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2022 Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Plains States Region

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$33,389 Avg Salary
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Finding the Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate School for You

With 86,912 degrees and certificates handed out in 2019-2020, practical nursing and nursing assistants is the #2 most popular major in the United States.

It's not easy to decide which nursing program to enroll in when you have so many options available. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

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 Plains States Region ranking. This report analyzed 98 schools in the Plains States Region to see which ones offered the best undergraduate certificate programs for nursing students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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

The colleges and universities below are the best for practical nursing majors pursuing a undergraduate certificate.

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

#1

Cass Career Center

Harrisonville, MO

Our 2022 rankings named Cass Career Center the best school in the Plains States Region for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Cass RIX School District is a small public school located in the fringe town of Harrisonville.

On average, practical nursing graduates from Cass RIX School District take out $15,734 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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#2

Applied Technology Services

Sunset Hills, MO

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Applied Technology Services. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Plains States Region list. Located in the large suburb of Sunset Hills, Applied Technology Services is a public school with a small student population.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Applied Technology Services carry an average student debtload of $19,367.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Saline County Career Center. It ranked #3 on our 2022 Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Plains States Region list. Located in the remote town of Marshall, SCCC is a public school with a small student population.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from SCCC carry an average student debtload of $14,736.

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The excellent undergraduate certificate programs at Carthage Technical Center helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best practical nursing and nursing assistants schools in the Plains States Region . Located in the fringe town of Carthage, Carthage Technical Center is a public college with a fairly small student population.

The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at Carthage Technical Center take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $17,167.

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The excellent undergraduate certificate programs at Kirksville Area Technical Center helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best practical nursing and nursing assistants schools in the Plains States Region . Kirksville Area Technical Center is a fairly small public school located in the rural area of Kirksville.

Practical Nursing majors at Kirksville Area Technical Center take out an average of $9,540 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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With a ranking of #6, Warrensburg Area Career Center 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 Warrensburg, Warrensburg Area Career Center is a public college with a small student population.

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Washburn Institute of Technology ranked #7 on this year’s Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Plains States Region list. Washburn Tech is a small public school located in the city of Topeka.

The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at Washburn Tech take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $19,001.

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Lake Area Technical Institute 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 #8 on the list. LATI is a small public school located in the remote town of Watertown.

The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at LATI take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $21,272.

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Northland Community and Technical College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Plains States Region list. Located in the remote town of Thief River Falls, Northland Community and Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at Northland Community and Technical College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $25,362.

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#10

Four Rivers Career Center

Washington, MO

Four Rivers Career Center ranked #10 on this year’s Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Plains States Region list. Four Rivers Career Center is a small public school located in the town of Washington.

Practical Nursing majors at Four Rivers Career Center take out an average of $19,862 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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#11

Clinton Technical School

Clinton, MO

Clinton Technical School ranked #11 on this year’s Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Plains States Region list. Clinton Technical School is a small public school located in the remote town of Clinton.

The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at Clinton Technical School take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $18,429.

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Rolla Technical Institute/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 #12 on the list. Rolla Technical Institute/Center is a small public school located in the town of Rolla.

On average, practical nursing graduates from Rolla Technical Institute/Center take out $18,832 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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Alexandria Technical & Community 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 #13 on the list. Located in the town of Alexandria, ATCC is a public college with a small student population.

On average, practical nursing graduates from ATCC take out $12,830 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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Minnesota State Community and Technical College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the Plains States Region list. Located in the remote town of Fergus Falls, M State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at M State take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $17,282.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
15 Southeast Technical College Sioux Falls, SD
16 Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar, IA
17 Central Lakes College - Brainerd Brainerd, MN
18 North Central Kansas Technical College Beloit, KS
19 College of Saint Mary Omaha, NE

Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Colleges by State

Explore the best practical nursing and nursing assistants colleges for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Kansas 4,219
Minnesota 2,989
Iowa 1,574
South Dakota 203
North Dakota 250
Missouri 1,068
Nebraska 296

Practical Nursing Concentrations

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

Majors Similar to Practical Nursing

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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