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2022 Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Southeast Region

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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.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which nursing program is right for you. 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 Southeast Region ranking. Our analysis looked at 269 schools in the Southeast Region to see which undergraduate certificate programs offered the best educational experiences for nursing students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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

The following schools top our list of the Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Colleges.

Top 25 Top Southeast Region Schools for an Award Taking 1 to 4 Years in Nursing & Nursing Assistants

Our 2022 rankings named Standard Healthcare Services - College of Nursing the best school in the Southeast Region for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the large suburb of Falls Church, Standard College of Nursing is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Practical Nursing majors at Standard College of Nursing take out an average of $19,379 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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Out of the 269 schools in the Southeast Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing-Plantation General Hospital landed the # 2 spot on the list. Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing-Plantation General Hospital is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Miami.

The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing-Plantation General Hospital take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $10,059.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Academy for Careers and Technology. It ranked #3 on our 2022 Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Southeast Region list. Academy for Careers and Technology is a fairly small public school located in the rural area of Mullins.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Academy for Careers and Technology carry an average student debtload of $17,528.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend John D Rockefeller IV Career Center. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Southeast Region list. John D Rockefeller IV Career Center is a small public school located in the rural area of New Cumberland.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from John D Rockefeller IV Career Center carry an average student debtload of $21,021.

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Out of the 269 schools in the Southeast Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Riverside College of Health Careers landed the # 5 spot on the list. Riverside College of Health Careers is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Newport News.

Practical Nursing majors at Riverside College of Health Careers take out an average of $18,728 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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#6

Emerald Coast Technical College

DeFuniak Springs, FL

With a ranking of #6, Emerald Coast Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the town of DeFuniak Springs, Emerald Coast Technical College is a public college with a fairly small student population.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Emerald Coast Technical College accumulate an average of around $5,349 in student debt.

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Suncoast Technical College landed the #7 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Suncoast Technical College is a small public school located in the suburb of Sarasota.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Suncoast Technical College carry an average student debtload of $12,842.

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Immokalee Technical College landed the #8 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. iTECH is a small public school located in the town of Immokalee.

Practical Nursing majors at iTECH take out an average of $9,133 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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Mercer County Technical Education Center came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in the distant town of Princeton, Mercer County Technical Education Center is a public college with a small student population.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Mercer County Technical Education Center carry an average student debtload of $10,250.

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Baptist Health College - Little Rock came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in the midsize city of Little Rock, BHCLR is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at BHCLR accumulate an average of around $24,056 in student debt.

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With a ranking of #11, Fayette Institute of Technology 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 Oak Hill, Fayette Plateau Vocational Technical Center is a public school with a fairly small student population.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Fayette Plateau Vocational Technical Center accumulate an average of around $12,021 in student debt.

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#12

Garnet Career Center

Charleston, WV

Garnet Career Center ranked #12 on this year’s Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the city of Charleston, Garnet Career Center is a public school with a small student population.

Practical Nursing majors at Garnet Career Center take out an average of $11,416 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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Pinellas Technical College-Clearwater landed the #13 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Located in the suburb of Clearwater, Pinellas Technical Education Center-Clearwater is a public school with a fairly small student population.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Pinellas Technical Education Center-Clearwater accumulate an average of around $18,879 in student debt.

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#14

Northwest Technical Institute

Springdale, AR

Northwest Technical Institute landed the #14 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. NTI is a small public school located in the small city of Springdale.

The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at NTI take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $10,922.

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#15

Cape Coral Technical College

Cape Coral, FL

Cape Coral Technical College 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. Located in the midsize city of Cape Coral, Cape Coral Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Cape Coral Technical College accumulate an average of around $8,894 in student debt.

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#16

Centra College of Nursing

Lynchburg, VA

Centra College of Nursing came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Centra College of Nursing is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lynchburg.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Centra College of Nursing carry an average student debtload of $16,711.

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North Florida Technical College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. North Florida Technical College is a small public school located in the distant town of Starke.

Practical Nursing majors at North Florida Technical College take out an average of $15,287 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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Galen College of Nursing - Louisville landed the #18 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Galen College of Nursing - Louisville is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Louisville.

Practical Nursing majors at Galen College of Nursing - Louisville take out an average of $20,240 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $127.

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Technical Education Center-Osceola came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Technical Education Center-Osceola is a small public school located in the suburb of Kissimmee.

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With a ranking of #20, Rasmussen University - Florida did quite well on this year’s best schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the city of Ocala, Rasmussen University - Florida is a private for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Rasmussen University - Florida accumulate an average of around $25,060 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $87, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Fred W Eberle Technical Center came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Fred W Eberle Technical Center is a fairly small public school located in the remote town of Buckhannon.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Fred W Eberle Technical Center carry an average student debtload of $11,369.

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Tennessee College of Applied Technology - McMinnville came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in the distant town of McMinnville, TCAT - McMinnville is a public college with a small student population.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at TCAT - McMinnville accumulate an average of around $7,802 in student debt.

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#23

Atlantic Technical College

Coconut Creek, FL

Atlantic Technical College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in the suburb of Coconut Creek, Atlantic Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Atlantic Technical College carry an average student debtload of $14,651.

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Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville 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 #24 on the list. Located in the large city of Nashville, TCAT - Nashville is a public college with a fairly small student population.

Practical Nursing majors at TCAT - Nashville take out an average of $19,322 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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South Louisiana Community College landed the #25 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Lafayette, South Louisiana Community College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from South Louisiana Community College carry an average student debtload of $18,049.

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Rest of the Top Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Southeast Region

#26

PiBerry Institute

Homestead, FL
#27

Taylor College

Belleview, FL
#31

Trident Technical College

Charleston, SC
#32

Eastern Virginia Career College

Fredericksburg, VA
#33

Gwinnett Institute

Orlando, FL
#35

Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay

Saint Petersburg, FL
#38

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, VA

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
41 Charlotte Technical College Port Charlotte, FL
42 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson Dickson, TN
43 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hohenwald Hohenwald, TN
44 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Ripley Ripley, TN
45 Bevill State Community College Jasper, AL
46 Delta College of Arts & Technology Baton Rouge, LA
47 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Pulaski Pulaski, TN
48 John C Calhoun State Community College Tanner, AL
49 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
50 Wallace State Community College, Hanceville Hanceville, AL
51 Lake Technical College Eustis, FL
52 Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR
53 McDowell Technical Community College Marion, NC

Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Colleges by State

Explore the best practical nursing and nursing assistants schools for a specific state in the Southeast region.

State Degrees Awarded
North Carolina 1,051
West Virginia 514
Alabama 1,630
Kentucky 3,661
Georgia 3,152
Tennessee 1,628
Louisiana 2,053
Mississippi 891
South Carolina 439
Florida 4,376
Virginia 1,734
Arkansas 2,077

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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