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358 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
0 Master's Degrees Annually
#224 in Popularity
$29,580 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Nursing & Nursing Assistants Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many practical nursing and nursing assistants graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 45,888
Undergraduate Certificate 43,025
Associate’s Degree 1,645
Bachelor’s Degree 358

What Nursing & Nursing Assistants Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to practical nursing and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Practical Nursing Majors

Practical Nursing majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Skills for Practical Nursing Majors

When studying practical nursing, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Practical Nursing Majors

As you progress with your practical nursing degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Nursing & Nursing Assistants Major?

People with a practical nursing degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 12.3% $46,240
Nursing Assistants 11.5% $28,540

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing & Nursing Assistants?

358 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
78% Percent Women
100% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 358 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in practical nursing and nursing assistants in 2018, making it rank #224 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 78% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of practical nursing majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Practical Nursing Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 351
White 0
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

How Much Do Nursing & Nursing Assistants Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in practical nursing was $13,200 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $13,200 (25th percentile) and $18,000 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a practical nursing degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $29,580 to $47,050 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to practical nursing. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with practical nursing may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for practical nursing careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 2.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 21.6%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 36.6%
Some College Courses 25.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 13.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 0.8%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.2%

Online Nursing & Nursing Assistants Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 1,363 schools offered some type of practical nursing and nursing assistants program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 687 36
Certificate (1-2 years) 1,149 31
Certificate (2-4 Years) 51 1
Associate’s Degree 115 5
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 687 36
Master’s Degree 7 0
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Nursing & Nursing Assistants Worth It?

The median salary for a practical nursing grad is $29,580 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to practical nursing.

Major Number of Grads
Nursing 293,633
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 104,465
Health & Medical Administrative Services 87,058
Allied Health Professions 86,125
Public Health 34,089
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 28,068
Dental Support Services 27,155
Mental & Social Health Services 26,783
Health Sciences & Services 24,436
Communication Sciences 21,520
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 19,962
Medicine 19,418
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 19,295
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 15,451
Health/Medical Prep Programs 11,807
Other Health Professions 8,426
Dentistry 6,518
Osteopathic Medicine 6,392
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 6,056
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 3,875
Alternative Medicine & Systems 3,481
Veterinary Medicine 3,175
Chiropractic 2,503
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,714
Optometry 1,674
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,608
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 1,089
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 804
Medical Science 738
Podiatry 543
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 535
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 373
Alternative Medical Support Services 244
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 73

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