Nursing Schools in Manhattan with Program Overviews

Aspiring nurses in Manhattan can choose from several schools. Read an overview of admission and program requirements for three schools within one mile of downtown Manhattan to decide which one is right for you.

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Manhattan Nursing Programs

There are numerous school options in Manhattan for students wishing to become registered nurses or advance their career in a nursing specialty. This article talks about three of the closest schools, which are all five minutes or less from downtown Manhattan. Located near the end of the article is a table comparing school statistics, as well as a brief section mentioning a couple other relevant school choices.

  • CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College is a half mile from downtown and offers a 2-year associate's degree program in nursing.
  • Located 1.2 miles from downtown Manhattan, New York University (NYU) offers a number of nursing degrees. Students here can earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing, Accelerated BS in Nursing, RN-BS in Nursing, Master of Science (MS) in Nursing, 5-year BS/MS in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Research and Theory Development. NYU also offers advanced certificate programs in nursing.
  • Students at Pace University, which is less than a half mile from Manhattan's downtown, can earn a BS in Nursing, BS in Nursing/MS or Master of Arts (combined degree program), MS in Family Nurse Practitioner or DNP.

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC)

BMCC is part of the City University of New York system and admits over 24,000 students in degree programs every year. The 2-year nursing program offered at BMCC is the largest nursing program offered at all CUNY schools. Students can complete the nursing program on a daytime or evening/weekend schedule.

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

Students in this 65-credit nursing associate's degree program learn nursing skills through coursework such as anatomy and physiology, basic and pediatric surgical nursing care, psychiatric and obstetrical nursing and developmental psychology. The program requires two years of study but may be completed in three years for part-time students. Students receive clinical training through the school's nursing skills and simulator labs and in external healthcare facilities. After completing the program, students may sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

New York University

Located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York University is one of the country's largest private institutions. Through the College of Nursing, students may complete bachelor's, master's, post-master's certificate and doctorate programs in nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

This bachelor's degree program prepares students to become registered nurses (RNs). The program consists of 64 credits of core nursing classes in areas such as acute care psychiatric nursing, health assessment and promotion, maternal nursing and pediatric nursing. After completing the program, students are eligible to take the RN licensure exam. Students with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field can enroll in the accelerated BSN program and earn their degree in 15 months. The College of Nursing also offers a RN-BS program for registered nurses who have an associate's degree, as well as a dual BSN/MSN degree program that combines undergraduate and graduate nursing coursework.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The MSN degree program is offered in several specialties. To gain admission, students must have a bachelor's degree in nursing or a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field coupled with a 2-year nursing degree. Students may complete the program in an advanced nursing practice area such as adult acute care, adult primary care, family nurse practitioner, mental health nursing or pediatrics. Programs are also available in nurse midwifery, nursing administration, nursing education and nursing informatics. The College of Nursing also offers these specialties as a post- master's advanced certificate program.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP degree program is intended for nurse practitioners and midwives who wish to enhance their career in the field of healthcare delivery. The program is offered on a part-time schedule and can be completed in three years or seven semesters. Students will learn how to evaluate and implement nursing policies, assess health care systems and provide quality care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes and related settings. Topics covered in this program include application of evidence-based practice, healthcare genetics and genomics, healthcare policy issues and systems management for quality healthcare.

Florence S. Downs Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Research and Theory Development

This nursing Ph.D. program is designed for students who wish to become nurse scientists. The program focuses on research, statistical methods and theoretical views of nursing and healthcare. Full-time students can complete the program in three years, while part-time students can finish in five years. Courses include biostatistics, health disparities research, methods and theory, and philosophical perspectives of nursing. Students must also complete research residencies to meet the program requirements.

Pace University

Pace University was established in 1906 and has campus locations in Manhattan and in Pleasantville West Chester County, NY. The Pleasantville campus is located about 33 miles from downtown New York. Through the Lienhard School of Nursing, students can complete bachelors, combined bachelor's and master's, master's and doctoral degree programs.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Students can prepare for entry-level positions in nursing by completing this degree program. During clinical training, students work in small groups where they are able to get more individual attention from professors. Courses are taught by nursing faculty members that include fellows from the American Academy of Nursing. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. The Lienhard School of Nursing also offers an online BS in Nursing Completion Program for RNs without a bachelor's degree or a bachelor's degree in another field.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing/Master of Science (MS) or Master of Arts (MA)

This accelerated combined degree program is geared towards students who have a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field. Students can complete the baccalaureate nursing program along with a M.S or M.A. program in any major in 2 ½ years. To earn the BSN degree, students will complete 50 course credits. Those who wish to continue to the master's phase of the program must submit an application in the spring to gain admission for the fall semester. For RNs who have a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field, the College of Nursing offers a RN Bridge Program where student can matriculate into a masters nursing program.

Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner

The family nurse practitioner (FNP) program is offered in three courses of study. RNs with a bachelor's degree in nursing can earn the master's degree by completing 42 credit hours of coursework. Those who already have a master's degree in nursing can complete 30 course credits to earn a FNP certificate. Nurse practitioners who hold a master's degree and want to become a certified FNP will complete an individualized program of study. Training provided in this program is designed to equip students with skills in diagnosing and treating health conditions, indentifying health risks, providing counseling on disease prevention and promoting healthcare. Students gain necessary clinical skills by participating in several field practicum experiences.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

This degree program is designed to prepare advanced practice family nurse practitioners for clinical leadership positions. Students will complete 37 course credits, which includes 10 credits of clinical mentorship. The clinical mentorship phase accounts for 450 hours of training. Topics covered in this program include advanced practice nursing organizational systems, healthcare economics and finance, nursing practice information systems and healthcare policy.

Comparison of Schools

It can be hard to choose the right program, let alone the right school. The comparison table below can help.

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College New York University Pace University
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2011) 24,463* 43,911* 12,593*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Cost of Attendance $3,918 in-state; $6,078 out-of-state per year (2011-2012 tuition and fees)* $2,153 per unit for undergraduate nursing students; $2,343 per unit for graduate nursing students (2012-2013 tuition and fees)** $36,564 per year for undergraduates (2012-2013 tuition and fees); $898 per credit for graduate nursing students; $16,048 per semester for 1-year combined nursing program; $963 per credit for 2-year combined nursing program; $7,567 per semester for Doctor of Nursing Practice program (2012-2013 tuition)***
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2010-2011) 83%* 60%* 99%*
% of Undergraduates Students Admitted (2010) N/A* 32%* 79%*
Retention Rates for First-Time Students (2011) 64%* 92%* 78%*
Graduation Rates for First-Time Students (2011) 12% (21% transfer-out)* 87%* 53%*

Sources: NCES College Navigator*, New York University**, Pace University***

Other School Options

Students wishing to become registered nurses can attend Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing located about three miles from downtown. Students at this school can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. Another school option located within three miles of downtown New York is CUNY Graduate School and University Center. This school offers a Doctor of Nursing Science program for nurses who seek leadership positions in healthcare management and policy.

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