Top RN Schools
1. University of Rochester, Rochester
The School of Nursing at the University of Rochester prepares students for health care leadership roles both in professional practice and in research. The school opened in 1925, making it one of the first nursing education programs offered under the auspices of a major American university. Today, U.S. News and World Reports ranks the School among the top nursing schools near Rochester, New York. In addition to offering a strong program, the school is recognized for the effort it puts into recruiting a diverse student body that seeks to include individuals from many backgrounds that have been largely underrepresented in the traditional nursing workforce.
2. Stony Brook University, Stony Brook
Stony Brook University School of Nursing is a professional school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Its mission is to train nurses to address health issues that affect both the local community and the world beyond. The school is located on the East Campus, close to the Stony Brook Cancer Center and Ambulatory Surgery Center, Stony Brook Children's Hospital and Stony Brook University Hospital, which is Suffolk County's only Level 1 Trauma Center.
3. St John Fisher College, Rochester
In 1943, three colleges in New York’s Finger Lakes district banded together to offer nursing training for prospective members of the Army Cadet Nurse Corps. That program was the genesis of the nursing education now offered by the Wegmans School of Nursing at St. John Fisher College. The School’s Learning Resource Center is another innovative laboratory designed to aid students in improving nursing skills. Though today St. John Fisher is an independent college, its nursing school still reflects the educational philosophy of its founding Basilian Fathers: “Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge.” The School is located in a 41,000-square-foot facility that contains classrooms, video-conferencing-equipped seminar rooms and computer labs. The facility’s showpiece is the 10,400-square-foot Glover-Crask Simulation Center, which contains practice hospital rooms with simulated obstetrics and pediatric units.
4. New York University, New York
About the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing: If you’re looking for a nursing school in NY that can help you become a high achiever, Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University may well be it. Nursing graduates of this private research university hold leadership positions throughout the nursing profession and have the highest median salaries of all undergraduates who matriculate from NYU. The School is a respected research institution, ranked
5. Columbia University, New York
As part of the Columbia University Medical Center, students at Columbia University’s School of Nursing learn side by side with colleagues in the affiliated medical and dentistry colleges. The School of Nursing was founded in 1892, making it the oldest midwifery program in the U.S. It was also the first nursing school to be chosen by the United Nations as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborative Center—the largest single investment ever made by WHO for nursing education. Since 1924, the Columbia-Presbyterian Family Practice residency program has been training physicians in a family practice model that emphasizes primary care. Most of its graduates end up working in rural areas. The average age of students accepted into the School is 27 and more than half are ethnic or racial minorities. The School’s new, seven-story building features a 16,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art simulation learning laboratory that’s designed to help students acquire clinical skills in a variety of simulated settings that mirror hospital rooms, exam rooms, patient rooms and a high-tech labor and delivery suite.