Becoming an LPN in Buffalo

Last Updated/Verified: Apr 5, 2024

Buffalo currently has three post-secondary institutions providing LPN programs. There are some 3,840 licensed practical nurses in the Buffalo Metropolitan Area (according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report from 2021). That is around 21% of all qualified nurses in the region. According to the BLS, demand for nursing will greatly exceed the average of all jobs as the population gets older.

How long it will take to complete an LPN depends on the school’s format and your personal choice. Full-time study is 12-15 months, while part-time takes two years, sometimes slightly more. All programs mix classroom study / lecture, hands-on assessment, and clinical work experience.

The New York State Board of Nursing licenses nurses, and approves state LPN programs.

Common subjects covered in LPN programs include:

  • Physiology and Human Development
  • Nutrition and Diet
  • Pharmacology for Nursing
  • Surgery for Nursing
  • Maternity and Pediatric Care
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Elderly Care

Schools That Offer LPN Programs in Buffalo, NY

Trocaire College

This program begins in a classroom setting, eventually including clinical experiences across the range of healthcare environments. Students cover all the usual subjects – anatomy, physiology, psychology and composition, and practical nursing. The program completes with an action project. All courses must be complete before licensure.

Admission Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum score of 58 in ACCUPLACER test
  • Studied biology or chemistry
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • It is required that you obtain a CPR certification before the end of week one

Erie 1 BOCES

The practical nursing program comprises 1,100 hours of clinical training and classroom study four days per week (Monday to Thursday). At the completion of the program, students will be eligible for a nursing license under New York regulation.

Admission Requirements:

  • Mandatory information seminar
  • Pass the Diagnostic Entrance Test (DET)
  • A high school diploma or equivalent (GED or HSE)
  • Proof of immunizations
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Completion of prerequisite courses
  • Attendance of a personal interview

Erie 2 BOCES

This 12-month program prepares students for work as an entry-level practical nurse upon licensure. A mix of classroom study and lab work (three to four days per week) along with supervised clinical experiences (one or two days per week) make this a well-rounded study experience.

Admission Requirements:

  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Pass the admissions exam
  • Work references
  • A health check and immunizations record
  • A non-refundable deposit of $100

Employment Opportunities for LPNs in Buffalo

If you’re looking for work as a practical nurse in Buffalo, these employers regularly seek new talent:

Other healthcare facilities:

Buffalo NCLEX-PN Pass Rates

 BuffaloNew York
NCLEX-PN Students Total1792,090
NCLEX-PN Students Passed1431,555
NCLEX-PN Pass Rate80.1%74.4%

Top Ranked LPN Programs in Buffalo

Listed below are the top LPN schools in Buffalo based on our LPN program rankings for NY out of 57 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • Niagara County Community College - #2

LPN Programs Near Me in Buffalo


Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus-BOCES

8685 Erie Road, Angola, NY (716) 549-4454

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Erie 2 BOCES - Buffalo

175 Jefferson Street, Buffalo, NY (716) 947-9056

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Trocaire College

360 Choate Avenue, Buffalo, NY (716) 826-1200

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Erie 1 BOCES- Harkness Career and Technical Center

99 Aero Drive, Cheektowaga, NY (716) 632-1076

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Niagara County Community College

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

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West Seneca

Erie 1 BOCES- Potter Road Center

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

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