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2022 Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Great Lakes Region

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$33,389 Avg Salary
$12,393 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate School for You

In 2019-2020, 86,912 practical nursing and nursing assistants students received a degree or certificate, making the major the #2 most popular in the country.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for nursing students. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Nursing Degree Search has created its Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This report analyzed 126 schools in the Great Lakes Region to see which ones offered the best undergraduate certificate programs for nursing students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2022 Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Great Lakes Region

Check out the practical nursing undergraduate certificate programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 15% Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools

#1

Verve College

Oak Brook, IL

Our analysis found Verve College to be the best school for practical nursing and nursing assistants students who want to pursue a undergraduate certificate in the Great Lakes Region . Verve College is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Oak Brook.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Career Center of Southern Illinois. It ranked #2 on our 2022 Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the rural area of Red Bud, Beck School of Practical Nursing is a public school with a fairly small student population.

On average, practical nursing graduates from Beck School of Practical Nursing take out $16,802 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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#3

Ambria College of Nursing

Hoffman Estates, IL

The excellent undergraduate certificate programs at Ambria College of Nursing helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best practical nursing and nursing assistants schools in the Great Lakes Region . Ambria College of Nursing is a small private for-profit school located in the small city of Hoffman Estates.

The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at Ambria College of Nursing take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $15,548.

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#4

MDT College of Health Sciences

Highland Heights, OH

The excellent undergraduate certificate programs at MDT College of Health Sciences helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best practical nursing and nursing assistants schools in the Great Lakes Region . ATS Institute of Technology is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Highland Heights.

Practical Nursing majors at ATS Institute of Technology take out an average of $28,888 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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#5

Ohio Institute of Allied Health

Huber Heights, OH

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ohio Institute of Allied Health. It ranked #5 on our 2022 Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Ohio Institute of Allied Health is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Huber Heights.

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Capital Area School of Practical Nursing did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #6 on the list. CASPN is a fairly small public school located in the medium-sized city of Springfield.

On average, practical nursing graduates from CASPN take out $13,741 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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With a ranking of #7, Central School of Practical Nursing did quite well on this year’s best schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the suburb of Independence, Central School of Practical Nursing is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Detroit Business Institute-Downriver came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in the large suburb of Riverview, DBI Downriver is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

On average, practical nursing graduates from DBI Downriver take out $27,920 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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Miami Valley Career Technology Center came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Miami Valley CTC is a small public school located in the suburb of Englewood.

Practical Nursing majors at Miami Valley CTC take out an average of $20,673 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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#10

Cuyahoga Valley Career Center

Brecksville, OH

Cuyahoga Valley Career Center landed the #10 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Located in the suburb of Brecksville, CVCC is a public school with a small student population.

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#11

Athena Career Academy

Toledo, OH

Athena Career Academy came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Athena Career Academy is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large city of Toledo.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Athena Career Academy accumulate an average of around $26,209 in student debt.

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#12

Northern Career Institute

Eastlake, OH

Northern Career Institute landed the #12 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Located in the large suburb of Eastlake, Northern Career Institute is a public school with a fairly small student population.

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Upper Valley Career Center ranked #13 on this year’s Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the town of Piqua, Upper Valley Career Center is a public college with a fairly small student population.

Practical Nursing majors at Upper Valley Career Center take out an average of $20,226 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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CALC Institute of Technology came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in the small suburb of Alton, CALC is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from CALC carry an average student debtload of $11,817.

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Tri-Rivers Career Center did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #15 on the list. Tri-Rivers Career Center is a small public school located in the town of Marion.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Tri-Rivers Career Center accumulate an average of around $16,354 in student debt.

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#16

Hondros College of Nursing

Westerville, OH

With a ranking of #16, Hondros College of Nursing did quite well on this year’s best schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the large suburb of Westerville, Hondros College of Nursing is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Hondros College of Nursing carry an average student debtload of $25,428. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $105, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Toledo Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in the city of Toledo, Toledo Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education is a public school with a fairly small student population.

Practical Nursing majors at Toledo Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education take out an average of $24,400 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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With a ranking of #18, Wayne County Schools Career Center did quite well on this year’s best schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Wayne County Schools Career Center is a fairly small public school located in the distant town of Smithville.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Wayne County Schools Career Center accumulate an average of around $13,530 in student debt.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Nursing & Nursing Assistants students in the Great Lakes Region that almost earned our Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
19 American Institute of Alternative Medicine Columbus, OH
20 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
21 Professional Skills Institute Maumee, OH
22 Columbiana County Career and Technical Center Lisbon, OH
23 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
24 Sandusky Career Center Sandusky, OH
25 Collins Career Technical Center Chesapeake, OH

Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Colleges by State

Explore the best practical nursing and nursing assistants colleges for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Indiana 1,510
Michigan 2,400
Wisconsin 7,066
Ohio 5,309
Illinois 7,332

Practical Nursing Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 45,594
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 36,349
Other Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants 4,969

Related Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 313,362

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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