year; private, non-profit; city BSN,
Accelerated BSN,
RN to BSN
$47,750*
Stony Brook University Four-year; public; suburb BSN,
Accelerated BSN,
RN to BSN
$8,855 in-state; $23,935 out-of-state*
Suffolk County Community College Two-year; public; suburb AAS in Nursing $5,100 in-state; $9,490 out-of-state*
University at Buffalo Four-year; public; suburb BSN,
Accelerated BSN,
RN to BSN
$9,381 in-state; $24,461 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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