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Nursing Practice

1,122 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
336 Master's Degrees Annually
#5 in Popularity
$110,030 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Nursing Practice Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many nursing practice graduations there were in 2021-2022 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Doctor’s Degree 7,040
Bachelor’s Degree 970
Master’s Degree 362
Graduate Certificate 270
Associate Degree 166
Basic Certificate 43
Undergraduate Certificate 11

What Nursing Practice Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to nursing practice 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 Practice Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Skills for Nursing Practice Majors

nursing practice 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 Practice Majors

A major in nursing practice will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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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.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Nursing Practice Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with nursing practice:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5% $99,730
Nurse Practitioners 36.1% $107,030
Registered Nurses 14.8% $71,730

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

970 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
89% Percent Women
32% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 89% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 71
Black or African American 118
Hispanic or Latino 70
White 621
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 85

Geographic Diversity

Nursing Practice appeals to people across the globe. About 0.5% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Nursing Practice Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Nursing Practice 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 the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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 Practice Major  ( 75510 to 113730 )
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Some careers associated with nursing practice 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 practice careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Some College Courses 4.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 32.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 28.0%
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. 2.2%
Master’s Degree 30.4%
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. 1.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.1%
Doctoral Degree 2.2%

Online Nursing Practice Programs

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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 8 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 5 1
Bachelor’s Degree 14 4
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 27 15
Post-Master’s 28 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 56 16
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 245 103
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 22 14

Is a Degree in Nursing Practice Worth It?

The median salary for a nursing practice grad is $110,030 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 176% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,402,600 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Registered Nursing 262,974
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 16,647
Nursing Administration 8,663
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 4,717
Nursing Science 4,701
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 2,895
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 2,075
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 2,011
Nurse Anesthetist 1,768
Critical Care Nursing 747
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 622
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery 567
School Nursing 539
Clinical Nurse Leader 502
Clinical Nurse Specialist 340
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing 269
Women’s Health Nurse/Nursing 262
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing 192
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing 87
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing 26
Forensic Nursing 23
Palliative Care Nursing 13

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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