More than half — 57% — of all nursing degrees awarded in New York are awarded by private, not-for-profit colleges and universities. This includes Associates, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral level degrees. 

There are 50 private colleges in New York with nursing programs, this includes both two-year and four-year programs in practical and registered nursing. 

Nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system and private colleges are committed to ensuring they receive excellent training. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, demand for nurses is projected to continue to rise throughout the next decade. According to BLS projections, by 2029, demand for registered nurses will rise by 7.2% and demand for nurse practitioners will rise by a staggering 52.4%. At the same time, more than 1 million nurses are expected to retire by 2030. 

Given this landscape, New York’s nursing programs at private colleges will be critical to ensuring the state has the pipeline of nurses and other health professionals needed to meet our state’s rising demand.