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

With 93,192 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, practical nursing and nursing assistants is the #2 most popular major in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for nursing students. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Nursing Degree Search has created the Most Popular Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 1,091 schools in the United States to see which undergraduate certificate programs were the most popular for nursing students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants program at each school on the list.

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

#1

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, VA

Our analysis found ECPI University to be the most popular school for practical nursing and nursing assistants students who want to pursue a undergraduate certificate in the United States. Located in the city of Virginia Beach, ECPI University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

About 93% of the students majoring in practical nursing at the school are women while 7% are male.

On average, practical nursing graduates from ECPI University take out $20,135 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $208.

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#2

Unitek College

Fremont, CA

Out of the 1,091 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Unitek College landed the # 2 spot on the list. Unitek College is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Fremont.

Of the 561 students majoring in practical nursing at Unitek College, 18% are male and 82% are female.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Unitek College carry an average student debt load of $13,075. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $138.

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Out of the 1,091 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts landed the # 3 spot on the list. Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts is a small private for-profit school located in the city of San Mateo.

Of the 545 students majoring in practical nursing at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, 11% are male and 89% are female.

The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $15,813. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $180, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Hondros College of Nursing

Westerville, OH

The in-demand undergraduate certificate programs at Hondros College of Nursing helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular practical nursing and nursing assistants schools in the United States. Located in the suburb of Westerville, Hondros College of Nursing is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Of the 537 students majoring in practical nursing at Hondros College of Nursing, 7% are male and 93% are female.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Hondros College of Nursing carry an average student debt load of $15,179. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $150, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Jersey College

Teterboro, NJ

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Jersey College is a great place for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Jersey College is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Teterboro.

Of the 397 students majoring in practical nursing at Jersey College, 7% are male and 93% are female.

Practical Nursing majors at Jersey College take out an average of $15,274 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 $166.

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#6

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

With a ranking of #6, Ivy Tech Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Ivy Tech Community College is a very large public school located in the large city of Indianapolis.

About 90% of the students majoring in practical nursing at the school are women while 10% are male.

On average, practical nursing graduates from Ivy Tech Community College take out $12,698 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $106, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #7 on the list. Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio is a small private for-profit school located in the city of San Antonio.

Women make up 86% of the practical nursing majors at the school.

Practical Nursing majors at Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio take out an average of $13,253 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $143, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Vista College

El Paso, TX

Vista College ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the large city of El Paso, Vista College is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Of the 283 students majoring in practical nursing at Vista College, 18% are male and 82% are female.

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Northeast Wisconsin Technical College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. NWTC is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Green Bay.

Women make up 94% of the practical nursing majors at the school.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at NWTC accumulate an average of around $13,109 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $103, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Instituto de Banca y Comercio Inc came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Guaynabo, Instituto de Banca is a private for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

Of the 211 students majoring in practical nursing at Instituto de Banca, 18% are male and 82% are female.

Practical Nursing majors at Instituto de Banca take out an average of $4,487 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $36, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Erie 1 BOCES

West Seneca, NY

Erie 1 BOCES came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Erie 1 BOCES is a fairly small public school located in the large suburb of West Seneca.

Of the 209 students majoring in practical nursing at Erie 1 BOCES, 11% are male and 89% are female.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Erie 1 BOCES carry an average student debt load of $8,498. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $99.

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#12

Tyler Junior College

Tyler, TX

Tyler Junior College ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Tyler, Tyler Junior College is a public college with a large student population.

Of the 204 students majoring in practical nursing at Tyler Junior College, 9% are male and 91% are female.

On average, practical nursing graduates from Tyler Junior College take out $13,752 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $109.

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#13

Summit College

Colton, CA

Summit College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Colton, Summit College is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

About 85% of the students majoring in practical nursing at the school are women while 15% are male.

On average, practical nursing graduates from Summit College take out $17,491 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 $181.

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Wallace State Community College, Hanceville landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Located in the town of Hanceville, Wallace State, Hanceville is a public school with a small student population.

Women make up 86% of the practical nursing majors at the school.

Practical Nursing majors at Wallace State, Hanceville take out an average of $15,614 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $121.

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Columbus State Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the large city of Columbus, Columbus State is a public school with a very large student population.

About 85% of the students majoring in practical nursing at the school are women while 15% are male.

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American Career College - Anaheim landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Located in the city of Anaheim, American Career College - Anaheim is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

About 77% of the students majoring in practical nursing at the school are women while 23% are male.

On average, practical nursing graduates from American Career College - Anaheim take out $15,306 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $179, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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San Jacinto Community College ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the suburb of Pasadena, San Jacinto College is a public school with a very large student population.

Women make up 87% of the practical nursing majors at the school.

The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at San Jacinto College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $11,622. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $108, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#18

Dorsey Schools, Madison Heights

Madison Heights, MI

With a ranking of #18, Dorsey Schools, Madison Heights did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Dorsey Schools, Madison Heights is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Madison Heights.

Women make up 91% of the practical nursing majors at the school.

Practical Nursing majors at Dorsey Schools, Madison Heights take out an average of $12,904 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $135, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #19, Bevill State Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the distant town of Jasper, Bevill State Community College is a public college with a small student population.

Of the 171 students majoring in practical nursing at Bevill State Community College, 15% are male and 85% are female.

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Standard Healthcare Services - College of Nursing ranked #20 on this year’s Most Popular Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Falls Church, Standard College of Nursing is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

About 91% of the students majoring in practical nursing at the school are women while 9% are male.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Standard College of Nursing accumulate an average of around $12,587 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $153.

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Lincoln Technical Institute - Moorestown did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #21 on the list. Lincoln Tech - Moorestown is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Moorestown.

Women make up 88% of the practical nursing majors at the school.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Lincoln Tech - Moorestown carry an average student debt load of $14,730. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $171.

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With a ranking of #22, Lincoln Technical Institute - Lincoln did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Lincoln Tech - Lincoln is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Lincoln.

Women make up 91% of the practical nursing majors at the school.

On average, practical nursing graduates from Lincoln Tech - Lincoln take out $14,730 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $171.

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Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Located in the small city of Stratford, Porter and Chester Institute is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

About 90% of the students majoring in practical nursing at the school are women while 10% are male.

The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at Porter and Chester Institute take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $16,615. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $179, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

RGV Careers

Pharr, TX

RGV Careers did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular 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 suburb of Pharr, RGV Careers is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

About 81% of the students majoring in practical nursing at the school are women while 19% are male.

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American Career College - Ontario ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the city of Ontario, American Career College - Ontario is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

About 80% of the students majoring in practical nursing at the school are women while 20% are male.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at American Career College - Ontario accumulate an average of around $15,131 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $179, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#27

Institute of Technology

Clovis, CA
#34

Joliet Junior College

Joliet, IL
#35

Vermont Technical College

Randolph, VT
#36

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA
#37

South Texas College

McAllen, TX
#38

Eastern Suffolk BOCES

Brentwood, NY
#45

John A Logan College

Carterville, IL
#45

Stone Academy-West Haven

West Haven, CT
#47

Career Care Institute

Lancaster, CA
#47

Collins Career Center

Chesapeake, OH

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Most Popular Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 1091 different United States practical nursing and nursing assistants schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
52 Rasmussen College - Florida Ocala, FL
53 Dorsey Schools, Roseville Roseville, MI
53 Kellogg Community College Battle Creek, MI
55 Stone Academy-East Hartford East Hartford, CT
55 Lincoln Technical Institute - Iselin Iselin, NJ
57 Berkeley College - Woodland Park Woodland Park, NJ
57 Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar, IA
59 Indian Capital Technology Center, Muskogee Muskogee, OK
59 Wichita Area Technical College Wichita, KS
61 Vernon College Vernon, TX
61 John C Calhoun State Community College Tanner, AL
63 Louisiana Delta Community College Monroe, LA
64 Galen College of Nursing - Louisville Louisville, KY
64 Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City, IA
64 Stanbridge University Irvine, CA
67 Coastal Alabama Community College Bay Minette, AL
67 Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health Manchester, NH
69 St Philip’s College San Antonio, TX
69 Lincoln Technical Institute - Paramus Paramus, NJ
69 MDT College of Health Sciences Highland Heights, OH
72 Capital Area School of Practical Nursing Springfield, IL
72 Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES-Practical Nursing Program Newark, NY
74 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
74 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
76 College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
76 Sumner College Portland, OR
78 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Elizabethton Elizabethton, TN
78 Homestead Schools Torrance, CA
78 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
81 Erie 2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES-Practical Nursing Program Angola, NY
82 Southern Union State Community College Wadley, AL
83 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson Dickson, TN
83 Prism Career Institute, Cherry Hill Cherry Hill, NJ
85 AMG School of Licensed Practical Nursing Brooklyn, NY
85 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
87 Pioneer Pacific College Wilsonville, OR
88 Moore Norman Technology Center Norman, OK
89 Francis Tuttle Technology Center Oklahoma City, OK
89 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
91 Concorde Career College - North Hollywood North Hollywood, CA
92 Wallace Community College, Dothan Dothan, AL
92 Dorsey Schools, Wayne Wayne, MI
92 St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud, MN
95 Arkansas State University - Newport Newport, AR
96 Sheridan Technical College Hollywood, FL
96 Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College Minden, LA
98 Prism Career Institute, West Atlantic City West Atlantic City, NJ
98 Northshore Technical Community College Bogalusa, LA
98 Schuyler Steuben Chemung Tioga Allegany BOCES Elmira, NY
98 Concorde Career College - Grand Prairie Grand Prairie, TX
98 Carrington College, Sacramento Sacramento, CA
98 Lincoln Technical Institute - Allentown Allentown, PA
98 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS
105 Glendale Career College - Brightwood-Teachout San-Diego, CA
106 Southeast Community College Area Lincoln, NE
106 Concorde Career College - Aurora Aurora, CO
108 Concorde Career College - San Diego San Diego, CA
108 Applied Technology Services Sunset Hills, MO
110 Institute of Technology Salem, OR
111 Athena Career Academy Toledo, OH
112 Davis Technical College Kaysville, UT
113 Kiamichi Technology Center-McAlester McAlester, OK
114 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX
115 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Morristown Morristown, TN
115 Universidad del Este Carolina, PR
117 Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, MO
118 Angelina College Lufkin, TX
118 Lebanon County Area Vocational Technical School Lebanon, PA
118 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
118 Coastal Pines Technical College Waycross, GA
122 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Jackson Jackson, TN
122 Adult and Community Education - Hudson Columbus, OH
122 Genesee Valley BOCES-Practical Nursing Program Batavia, NY
122 Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center Practical Nursing Wilkes Barre, PA
122 Blake Austin College Vacaville, CA
122 North Country Community College Saranac Lake, NY
128 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
128 Willoughby-Eastlake School of Practical Nursing Eastlake, OH
128 Clovis Community College Clovis, NM
128 Atlantic Technical College Coconut Creek, FL
132 El Paso Community College El Paso, TX
132 Ozarka College Melbourne, AR
132 Muskegon Community College Muskegon, MI
132 Neosho County Community College Chanute, KS
136 PCCTI IT and Healthcare Oak Brook, IL
136 Lorenzo Walker Technical College Naples, FL
136 Connors State College Warner, OK
139 Unitek College South San Francisco, CA
140 Baptist Health College - Little Rock Little Rock, AR
140 Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing Rochester, NY
140 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH
140 Ocean County Vocational-Technical School Toms River, NJ
140 Xavier College School of Nursing Stockton, CA
145 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
145 Coastal Bend College Beeville, TX
147 Delta College of Arts & Technology Baton Rouge, LA
148 Lenape Technical School Practical Nursing Program Ford City, PA
148 Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX
148 Lincoln Technical Institute - New Britain New Britain, CT
148 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville Nashville, TN
152 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
153 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston Livingston, TN
153 Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing-Plantation General Hospital Miami, FL
153 Northwest-Shoals Community College Muscle Shoals, AL
153 California Nurses Educational Institute Palm Springs, CA
157 North Central Missouri College Trenton, MO
157 Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD
157 Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center Altoona, PA
160 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington, KY
160 Red River Technology Center Duncan, OK
162 Bishop State Community College Mobile, AL
162 Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, WA
162 Pinellas Technical College-St. Petersburg Saint Petersburg, FL
162 Pasco-Hernando State College New Port Richey, FL

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also popular but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools award.

Rank College Location
166 Suncoast Technical College Sarasota, FL
166 Hunter Business School Levittown, NY
166 Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA
166 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome, GA
166 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
166 Concorde Career College - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
166 Eastern Center for Arts and Technology Willow Grove, PA
166 Washburn Institute of Technology Topeka, KS
166 Tulsa Technology Center Tulsa, OK
175 Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit LPN Career Lewisburg, PA
175 Bryant & Stratton College - Wauwatosa Wauwatosa, WI
175 Laramie County Community College Cheyenne, WY
175 Green Country Technology Center Okmulgee, OK
175 State Fair Community College Sedalia, MO
175 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
175 Southeastern Community College West Burlington, IA
182 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Newbern Newbern, TN
182 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
182 Temple College Temple, TX
182 Delaware Technical Community College - Terry Dover, DE
182 Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School Bourne, MA
182 Greater Lowell Technical School Tyngsboro, MA
182 Ridge Technical College Winter Haven, FL
182 Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC
190 Miami Valley Career Technology Center Englewood, OH
190 Southern Westchester BOCES-Practical Nursing Program Harrison, NY
190 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta, GA
190 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS
190 Meridian Community College Meridian, MS
195 Felbry College School of Nursing Columbus, OH
195 Career Center of Southern Illinois Red Bud, IL
197 Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies Weslaco, TX
197 Dutchess BOCES-Practical Nursing Program Poughkeepsie, NY
197 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Murfreesboro Murfreesboro, TN
197 Anoka Technical College Anoka, MN
197 Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, MN
202 Angeles Institute ARTESIA, CA
202 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
202 Lake Technical College Eustis, FL
202 East Valley Institute of Technology Mesa, AZ
202 Northwest Technology Center, Alva Alva, OK
202 Unitek College Hayward, CA
202 Southern Regional Technical College Thomasville, GA
209 Texas State Technical College Waco, TX
209 Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson, KS
209 Trocaire College Buffalo, NY
209 Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg, SC
209 Marion College School of Nursing Los Angeles, CA
209 Shelton State Community College Tuscaloosa, AL
215 South Arkansas Community College El Dorado, AR
215 College of the Ouachitas Malvern, AR
215 Odessa College Odessa, TX
215 Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN
215 Olney Central College Olney, IL
215 Victoria College Victoria, TX

Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Practical Nursing Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 45,607
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 43,162
Other Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants 4,423

Related Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 305,309

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 26 schools only.

  • 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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