Entry Level ADN, BSN, & MSN Programs in Brooklyn, NY

Entry-level nursing programs are designed to train students for their first professional jobs and to take the appropriate certification exams. The two most common entry-level programs are Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN). Both provide a foundational knowledge of nursing principles and practices, though a BSN degree is more in-depth and takes longer to complete than the ADN. Less common than the ADN and BSN degrees as an entry point to a career in nursing are direct-entry Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs, which are designed for aspiring nurses who have earned their bachelor’s degree in another field.

ADN Programs

ADN programs are ideal for students who would like to begin working as soon as possible, as they are typically the fastest to complete and are lower cost than BSN degree programs. The ADN at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn is a 64-credit hour program that is designed to be taken over four semesters ( two years).

Direct-Entry BSN Programs

A BSN program also prepares students to take the licensing exam and apply for their first nursing job, but provides a more in-depth nursing education than the ADN program. Completion time varies from school to school, but as one example the BSN program at Long Island College – Brooklyn is offered in a traditional full-time daytime format, a part-time nights and weekend format and an accelerated 16-month format for students who have earned their bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing subject.

Learn more about New York Accelerated BSN Programs

Direct-Entry MSN Programs

Less common than the ADN or BSN degrees, some schools offer a direct-entry MSN program that allows students who have earned their bachelor’s degree in another subject an accelerated pathway to a master’s degree in nursing, which saves students the time and expense of taking a traditional BSN followed by MSN program. The 15-month Master’s Direct Entry program at Columbia University prepares students to enter the nursing field as master’s-credentialed nurses with an emphasis on care coordination.

Learn more about New York Accelerated MSN Programs

Brooklyn RN Program NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

 BrooklynNew York
NCLEX-RN Students Total3,84910,227
NCLEX-RN Students Passed3,2968,856
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate85.6%86.6%

Top Ranked Accredited Nursing Programs in Brooklyn

Listed below are the top nursing schools in Brooklyn based on our RegisteredNursing.org RN program rankings for New York out of 101 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • LaGuardia Community College - #4
  • New York City College of Technology - City Tech - #17
  • Queensborough Community College - #15
  • SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University - #19
SchoolContact Information

Adelphi University

One South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 877-4511

ASA College

81 Willoughby St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-9073

Borough of Manhattan Community College

199 Chambers St
New York, NY 10007
(212) 220-8000

Bronx Community College

2155 University Ave
Bronx, NY 10453
(718) 289-5700

College of Mount Saint Vincent

6301 Riverdale Ave
Bronx, NY 10471
(718) 405-3351

College of Staten Island

2800 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 982-2000

Columbia University

116th St & Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 305-3582

Helene Fuld College of Nursing

24 E 120th St
New York, NY 10035
(212) 616-7200

Hostos Community College

500 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 518-4444

Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing

695 Park Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 772-4000

Kingsborough Community College

2001 Oriental Blvd
Brooklyn, NY 11235
(718) 368-5000

LaGuardia Community College

  • ADN Campus
  • Top Ranked New York Program: #4 of 101
31-10 Thomson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 482-7200

Lehman College

250 Bedford Park Blvd W
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 960-8799

Long Island University

1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 488-1059

Medgar Evers College

1650 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 270-4900

Molloy College

1000 Hempstead Ave
Rockville Centre, NY 11571
(516) 323-4000

Monroe College

2501 Jerome Ave
Bronx, NY 10468
(800) 556-6676

Montefiore School of Nursing

53 Valentine St
Mt Vernon, NY 10550
(914) 361-6221

Nassau Community College

1 Education Dr
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 572-7501

New York City College of Technology - City Tech

  • ADN Campus
  • Top Ranked New York Program: #17 of 101
300 Jay St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 260-5500

New York University

433 First Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 998-5303

Nyack College

2 Washington St
New York, NY 10004
(212) 625-0500

Pace University - New York

163 William Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10038
(914) 773-3552

Phillips School of Nursing

776 Ave of the Americas
New York, NY 10001
(212) 614-6110

Queensborough Community College

  • ADN Campus
  • Top Ranked New York Program: #15 of 101
222-05 56th Ave
Bayside, NY 11364
(718) 631-6262

St. Francis College

180 Remsen St
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
(718) 489-5200

St. Joseph's College Brooklyn

245 Clinton Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 940-5300

St. Paul's School of Nursing - Queens

97-77 Queens Blvd
Rego Park, NY 11374
(718) 357-0500

St. Paul's School of Nursing - Staten Island

2 Teleport Dr #203
Staten Island, NY 10311
(718) 517-7700

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

  • BSN Campus
  • Top Ranked New York Program: #19 of 101
450 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 270-1000

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

450 Clarkson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 270-7632 x7600

Swedish Institute

226 West 26th St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 924-5900

Wagner College

1 Campus Rd
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 390-3100

York College

94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11451
(718) 262-2000

RN to BSN Programs in Brooklyn, NY

Many ADN-educated nurses are considering returning to school to earn their BSN degree in order to earn a higher salary and open the door to additional job opportunities. Specially designed “bridge programs” are available with these RNs in mind. RN to BSN programs provide a pathway to a higher degree which takes into account prior coursework and clinical experience, resulting in shorter completion times and less expense for the student.

RN to BSN Programs

RN to BSN programs may be offered in traditional on-campus formats, as well as online formats, which may be more convenient for nurses who wish to continue working while studying for their BSN. The RN to BSN program at CUNY School of Professional Studies is offered fully online and includes coursework on health assessment, leadership and management, nursing research, care of culturally diverse populations, global health and policy and nursing informatics.

Learn more about New York RN to BSN Programs

SchoolContact Information

College of Staten Island

2800 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10314

CUNY School of Professional Studies

119 West 31st Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 652-2066

Helene Fuld College of Nursing

24 East 120th Street
New York, NY 10035
(212) 616-7265

Hunter College

695 Park Ave
New York, NY 10065

Lehman College

250 Bedford Park Blvd W
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 960-8512

Monroe College

2501 Jerome Ave
Bronx, NY 10468

Mount Sinai Beth Israel

10 Nathan D Perlman Pl
New York, NY 10003

New York City College of Technology

300 Jay St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Pace University

1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038
(914) 773-3341

Pacific College of Health and Science

110 William Street 19th Floor
New York, NY 10038

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

450 Clarkson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11203

York College of CUNY

94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11451

APRN & Nurse Practitioner Programs in Brooklyn, NY

There is a strong demand in the healthcare industry for nurses with advanced practice nurses with MSN degrees or higher. In order to meet this need and secure high paying and rewarding jobs, many nurses are pursuing masters and doctorate-level degrees. In the Brooklyn area, nurses can choose from various MSN, post-master’s certificate, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs.

MSN Programs

A master’s degree can open the door to a wide range of advanced practice careers, including nurse practitioner, administrator, nurse educator and more. Hunter College offers a number of MSN programs, including a 42-credit master’s degree in community/public health nursing that prepares advanced public health nurses for leadership roles in a variety of settings.

Learn more about New York Nurse Practitioner Programs

Post-Master’s Certificate Programs

For RNs who hold a master’s degree, a number of schools offer post-master’s certificate programs that are designed to teach students a new advanced practice discipline. One example is the Advanced Gerontology Certificate program at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, which consists of four courses taught over one year.

Learn more about New York Post-Master's Certificate Programs

DNP & Ph.D. Programs

Perfect for nurses seeking the highest level of nursing education available, several schools in and around Brooklyn offer doctorate level nursing programs. A DNP program, such as the one offered at Columbia University, prepares students for the highest level of clinical practice and to provide comprehensive, independent patient care for their patients. Ph.D. programs prepare nurses for research careers, and the program at Adelphi University provides research-focused courses in two concentrations: nursing education and healthcare outcomes.

Learn more about New York DNP Programs

SchoolContact Information

Adelphi University

One South Ave, P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530
(800) 233-5744

College Of Mount Saint Vincent

6301 Riverdale Avenue
Riverdale, NY 10471
(718) 405-3200

Columbia University

617 W 168th St
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-5756

Hunter College

695 Park Ave
NY, NY 10065
(212) 772-4000

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

433 First Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 998-5300

Pace University

Graduate Certificate ProgramsMSN Programs
1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038
(866) 722-3338

St. Joseph's College New York

245 Clinton Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 940-5300

Suny Downstate Medical School

450 Clarkson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 270-1000

Wagner College

1 Campus Rd
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 390-3100
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