Find Nursing Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Doctor's Degree in Registered Nursing

Find Schools Near

Doctor’s Degrees in Registered Nursing

1,045 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A doctor's degree in registered nursing is offered at 60 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 28% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.5% of registered nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Registered Nursing Majors

In 2018-2019, 1,045 earned their doctor's degree in registered nursing. This makes it the 2nd most popular doctor's degree program in the country.

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 Doctor’s Degrees

At this time, we do not have the data to estimate the median earnings for this class of people.

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 doctor's degree in registered nursing. About 85.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 157
Women 888
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Registered Nursing

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 63
Black or African American 154
Hispanic or Latino 39
White 692
International Students 26
Other Races/Ethnicities 71
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Registered Nursing Doctor's Degree Students

There are 60 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in registered nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama
157 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of South Alabama tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for registered nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree. Roughly 14,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,896 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,956 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 157 people received their doctor's degree in registered nursing from USA. Of these students, 89% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

University of Washington - Seattle Campus is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 47,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 126 doctor's degrees were handed out to registered nursing majors at UW Seattle. About 88% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
100 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Utah comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in registered nursing. Each year, around 33,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,412 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,211 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 100 people received their doctor's degree in registered nursing from U of U. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#4

Chatham University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
83 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chatham University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in registered nursing. Roughly 2,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,363 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,766 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 83 people received their doctor's degree in registered nursing from Chatham. Of these students, 80% were women and 58% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

55 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 11,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,298 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,933 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 55 doctor's degrees were handed out to registered nursing majors at Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#6

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
54 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Missouri - Columbia is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 29,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,120 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,264 per year.

The registered nursing program at University of Missouri - Columbia awarded 54 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 94% were women.

#7

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan
49 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Grand Valley State University. Each year, around 24,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,180 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,208 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 49 people received their doctor's degree in registered nursing from GVSU. Of these students, 90% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington
43 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Washington State University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 31,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,953 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,493 per year.

The registered nursing program at Washington State University awarded 43 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 72% of this group were women, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

34 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Ohio State University - Main Campus. Each year, around 61,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

The registered nursing program at Ohio State University - Main Campus awarded 34 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 85% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
24 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus. Roughly 28,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,628 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,530 per year.

The registered nursing program at University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus awarded 24 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 92% were women.

#11

Regis College

Weston, Massachusetts
22 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Regis College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 2,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $42,650 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $38,280 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 doctor's degrees were handed out to registered nursing majors at Regis College. About 91% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

University of Michigan - Flint

Flint, Michigan
22 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Michigan - Flint comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in registered nursing. Each year, around 7,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,406 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,403 per year.

The registered nursing program at University of Michigan - Flint awarded 22 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 95% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, North Carolina
22 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Gardner - Webb University. Roughly 3,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,220 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,000 per year.

The registered nursing program at Gardner - Webb University awarded 22 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 95% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

19 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 25,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,786 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 people received their doctor's degree in registered nursing from CU Anschutz. About 89% of this group were women, and 16% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
17 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of San Francisco is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 10,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,740 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $25,740 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 doctor's degrees were handed out to registered nursing majors at USFCA. About 82% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
16 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johns Hopkins University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in registered nursing. Each year, around 26,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

The registered nursing program at Johns Hopkins University awarded 16 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 88% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
16 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in registered nursing. Each year, around 46,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,212 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,890 per year.

The registered nursing program at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor awarded 16 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 75% were women and 6% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
15 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Arizona is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 44,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,938 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 doctor's degrees were handed out to registered nursing majors at University of Arizona. Of these students, 93% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

14 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Ohio University - Athens Campus. Each year, around 28,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,612 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,444 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 doctor's degrees were handed out to registered nursing majors at OHIO Athens. Of these students, 93% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska
13 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Creighton University is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 8,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,630 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,128 per year.

The registered nursing program at Creighton University awarded 13 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to registered nursing that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Nursing Practice 4,735
Nursing Science 868
Nurse Anesthetist 567
Family Practice Nursing 553
Nursing Administration 341

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.

Featured Schools

Find Nursing Schools Near You

Our free school finder matches students with accredited nursing schools across the U.S.