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RN Schools in NYC with Degree Overviews

There are just over 75 schools within 50 miles of New York City that have nursing degree programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission info at three schools that are less than five miles from downtown, and find out which school is the right one for you.

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New York City Nursing Schools

Students planning a career in nursing have dozens of school options in the New York City area. This article looks at three schools that are no more than 20 minutes from downtown and at the programs they offer at the undergraduate level. There is also a table of information about each school, such as enrollment, tuition and graduation rate, arranged in a way that makes it easy to compare them. At the end of the article are the names of a couple of other schools in the area that offer nursing programs.

  • Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is less than a mile from the downtown New York area. It offers an associate's degree in nursing.
  • New York University offers a bachelor's degree in nursing, which can also be pursued as a dual bachelor's and master's program. This school is about a mile and a half from downtown.
  • Nearly five miles from the city center, Hunter College has a bachelor's degree program with an RN-BSN option and an accelerated second degree option.

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Comparison of Schools

Aspiring nursing students need to consider many factors as they decide on a school. The following table notes several important statistics about these three institutions.

Borough of Manhattan Community College New York University Hunter College
School Type Two-year, public Four-year, private not-for-profit Four-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 26,932 51,123 23,005
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $5,170 in-state and $8,050 out-of-state $50,464 $6,982 in-state and $14,372 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Grants or Scholarships (2016-2107)* 82% 45% 80%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A - Open admissions 28% 40%
Retention Rate (2017)* 63% for full-time students and 45% for part-time students 93% for full-time students and 71% for part-time students 83% for full-time students and 80% for part-time students
Graduation Rate* 20%; 20% transfer-out rate (students who began in 2014) 84%; 10% transfer-out rate (students who began in 2011) 52%; 27% transfer-out rate (students who began in 2011)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Borough of Manhattan Community College

BMCC offers full-time and part-time nursing degree programs that are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. Students must apply to be admitted as an undeclared health (UDH) major before applying to the nursing program.

Associate in Applied Science in Nursing

Students must complete 65 credits to earn this degree. Courses cover topics such as pediatric, obstetrical and psychiatric nursing as well as microbiology, anatomy and physiology. Upon completing this degree program, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Students who take courses part-time through the evening/weekend program can earn the degree in three years and be qualified to enter the RN/BSN program at Medgar Evers College, another NYC school.

New York University

The College of Nursing at New York University offers bachelor's degree programs in nursing for undergraduates, as well as master's and doctoral degree programs in nursing. Students complete clinical experiences in the facility's Clinical Simulation Learning Center and at area hospitals and health centers.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The 4-year bachelor's program in nursing prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN, which is a requirement for a state RN license. The program requires students to complete 128 credits in nursing courses, clinical training and the university's core curriculum. Courses include anatomy, physiology, chemistry, sociology, microbiology, psychology, nutrition and professional nursing. There are also RN-to-BSN, 15-month accelerated, and second degree transfer options for earning the BSN.

Bachelor's/Master of Science in Nursing

Students can pursue a bachelor's and master's dual-degree in nursing in a range of specialty areas, including advanced practice nursing, nurse midwifery, nursing education, nursing administration and nursing informatics. Credit requirements for the master's in nursing depend on the specialty area. All programs require students to complete a nursing core, advanced practice curriculum and specialized courses.

Hunter College

The Hunter College Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing. The School of Nursing admits 100 students to the upper-division nursing program each year.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The bachelor's program in nursing at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing includes general education coursework, such as English composition, United States history, chemistry, biology, social sciences and humanities. Upper-division nursing courses in the program include pharmacology, nutrition, nursing research and nursing leadership. Students also complete clinical practice to earn the bachelor's degree. Graduates meet qualifications to take the NCLEX-RN.

Accelerated Second-Degree Nursing (A2D)

This program was created for those who want to begin a career in nursing but have a bachelor's degree in another area of study. This program can typically be completed in just 18 months. This program requires the student to complete 51 credits.

RN-to-BSN

The RN-to-BSN program is for those who want to earn their bachelor's degree and possibly advance their license or career options. With 120 credits, students can study online, in-class, or through hybrid formats. Students must have certain prerequisite courses under their belt, and there is currently a fall semester start date.

Other School Options

Nursing programs are also available at Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing, which is located about three miles from downtown New York City. Students also can pursue a nursing education at Touro College's School of Health Sciences, located about two miles from downtown New York.

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