Laguardia Community College Nursing Program Awarded Top Ranking In New York State Heroes on the Frontlines


LaGuardia Community College/CUNY Nursing Program is ranked #1 among New York State’s 2023 Best RN Programs

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY (October 27, 2022) — The LaGuardia Community College/CUNY Nursing Program is ranked #1 among New York State’s 2023 Best RN Programs by According to the ranking, LaGuardia’s Nursing Program graduates “leave the program with the ability to communicate, provide quality nursing care, educate patients, and practice legally and ethically.”

“Earning the top ranking among New York State Registered Nursing (RN) programs is a testament to our dedicated Nursing Program faculty and staff. The global pandemic showed us how important nurses and other frontline workers are to our community’s health—often going to extraordinary lengths to help others,” said Kenneth Adams, President of LaGuardia Community College. “Since our Nursing Program started in 1985, LaGuardia has graduated nearly 3,000 nursing professionals. We celebrate this recognition and carry on our efforts to prepare more frontline heroes to serve and help the community.”

Every year,, a resource for those interested in studying nursing or learning about nursing careers, ranks the top 20 nursing schools out of the 103 RN programs in New York State. Programs reviewed include schools that offer an Associate in Nursing (ADN/ASN), BSN, or Direct-Entry MSN Degree. A score is generated for each program based on several factors representing how well the program supports students towards licensure and beyond, including current and historical first-time NCLEX-RN “pass rates,” meaning the percentage of graduates who pass the national licensure exam on their first try.

LaGuardia’s Nursing Program has an enviable record of NCLEX-RN pass-rates. The most recent cohort achieved a 93% first-time pass-rate, surpassing many New York City two-year and four-year colleges.

LaGuardia’s Nursing Program offers courses covering approximately 75 different specialties in nursing. Nurses are engaged in direct client care, administration, education, and/or research. Nurses in advanced practice are prepared to assume greater autonomy in areas such as primary care, clinical specialties, anesthesia and midwifery. Following classroom learning, students are placed in a clinical internship with partner hospitals and medical facilities. Learn more.

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LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC), located in Long Island City, Queens, educates thousands of New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. LaGuardia is a national voice on behalf of community colleges, where half of all U.S. college students study. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his championing the underserved. Since our doors opened in 1971, our programs regularly become national models for pushing boundaries to give people of all backgrounds access to a high quality, affordable college education.


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