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Associate’s Degree in Nursing

80,167 Yearly Graduations
$54,100 Median Salary
$16,242 Median Debt
An associate's degree in nursing is offered at 1,154 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 35% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.6% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

In 2017-2018, 80,167 earned their associate's degree in nursing. This earns it the #2 spot on the list of the most popular associate's degree programs in the nation. The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in nursing at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 150,125
Associate’s Degree 80,167
Master’s Degree 48,419
Doctor’s Degree 7,921
Graduate Certificate 3,082
Undergraduate Certificate 2,530
Basic Certificate 1,389

Earnings of Nursing Majors With Associate’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in nursing is $54,100. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $50,300 to a high of $58,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in nursing is $16,242. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $20,772 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $12,000.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $169.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in nursing. About 85.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 11,808
Women 68,359
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degree in Nursing

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,622
Black or African American 9,441
Hispanic or Latino 12,123
White 49,265
International Students 470
Other Races/Ethnicities 5,246
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Associate's Degree Students

There are 1,154 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
1,200 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ivy Tech Community College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Each year, around 75,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 1,200 associate's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Ivy Tech Community College. About 89% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Excelsior College

Albany, New York
802 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Excelsior College. Each year, around 34,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 802 people received their associate's degree in nursing from Excelsior College. Of these students, 82% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Rasmussen College - Florida

Ocala, Florida
762 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rasmussen College - Florida is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Roughly 8,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,360 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,480 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 762 associate's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Rasmussen College - Florida. About 83% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Jersey College

Teterboro, New Jersey
577 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Jersey College comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in nursing. Each year, around 2,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The nursing program at Jersey College awarded 577 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 75% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 92% were women.

#5

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
559 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in nursing. Each year, around 18,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $19,008 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $27,072 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 559 people received their associate's degree in nursing from Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale. About 82% of this group were women, and 42% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Miami Dade College

Miami, Florida
531 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
84% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Miami Dade College. Each year, around 56,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 531 people received their associate's degree in nursing from MDC. Around 84% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#7

Rasmussen College - Minnesota

St. Cloud, Minnesota
526 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rasmussen College - Minnesota is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Roughly 4,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,360 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,480 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 526 people received their associate's degree in nursing from Rasmussen College - Minnesota. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

#8

National University College

Bayamon, Puerto Rico
420 Yearly Graduations
73% Women

The 8th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is National University College. Roughly 11,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,300 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,510 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 420 associate's degree were handed out to nursing majors at National University College. About 73% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Harrisburg Area Community College

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
414 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harrisburg Area Community College comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in nursing. Each year, around 18,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 414 associate's degree were handed out to nursing majors at HACC. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#10

Galen College of Nursing-Tampa Bay

Saint Petersburg, Florida
398 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Galen College of Nursing-Tampa Bay comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in nursing. Each year, around 1,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 398 associate's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Galen College of Nursing-Tampa Bay. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

#11

Hondros College of Nursing

Westerville, Ohio
385 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hondros College of Nursing comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in nursing. Roughly 2,000 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 385 associate's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Hondros College of Nursing. About 92% of this group were women, and 51% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Miami Regional University

Miami Springs, Florida
381 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
85% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Miami Regional University. Roughly 900 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 381 associate's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Miami Regional University. Of these students, 71% were women and 85% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, Texas
379 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Lone Star College System. Roughly 72,300 attend the school each year. The nursing program at Lone Star College System awarded 379 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 87% of this group were women, and 53% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Galen College of Nursing-Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
354 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Galen College of Nursing-Louisville. Roughly 1,700 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 354 associate's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Galen College of Nursing-Louisville. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

#15

Weber State University

Ogden, Utah
320 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Weber State University. Roughly 27,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,892 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,293 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 320 people received their associate's degree in nursing from WSU. About 83% of this group were women, and 9% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

297 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cuyahoga Community College District comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in nursing. Roughly 23,900 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 297 associate's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Cuyahoga Community College District. Of these students, 87% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Community College of Allegheny County

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
296 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Community College of Allegheny County is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Roughly 16,100 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 296 associate's degree were handed out to nursing majors at CCAC. Around 15% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

#17

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
296 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Broward College comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in nursing. Each year, around 40,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The nursing program at Broward College awarded 296 associate's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 81% of this group were women, and 62% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

290 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Delaware Technical Community College-Terry. Each year, around 14,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 290 people received their associate's degree in nursing from Delaware Tech. About 84% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Unitek College

Fremont, California
289 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
79% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Unitek College is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Roughly 2,700 attend the school each year. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 289 people received their associate's degree in nursing from Unitek College. Of these students, 82% were women and 79% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to nursing that offer associate’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Allied Health Services 30,559
Allied Health Professions 27,817
Health/Medical Admin Services 20,649
Dental Support Services 7,326
Mental & Social Health Services 4,525

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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