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Associate’s Degree in Registered Nursing

81,677 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,112 schools in the United States where you can get your associate's degree in registered nursing. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 35% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 0.6% of registered nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Registered Nursing Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 81,677 students earned their associate's degree in registered nursing. This earns it the #1 spot on the list of the most popular associate's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in registered nursing at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 146,866
Associate’s Degree 81,677
Master’s Degree 17,491
Undergraduate Certificate 2,414
Basic Certificate 1,376
Doctor’s Degree 1,045
Graduate Certificate 410

Earnings of Registered Nursing Majors With Associate’s Degree

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for registered nursing majors with their associate's degree due to lack of data.

Student Debt

We do not have the data to estimate the median debt for this class of people.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in registered nursing. About 85.6% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 11,768
Women 69,909
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degree in Registered Nursing

The racial-ethnic distribution of registered nursing associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,740
Black or African American 10,044
Hispanic or Latino 11,933
White 49,590
International Students 501
Other Races/Ethnicities 5,869
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Registered Nursing Associate's Degree Students

There are 1,112 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in registered nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
1,323 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ivy Tech Community College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for registered nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Roughly 75,400 attend the school each year. The registered nursing program at Ivy Tech Community College awarded 1,323 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 15% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#2

Excelsior College

Albany, New York
999 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Excelsior College is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 34,000 attend the school each year. The registered nursing program at Excelsior College awarded 999 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

#3

Rasmussen College - Florida

Ocala, Florida
800 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rasmussen College - Florida comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 8,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,360 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 800 associate's degree were handed out to registered nursing majors at Rasmussen College - Florida. Of these students, 88% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Rasmussen College - Minnesota

St. Cloud, Minnesota
707 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rasmussen College - Minnesota comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 4,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,360 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 707 people received their associate's degree in registered nursing from Rasmussen College - Minnesota. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#5

Jersey College

Teterboro, New Jersey
640 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Jersey College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 2,900 attend the school each year. The registered nursing program at Jersey College awarded 640 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 89% were women and 75% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
580 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale. Roughly 18,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $19,808 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $27,162 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 580 associate's degree were handed out to registered nursing majors at Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale. About 86% of this group were women, and 46% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Miami Dade College

Miami, Florida
493 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
85% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Miami Dade College comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 56,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 493 people received their associate's degree in registered nursing from MDC. Of these students, 77% were women and 85% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Galen College of Nursing-Tampa Bay

Saint Petersburg, Florida
473 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Galen College of Nursing-Tampa Bay is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 1,200 attend the school each year. The registered nursing program at Galen College of Nursing-Tampa Bay awarded 473 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 88% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
445 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

ECPI University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 11,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,584 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,960 per year.

The registered nursing program at ECPI University awarded 445 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 49% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#10

National University College

Bayamon, Puerto Rico
441 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
99% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 11,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,300 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,510 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 441 people received their associate's degree in registered nursing from National University College. Around 99% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

427 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Galen College of Nursing-San Antonio is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 1,200 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 427 people received their associate's degree in registered nursing from Galen College of Nursing-San Antonio. Of these students, 87% were women and 61% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Harrisburg Area Community College

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
423 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harrisburg Area Community College is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 18,600 attend the school each year. The registered nursing program at Harrisburg Area Community College awarded 423 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

#13

Galen College of Nursing-Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
411 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Galen College of Nursing-Louisville is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 1,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 411 associate's degree were handed out to registered nursing majors at Galen College of Nursing-Louisville. About 90% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Hondros College of Nursing

Westerville, Ohio
393 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hondros College of Nursing comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 2,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 393 associate's degree were handed out to registered nursing majors at Hondros College of Nursing. Of these students, 94% were women and 52% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, Texas
386 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lone Star College System comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 72,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 386 people received their associate's degree in registered nursing from North Harris Montgomery. About 83% of this group were women, and 52% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Florida
355 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Florida State College at Jacksonville. Each year, around 21,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 355 associate's degree were handed out to registered nursing majors at FSCJ. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

#17

Community College of Allegheny County

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
333 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Community College of Allegheny County is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 16,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 333 associate's degree were handed out to registered nursing majors at CCAC. Of these students, 84% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Weber State University

Ogden, Utah
327 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Weber State University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 27,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,476 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 327 associate's degree were handed out to registered nursing majors at WSU. About 86% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Tarrant County College District

Fort Worth, Texas
309 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Tarrant County College District. Each year, around 52,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The registered nursing program at Tarrant County College District awarded 309 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 48% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

306 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cuyahoga Community College District is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 23,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 306 associate's degree were handed out to registered nursing majors at Cuyahoga Community College District. About 88% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to registered nursing that offer associate’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Nursing Science 698
Nursing Research & Other 356
Nursing Administration 316
Nursing Practice 64
Adult Health Nursing 54

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student 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 percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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