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2021 Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

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$4,621 Avg Tuition & Fees*
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Finding the Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate School for You

Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants is the #11 most popular major in the country with 93,192 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. This report analyzed 661 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value undergraduate certificate programs for practical nursing students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Colleges.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for an Award Taking 1 to 4 Years in Practical Nursing

Our analysis found Southeast Community College Area to be the best value school for practical nursing and nursing assistants students who want to pursue a undergraduate certificate in the United States. Southeast Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Lincoln.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Southeast Community College are $3,096 per year. The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at Southeast Community College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $14,702. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $126, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent undergraduate certificate programs at Lake Area Technical Institute helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best value practical nursing and nursing assistants schools in the United States. LATI is a small public school located in the remote town of Watertown.

LATI undergraduate students pay an average of $5,514 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at LATI accumulate an average of around $13,006 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $114, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, LATI also did well on our Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Clovis Community College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the remote town of Clovis, Clovis Community College is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Clovis Community College are $2,984 per year.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Neosho County Community College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the remote town of Chanute, Neosho County Community College is a public college with a small student population.

Neosho County Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $3,904 in tuition and fees each year. On average, practical nursing graduates from Neosho County Community College take out $10,724 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $104.

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#5

College of the Mainland

Texas City, TX

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means College of the Mainland is a great value for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the midsize suburb of Texas City, COM is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at COM are $3,873 a year.

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Alvin Community College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Alvin is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Alvin.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Alvin are $3,938 per year. On average, practical nursing graduates from Alvin take out $6,104 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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San Jacinto Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #7 on the list. San Jacinto College is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Pasadena.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at San Jacinto College are $5,040 a year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at San Jacinto College accumulate an average of around $11,622 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $108, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #8, Western Iowa Tech Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the small city of Sioux City, Western Iowa Tech Community College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Western Iowa Tech Community College are $4,392 per year. Practical Nursing majors at Western Iowa Tech Community College take out an average of $12,161 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $110.

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#9

Victoria College

Victoria, TX

Victoria College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the city of Victoria, Victoria College is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Victoria College are $4,392 per year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Victoria College accumulate an average of around $11,718 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 $99.

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With a ranking of #10, Arkansas State University - Newport did quite well on this year’s best value schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. ASUN is a small public school located in the rural area of Newport.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at ASUN are $4,394 a year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at ASUN accumulate an average of around $6,041 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $57.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. CVTC is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Eau Claire.

CVTC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,481 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at CVTC accumulate an average of around $15,708 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $133, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

CVTC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list.

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Minnesota State Community and Technical College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the town of Fergus Falls, M State is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

M State undergraduate students pay an average of $5,560 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at M State take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $14,030. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $125, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

M State excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list.

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#13

Tyler Junior College

Tyler, TX

Tyler Junior College ranked #13 on this year’s Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Tyler Junior College is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tyler.

Tyler Junior College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,392 in tuition and fees each year. Practical Nursing majors at Tyler Junior College take out an average of $13,752 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $109.

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#13

Hutchinson Community College

Hutchinson, KS

Hutchinson Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the town of Hutchinson, Hutchinson Community College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Hutchinson Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,350 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Hutchinson Community College carry an average student debtload of $15,261. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $135, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Central Community College

Grand Island, NE

Central Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the city of Grand Island, Central Community College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Central Community College are $4,500 per year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Central Community College accumulate an average of around $7,956 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $70, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Lake Region State College

Devils Lake, ND

Lake Region State College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #16 on the list. Lake Region State College is a small public school located in the remote town of Devils Lake.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Lake Region State College are $4,655 a year. Practical Nursing majors at Lake Region State College take out an average of $14,940 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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#17

Clarendon College

Clarendon, TX

Clarendon College landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Located in the rural area of Clarendon, Clarendon College is a public college with a small student population.

Clarendon College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,008 in tuition and fees each year.

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Galveston College

Galveston, TX

Galveston College landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Located in the town of Galveston, Galveston College is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Galveston College are $4,600 a year. Practical Nursing majors at Galveston College take out an average of $9,806 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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Alexandria Technical & Community College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the remote town of Alexandria, ATCC is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at ATCC are $5,565 per year. The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at ATCC take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $9,118. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $88.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, ATCC also did well on our Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#20

Camden County College

Blackwood, NJ

Camden County College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Camden County College is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Blackwood.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Camden County College are $4,440 per year. The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at Camden County College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $14,455.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Camden County College also is in the top 20% of our Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking.

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#21

Garden City Community College

Garden City, KS

Garden City Community College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the town of Garden City, Garden City Community College is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Garden City Community College are $3,874 a year. Practical Nursing majors at Garden City Community College take out an average of $12,276 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $132, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Highland Community College

Highland, KS

Highland Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the rural area of Highland, Highland Community College is a public college with a small student population.

Highland Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $3,711 in tuition and fees each year. Practical Nursing majors at Highland Community College take out an average of $12,462 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $105.

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Northland Community and Technical College landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Located in the town of Thief River Falls, Northland Community and Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

Northland Community and Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,716 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at Northland Community and Technical College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $19,448. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $170.

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Wharton County Junior College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Wharton County Junior College is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Wharton.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Wharton County Junior College are $4,824 per year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Wharton County Junior College accumulate an average of around $6,764 in student debt.

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St Cloud Technical and Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the city of Saint Cloud, St Cloud Technical and Community College is a public college with a small student population.

St Cloud Technical and Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,538 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at St Cloud Technical and Community College accumulate an average of around $16,611 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 $171.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools

#29

South Plains College

Levelland, TX
#30

Odessa College

Odessa, TX
#33

Amarillo College

Amarillo, TX
#35

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD
#37

Mid-Plains Community College

North Platte, NE
#38

Southeastern Community College

West Burlington, IA
#40

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN
#41

John D Rockefeller IV Career Center

New Cumberland, WV
#42

Bismarck State College

Bismarck, ND
#47

Brazosport College

Lake Jackson, TX
#48

Weatherford College

Weatherford, TX
#50

Vernon College

Vernon, TX

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 661 different United States practical nursing and nursing assistants schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
52 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
53 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
54 New Mexico State University - Carlsbad Carlsbad, NM
55 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
56 Houston Community College Houston, TX
57 Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon, IA
58 Savannah Technical College Savannah, GA
59 Flint Hills Technical College Emporia, KS
60 Washburn Institute of Technology Topeka, KS
61 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
62 The University of Texas at Brownsville Brownsville, TX
63 Seward County Community College Liberal, KS
63 El Paso Community College El Paso, TX
65 Pratt Community College Pratt, KS
66 Central Lakes College - Brainerd Brainerd, MN
66 Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City, KS
68 Northwest Technical College Bemidji, MN
69 Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN
70 Grayson College Denison, TX
71 Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston, GA
72 Washington State Community College Marietta, OH
73 Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI
74 University of New Mexico - Gallup Campus Gallup, NM
75 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
76 Meridian Community College Meridian, MS
76 Temple College Temple, TX
78 Olympic College Bremerton, WA
79 Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, WA
80 Rogue Community College Grants Pass, OR
81 Ridgewater College Willmar, MN
82 South Central College North Mankato, MN
83 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
84 Napa Valley College Napa, CA
85 Choffin Career and Technical Center Youngstown, OH
86 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
87 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS
88 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX
89 Howard College Big Spring, TX
90 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
91 El Centro College Dallas, TX
92 Oconee Fall Line Technical College Sandersville, GA
93 Northshore Technical Community College Bogalusa, LA
94 Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, SD
94 Jefferson College Hillsboro, MO
96 Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC
97 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
98 Texarkana College Texarkana, TX
98 Central Louisiana Technical Community College Alexandria, LA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great value schools for Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools award.

Rank College Location
100 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS
101 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome, GA
101 Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin, GA
103 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
104 Williston State College Williston, ND
104 West Georgia Technical College Waco, GA
106 Rasmussen College - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
107 North Georgia Technical College Clarkesville, GA
108 College of the Ouachitas Malvern, AR
109 Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, MA
109 Lake Superior College Duluth, MN
109 Kilgore College Kilgore, TX
112 College of Eastern Idaho Idaho Falls, ID
112 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
114 Rasmussen College - Florida Ocala, FL
115 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
116 Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa, IA
117 Midland College Midland, TX
118 Southwest Texas Junior College Uvalde, TX
118 Itasca Community College Grand Rapids, MN
120 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
121 North Arkansas College Harrison, AR
122 Baptist Health College - Little Rock Little Rock, AR
123 Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
124 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
125 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
126 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL
127 Manhattan Area Technical College Manhattan, KS
128 Ogeechee Technical College Statesboro, GA
129 Black River Technical College Pocahontas, AR
129 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA
131 Rasmussen College - North Dakota Fargo, ND
132 Quincy College Quincy, MA

Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
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Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants is one of 34 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Practical Nursing

Related Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 305,309
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868
Public Health 36,569

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 26 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).

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