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2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Plains States Region

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

109 Colleges
$13,519 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$62,245 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree School for You

Nursing is the most popular major in the United States with 28,445 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 in the Plains States Region to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 109 schools in the Plains States Region 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 Plains States Region

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

Top 15% Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies the best value school in the Plains States Region for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the distant town of Fayette, CMU CGES is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

CMU CGES undergraduate students pay an average of $6,550 in tuition and fees each 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.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Minot State University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best value nursing schools in the Plains States Region . Located in the town of Minot, MSU is a public school with a small student population.

MSU undergraduate students pay an average of $7,592 in tuition and fees each 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.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Bemidji State University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Plains States Region list. Located in the town of Bemidji, Bemidji State University is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Bemidji State University are $8,940 a 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.

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#4

Grantham University

Lenexa, KS

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Grantham University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Plains States Region list. Located in the small city of Lenexa, Grantham University is a private for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Grantham University are $8,280 per 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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Out of the 109 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, South Dakota State University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the remote town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at South Dakota State are $12,589 a year. Nursing majors at South Dakota State take out an average of $23,980 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 $252.

In addition to its great value ranking, South Dakota State is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Plains States Region list.

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Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

With a ranking of #6, Walden University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

Walden University undergraduate students pay an average of $10,766 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at Walden University accumulate an average of around $21,911 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $249.

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With a ranking of #7, Rasmussen College - Minnesota did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Rasmussen College - Minnesota is a small private for-profit school located in the city of St. Cloud.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Rasmussen College - Minnesota are $10,935 a year. On average, nursing graduates from Rasmussen College - Minnesota take out $27,013 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 $261.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in the small city of Mankato, Minnesota State Mankato is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Minnesota State Mankato are $16,730 a year. On average, nursing graduates from Minnesota State Mankato take out $18,137 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 $182.

In addition to its great value ranking, Minnesota State Mankato is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Plains States Region list.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. North Dakota State University is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Fargo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at North Dakota State University are $13,757 per year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from North Dakota State University carry an average student debtload of $21,402. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $223, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

University of North Dakota 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 #10 on the list. Located in the city of Grand Forks, UND is a public school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UND are $15,895 per year. Nursing majors at UND take out an average of $25,086 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 $265.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, UND also did well on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Plains States Region list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in the city of Kansas City, Saint Luke's College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Saint Luke’s College undergraduate students pay an average of $14,456 in tuition and fees each year. On average, nursing graduates from Saint Luke's College take out $16,536 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $176, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Saint Luke’s College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Plains States Region list.

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Clarkson College

Omaha, NE

Clarkson 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 #12 on the list. Located in the city of Omaha, Clarkson College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Clarkson College are $13,968 a year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at Clarkson College accumulate an average of around $29,547 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 $298.

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Rasmussen College-Kansas ranked #13 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Plains States Region list. Located in the rural area of Topeka, Rasmussen College-Kansas is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Rasmussen College-Kansas are $10,935 per year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at Rasmussen College-Kansas accumulate an average of around $27,013 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 $261.

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Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Capella University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Capella University are $14,540 a year. Nursing majors at Capella University take out an average of $22,354 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 $237.

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Concordia University, Saint Paul 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. Concordia University, Saint Paul is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul.

Concordia University, Saint Paul undergraduate students pay an average of $22,800 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at Concordia University, Saint Paul accumulate an average of around $15,928 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 $182.

Concordia University, Saint Paul also made our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #2.

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With a ranking of #16, Minnesota State University - Moorhead did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Moorhead, MSU Moorhead is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MSU Moorhead are $16,586 per year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at MSU Moorhead accumulate an average of around $15,373 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $155.

In addition to its great value ranking, MSU Moorhead is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Plains States Region list.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great value schools for Nursing students in the Plains States Region seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Plains States Region award.

Rank College Location
17 Winona State University Winona, MN
18 Rasmussen College - North Dakota Fargo, ND
19 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, NE
20 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
20 Mercy College of Health Sciences Des Moines, IA

Best Nursing Colleges by State

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

State Degrees Awarded
Kansas 2,914
Minnesota 12,128
Iowa 2,922
South Dakota 1,018
North Dakota 1,025
Missouri 6,422
Nebraska 1,960

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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