Your Guide to Nursing in New York City

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Nursing in New York City is a great way to kickstart an exciting and dynamic career as a registered nurse. Nursing in NYC can give you a comfortable salary, job security, marketability, and the opportunity to work with top healthcare providers.

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If you’re ready to answer the call to become a nurse, there’s no better place to earn your BSN than in New York City. The College of Mount Saint Vincent can help you achieve that goal through our 16-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program.

ABSN Programs in NY

Through our three-part ABSN program, you will learn key nursing theory concepts via accelerated coursework and on-site labs at our NYC ABSN program locations in Riverdale and Long Island City. You’ll then put your knowledge and skills into practice during clinical rotations at top healthcare facilities starting your first semester. Let’s look deeper into why New York City is such a prime location to become a nurse!

Nursing in NYC

New York has topped’s list of 30 Best States for Nurses. The list considers salary, job outlook, multi-state licensure, and growth in each state.

The average salary of a registered nurse in New York is $89,760. In addition to a comfortable salary well above the national average, the job outlook in New York is very favorable. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects jobs for New York's registered nurses to increase by 17% from 2020 to 2030, with 14,430 new positions opening annually.

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Advanced Nursing Careers in New York

New York is a great place to start your career, and it’s ideal for career growth if higher education and advanced nursing positions appeal to you.

Recent data on advanced nursing careers in New York might surprise you:

  • In New York, nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners earn more than $100,000 annually on average. Certified nurse midwives also make around $85,000 a year. Advanced practice registered nurses can anticipate considerable career advancement in addition to above-average pay.
  • The BLS anticipates a 25.7% rise in nurse anesthetist employment in New York from 2016 to 2026 and a 24.1% increase in nurse midwife employment in the same period.
  • With about 15,500 NPs, New York has the most nurse practitioners in the U.S. By 2028, New York's employment of nurse practitioners is expected to increase by more than 41%, creating an opportunity for almost 6,400 more nurse practitioner positions.

Earning your BSN in New York sets you up for a long and lucrative career in the Big Apple!

How to Become a Nurse in New York

If you’re ready to become a registered nurse in NYC, the first step is to have a BSN. With an accelerated program like the one at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, you can accomplish this goal on a shorter timeline without compromising quality.

1. Apply to Nursing School

Choosing a nursing school and submitting your application are the first steps to becoming a nurse in NYC. Mount Saint Vincent’s ABSN program can help you leverage your non-nursing bachelor’s degree into a nursing degree. Our 16-month program offers three start dates each year—January, May, and September—meaning you can choose a date that’s right for you.

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Before you start your nursing coursework, you’ll need to complete all the required prerequisites and requirements. Our talented admissions counselors can help you through the needed materials and deadlines.

To apply to our nursing program in New York, you’ll need the following:

  • A prior bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 from an approved institution
  • Completion of the prerequisite courses before beginning the ABSN program
  • Official transcripts from undergraduate institutions attended

2. Earn Your BSN

When you’ve met the requirements, received your acceptance, and enrolled in our 16-month ABSN program, you’ll begin our three-part curriculum of nursing coursework, skills and simulation labs, and clinical rotations at top healthcare facilities in New York. Our ABSN program prepares you to sit confidently for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), which you’ll need to pass to become a registered nurse.

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Want to know more? Here’s what to expect in clinicals.

3. Pass the NCLEX and Apply for a Nursing License

After graduating, your next step is to take the NCLEX. Once you pass the NCLEX, you must be licensed and registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as a registered nurse to work in the state. The state will ask questions to confirm your moral character, such as if you’ve had criminal charges, convictions, disciplinary action, or professional misconduct on your record.

New York has high standards for its nurses, and the state requires them to renew their credentials every three years. RNs in NY must also complete continuing education focused on infection control every four years. Once you have your nursing license, you can begin your nursing career in NYC.

The Perks of Nursing in New York

New York offers a bustling healthcare hub, making it a wonderful place to kickstart your nursing career. It’s also a fun place to live and explore when you’re not in class or studying.

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Our ABSN site in Riverdale is near the beautiful New York Botanical Garden. Our site in Long Island City is close to many shops, restaurants, and parks. Long Island City is home to Gantry Plaza State Park, a former dock facility and Pepsi bottling plant along the East River waterfront that has since been redeveloped. It now offers views of the Midtown East skyline and even has the original Pepsi sign.

Start Today!

Now that you know how to prepare for nursing school, it’s time to get in touch with us at Mount Saint Vincent about leveraging your previous education to earn a BSN in as few as 16 months. Contact our admissions team at the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s ABSN program today.