SUNY Downstate College of Nursing Program Earns Top Tier Rankings for Third Consecutive Year

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Jan 12, 2022

Nursing Schools Almanac Ranks Downstate’s Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program #8 in New York

Downstate’s College of Nursing ranks #38 in the Mid-Atlantic Region

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The College of Nursing at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University this week received national recognition for its prelicensure baccalaureate and nursing school educational program, earning exceptional rankings among its peers for the third year in a row.

The Nursing Schools Almanac, a powerful online resource for aspiring nurses, ranks Downstate’s prelicensure Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) program #8 in New York – a leap of seven positions in one year alone. Additionally, the Nursing School Almanac ranks Downstate’s College of Nursing #38 in the Mid-Atlantic Region, continuing its move up in rank since 2019.

“We are honored to receive this recognition by the Nursing Schools Almanac for the third year in a row,” said College of Nursing Dean and Professor Lori A. Escallier, Ph.D. “Downstate prides itself on providing students with an unparalleled nursing education, and as we continue to overcome the immense challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also preparing the next generation of nurses to provide world-class, empathic, and compassionate care to our patients.”

Each year, the Nursing Schools Almanac conducts a detailed assessment of more than 3,000 nursing schools nationwide. Institutions are ranked by their academic prestige, program breadth and depth, and student success on the nursing licensure exam which is used by all state boards of nursing across the United States.

SUNY Downstate College of Nursing enrolls more than 350 students across nearly a dozen program offerings. Students in the BSN program have the option to complete a second-degree accelerated BS or RN-to-BS completion program. The accelerated BS program graduates 80-90 students annually, with a strong 91 percent first-time NCLEX pass rate over the past decade. Downstate also offers graduate students three MS degree programs, including Family Nurse Practitioner, and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education, as well as three advanced certificates including Family Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and Nursing Education. SUNY Downstate also recently launched a DNP program that offers both a post-Master’s track and two post-baccalaureate tracks.

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About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough's only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care. It is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City and Brooklyn's 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate's teaching hospital, backed by an outstanding medical school's expertise and world-class academic center research facilities. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

In addition to high-risk neonatal and infant services, pediatric nephrology, and dialysis (kidney diseases)—and offering the only kidney transplantation program in Brooklyn, among many other distinctive programs—Downstate also sponsors a major learning center for young children with developmental disorders and disabilities. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.