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SUNY Downstate Nursing Program Ranked
Among Best in New York 

Brooklyn, NY— SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s pre-licensure nursing program, which has educated more active nurses who serve in New York City than any other institution, has been named among the top programs in New York State by a leading industry source. ranked Downstate’s program 12th in New York among 99 others.

“The faculty, current students, and graduate nurses who serve New York and beyond have long known that Downstate’s nursing program is one of the best in the state. This honor is a testament to their hard work,” said Downstate president Wayne J. Riley, M.D. “This designation is a real validation for our unparalleled academic health sciences programs and will help us continue to attract some of the most talented students for our quality programs.” 

“I am very proud of the faculty, staff, and students,” said College of Nursing Dean Lori Escallier, Ph.D. “This high ranking validates their hard work, and provides testimony to the College's long tradition of excellence in nursing education.” has analyzed New York’s nursing programs and released their rankings for a second consecutive year which help prospective students review and select the best nursing school. Their method looks at the NCLEX-RN exam—used by all state boards of nursing across the United States—to help assess a student's competency, and is a requirement for licensure. The exam pass rates for all RN programs (ADN, BSN, Direct-Entry MSN) for up to 5 years were analyzed and averaged to formulate their rankings. 

New York is one of the most competitive states for nursing programs and is on track to become one of the top regions for nursing employment. According to the NYS Education Department Office of the Professions, the number of licensed RNs showed steady growth from 14,090 in 2013 to 17,215 in 2018. As of January 2018, there were 237,444 New York State-licensed RNs, 19,569 of whom are registered in Brooklyn. More than 600 nurses are a part of Downstate’s healthcare workforce.

About is an organization of RNs whose mission is to promote excellence in nursing by helping future nurses with the tools they need to succeed.  



About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.