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.

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    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: 1
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%

    2155 University Avenue, Bronx, NY (718) 289-5100 Visit Homepage

    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 College

    Ranked: 2
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 98.88%

    75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY (914) 606-6600 Visit Homepage

    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 College

    Ranked: 3
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97.76%

    4232 Shelby Basin Road, Medina, NY (800) 836-7510 Visit Homepage

    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 BOCES

    Ranked: 4
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96.77%

    459 Philo Road, Elmira, NY (607) 739-7905 Visit Homepage

    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: 5
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96.64%

    3111 Saunders Settlement Rd,,  Sanborn, NY (716) 614-6222 Visit Homepage

    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 College

    Ranked: 6
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.29%

    705 Potter Road, West Seneca, NY (716) 821-7336 Visit Homepage

    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 Center

    Ranked: 7
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.00%

    27 Lackawanna Ave, Mount Morris, NY (585) 658-7900 Visit Homepage

    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: 8
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.71%

    5550 Route 242e, Ellicottville, NY (716) 699-2382 Visit Homepage

    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: 9
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 93.91%

    196 North St, Geneva, NY (315) 787-4005 Visit Homepage

    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 School

    Ranked: 10
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 92.17%

    2501 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, NY (718) 933-6700 Visit Homepage

    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 College

    Ranked: 11
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 91.70%

    4540 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY (716) 821-7191 Visit Homepage

    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: 12
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 91.54%

    100 Kings Highway South, Rochester, NY (585) 922-1400 Visit Homepage

    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 School

    Ranked: 13
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.96%

    475 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (718) 638-2635 Visit Homepage

    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: 14
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.76%

    6 Wierk Avenue, Liberty, NY (845) 295-4000 Visit Homepage

    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 BOCES

    Ranked: 15
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.36%

    1879 West Genesee St. Rd., Auburn, NY (315) 253-4899 Visit Homepage

    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 BOCES

    Ranked: 16
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.35%

    11 Hawkeye Trail, Ticonderoga, NY (518) 585-4454 Visit Homepage

    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: 17
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.01%

    700 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY (518) 438-3111 Visit Homepage

    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 College

    Ranked: 18
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 89.84%

    4232 Shelby Basin Rd, Medina, NY (585) 798-4774 Visit Homepage

    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: 19
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 88.81%

    P.O. Box 8007, Huntington Station, NY (631) 549-4900 Visit Homepage

    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: 20
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 88.75%

    2 Main Street, Delhi, NY (607) 746-4000 Visit Homepage

    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 Delhi

    Ranked: 21
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 88.22%

    435 Glenwood Road, Binghamton, NY (607) 763-3300 Visit Homepage

    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: 22
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 88.18%

    17 Berkley Drive, Rye Brook, NY (914) 937-3820 Visit Homepage

    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: 23
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.92%

    212 West 120th Street, New York, NY (212) 666-1919 Visit Homepage

    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: 24
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.65%

    1825 Windfall Road, Olean, NY (716) 376-8200 Visit Homepage

    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 – Olean

    Ranked: 25
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.54%

    2755 St Hwy 67, Johnstown, NY (518) 736-4300 Visit Homepage

    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 – Adult

    Ranked: 26
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.45%

    65 Parrott Road, West Nyack, NY (845) 627-4700 Visit Homepage

    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 BOCES

    Ranked: 27
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.26%

    23 Santanoni Ave., Po Box 89, Saranac Lake, NY (518) 891-2915 Visit Homepage

    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 Lake

    Ranked: 28
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.11%

    1025 Center Street, Ashland, NY (419) 289-0491 Visit Homepage

    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: 29
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 86.36%

    121 Speonk-Riverhead Road, Riverhead, NY (631) 548-2500 Visit Homepage

    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: 30
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 85.71%

    31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY (718) 482-7200 Visit Homepage

    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

    RankedProgramPass RatesWebsite
    #31Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES – Hudson Falls
    1051 Dix Ave, Hudson Falls, NY 12839
    (518) 746-3400
    85.63%Request Information
    #32Greater Southern Tier BOCES – Bush Campus
    459 Philo Road, Elmira, NY 14901
    (607) 734-3014
    85.12%Request Information
    #33North Country Community College – Malone
    75 William Street, Malone, NY 12953
    (518) 483-4550
    85.00%Visit Website
    #34Orange-Ulster BOCES
    53 Gibson Road, Goshen, NY 10924
    (845) 291-0100
    84.70%Request Information
    #35Coler- Goldwater Hospital
    1 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
    (212) 848-6000
    84.64%Visit Website
    #36Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer BOCES
    20104 Nys Route 3, Watertown, NY 13601
    (315) 779-7000
    84.63%Request Information
    #37Erie 2 BOCES – Jamestown
    508 Cherry Street, Jamestown, NY
    (716) 484-9811
    84.47%Visit Website
    #38Erie 1 BOCES – Kenton Center
    151 Two Mile Creek Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150
    (716) 821-7191
    84.19%Visit Website
    #39Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB) of Nassau County
    899-A Jerusalem Ave, Uniondale, NY 11803
    (516) 572-1700
    83.76%Request Information
    #40Ulster BOCES
    175 Route 32 North, New Paltz, NY 12561
    (845) 255-1450
    83.59%Visit Website
    #41Putnam-Westchester BOCES
    200 Boces Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
    (914) 245-2700
    83.24%Request Information
    #42Erie 1 BOCES – Harkness Career and Technical Center
    99 Aero Drive, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
    (716) 632-1076
    82.98%Visit Website
    #43Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES – Cortland
    1710 State Route 13, Cortland, NY 13045
    (607) 758-5100
    82.26%Visit Website
    #44Dutchess BOCES
    5 Boces Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
    (845) 486-4800
    82.07%Request Information
    #45Otsego-Delaware-Schoharie-Greene BOCES
    31 Center Street, 3rd Floor, Oneonta, NY 13820
    (607) 588-6291
    81.63%Request Information
    #46Genesee-Livingston-Steuben-Wyoming BOCES – Batavia
    8250 State Street Rd, Batavia, NY 14020
    (585) 658-7704
    80.64%Request Information
    #47Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES – Newark Education Center
    131 Drumling Court, Newark, NY 14513
    (315) 332-7272
    80.40%Visit Website
    #48Curtis High School
    105 Hamilton Ave, New York, NY 10011
    (718) 390-1800
    80.02%Visit Website
    #49Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES – Belmont
    5536 County Route 48, Belmont, NY 14813
    (585) 268-5681
    80.00%Visit Website
    #50Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES – Liverpool
    4500 Crown Road, Liverpool, NY 13090
    (315) 453-4455
    79.12%Request Information
    #51Erie 2 BOCES – Angola
    8685 Erie Road, Angola, NY 14006
    (716) 549-4454
    79.09%Request Information
    #52Madison-Oneida BOCES – Rome
    4937 Spring Rd, Rome, NY 13440
    (315) 334-8000
    78.55%Visit Website
    #53Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES – Saratoga Springs
    27 Gick Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
    (518) 581-3670
    77.94%Request Information
    #54Madison-Oneida BOCES – Verona
    4937 Spring Road, Verona, NY 13478
    (315) 361-5500
    77.65%Request Information
    #55Genesee-Livingston-Steuben-Wyoming BOCES – Spencerport
    , Spencerport, NY 14559
    (585) 349-9100
    76.04%Visit Website
    #56Syracuse City Schools
    573 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
    (315) 435-4150
    76.00%Request Information
    #57Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES – Rochester (Day)
    435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620
    (315) 332-7374
    75.93%Visit Website
    #58Herkimer-Hamilton-Fulton-Otsego BOCES
    352 Gros Blvd, Herkimer, NY 23219
    (315) 867-2023
    74.85%Visit Website
    #59Oswego County BOCES
    179 County Route 64, Mexico, NY 13114
    (315) 963-4228
    74.79%Request Information
    #60Eastern Suffolk BOCES – Adult
    350 Martha Avenue, Bellport, NY 11717
    (631) 286-6585
    74.62%Visit Website
    #61Erie 1 BOCES – Niagara Lutheran Home
    64 Hager Street, Buffalo, NY 14208
    (716) 886-4377
    74.34%Visit Website
    #62Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES – Rochester (Evening)
    435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620
    (315) 332-7374
    73.29%Visit Website
    #63Erie 2 BOCES – Cassadaga
    8115 Glasgow Road, Cassadaga, NY
    (716) 595-4293
    72.72%Visit Website
    #64Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES – Norwich
    6678 County Road 32, Norwich, NY 13815
    (607) 335-1200
    72.36%Request Information
    #65Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady-Saratoga BOCES
    Suite 102, 900 Watervliet-Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12205
    (518) 862-4900
    71.30%Request Information
    #66Mildred Elley School – Albany
    855 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206
    (518) 786-0855
    70.95%Request Information
    #67Trocaire College
    360 Choate Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220
    (716) 826-1200
    69.89%Request Information
    #68Erie 2 BOCES – Buffalo
    175 Jefferson Street, Buffalo, NY
    (716) 947-9056
    69.83%Visit Website
    #69Medgar Evers College
    1650 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
    (718) 270-6000
    68.49%Request Information
    #70Hostos Community College
    500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
    (718) 518-4444
    66.12%Request Information
    #71Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES – Syracuse
    103 3rd St, Syracuse, NY 13209
    (315) 426-9439
    64.36%Visit Website
    #72Educational Opportunity Center of Rochester
    161 Chestnut St, Rochester, NY 14604
    (585) 232-2730
    63.96%Visit Website
    #73Madison-Oneida BOCES – Utica
    502 Court St, Utica, NY 13502
    (315) 793-8505
    63.81%Visit Website
    #74Rensselaer Educational Center BOCES
    35 Colleen Road, Troy, NY 12180
    (518) 283-5752
    60.11%Request Information
    #75Columbia-Greene Educational Center BOCES
    132 Union Turnpike, Hudson, NY 12534
    (518) 766-3449
    59.09%Visit Website
    #76SUNY Canton
    34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617
    (315) 386-7011
    56.86%Request Information
    #77Mildred Elley School – New York City
    25 Broadway, Floor 16, New York, NY 10004
    (212) 380-9004
    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
    http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse

    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)

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    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.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    New York, White Plains, Wayne18,880$24.25$50,440
    Nassau, Suffolk7,020$24.27$50,490
    Buffalo, Niagara Falls4,300$18.00$37,440
    Rochester3,570$18.03$37,490
    Syracuse2,850$17.85$37,130
    Albany, Schenectady, Troy2,590$18.88$39,280
    Utica, Rome1,510$16.78$34,890
    Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, Middletown1,490$20.91$43,500
    Binghamton770$18.58$38,660
    Kingston500$18.70$38,900
    Glens Falls480$17.41$36,210
    Elmira400$15.15$31,520
    Ithaca300$19.40$40,350