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Basic Certificate in Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants

46,750 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This degree is more popular with female students, and about 40% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.6% of practical nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Practical Nursing Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 46,750 students earned their basic certificate in practical nursing. The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in practical nursing at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 46,750
Undergraduate Certificate 44,340
Associate’s Degree 1,666
Bachelor’s Degree 433
Doctor’s Degree 2
Graduate Certificate 1

Earnings of Practical Nursing Majors With Basic Certificate

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for practical nursing majors with their basic certificate due to lack of data.

Student Debt

We do not have the data to calculate the median and range of debt loads for practical nursing students who are basic certificate holders.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in practical nursing. About 88.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 5,467
Women 41,283
Gender Diversity of Basic Certificate in Practical Nursing

The racial-ethnic distribution of practical nursing basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,732
Black or African American 6,376
Hispanic or Latino 8,564
White 26,005
International Students 287
Other Races/Ethnicities 3,786
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Practical Nursing Basic Certificate Students

Below are some popular majors that are similar to practical nursing that offer basic certificate.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Allied Health Professions 22,739
Allied Health Services 20,455
Health/Medical Admin Services 16,402
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 9,861
Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 7,071


*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.

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