New York Nursing Guide – How to Become, Licensure, Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the New York Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 3/17/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in New York
Nursing Licenses in New York Master’s Required?
Nurse Practitioner Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

New York Nursing Salaries

New York Nursing Salaries
NY Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Annual Mean Wage Rochester Annual Mean Wage Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $48,770 $55,640 $42,210 $42,920
Registered Nurse $85,610 $91,160 $65,800 $74,790
Nurse Practitioner $120,970 $126,570 $101,980 $101,850
Nurse Anesthetist $191,130 $193,600 $189,760 $193,940
Nurse Midwife $110,150 $113,370 Not Available $114,320

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates New York in March 2020.

There are many paths to become a nurse in New York. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in New York, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of New York nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current.If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in New York, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

New York is not a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in New York

Nurse practitioners may apply for prescriptive authority for controlled substances in New York, in collaborative practice with a physician. Prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances must be written on official prescription forms, and there are varying limitations on refill authority.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) in New York

Education: Completion of a nurse practitioner education program accepted by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) with completed pharmacology coursework.

Certification: National certification from an NYSED-accepted body

Fees:

  • $85 Application Fee
  • Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Additional Information: A New York State license as a registered professional nurse is required for application.

Renewal: License renewal is required through the New York State Board of Nursing every three years. No educational requirements are required for licensure. A fee of $35 per renewal period is required.

Learn more on how to become a nurse practitioner.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in New York

Education: Completion of a clinical nurse specialist education program registered by the NYSED or meet alternative education requirements outlined by the NYSED.

Certification: If applying for New York certification as a CNS, you may provide proof of nationally recognized certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), or the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC).

Fees:

  • $80 Application Fee
  • Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Additional Information: A New York State license as a registered professional nurse is required for application.

Renewal: License renewal is required through the New York State Board of Nursing every three years. No educational requirements are required for licensure. A fee of $30 per renewal period is required.

Learn more on how to become a clinical nurse specialist.

Registered Nurse (RN) in New York

Education: Completion of an accepted NYSED nursing program and infection control and child abuse coursework.

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $143 Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Renewal: License renewal is required through the New York State Board of Nursing every three years. No educational requirements are required for licensure. A fee of $73 per renewal period is required.

Endorsement: Individuals with equivalent licensure in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to a $143 application fee. Applicants must also complete infection control and child abuse coursework.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in New York

Education: Completion of a nursing education program

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $143 Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Renewal: License renewal is required through the New York State Board of Nursing every three years. No educational requirements are required for licensure. A fee of $73 per renewal period is required.

Endorsement: Individuals with equivalent licensure in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to a $143 application fee.

Learn more about how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information on the above nursing careers in New York was retrieved from the New York State Board of Nursing as of March 2020.

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Earn a Master of Science in Nursing online from Simmons University.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study

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