Last Updated: February 07, 2021
Best Nursing Schools in New York
As a prospective nursing student, choosing to study in New York provides many options. Whether you choose to study in New York City or elsewhere in the state, you will be able to find the perfect nursing program for you. New York itself is home to over 180,000 nurses. With expected job growth for nurses at a figure of 16% between 2014-2024, this is a great field for prospective students.
Below are the top 10 universities with best nursing schools in New York:
- Columbia University
- New York University
- University of Rochester
- University at Buffalo - SUNY
- CUNY - Hunter College
- Hofstra University
- St. John Fisher College
- SUNY Downstate Medical Center
- Binghamton University - SUNY
- CUNY - College of Staten Island
Columbia University is one of the most prestigious universities in the nation and around the globe and is the top university in NY. It has more than 15 schools and a number of research centers and libraries. Getting into Columbia School of Nursing is no easy feat. The admission is highly competitive. Around 90% of the students who get in nursing courses at Columbia University are provided scholarships, fellowships, and financial assistance. The nursing school provides a range of MS and Doctorate programs for students with/without a nursing background. Currently, the Columbia School of Nursing does not provide part-time programs.
|MS Nurse Anesthesia - 27 months||RN with bachelor's degree||63||$67,000/year|
|MDE - 15 months||Non-nurse college degree||71 - 74||$88,000/year|
|PhD - 3 to 4 years||BSN/Master's degree||57||$22,000/semester; though funding is provided for U.S. citizens and permanent residents|
|DNP - 2.5 years||RN or APRN; BSN or MSN||75-80||$67,000/year|
New York University
New York University is one of the nation's best-ranked nursing schools. The school's Rory Meyers College of Nursing boasts of a number of nursing programs from graduate to postgraduate. Along with the regular BSN and MSN programs, they have a DNP program along with various advanced certificate programs for aspiring students, who want to specialize in a particular field.
|Accelerated 15 month Bachelor|
- Bachelor's degree
- Nursing prerequisite courses
|64 advanced credits||$28,000/semester|
|Second Degree Transfer Program - 2 year||Bachelor program in another field||61 advanced credits|
|BSN - 4 years||High school with prerequisite courses||128 credits|
- RN license
- Associate's degree in nursing
- SAT/ACT test result
- Bachelor's degree
- NYS nursing license
- 1 year experience in the chosen field
- 3.0 GPA
- BSN/MSN degree
- 3.5 GPA
- NYS nursing license
- 1 year RN experience
University of Rochester
At number 3 in the state of NY, The University of Rochester's School of Nursing has a variety of nursing programs, including Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral programs along with non-degree and online programs. Currently, The University of Rochester does not provide a traditional BSN/MSN degree but there are a number of options for students to earn their BSN and MSN through accelerated programs and in conjunction with other degrees.
|Dual degree - 4.5 years||Enrolled in another BA/BS degree||$25,000/semester|
|Accelerated BSN - 1 year||Bachelor's in another field||$25,000/semester|
|RN to BSN||RN license; 3 years of nursing education at one of the three Rochester area community colleges||$1,200/credit hour|
|Accelerated MSN for non nurses 3 to 4 years||Bachelor's degree; 3.0 GPA||$1,700/credit hour|
|RN to BS to MS - 3.5 to 4.5 years||ADN; NYS nursing license||$1,700/credit hour|
|DNP - 3 years but based on prerequisites||BSN/MSN; national certification in the chosen advanced practice specialty||$1,700/credit hour|
University at Buffalo
University at Buffalo at State University of New York is the number 1 public university in NY. The school capacity is around 430 students which makes it very competitive to get an admission. Being a public university, the cost of tuition is way less compared to other top universities.
|4 year Traditional BSN||3.0 GPA; 12 Prerequisite courses with a minimum of C grade||120 credits||$6,000/semester|
|RN to BSN - 1 to 2 years; Online||2.5 GPA; Course in Statistics||32 credits||$14,000 total|
|Accelerated BS - 1 year full-time||3.0 GPA; 4 - 9 Prerequisite courses with a minimum of C grade||59 credits||$24,000 total|
|Master's in Nursing Leadership - 2 to 3 years; Part-time||This program has been suspended for the year 2021||41 credits||$20,000 total|
|BS to DNP - 3 - 5 years||3.0 GPS; BSN; RN license; 1 year RN experience||Around 90 credits||$95,000 total|
|MS to DNP - 3 - 4 years; Online||3.25 GPA; MSN; CRNA/FNP or equivalent license||36 credits||$38,000 total|
|BS to PhD - 4 - 7 years||3.25 GPA; BSN; RN license||79 credits||$38,000 total|
|MS to PhD 4 - 7 years||3.25 GPA; BSN; MSN; RN license||57 credits||$27,000 total|
CUNY - Hunter College
At number 3 in New York, Hunter Bellevue College of Nursing (HBSON) of Hunter College is another public school providing state of the art education to the future nurses.
|BSN - 4 years||3.2 GPA; 30 credits; Prerequisite courses with a minimum of B grade||$28,000 - $72,000 total|
|RN to BS||3.2 GPA; 36 credits; ADN; NYS nursing license||$4,000 - $10,000/semester|
|Accelerated Second-Degree Nursing (A2D) - 18 months||BS in non-nursing field; 3.2 GPA; Prerequisite courses with a minimum of B grade||$14,000 - $32,000 total|
|MSN||BSN with 3.0 GPA; NYS nursing license; basic statistics course and an undergraduate research course||$16,000 - $34,000 total|
|DNP without MSN||BS with 3.5 GPA; undergraduate statistics course and a discrete undergraduate nursing research course; NYS nursing license||$620 - $1,000/credit hour|
|DNP with MSN||MSN with 3.5 GPA; NYS nursing license||$620 - $1,000/credit hour|
Tuition and Schools
Tuition varies on a number of factors:
- if the student is out-of-state or in-state
- if the university is public or private
- scholarships/fellowships that the student is eligible for
- the ranking of the university and its average GPA acceptance rate
- location of the university
New York University has a tuition rate of $28,000 to $40,000 per semester with an average acceptance rate of 2.5%. While New York University’s price tag may scare away some students, it has established itself as one of the top nursing programs in the country. With a large amount of research funding, New York University is a top choice for graduate students. The University of Rochester has a tuition of $30,000 per semester with an admission rate of 5.7%. The University of Rochester has accelerated programs for RN to BSN and RN to MSN. The University of Buffalo is another top school with a tuition of $14,000 to $38,000 total and an admission rate of 9.5%. This is a school that is both affordable and a great option for nursing students since it is a public university. Over 90% of the University of Buffalo’s BSN students pass their NCLEX on their first try.
Requirements for entrance to a nursing program may vary from school to school, but will largely have a similar basis. Some common prerequisites include:
- minimum GPA requirements
- prerequisite courses. Some prerequisite courses are anatomy and physiology, biostatistics, human growth and development, microbiology, and nutrition. Additional prerequisites for the BSN include math, English composition, psychology, biology, and chemistry.
- valid RN license - most universities require NYS nursing license
Many hospitals are now requiring nurses to earn bachelor’s degrees. A bachelor’s degree in nursing is a maximum of a four-year degree and can be accelerated to complete in as soon as 1.5 years and may lead to more job opportunities.
Beyond a bachelor’s degree in nursing is a Master’s degree in nursing. This is for experienced nurses who may be interested in the following career tracks: advanced community public health, gerontology, nurse-midwifery, family practice, or family psychiatric mental health. An MSN degree prepares students for the certifications in their chosen specialty.
GPAs are an important part of nursing admissions. Some schools require a 2.5 GPA while others require 3.0. The more in demand the school is, the higher the GPA would be. Volunteer work at a local community center or hospital will not only look good on your application but will also give you experience on the career you are going into. Additionally, nursing information sessions and an eligibility review session will be beneficial in determining the best school for you.
The salary of an RN depends upon 3 major factors:
- number of years of clinical experience
- nursing degree held
- the setting they are working in
- the location they are working in
- the specialty they have specialized in
Due to the cost of living in New York being higher, a nurse has a higher median salary. The average hourly wage for registered nurses working in New York state is $38, with the average median wage being $80,000. Salary throughout the state varies depending on the cost of living in the area and the setting they are working in. For example, the nurses in an intensive care unit in Binghamton make $70,000 while those in Brooklyn make $87,000. Salaries may vary based on demand as well as experience and the setting they are working in.
The career options in nursing are not limited to being a clinical nurse. The opportunities are endless with options in the administrative and nurse educator field. For those who may enjoy nursing but with a different slant, a legal nurse consultant consults on different medical lawsuits. The annual average salary is $63,000.
There are plenty of career options for those with nursing degrees. One of the fastest-growing specialties for nurses is a certified dialysis nurse. Job growth in this field is expected to be up to 26% by 2022. To become a certified dialysis nurse, you will need 2000 hours of experience in nephrology and experience with dialysis patients over two years. The annual average salary is $63,500. Other positions include nurse-midwife with an average salary of $79,000, nurse anesthetist with an average salary of $155,000, and nurse practitioner, with an average salary of $94,000. Many of these options may require additional schooling or certification.
New York City or New York State?
If you choose to study in New York City itself, you allow yourself access not only to a densely populated area but also to many potential hospitals to partner with for volunteering or internships. This allows for hands-on practice and experience throughout your college career. New York City has a plethora of fantastic schools, so you will be at no shortage of great nursing programs.
If you are looking for a quieter college experience, you can find that in smaller cities like Albany or Rochester or a quaint experience throughout the lush expanse of the state. While you will be dealing with cold winters and warm summers, you will be within reasonable distance to New York City almost wherever you go.