The State University of New York (SUNY) system began in 1948 and consists of a selection of state-sponsored colleges and universities, reports the 2009 Barron's Profiles of American Colleges. Among the many programs offered at SUNY schools is nursing, a hands-on program that prepares students for careers in registered nursing, a field the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will grow by 22 percent from 2008 through 2018.

Binghamton University

In 2010, "U.S. News & World Report" ranked Binghamton University eightieth among all universities in the United States. The school opened in 1946 and has more than 11,800 undergraduate students. Admission to the university is highly selective; less than 40 percent of those who apply receive an invitation to attend, reports the 2009 Barron's Profiles of American Colleges. The college's Decker School of Nursing grants bachelor's and master's degrees. A main focus of the college's nursing programs is rural public health, with nurses spending clinical hours in clinics and hospitals in remote areas of central New York.

Binghamton University P.O. Box 6000 Binghamton, NY 13902 607-777-2171 binghamton.edu

Stony Brook University

Established in 1947 on Long Island, Stony Brook University is home to nearly 15,000 undergraduate students. The school received the ninety-sixth-place ranking among national universities from "U.S. News & World Report" in 2010. Around 38 percent of the enrollment in the college's School of Nursing consists of undergraduates, while masters and doctoral nursing students comprise 58 percent and 4 percent, respectively, reports the college's website. The school also offers online programs for nurses who already have a bachelor's degree in areas like midwifery and neonatal medicine.

Stony Brook University Administration Building Stony Brook, NY 11794 631-632-6868 stonybrook.edu

SUNY College at Brockport

SUNY College at Brockport is approximately 15 miles west of Rochester. Approximately 99 percent of the college's nearly 7,000 undergraduate students are New York residents, explains the 2009 Barron's Profiles of American Colleges. Before taking any clinical courses in the school's bachelor's nursing program, students must take classes in anatomy, chemistry, microbiology, nutrition, statistics, sociology and psychology. The school also offers a military nursing bachelor's program in conjunction with the U.S. Reserve Officers Training Corps.

SUNY College at Brockport 350 New Campus Drive Brockport, NY 14420 585-395-2751 brockport.edu

SUNY Plattsburgh

SUNY Plattsburgh is in a suburban area 10 miles north of Albany near the Vermont-New York border. Around 89 percent of the school's 5,700 undergraduate students are residents of the state, reports the 2009 Barron's Profiles of American Colleges. In addition to its traditional nursing program, the College at Plattsburgh offers an entirely online program for nurses who already have a registered nursing license, but hold only an associate degree. Students in the traditional degree program study adult, maternal and pediatric medicine, management, research, mental health and social justice as a part of the required curriculum.

SUNY Plattsburgh 101 Broad Street Plattsburgh, NY 12901 518-564-2040 888-673-0012 plattsburgh.edu