Becoming an LPN in New York
The state of New York strives to ensure the delivery of safe, quality care to patients, as well as provide a safe, accessible, and supportive environment for their healthcare teams. A 14% increase in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs per year is predicted by The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by the year 2020.To meet this increase for nursing positions, applicants can apply for a New York LPN license by exam or by endorsement. Learn about the NY BOCES LPN program offerings.
LPN Programs in New York
New York has more than 75 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) schools in the state, varying from community colleges to private nursing schools, with other offerings in between. A state-approved program is extremely important in kicking off your career as an LPN-it can make or break you. We've carefully evaluated and ranked each school, culling test scores and exam pass-rates to create a list of the 30 top LPN schools in New York.
For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)Ranked: 1NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%
Bronx Community College
Bronx Community College (BCC) is located in Bronx, New York. BCC offers more than 30 academic programs, preparing students for careers and advanced degrees, with flexible schedules in the evenings and on the weekends, providing high-quality education for the whole community.
Get More Information About: Bronx Community CollegeRanked: 2NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 98.88%
Westchester Community College
Westchester Community College (WCC) is located in Valhalla, New York, with additional locations in Mahopac, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Ossining, Peekskill, Port Chester, Shrub Oak, and Yonkers. WCC offers more than 60 associate and certificate programs, as well as short-term programs for workforce development.
Get More Information About: Westchester Community CollegeRanked: 3NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97.76%
Orleans / Niagara BOCES
Orleans/Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services (ONBOCES), located in Medina, New York, provides innovative and effective solutions for the community's evolving learning needs. ONBOCES offers technical training for workforce development as well as associate's degrees and a variety of certifications and adult education programs.
Get More Information About: Orleans / Niagara BOCESRanked: 4NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96.77%
Greater Southern Tier BOCES – Coopers Campus
Greater Southern BOCES (GST BOCES)-Coopers Campus is located in Elmira, New York. GST BOCES provides training for new careers, diplomas, and workforce development, utilizing both classroom and off-site, hands-on training customized for the industry of study to ensure student success.Ranked: 5NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96.64%
Niagara County Community College
Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is located in Sanborn, New York. NCCC offers more than 70 comprehensive degree and certification programs that empower students, providing them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the workplace, meeting both academic and personal goals for success.
Get More Information About: Niagara County Community CollegeRanked: 6NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.29%
Erie 1 BOCES – Potter Road Center
Erie 1 BOCES-Potter Road Center is part of the New York State Board of Cooperative Educational Services located in West Seneca, New York. Erie 1 BOCES offers a variety of instructional programs as well as workforce development options to ensure occupational success.
Get More Information About: Erie 1 BOCES – Potter Road CenterRanked: 7NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.00%
Genesee-Livingston-Steuben-Wyoming BOCES – Mount Morris
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership is located in Mount Morris, New York, with an additional campus located in Batavia. Genesee Valley offers a variety of career instruction, including hands-on technical learning alongside traditional academics to ensure student success once transitioning to the workplace.Ranked: 8NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.71%
Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES – Ellicottville
Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming (CA BOCES) is located in Ellicottville, New York, with additional locations in Olean and Belmont. CA BOCES offers a wide variety of programs including special education, career/technical education, and continuing education, as well as labor relations and business office support.Ranked: 9NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 93.91%
Marion S Whelan School
Marion D. Whelan School of Practical Nursing is part of Finger Lakes Health, located in Geneva, New York, providing a one-year, daytime program to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Marion D. Whelan is one of three hospital-based practical nursing programs in the state.
Get More Information About: Marion S Whelan SchoolRanked: 10NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 92.17%
Monroe College is located in Bronx, New York, with additional campuses located in New Rochelle, Saint Lucia, and Flushing. Monroe College provides career oriented higher education to students, offering access to a personalized environment and caring faculty who are dedicated to student success.
Get More Information About: Monroe CollegeRanked: 11NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 91.70%
Erie 1 BOCES – Southtowns Academy
Erie 1 BOCE-Southtowns Academy is part of the New York State Board of Cooperative Educational Services located in Hamburg, New York. Erie 1 BOCES has a variety of career-minded programs and workforce development options to help students reach their personal and professional goals.Ranked: 12NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 91.54%
Isabella Graham Hart School
Isabella Graham Hart School is part of the Rochester General Health System, located in Rochester, New York. Isabella Graham Hart offers a 10-month full-time Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program as well as a part time program that requires 2 years.
Get More Information About: Isabella Graham Hart SchoolRanked: 13NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.96%
NYC Dept of Ed – Brooklyn Adult Learning Center
NYC Department of Education-Brooklyn Adult Learning Center is located in Brooklyn, with additional centers located in Manhattan, Queen, and Bronx. Brooklyn Adult Learning center offers flexible schedules with evening and weekend courses available at more than 175 sites in all 5 boroughs.Ranked: 14NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.76%
Sullivan County BOCES
Sullivan County BOCES, located in Liberty, New York, offers specialized programs for students to provide workforce training and career development instructed by industry-experienced faculty, utilizing innovate course material and technology to ensure student success. Sullivan County also offers a comprehensive adult and continuing education program.
Get More Information About: Sullivan County BOCESRanked: 15NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.36%
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, located in Auburn, New York, offers extensive programs and services to students of all ages. Cayuga-Onondaga promotes a safe, stimulating environment, supporting innovative teaching and learning, providing high-quality personal development and lifelong learning to meet the goals of both the student and the community.
Get More Information About: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCESRanked: 16NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.35%
North Country Community College – Ticonderoga
North Country Community College-Ticonderoga, located in Ticonderoga, New York, with additional campuses in Saranac Lake and Malone, provides the highest quality public postsecondary education in the region. North Country Community College provides individualized education to its students, ensuring success.Ranked: 17NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.01%
Maria College, located in Medina, New York, provides educational programs with high academic standards, flexible scheduling, and in individualized formats to fit each student's needs. Maria College focuses on providing opportunities for growth, allowing students to make valuable contributions to the community.
Get More Information About: Maria CollegeRanked: 18NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 89.84%
Orleans Career and Technical Education Center – Medina
Orleans Career and Technical Education Center-Medina, located in Medina, New York, prepares students to work as entry-level practical nurses, developing the skills, knowledge, and behaviors necessary for basic client care. The student will also prepare for the NCLEX-PN exam.Ranked: 19NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 88.81%
Western Suffolk BOCES
Western Suffolk BOCES is a regional educational service agency, located in Huntington Station, New York, providing quality, efficient programs and services to the community to expand educational opportunities, enabling learning to achieve potential. Western Suffolk BOCES helps students gain skills and knowledge they need for workplace success.Ranked: 20NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 88.75%
SUNY Delhi, located in Delhi, New York, is committed to student success through academic achievement, hands-on experience, and lifelong learning. SUNY Delhi not only awards both associate's and bachelor's degrees, it also provides technical certifications and workforce development, providing unprecedented educational opportunities for student success.
Get More Information About: SUNY DelhiRanked: 21NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 88.22%
Broome Delaware Tioga BOCES
Broome Delaware Tioga BOCES is an innovative educational institution located in Binghamton, New York, with additional locations in Endicott, Johnson City, and Apalachin. Broom Delaware Tioga BOCES provided personalized learning environments designed to fit student needs, providing career opportunities and work experiences through hands-on training in the classroom.Ranked: 22NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 88.18%
Southern Westchester BOCES
Southern Westchester BOCES, located in Rye Brook, New York, provides high-quality technology assistance, special education, and occupation education programs to help students attain personal and professional goals. Southern Westchester collaborates with the surrounding districts and communities to meet educational challenges for students by providing leadership and high-quality service.Ranked: 23NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.92%
NYC Dept of Ed – Manhattan Adult Learning Center
NYC Department of Education-Manhattan Adult Learning Center is part of The New York City Office of Adult and Continuing Education (OACE) program located in New York City, New York, with additional locations in the Bronx, Long Island City, and Jamaica. OACE's mission to empower adults in their chosen roles and promote lifelong learning and development.Ranked: 24NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.65%
Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES – Olean
Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES-Olean is located in Olean, New York, with additional locations in Ellicottville and Belmont. CA BOCES offers a wide variety of programs including special education, career/technical education, and continuing education, as well as labor relations and business office support.
Get More Information About: Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES – OleanRanked: 25NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.54%
Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES – Adult
Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery (HFM) BOCES-Adult is located in Johnstown, New York. HFM BOCES strives to create educational opportunities and prepare students for lifelong success, offering adult literacy services and career and technical education programs, combining traditional coursework with hands-on training, ensuring student success in the workplace.
Get More Information About: Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES – AdultRanked: 26NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.45%
Rockland BOCES is located in West Nyack, New York, with an additional location in Haverstraw. Rockland BOCES delivers educational programs that prepare students for job opportunities as well as allow students to upgrade their professional skills, setting the trend of lifelong learning.
Get More Information About: Rockland BOCESRanked: 27NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.26%
North Country Community College – Saranac Lake
North Country Community College-Saranac Lake is located in Saranac Lake, New York, with additional campuses in Ticonderoga and Malone, provides the highest quality public postsecondary education in the region. North Country Community College provides individualized education to its students, ensuring success.
Get More Information About: North Country Community College – Saranac LakeRanked: 28NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.11%
Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing, located in Ashland, New York, promotes health and wellness in the community. Samaritan Hospital provides hands-on, interactive clinical experience in a professional environment, providing the student with access to a comprehensive network of healthcare and community facilities.Ranked: 29NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 86.36%
Suffolk County Community College- Eastern Campus
Suffolk County Community College (SCCC)-Eastern Campus is the largest community college in New York State located in Riverhead, with additional locations in Selden, Brentwood, Long Island, and New York City. SCCC offers associate degrees and professional certifications in 100 programs of study, encouraging lifelong learning.Ranked: 30NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 85.71%
LaGuardia Community College
LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, New York, provides affordable education that prepares students to face challenges and become productive leaders. LaGuardia is dedicated to educating students and producing critical thinkers that are socially responsible and help to shape a rapidly evolving society.
Get More Information About: LaGuardia Community College
Continued List of All Licensed Practical Nursing Programs in New York
Ranked Program Pass Rates Website #31
1051 Dix Ave, Hudson Falls, NY 12839
85.63% Request Information #32
459 Philo Road, Elmira, NY 14901
85.12% Request Information #33 North Country Community College – Malone
75 William Street, Malone, NY 12953
85.00% Visit Website #34
53 Gibson Road, Goshen, NY 10924
84.70% Request Information #35 Coler- Goldwater Hospital
1 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
84.64% Visit Website #36
20104 Nys Route 3, Watertown, NY 13601
84.63% Request Information #37 Erie 2 BOCES – Jamestown
508 Cherry Street, Jamestown, NY
84.47% Visit Website #38 Erie 1 BOCES – Kenton Center
151 Two Mile Creek Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150
84.19% Visit Website #39
899-A Jerusalem Ave, Uniondale, NY 11803
83.76% Request Information #40 Ulster BOCES
175 Route 32 North, New Paltz, NY 12561
83.59% Visit Website #41
200 Boces Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
83.24% Request Information #42 Erie 1 BOCES – Harkness Career and Technical Center
99 Aero Drive, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
82.98% Visit Website #43 Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES – Cortland
1710 State Route 13, Cortland, NY 13045
82.26% Visit Website #44
5 Boces Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
82.07% Request Information #45
31 Center Street, 3rd Floor, Oneonta, NY 13820
81.63% Request Information #46
8250 State Street Rd, Batavia, NY 14020
80.64% Request Information #47 Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES – Newark Education Center
131 Drumling Court, Newark, NY 14513
80.40% Visit Website #48 Curtis High School
105 Hamilton Ave, New York, NY 10011
80.02% Visit Website #49 Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES – Belmont
5536 County Route 48, Belmont, NY 14813
80.00% Visit Website #50
4500 Crown Road, Liverpool, NY 13090
79.12% Request Information #51
8685 Erie Road, Angola, NY 14006
79.09% Request Information #52 Madison-Oneida BOCES – Rome
4937 Spring Rd, Rome, NY 13440
78.55% Visit Website #53
27 Gick Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
77.94% Request Information #54
4937 Spring Road, Verona, NY 13478
77.65% Request Information #55 Genesee-Livingston-Steuben-Wyoming BOCES – Spencerport
, Spencerport, NY 14559
76.04% Visit Website #56
573 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
76.00% Request Information #57 Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES – Rochester (Day)
435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620
75.93% Visit Website #58 Herkimer-Hamilton-Fulton-Otsego BOCES
352 Gros Blvd, Herkimer, NY 23219
74.85% Visit Website #59
179 County Route 64, Mexico, NY 13114
74.79% Request Information #60 Eastern Suffolk BOCES – Adult
350 Martha Avenue, Bellport, NY 11717
74.62% Visit Website #61 Erie 1 BOCES – Niagara Lutheran Home
64 Hager Street, Buffalo, NY 14208
74.34% Visit Website #62 Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES – Rochester (Evening)
435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620
73.29% Visit Website #63 Erie 2 BOCES – Cassadaga
8115 Glasgow Road, Cassadaga, NY
72.72% Visit Website #64
6678 County Road 32, Norwich, NY 13815
72.36% Request Information #65
Suite 102, 900 Watervliet-Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12205
71.30% Request Information #66
855 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206
70.95% Request Information #67
360 Choate Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220
69.89% Request Information #68 Erie 2 BOCES – Buffalo
175 Jefferson Street, Buffalo, NY
69.83% Visit Website #69
1650 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
68.49% Request Information #70
500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
66.12% Request Information #71 Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES – Syracuse
103 3rd St, Syracuse, NY 13209
64.36% Visit Website #72 Educational Opportunity Center of Rochester
161 Chestnut St, Rochester, NY 14604
63.96% Visit Website #73 Madison-Oneida BOCES – Utica
502 Court St, Utica, NY 13502
63.81% Visit Website #74
35 Colleen Road, Troy, NY 12180
60.11% Request Information #75 Columbia-Greene Educational Center BOCES
132 Union Turnpike, Hudson, NY 12534
59.09% Visit Website #76
34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617
56.86% Request Information #77
25 Broadway, Floor 16, New York, NY 10004
46.47% Visit Website
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New York LPN Licensing Requirements
To become an LPN in New York, the applicant must be at least 17 years of age and have a high diploma or GED equivalent. Applicants must also have graduated from a practical nursing program with at least 9 months of coursework and that is approved by New York State Education Department or the US armed forces and completed the approved coursework for infection control and barrier precautions.
After graduation, the individual must register and pass the licensure exam—the NCLEX-PN. While graduates of state approved nursing programs can be employed as LPNs for 90 days while becoming licensed, they must apply for a limited permit to do so.
LPN Application Form (http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nurseforms.htm)
Other physical contributions may be considered when applying for an LPN position. Keep in mind that this can be a very strenuous job, including lifting patients and pulling and pushing heavy machinery, as well as squatting, standing, walking, and running for extended periods of time.
LPN's transferring from another state can be become licensed in New York by endorsement. All that is required is to provide verification of licensure from previous state of license.
Individuals transferring from foreign countries must verify educational equivalence through the Board based on the Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) evaluation before taking the licensure exam.
Additional NY Nursing Resources
New York State Board of Nursing
89 Washington Avenue, Education Bldg.
2nd Floor West Wing
Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817
Fax: (518) 474-3706
1. New York State Nurses Association (http://www.nysna.org/)
LPN Salary: New York vs National Salary Comparison
Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2011
New York LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook
In 2012, the median income for LPNs in the state of New York was $43,800—more than the national median income of $41,500 for LPNs. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of New York (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=36&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 14% increase in LPN jobs in New York by 2020. This prediction translates to approximately 1,990 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.
Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)
New York Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area
The table below lists career information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in New York. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
Area Total Employment Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Salary New York, White Plains, Wayne 18,880 $24.25 $50,440 Nassau, Suffolk 7,020 $24.27 $50,490 Buffalo, Niagara Falls 4,300 $18.00 $37,440 Rochester 3,570 $18.03 $37,490 Syracuse 2,850 $17.85 $37,130 Albany, Schenectady, Troy 2,590 $18.88 $39,280 Utica, Rome 1,510 $16.78 $34,890 Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, Middletown 1,490 $20.91 $43,500 Binghamton 770 $18.58 $38,660 Kingston 500 $18.70 $38,900 Glens Falls 480 $17.41 $36,210 Elmira 400 $15.15 $31,520 Ithaca 300 $19.40 $40,350