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 18% increase in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs per year is predicted by The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by the year 2024. 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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    2017 Best LPN Programs in New York

    New York has more than 65 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 20 top LPN schools in New York.

    For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (


    Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES

    1879 West Genesee St. Rd., Auburn, NY 13021 - (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.

    Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES

    AMG School of Licensed Practical Nursing

    147 Prince St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 - (718) 596-5300 - Visit Homepage

    At AMG School of Pratical Nursing, students are empowered for excellence. Students get to enjoy the challenge of learning in a professional environment with dedicated faculty and administration committed to helping them fulfill their highest potential.

    Overall Score: 100.00

    Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing

    196 North St, Geneva, NY 14456 - (315) 787-4005 - Visit Homepage

    Marion S. 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.

    Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing

    Niagara County Community College - Sanborn

    3111 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn, NY 14132 - (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.

    Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Niagara County Community College - Sanborn

    CA BOCES CTE at Olean

    1825 Windfall Road, Olean, NY 14760 - (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.

    Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on CA BOCES CTE at Olean

    North Country Community College - Ticonderoga

    11 Hawkeye Trail, Ticonderoga, NY 12883 - (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.

    Overall Score: 100.00

    North Country Community College - Malone

    75 William Street, Malone, NY 12953 - (518) 483-4550 - Visit Homepage

    North Country Community College provides an exceptional LPN department. NCCC offers students the ability to learn in a challenging and supporting educational community. LPN graduates are ready to enter the field with knowledge and confidence.

    Overall Score: 100.00

    The Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Hornell

    1126 Bald Hill Road, Hornell, NY 14843 - (607) 324-7880 - Visit Homepage

    At Greater Southern Tier BOCES, students will be taught to function appropriately within the curative, preventative, and rehabilitative aspects in different health care facilities throughout the area.

    Overall Score: 100.00

    Erie 1 BOCES- Niagara Lutheran Home

    64 Hager Street, Buffalo, NY 14208 - (716) 886-4377 - Visit Homepage

    Erie 1 BOCES offers a comprehensive 12 month LPN program. Students are prepared with the skills and knowledge they need to find success on the NCLEX-PN exam and to start their career with confidence.

    Overall Score: 100.00

    Maria College

    700 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208 - (518) 438-3111 - Visit Homepage

    Maria College, located in Albany, 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.

    Overall Score: 98.99 - Request Info on Maria College

    Hunter Business School

    Nassau Mall, 3601 Hempstead Turnpike #9, Levittown, NY 11756 - (516) 796-1000 - Visit Homepage

    The Practical Nursing program at Hunter Business School provides graduates with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to function as a licensed practical nurse or LPN. Students enter the field with the background and confidence needed for success.

    Overall Score: 96.75

    The Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Coopers Education Center

    9579 Vocational Drive, Painted Post, NY 14870 - (607) 962-3175 - Visit Homepage

    Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Coopers Education Center is located in Painted Post, 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.

    Overall Score: 96.12

    Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Sanborn

    4124 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132 - (716) 731-4176 - 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.

    Overall Score: 94.93 - Request Info on Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Sanborn

    CA BOCES CTE at Belmont

    5536 County Route 48, Belmont, NY 14813 - (585) 268-5681 - Visit Homepage

    At CA BOCES, nursing theory and patient care lab skills taught in the classroom are combined with supervised clinical experience to develop a knowledgeable and competent Practical Nurse. Those who complete the program are eligible to apply for licensure as a Practical Nurse.

    Overall Score: 93.28

    North Country Community College - Saranac Lake

    23 Santanoni Ave., PO Box 89, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 - (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.

    Overall Score: 92.23 - Request Info on North Country Community College - Saranac Lake

    Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida BOCES

    20104 NYS Route 3, Watertown, NY 13601 - (315) 779-7000 - Visit Homepage

    At Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida BOCES, LPN students are geared up to enter a profession that is rooted to the Hippocratic Oath for doctors and the Florence Nightingale Pledge for nursing. This program enables students to engage in the sacred union between caregiver and patient.

    Overall Score: 89.60 - Request Info on Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida BOCES

    Monroe College

    2501 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, NY 10468 - (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.

    Overall Score: 88.27 - Request Info on Monroe College

    Champlain Valley Educational Services

    1585 Military Turnpike, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 - (518) 561-0100 - Visit Homepage

    At Champlain Valley Educational Services, students receive preparation for entering a health career in Practical Nursing. Their program is a great start for continuing in a postgraduate health profession career pathway. Students gain the skills and knowledge that will allow them to deliver safe and effective nursing care.

    Overall Score: 87.91 - Request Info on Champlain Valley Educational Services

    Rochester Regional Health IGH School of Practical Nursing

    100 Kings Highway South, Rochester, NY 14617 - (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.

    Overall Score: 87.64 - Request Info on Rochester Regional Health IGH School of Practical Nursing

    Eastern Suffolk BOCES

    350 Martha Avenue, Bellport, NY 11717 - (631) 286-6585 - Visit Homepage

    The Eastern Suffolk School of Practical Nursing is located at the Bixhorn Technical Center in Bellport and the Adult Education Center in Brentwood. This program prepares students to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient centers, long term care facilities, occupational health centers, and home care.

    Overall Score: 87.29

    Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Medina

    4232 Shelby Basin Rd, Medina, NY 14103 - (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.

    Overall Score: 87.00

    La Guardia Community College

    31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101 - (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.

    Overall Score: 86.96 - Request Info on La Guardia Community College

    Broome Tioga BOCES

    435 Glenwood Road, Binghamton, NY 13905 - (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.

    Overall Score: 86.91

    Orange-Ulster BOCES

    53 Gibson Road, Goshen, NY 10924 - (845) 291-0100 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 86.20 - Request Info on Orange-Ulster BOCES

    Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES- Hudson Falls

    1051 Dix Ave, Hudson Falls, NY 12839 - (518) 746-3400 - Visit Homepage

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    The Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Elmira

    459 Philo Road, Elmira, NY 14903 - (607) 739-3581 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 85.13 - Request Info on The Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Elmira

    Southern Westchester BOCES

    17 Berkley Drive, Rye Brook, NY 10573 - (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.

    Overall Score: 84.35

    Erie 1 BOCES- Kenton Center

    151 Two Mile Creek Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150 - (716) 821-7191 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 83.96

    Suffolk County Community College

    121 Speonk-Riverhead Road, Riverhead, NY 11901 - (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.

    Overall Score: 83.89

    Erie 1 BOCES- Southtowns Academy

    4540 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY 14075 - (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.

    Overall Score: 83.84

    Continued List of All Programs in New York

    #31 Erie 1 BOCES- Harkness Career and Technical Center
    99 Aero Drive, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
    (716) 632-1076 Visit Homepage
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    #32 DCMO BOCES Chenango Campus
    6678 County Road 32, Norwich, NY 13815
    (607) 335-1200 Visit Homepage
    83.62Request Information
    #33 Dutchess BOCES
    5 BOCES Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
    (845) 486-4800 Visit Homepage
    83.58Request Information
    #34 Putnam-Westchester BOCES
    200 Boces Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
    (914) 245-2700 Visit Homepage
    83.47Request Information
    #35 Samaritan Hospital
    315 S. Manning Boulevard, Albany, NY 12208
    (518) 268-5130 Visit Homepage
    82.07Request Information
    #36 Erie 2 BOCES - Jamestown
    508 Cherry Street, Jamestown, NY 14701
    (716) 484-9811 Visit Homepage
    81.18Request Information
    #37 Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES- Saratoga Springs
    27 Gick Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
    (518) 581-3670 Visit Homepage
    81.13Request Information
    #38 Genesee-Livingston-Steuben-Wyoming BOCES - Batavia
    8250 State Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020
    (585) 344-7711 Visit Homepage
    81.03Request Information
    #39 Vocational Education and Extension Board of Nassau County
    899-A Jerusalem Ave, Uniondale, NY 11803
    (516) 572-1700 Visit Homepage
    81.01Request Information
    #40 OCM BOCES - Liverpool
    4500 Crown Road, Liverpool, NY 13090
    (315) 453-4455 Visit Homepage
    80.88Request Information
    #41 Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES
    31 Center Street, 3rd Floor, Oneonta, NY 13820
    (607) 588-6291 Visit Homepage
    80.65Request Information
    #42 Genesee-Livingston-Steuben-Wyoming BOCES - Warsaw
    450 North Main Street, Warsaw, NY 14569
    (585) 344-7738 Visit Homepage
    80.50Request Information
    #43 Hostos Community College
    500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
    (718) 518-4444 Visit Homepage
    80.36Request Information
    #44 Mildred Elley School - Albany
    855 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206
    (518) 786-0855 Visit Homepage
    79.08Request Information
    #45 Rockland BOCES
    65 Parrott Road, West Nyack, NY 10994
    (845) 627-4700 Visit Homepage
    78.29Request Information
    #46 Citi Boces
    179 County Rte 64, Mexico, NY 13114
    (315) 963-4251 Visit Homepage
    77.02Request Information
    #47 Curtis High School
    105 Hamilton Ave, New York, NY 10011
    (212) 229-5471 Visit Homepage
    76.89Request Information
    #48 Syracuse City School District
    573 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13202
    (315) 435-4150 Visit Homepage
    76.06Request Information
    #49 Medgar Evers College
    1650 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
    (718) 270-6000 Visit Homepage
    75.68Request Information
    #50 Erie 1 BOCES- Potter Road Center
    705 Potter Road, West Seneca, NY 14224
    (716) 821-7336 Visit Homepage
    75.00Request Information
    #51 Madison-Oneida BOCES - Rome
    4937 Spring Rd, Rome, NY 13440
    (315) 334-8000 Visit Homepage
    74.86Request Information
    #52 Erie 2 BOCES - Angola
    8685 Erie Road, Angola, NY 14006
    (716) 549-4454 Visit Homepage
    74.79Request Information
    #53 Madison-Oneida BOCES - Verona
    4937 Spring Road, Verona, NY 13478
    (315) 361-5500 Visit Homepage
    74.24Request Information
    #54 Madison-Oneida BOCES - Utica
    502 Court St, Utica, NY 13502
    (315) 793-8505 Visit Homepage
    74.00Request Information
    #55 Capital Region BOCES
    Suite 102, 900 Watervliet-Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12205
    (518) 862-4900 Visit Homepage
    73.03Request Information
    #56 Ulster BOCES
    175 Route 32 North, New Paltz, NY 12561
    (845) 255-1450 Visit Homepage
    72.21Request Information
    #57 Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES- Rochester
    435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620
    (315) 332-7374 Visit Homepage
    71.33Request Information
    #58 Herkimer-Hamilton-Fulton-Otsego BOCES
    352 Gros Blvd, Herkimer, NY 23219
    (315) 867-2023 Visit Homepage
    68.86Request Information
    #59 DCMO BOCES Robert W. Harrold Campus
    270 BOCES Drive, Sidney, NY 13839
    (607) 865-2500 Visit Homepage
    67.05Request Information
    #60 Trocaire College
    360 Choate Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220
    (716) 826-1200 Visit Homepage
    65.97Request Information
    #61 Genesee-Livingston-Steuben-Wyoming BOCES - Mount Morris
    27 Lackawanna Ave, Mount Morris, NY 14510
    (585) 658-7900 Visit Homepage
    61.27Request Information
    #62 Erie 2 BOCES - Cassadaga
    8115 Glasgow Road, Cassadaga, NY 14718
    (716) 595-4293 Visit Homepage
    60.86Request Information
    #63 Educational Opportunity Center of Rochester
    161 Chestnut St, Rochester, NY 14604
    (585) 232-2730 Visit Homepage
    59.37Request Information
    #64 Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES- Rochester (Evening)
    435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620
    (315) 332-7374 Visit Homepage
    53.15Request Information
    #65 OCM BOCES - Syracuse
    103 3rd St, Syracuse, NY 13209
    (315) 426-9439 Visit Homepage
    53.00Request Information
    #66 Erie 2 BOCES - Buffalo
    175 Jefferson Street, Buffalo, NY 14210
    (716) 947-9056 Visit Homepage
    50.13Request Information
    #67 Mildred Elley School - New York City
    25 Broadway, Floor 16, New York, NY 10004
    (212) 380-9004 Visit Homepage
    49.79Request Information
    #68 OCM BOCES - Cortland
    1710 State Route 13, Cortland, NY 13045
    (607) 758-5100 Visit Homepage
    44.57Request Information

    Programs Not Included In Rankings

    Bronx Community College
    2155 University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453
    (718) 289-5100 Visit Homepage
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    CA BOCES CTE at Ellicottville
    5550 Route 242E, Ellicottville, NY 14731
    (716) 699-2382 Visit Homepage
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    SUNY College of Technology at Canton
    34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617
    (315) 386-7011 Visit Homepage
    Request Information
    Western Suffolk BOCES
    507 Deer Park Ave, Huntington Station, NY 11746
    (631) 549-4900 Visit Homepage
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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 (

    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.

    Learn more about New York LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.

    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 (

    For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our New York LPN to RN programs page.