Nursing Advocacy Group says Cayuga Nursing Program Among the Best in NY

AUBURN — Cayuga Community College’s Nursing Program remains one of the best programs training registered nurses in New York State, according to an online nursing advocacy organization.

In comprehensive rankings released Monday by, Cayuga’s Nursing Program received a score of 98.77 percent, placing it third on the list of programs across New York State. This is the second straight year has rated Cayuga’s program among the best in the state.

“Nursing is a rigorous and challenging program of study. To be successful in this program a student needs to be disciplined and motivated. Faculty expectations are high, as is our pride, and we prepare our students to meet the Cayuga tradition of excellence,” said Program Director Linda Alfieri. is a nursing advocacy organization that provides resources for people looking to enter the field of nursing. They ranked programs across the country based on available student pass rates on the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX), which evaluates students’ entry-level knowledge to make safe judgements in caring for their patients.

For programs across New York State, evaluated NCLEX scores from 2013-2014, and ended up analyzing 99 programs and ranking 30. Programs were left out of the rankings based on whether they only had one year of NCLEX pass rates, if they were closed or will be closing when the data was collected and if they didn’t have NCLEX pass rates available from the previous one or two years.

Cayuga’s score of 98.77 percent landed them just behind Jefferson Community College and Pace University for the top spot in New York State.

“The stellar ranking by is another in a long line of deserved accolades for our Nursing Program,” said Cayuga Community College President Brian Durant. “Over the years, we’ve seen the Nursing Program become one of the best in New York State, and I know that’s due to the hard work of Linda, our staff and faculty, and the determination of our students.”

The success of Cayuga nursing students on the NCLEX goes beyond the 2013-2014 scores evaluated by From 2011 to 2016, the program’s average pass rate on the NCLEX was 99.2 percent, and the Class of 2017 pass rate was 98 percent.

The mark by the Class of 2017 was the fourth-best pass rate in New York State for Associate Degree Nursing Programs and was far better than the state and national averages of 85 percent and 87 percent, respectively.

Alfieri attributed the program’s success to hardworking students and faculty, and receiving valuable feedback from members of the community.

“We receive a lot of feedback from employers and graduates, and we have an agency advisory board that helps, as well. Every year we get feedback from them identifying what we can do to make our graduates even stronger. That feedback from stakeholders helps guide us and keeps us current, because it’s very much a field that features state-of-the-art technology,” she said.

For more information on Cayuga Community College’s Nursing Program, visit