Students and Teachers

Education and Specialties

Education and/or training requirements for entry into the nursing profession will vary depending upon licensure requirements and specialty focus area.  However, it is possible to transition into the nursing profession or specialty practice area of your choice.  Consider your options in education and training.  Scholarships and financial aid may be available to assist you in reaching your educational and professional goals.

High School Diploma/GED/Additional Training

  • Certified Nurse Assistant

Technical Training/Vocational School

  • Licensed Practical Nurse

1-2 Years College/Certificate/Associates Degree

  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Registered Professional Nurse

4 Years College/Bachelors Degree

  • Registered Professional Nurse

5 + Years College/Masters or Doctoral Degree

  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Nurse Administrator/Executive
  • Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Practitioner

For information on Education and Training such as, Schools of Nursing, Colleges or Universities and Training Programs in New York, please visit the following websites:

Office of the Professions, NYS Education Department - New York State Nursing Programs

New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) - Nursing Education - Schools of Nursing

Future of Nursing-NYS - Resources: New Student Resources - Accredited Nursing Colleges

Center to Champion Nursing, - Preparation, Training and Roles

Accredited Schools Online

Learn How to Become a Nurse - Careers in Nursing

RN to MSN Programs




"Careers in Healthcare" (2004). New York State AHEC System
"Exploring the Health Professions" (2004). Central New York AHEC