Become a Registered Nurse

Are you looking for a career in one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States? A career where you can truly make a difference and positively impact people’s lives? If so, a career in Nursing and Swedish Institute’s Nursing program may be right for you!

Our nursing classes at Swedish Institute are taught by experienced faculty with decades of experience in Nursing and Healthcare. In our nursing classes, you will learn practical skills and knowledge to prepare you for various job functions, including recording patients’ medical histories and symptoms, operating medical equipment, administering tests, planning patient care, and dispensing medications, along with other skills. If you are looking at Nursing Schools in the New York City area, look no further than the Nursing Program at Swedish Institute.

Swedish Institute’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program provides students with the knowledge and training to meet identified core competencies for safe patient-centered care. The Nursing program fosters teamwork and collaboration for practice in an interdisciplinary and multicultural work environment.

Effective March 24, 2023, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. For more information, click here.

More Testing Options for Nursing School Entrance Exam

We understand that flexibility is essential at Swedish Institute and offer two testing options for entrance into the nursing program. To be considered for the nursing program, potential students must take and pass one of the following: the NLN exam and the TEAS exam. The exams can be administered on-campus or online. There are minimum score requirements for each exam. Please contact our Admissions department at 866-673-6148 for more information on taking and scheduling an exam.

Fast Facts

  • State of New York annual
    average wage = $93,320*

  • National annual median wage = $77,600*

  • Nursing Program Length
    20 months (full-time)

  • Sample Nursing Program Schedule

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What to Expect in the Nursing Program

The Nursing program is a 68-credit course that is available in a 5-semester (20-month) sequence. Swedish Institute’s Nursing classes are offered during the day, allowing you to complete your training in as little as 20 months.

Unlike some Nursing schools, We designed our Nursing program’s curriculum to prepare you for your career as a Registered Nurse from day one. Your nursing classes will integrate knowledge and principles of writing, oral communication, mathematics, and behavioral and biological sciences. From working on your patient-care techniques to reading lab results, our instructors and faculty help train you for real-world experiences.

Upon successful completion of Swedish Institute’s Nursing program, you will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) and be eligible to take the National Council Licensure – Registered Nurse Examination (NCLEX-RN). Graduates who pass the NCLEX-RN will earn the title of licensed RN and can begin their careers as Registered Nurses.


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What Does a
Registered Nurse Do?

A career in nursing offers a wide variety of job responsibilities and duties depending on the setting in which you work. At Swedish Institute, our nursing classes help prepare you with the practical skills and knowledge that will enable you to successfully perform a wide range of job functions, including:

  • Recording patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Operating and monitoring medical equipment
  • Administering tests and diagnostics
  • Planning patient care and dispensing medications and treatments
  • Collaborating with doctors and other medical providers
  • Helping patients learn how to manage illnesses or injuries

Nursing Career Opportunities

One of the great advantages of pursuing a nursing career is the vast array of job opportunities that will be available to you within the healthcare industry. A Registered Nurse can work in a variety of healthcare settings, such as:

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Physician offices

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Nursing homes

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Home healthcare services

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Private sector

Registered Nurse Salary Opportunities

According to the latest national data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median pay in the state of New York is $93,320 per year. Salary will vary based on experience, location of employment, and the specific job title and duties being performed.*


Completion Rate

Reporting Period Total Number of Starts Graduates within 150% Completion Completion Rate
2022 ACCSC Annual Report 10/2018 – 9/2019 59 42 75%

Job Placement Rate

Reporting Period Available Graduates for Employment Number of Graduates- Employed in the Field Employment Rate
2022 ACCSC Annual Repot 10/2018 – 9/2019 42 30 71%

NCLEX Pass Rate

First time test takers for calendar year 2022 First time passed for calendar year 2022 Licensure Pass Rate
Calendar Year 2022 25 23 88%


Nursing Department End of Program Learning Outcomes:
EPSLO: Patient-centered Care
EPSLO: Safety
EPSLO: Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)
EPSLO: Teamwork and Collaboration
EPSLO: Quality Improvement
EPSLO: Informatics and Technology

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at Graphic Profile for Registered Nurses (Visited 9.15.22) and Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, using Occupational Employment Statistics Query System with a release date of September 2022.

Swedish Institute makes no representation, promise, or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification or licensure examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration, or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed, or employed. Swedish Institute does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

Swedish Institute cannot guarantee a student’s eligibility either to take any exam or become certified, registered, licensed, or employed. A student’s eligibility may depend on his or her work experience, completion of high school (or high school equivalency), not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure, certification, registration, or employment requirements, or the program or School itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure at the time of the student’s application.

Swedish Institute’s programs are registered by the New York State Education Department. Accredited by ACCSC. For important information on program costs, completion and placement rates, median debt incurred, etc., please visit our student consumer information page.