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Undergraduate Certificates in Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants

44,340 Yearly Graduations
$34,000 Median Salary
$12,125 Median Debt
An undergraduate certificate in practical nursing is offered at 1,084 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 48% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 0.4% of practical nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Practical Nursing Majors

In 2018-2019, 44,340 undergraduate certificates were awarded to practical nursing majors. This earns it the #4 spot on the list of the most popular undergraduate certificate programs in the nation.

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 Undergraduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in practical nursing is $34,000. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $30,000 to a high of $38,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in practical nursing is $12,125. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $15,956 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $9,500.

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The median monthly payment of a practical nursing graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $126.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their undergraduate certificate in practical nursing. About 89.6% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 4,595
Women 39,745
Gender Diversity of Undergraduate Certificates in Practical Nursing

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,075
Black or African American 10,734
Hispanic or Latino 6,821
White 21,618
International Students 188
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,904
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Practical Nursing Undergraduate Certificate Students

There are 1,084 colleges that offer an undergraduate certificate in practical nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
671 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for practical nursing students seekingan undergraduate certificate is ECPI University. Roughly 13,400 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 671 undergraduate certificates were handed out to practical nursing majors at ECPI University. Of these students, 93% were women and 70% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Unitek College

Fremont, California
561 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Unitek College comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in practical nursing. Roughly 2,100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 561 people received their undergraduate certificate in practical nursing from Unitek College. Around 83% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

#3

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts

San Mateo, California
545 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
79% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in practical nursing. Each year, around 2,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 545 people received their undergraduate certificate in practical nursing from Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts. Of these students, 89% were women and 79% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Hondros College of Nursing

Westerville, Ohio
537 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hondros College of Nursing is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in practical nursing. Roughly 1,500 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 537 people received their undergraduate certificate in practical nursing from Hondros College of Nursing. Of these students, 93% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Jersey College

Teterboro, New Jersey
397 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
88% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Jersey College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in practical nursing. Roughly 3,400 attend the school each year. The practical nursing program at Jersey College awarded 397 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 93% were women and 88% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
388 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ivy Tech Community College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in practical nursing. Roughly 72,600 attend the school each year. The practical nursing program at Ivy Tech Community College awarded 388 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

306 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in practical nursing. Each year, around 1,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 306 people received their undergraduate certificate in practical nursing from Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio. Of these students, 86% were women and 63% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Vista College

El Paso, Texas
283 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
87% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Vista College comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in practical nursing. Roughly 3,400 attend the school each year. The practical nursing program at Vista College awarded 283 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 87% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

258 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in practical nursing. Each year, around 11,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The practical nursing program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College awarded 258 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 94% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Erie 1 BOCES

West Seneca, New York
209 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Erie 1 BOCES comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in practical nursing. Each year, around 400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The practical nursing program at Erie 1 BOCES awarded 209 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 45% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#11

Tyler Junior College

Tyler, Texas
204 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for practical nursing majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Tyler Junior College. Each year, around 12,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The practical nursing program at Tyler Junior College awarded 204 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 91% were women and 53% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Summit College

Colton, California
200 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Summit College is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in practical nursing. Each year, around 1,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The practical nursing program at Summit College awarded 200 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 85% of this group were women, and 86% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

198 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for practical nursing majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Wallace State Community College, Hanceville. Roughly 4,900 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 198 undergraduate certificates were handed out to practical nursing majors at Wallace State, Hanceville. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

178 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbus State Community College comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in practical nursing. Roughly 28,100 attend the school each year. The practical nursing program at Columbus State Community College awarded 178 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 85% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

American Career College - Anaheim

Anaheim, California
175 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
90% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for practical nursing majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is American Career College - Anaheim. Roughly 1,100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 175 people received their undergraduate certificate in practical nursing from American Career College - Anaheim. Around 90% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 77% were women.

#16

San Jacinto Community College

Pasadena, Texas
174 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Jacinto Community College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in practical nursing. Roughly 32,400 attend the school each year. The practical nursing program at San Jacinto Community College awarded 174 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 87% were women and 83% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Dorsey Schools, Madison Heights

Madison Heights, Michigan
172 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
88% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Dorsey Schools, Madison Heights comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in practical nursing. Each year, around 400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The practical nursing program at Dorsey Schools, Madison Heights awarded 172 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 88% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

#18

Bevill State Community College

Jasper, Alabama
171 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bevill State Community College is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an undergraduate certificate in practical nursing. Roughly 3,700 attend the school each year. The practical nursing program at Bevill State Community College awarded 171 undergraduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

170 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
95% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for practical nursing majors who are seeking their undergraduate certificate is Standard Healthcare Services - College of Nursing. Each year, around 400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 170 people received their undergraduate certificate in practical nursing from Standard College of Nursing. Of these students, 91% were women and 95% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Lincoln Technical Institute - Moorestown

Moorestown, New Jersey
169 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lincoln Technical Institute - Moorestown comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering undergraduate certificates in practical nursing. Roughly 600 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 169 people received their undergraduate certificate in practical nursing from Lincoln Tech - Moorestown. Around 70% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to practical nursing that offer undergraduate certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Allied Health Services 48,726
Health/Medical Admin Services 16,916
Allied Health Professions 13,537
Dental Support Services 10,602
Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 4,144

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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