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Finding the Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree School for You

Nursing is the most popular major in the United States with 305,309 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which nursing program to enroll in when you have so many options available. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Nursing Degree Search has created the Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 969 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best value experiences for nursing students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for nursing majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Bachelor's in Nursing

Our 2021 rankings named Sentara College of Health Sciences the best value school in the United States for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Sentara College of Health Sciences is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Chesapeake.

Sentara College of Health Sciences undergraduate students pay an average of $2,183 in tuition and fees each year. On average, nursing graduates from Sentara College of Health Sciences take out $19,001 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $189, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Sentara College of Health Sciences also claimed a spot on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Brigham Young University - Idaho. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the distant town of Rexburg, BYU - I is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

BYU - I undergraduate students pay an average of $4,208 in tuition and fees each year. Nursing majors at BYU - I take out an average of $11,897 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $104, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Western Governors University is a great value for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. WGU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WGU are $6,670 a year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at WGU accumulate an average of around $10,147 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $100.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, WGU also did well on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies is a great value for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the town of Fayette, CMU CGES is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at CMU CGES are $6,550 a year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at CMU CGES take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $15,628. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $156.

CMU CGES also claimed a spot on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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United States University

San Diego, CA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend United States University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of San Diego, USU is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at USU are $6,480 per year. Nursing majors at USU take out an average of $24,855 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $232, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Minot State University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the remote town of Minot, MSU is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MSU are $7,592 per year. Nursing majors at MSU take out an average of $18,540 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $164.

MSU also claimed a spot on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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Wenatchee Valley College

Wenatchee, WA

Wenatchee Valley College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. WVC is a small public school located in the city of Wenatchee.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WVC are $4,630 a year.

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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Flex did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of Milwaukee, UWM Flexible Option is a public college with a small student population.

UWM Flexible Option undergraduate students pay an average of $6,750 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from UWM Flexible Option carry an average student debtload of $24,458. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $256, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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American Sentinel University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the large city of Aurora, American Sentinel University is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at American Sentinel University are $11,100 a year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from American Sentinel University carry an average student debtload of $17,541. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $184, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, American Sentinel University also is in the top 1% of our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking.

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Mississippi University for Women came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the town of Columbus, MUW is a public school with a small student population.

MUW undergraduate students pay an average of $7,525 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from MUW carry an average student debtload of $13,098. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $130.

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#11

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN

Bemidji State University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in the remote town of Bemidji, Bemidji State University is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Bemidji State University are $8,940 per year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at Bemidji State University take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $17,864. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $176, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

In addition to its great value ranking, Bemidji State University is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list.

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American Public University System came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at American Military University are $7,324 per year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at American Military University accumulate an average of around $23,386 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $240.

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#13

Grantham University

Lenexa, KS

Grantham University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Lenexa, Grantham University is a private for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Grantham University are $8,280 a year. On average, nursing graduates from Grantham University take out $15,431 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $159, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Oklahoma Panhandle State University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. OPSU is a small public school located in the rural area of Goodwell.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at OPSU are $8,008 a year. On average, nursing graduates from OPSU take out $11,115 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $114.

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Odessa, UT Permian Basin is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UT Permian Basin are $7,566 a year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from UT Permian Basin carry an average student debtload of $19,455.

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Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the rural area of Marion, IWU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at IWU are $9,345 per year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at IWU accumulate an average of around $21,687 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $238.

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Linfield College - Online and Continuing Education ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Linfield OCE is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the town of McMinnville.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Linfield OCE are $14,005 a year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at Linfield OCE accumulate an average of around $21,383 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $244.

In addition to its great value ranking, Linfield OCE is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list.

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Brigham Young University - Provo landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in the midsize city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BYU are $5,790 a year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at BYU accumulate an average of around $16,784 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $146.

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#19

Olympic College

Bremerton, WA

Olympic College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. OC is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Bremerton.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at OC are $4,386 a year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at OC accumulate an average of around $20,796 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $179.

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#20

Touro University Nevada

Henderson, NV

Touro University Nevada did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the city of Henderson, Touro University Nevada is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Touro University Nevada undergraduate students pay an average of $9,900 in tuition and fees each year. Nursing majors at Touro University Nevada take out an average of $17,620 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $180.

Touro University Nevada also claimed a spot on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

Western Carolina University landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in the town of Cullowhee, WCU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

WCU undergraduate students pay an average of $8,277 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at WCU take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $15,991. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $161, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#22

SUNY Delhi

Delhi, NY

SUNY Delhi came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the remote town of Delhi, SUNY Delhi is a public college with a small student population.

SUNY Delhi undergraduate students pay an average of $12,330 in tuition and fees each year. Nursing majors at SUNY Delhi take out an average of $17,629 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $171.

SUNY Delhi also claimed a spot on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#23

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

With a ranking of #23, Wilmington University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Wilmington University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of New Castle.

Wilmington University undergraduate students pay an average of $11,480 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from Wilmington University carry an average student debtload of $17,991. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $187.

Wilmington University excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list.

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Thomas Edison State University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Trenton, TESU is a public college with a large student population.

TESU undergraduate students pay an average of $9,856 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at TESU accumulate an average of around $15,908 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $162.

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With a ranking of #25, University of Phoenix - Arizona did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. UOPX - Arizona is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Tempe.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UOPX - Arizona are $9,552 a year. On average, nursing graduates from UOPX - Arizona take out $24,299 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $243.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools

#27

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, NY
#28

Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, LA
#29

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN
#32

MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, TX
#38

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN
#40

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, FL
#43

Kettering College

Kettering, OH
#44

Franklin University

Columbus, OH
#45

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL
#47

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL
#48

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 969 different United States nursing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Rasmussen College - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
52 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
52 National University La Jolla, CA
54 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX
55 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord, NC
56 University of Phoenix - Hawaii Honolulu, HI
57 University of Maine at Fort Kent Fort Kent, ME
58 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
59 Universidad del Sagrado Corazon Santurce, PR
59 Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Baton Rouge, LA
61 Baptist Health System School of Health Professions San Antonio, TX
62 Chipola College Marianna, FL
63 University of Phoenix - Florida Orlando, FL
64 Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences Memphis, TN
65 Excelsior College Albany, NY
66 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, NY
67 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
67 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
69 Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL
70 Rasmussen College - Wisconsin Green Bay, WI
71 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
72 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
73 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
74 Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences Kansas City, MO
75 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
76 The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences Cincinnati, OH
76 Lehman College Bronx, NY
76 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, NC
79 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
80 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield, PA
80 AmeriTech College - Draper Draper, UT
82 Clarkson College Omaha, NE
83 Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing Richmond, VA
84 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
85 Middle Georgia State University Macon, GA
85 Rasmussen College-Kansas Topeka, KS
85 Mercy College of Ohio Toledo, OH
88 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
89 Concordia University, Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN
90 Alcorn State University Alcorn State, MS
91 West Coast University - Dallas Dallas, TX
91 Georgia Highlands College Rome, GA
93 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
94 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
95 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
96 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
97 Winona State University Winona, MN
98 Bellevue College Bellevue, WA
99 Gordon State College Barnesville, GA
99 Miami Dade College Miami, FL
99 Rasmussen College - North Dakota Fargo, ND
99 Chamberlain University - Illinois Addison, IL
103 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
104 Centra College of Nursing Lynchburg, VA
105 Alfred State College Alfred, NY
106 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, NE
106 Delaware Technical Community College - Terry Dover, DE
106 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
109 The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX
109 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
111 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
112 State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota Bradenton, FL
113 Hunter College New York, NY
114 College of Central Florida Ocala, FL
115 Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford, OK
115 Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo Arecibo, PR
117 Polk State College Winter Haven, FL
118 University of Providence Great Falls, MT
119 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
120 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
120 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
122 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
122 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR
122 College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick, GA
122 Mercy College of Health Sciences Des Moines, IA
122 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
122 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
128 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
129 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
130 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
130 Northeastern State University Tahlequah, OK
132 Chamberlain University - Nevada Las Vegas, NV
133 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
134 Chamberlain University - Virginia Arlington, VA
134 Sullivan University Louisville, KY
136 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
136 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
136 SUNY Polytechnic Institute Utica, NY
139 Winston - Salem State University Winston-Salem, NC
140 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
141 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
142 Missouri Western State University Saint Joseph, MO
143 West Coast University - Orange County Anaheim, CA
143 The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
143 Nevada State College Henderson, NV

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
146 Illinois State University Normal, IL
147 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
148 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY
148 Hondros College of Nursing Westerville, OH
148 University of Florida-Online Gainesville, FL
151 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO
152 Chamberlain University - Ohio Columbus, OH
152 Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences Cape Girardeau, MO
152 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
152 College of Staten Island CUNY Staten Island, NY
152 Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Barranquitas Barranquitas, PR
157 University of Houston - Victoria Victoria, TX
157 Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
157 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
157 Chamberlain University - Texas Houston, TX
161 Florida SouthWestern State College Fort Myers, FL
161 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
163 Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, PA
163 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Tifton, GA
165 Inter American University of Puerto Rico - San German San German, PR
166 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
166 Saint Johns River State College Palatka, FL
166 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
169 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
170 Bryan College of Health Sciences Lincoln, NE
170 SUNY Canton Canton, NY
172 Governors State University University Park, IL
173 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
174 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
175 South University’s online programs Savannah, GA
175 Great Basin College Elko, NV
177 New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY
177 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans New Orleans, LA
179 Florida Gateway College Lake City, FL
179 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
179 Chamberlain University - Florida Jacksonville, FL
182 Georgia Southwestern State University Americus, GA
182 Chamberlain University - Arizona Phoenix, AZ
184 Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences Canton, OH
185 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
185 American University of Health Sciences Signal Hill, CA
185 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
185 Columbia College Columbia, MO
185 University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE
190 Chamberlain University - Indiana Indianapolis, IN
190 Lake Superior State University Sault Ste Marie, MI
192 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
192 Clayton State University Morrow, GA
192 Bellin College Green Bay, WI

Nursing by Region

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

Nursing Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Registered Nursing 251,279
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 15,536
Nursing Administration 9,071
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 6,319
Nursing Practice 6,250
Nursing Science 4,704
Nurse Anesthetist 2,031
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 2,012
Nursing Education 1,991
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 1,266
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1,022
Critical Care Nursing 643
Clinical Nurse Leader 527
School Nursing 523
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery 475
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 464
Clinical Nurse Specialist 428
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing 236
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing 211
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing 37
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing 35
Palliative Care Nursing 23

Related Major Annual Graduates
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle.

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