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Nursing Administration

827 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
7,493 Master's Degrees Annually
#4 in Popularity
$75,510 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Nursing Administration Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many nursing administration graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 7,493
Bachelor’s Degree 827
Doctor’s Degree 341
Associate’s Degree 316
Graduate Certificate 89
Basic Certificate 5

What Nursing Administration Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to nursing administration and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Nursing Administration Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in nursing administration should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills for Nursing Administration Majors

nursing administration majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Nursing Administration Majors

As a nursing administration major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Nursing Administration Major?

People with a nursing administration degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Clinical Nurse Specialists 14.8% $71,730
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5% $99,730
Registered Nurses 14.8% $71,730

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Administration?

827 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
88% Percent Women
22% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 88% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of nursing administration majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Administration Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 38
Black or African American 77
Hispanic or Latino 35
White 593
International Students 8
Other Races/Ethnicities 76

Geographic Diversity

Nursing Administration appeals to people across the globe. About 1.0% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Nursing Administration Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Nursing Administration majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $75,510 to $113,730 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Nursing Administration Major  ( 75510 to 113730 )
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Some careers associated with nursing administration require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for nursing administration careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Some College Courses 4.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 34.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 29.2%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 1.1%
Master’s Degree 29.4%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 2.3%
Doctoral Degree 1.1%

Online Nursing Administration Programs

In 2018-2019, 248 schools offered a nursing administration program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 8 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 3 0
Bachelor’s Degree 24 11
Post-Baccalaureate 8 1
Master’s Degree 194 101
Post-Master’s 51 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 13 6
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 16 6
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 1

Is a Degree in Nursing Administration Worth It?

The median salary for a nursing administration grad is $75,510 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 89% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $712,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to nursing administration.

Major Number of Grads
Registered Nursing 251,279
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 15,536
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 6,319
Nursing Practice 6,250
Nursing Science 4,704
Nurse Anesthetist 2,031
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 2,012
Nursing Education 1,991
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 1,266
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1,022
Critical Care Nursing 643
Clinical Nurse Leader 527
School Nursing 523
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery 475
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 464
Clinical Nurse Specialist 428
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing 236
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing 211
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing 37
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing 35
Palliative Care Nursing 23

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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