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Finding the Best Nursing Associate'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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Nursing Degree Search has created its Most Popular Nursing Associate's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 1,145 schools in the United States to see which associate's degree programs were the most popular for nursing students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Nursing program at each school on the list.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for nursing majors pursuing a associate's degree.

#1

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Our 2021 rankings named Ivy Tech Community College the most popular school in the United States for nursing students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public college with a very large student population.

Women make up 89% of the nursing majors at the school.

After completing their Associate's Degree, nursing graduates from Ivy Tech Community College carry an average student debt load of $15,293. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $138, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Excelsior College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Popular Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

Of the 999 students majoring in nursing at Excelsior College, 17% are male and 83% are female.

On average, nursing graduates from Excelsior College take out $10,346 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $108.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Rasmussen College - Florida is a great place for nursing students working on their associate’s degree. Rasmussen College - Florida is a moderately-sized private for-profit school located in the small city of Ocala.

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

After completing their Associate's Degree, nursing graduates from Rasmussen College - Florida carry an average student debt load of $20,107. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $205.

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The in-demand associate’s degree programs at Rasmussen College - Minnesota helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular nursing schools in the United States. Rasmussen College - Minnesota is a small private for-profit school located in the city of St. Cloud.

About 89% of the students majoring in nursing at the school are women while 11% are male.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at Rasmussen College - Minnesota take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $20,107. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $205.

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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 nursing students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Teterboro, Jersey College is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Women make up 89% of the nursing majors at the school.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at Jersey College take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $24,114. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $218, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for nursing students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the city of Fort Lauderdale, Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

About 86% of the students majoring in nursing at the school are women while 14% are male.

Nursing majors at Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale take out an average of $23,779 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $245.

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#7

Miami Dade College

Miami, FL

Miami Dade College ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools list. MDC is a very large public school located in the city of Miami.

Of the 493 students majoring in nursing at MDC, 23% are male and 77% are female.

Nursing majors at MDC take out an average of $13,285 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $109.

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#8

Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay

Saint Petersburg, FL

Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools list. Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Petersburg.

Of the 473 students majoring in nursing at Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay, 12% are male and 88% are female.

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#9

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, VA

ECPI University ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools list. ECPI University is a large private for-profit school located in the large city of Virginia Beach.

Of the 445 students majoring in nursing at ECPI University, 11% are male and 89% are female.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at ECPI University take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $25,940. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $275.

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National University College ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Bayamon, National University College is a private for-profit school with a large student population.

Women make up 75% of the nursing majors at the school.

While working on their Associate's Degree, nursing majors at National University College accumulate an average of around $10,288 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $88.

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#11

Unitek College

Fremont, CA

Unitek College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Fremont, Unitek College is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

Of the 431 students majoring in nursing at Unitek College, 16% are male and 84% are female.

Nursing majors at Unitek College take out an average of $17,986 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $183, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree nursing programs. Located in the large city of San Antonio, Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $25,900. 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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Harrisburg Area Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for nursing students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the small city of Harrisburg, HACC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 86% of the students majoring in nursing at the school are women while 14% are male.

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Galen College of Nursing - Louisville did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for nursing students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the large city of Louisville, Galen College of Nursing - Louisville is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Of the 411 students majoring in nursing at Galen College of Nursing - Louisville, 10% are male and 90% are female.

After completing their Associate's Degree, nursing graduates from Galen College of Nursing - Louisville carry an average student debt load of $25,900. 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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#15

EDP University - San Juan

San Juan, PR

EDP University - San Juan came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of San Juan, EDP - San Juan is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Of the 405 students majoring in nursing at EDP - San Juan, 30% are male and 70% are female.

While working on their Associate's Degree, nursing majors at EDP - San Juan accumulate an average of around $13,595 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $132.

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#16

Hondros College of Nursing

Westerville, OH

Hondros College of Nursing came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Hondros College of Nursing is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Westerville.

Of the 393 students majoring in nursing at Hondros College of Nursing, 6% are male and 94% are female.

After completing their Associate's Degree, nursing graduates from Hondros College of Nursing carry an average student debt load of $30,387. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $325, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

With a ranking of #17, Lone Star College System did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the small city of The Woodlands, North Harris Montgomery is a public college with a very large student population.

About 83% of the students majoring in nursing at the school are women while 17% are male.

On average, nursing graduates from North Harris Montgomery take out $14,318 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $117, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Jacksonville, FSCJ is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 79% of the nursing majors at the school.

After completing their Associate's Degree, nursing graduates from FSCJ carry an average student debt load of $14,904. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $150.

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With a ranking of #19, Community College of Allegheny County did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students working on their associate’s degree. CCAC is a large public school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

Women make up 84% of the nursing majors at the school.

While working on their Associate's Degree, nursing majors at CCAC accumulate an average of around $16,289 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 #20, Weber State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students working on their associate’s degree. WSU is a very large public school located in the city of Ogden.

Of the 327 students majoring in nursing at WSU, 14% are male and 86% are female.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at WSU take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $14,560. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $111.

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Tarrant County College District did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for nursing students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the city of Fort Worth, Tarrant County College is a public school with a very large student population.

Women make up 84% of the nursing majors at the school.

Nursing majors at Tarrant County College take out an average of $13,548 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $110, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Cuyahoga Community College District landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree nursing programs. Located in the large city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga Community College District is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 306 students majoring in nursing at Cuyahoga Community College District, 12% are male and 88% are female.

On average, nursing graduates from Cuyahoga Community College District take out $14,828 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $130.

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#23

Laboure College

Milton, MA

Laboure College ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools list. Laboure College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Milton.

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

While working on their Associate's Degree, nursing majors at Laboure College accumulate an average of around $24,130 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $252.

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#24

Union County College

Cranford, NJ

Union County College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Cranford, Union County College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Women make up 85% of the nursing majors at the school.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at Union County College take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $18,149. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $190, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#25

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL

With a ranking of #25, St Petersburg College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students working on their associate’s degree. SPC is a very large public school located in the city of Clearwater.

Women make up 78% of the nursing majors at the school.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at SPC take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $19,968. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $171.

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#27

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#28

South Texas College

McAllen, TX
#30

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, FL
#33

Daytona State College

Daytona Beach, FL
#38

Valencia College

Orlando, FL
#40

Owens Community College

Perrysburg, OH
#41

Nightingale College

Salt Lake City, UT
#45

Trident Technical College

Charleston, SC
#45

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma City, OK
#47

Delgado Community College

New Orleans, LA
#48

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, UT
#50

San Antonio College

San Antonio, TX

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Most Popular Nursing Associate's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 1145 different United States nursing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
52 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
53 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
54 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS
54 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
56 Florida SouthWestern State College Fort Myers, FL
57 Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH
57 Collin County Community College District McKinney, TX
59 Trocaire College Buffalo, NY
60 Jefferson State Community College Birmingham, AL
60 Goodwin College East Hartford, CT
62 Pasco-Hernando State College New Port Richey, FL
63 Riverside City College Riverside, CA
64 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
65 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
65 Suffolk County Community College Selden, NY
67 Galen College of Nursing - Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
68 Meridian Community College Meridian, MS
69 Central Ohio Technical College Newark, OH
69 Helene Fuld College of Nursing New York, NY
71 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
71 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
73 Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids, MN
74 Wallace Community College, Dothan Dothan, AL
74 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL
76 Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH
77 Delaware County Community College Media, PA
78 Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX
79 Wallace State Community College, Hanceville Hanceville, AL
80 Gadsden State Community College Gadsden, AL
81 Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conway, SC
81 Glendale Career College - Brightwood-Teachout San-Diego, CA
81 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
84 Midlands Technical College West Columbia, SC
84 Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ
86 Albany State University Albany, GA
86 Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, TN
88 Tulsa Community College Tulsa, OK
89 Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO
89 Front Range Community College Westminster, CO
89 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
89 Weatherford College Weatherford, TX
93 Coastal Alabama Community College Bay Minette, AL
94 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
95 Lansing Community College Lansing, MI
96 Miami Regional University Miami Springs, FL
97 Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa, OK
97 Mercy College of Ohio Toledo, OH
99 St Joseph’s College of Nursing at St Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Syracuse, NY
99 Henry Ford College Dearborn, MI
99 Pensacola State College Pensacola, FL
99 Greenville Technical College Greenville, SC
103 Alvin Community College Alvin, TX
104 El Centro College Dallas, TX
104 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
106 Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
107 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
108 Reynolds Community College Richmond, VA
108 Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI
108 EDP University - San Sebastian San Sebastian, PR
108 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
112 Howard Community College Columbia, MD
113 Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor, MI
114 El Paso Community College El Paso, TX
115 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA
116 Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA
116 Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City Oklahoma City, OK
118 Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL
118 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
118 Bevill State Community College Jasper, AL
118 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
118 Polk State College Winter Haven, FL
123 Rowan College at Burlington County Mount Laurel, NJ
123 Clark State Community College Springfield, OH
125 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Tifton, GA
125 Brookdale Community College Lincroft, NJ
127 Southwest Baptist University Bolivar, MO
128 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
128 Mott Community College Flint, MI
128 San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia Visalia, CA
131 St Paul’s School of Nursing - Staten Island Staten Island, NY
131 SABER College Miami, FL
131 Century College - White Bear Lake White Bear Lake, MN
134 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
135 Ocean County College Toms River, NJ
135 Florida Gateway College Lake City, FL
135 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
135 Stark State College North Canton, OH
139 Vermont Technical College Randolph, VT
139 William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL
141 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
142 Health Career Institute West Palm Beach, FL
142 Walters State Community College Morristown, TN
142 Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
145 Butler Community College El Dorado, KS
145 Shelton State Community College Tuscaloosa, AL
145 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH
145 Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC
145 Southern Adventist University Collegedale, TN
150 St Paul’s School of Nursing - Queens Rego Park, NY
150 Sinclair Community College Dayton, OH
150 Bryant & Stratton College - Wauwatosa Wauwatosa, WI
150 Kellogg Community College Battle Creek, MI
150 Northwestern College - Bridgeview Bridgeview, IL
150 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA
150 State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota Bradenton, FL
150 Walla Walla Community College Walla Walla, WA
158 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
158 Columbia Central University - Caguas Caguas, PR
158 County College of Morris Randolph, NJ
161 Carolinas College of Health Sciences Charlotte, NC
161 Westmoreland County Community College Youngwood, PA
161 Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN
161 Capital Community College Hartford, CT
165 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
165 Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA
165 Mercer County Community College West Windsor, NJ
168 Genesee Community College Batavia, NY
168 Harford Community College Bel Air, MD
168 Germanna Community College Locust Grove, VA
171 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
171 Modesto Junior College Modesto, CA
171 Maria College of Albany Albany, NY
171 Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, MA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional popular schools for Nursing students that almost earned our Most Popular Nursing Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
175 Queensborough Community College Bayside, NY
175 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS
177 Delta College University Center, MI
177 College of Central Florida Ocala, FL
177 Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, AZ
177 Lake Superior College Duluth, MN
181 Georgia State University-Perimeter College Atlanta, GA
181 Florida National University - Main Campus Hialeah, FL
181 Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, WI
181 Pueblo Community College Pueblo, CO
181 Bakersfield College Bakersfield, CA
186 Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health Los Angeles, CA
186 Marshall University Huntington, WV
186 Southern Union State Community College Wadley, AL
186 College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
186 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
186 Tri-County Technical College Pendleton, SC
186 Lakeland Community College Kirtland, OH
193 San Joaquin Delta College Stockton, CA
193 Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, NY
193 Regis College Weston, MA
196 Allegany College of Maryland Cumberland, MD
196 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
196 Naugatuck Valley Community College Waterbury, CT
199 Gulf Coast State College Panama City, FL
199 Everett Community College Everett, WA
199 Universidad del Sagrado Corazon Santurce, PR
199 College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA
199 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
199 Texas State Technical College Waco, TX
205 Neosho County Community College Chanute, KS
205 Grayson College Denison, TX
207 Montgomery College Rockville, MD
207 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
207 Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA
207 City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College Chicago, IL
207 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington, KY
207 Orange County Community College Middletown, NY
207 Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
214 Lincoln Land Community College Springfield, IL
214 Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Medford, MA
214 Parkland College Champaign, IL
214 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL
214 Butte College Oroville, CA
219 Career Networks Institute Orange, CA
219 Lower Columbia College Longview, WA
221 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
221 Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI
221 Western Oklahoma State College Altus, OK
221 Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital Syracuse, NY
221 Good Samaritan College of Nursing & Health Science Cincinnati, OH
221 Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville, KY
227 Cypress College Cypress, CA
227 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA
227 Fairmont State University Fairmont, WV
227 Saint Johns River State College Palatka, FL
227 Pitt Community College Winterville, NC
227 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
227 Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY
227 Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville, NC

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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