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Associate’s Degree in Nursing

83,213 Yearly Graduations
$54,100 Median Salary
$16,242 Median Debt
There are 1,140 schools in the United States where you can get your associate's degree in nursing. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 36% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.6% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

In 2018-2019, 83,213 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 154,540
Associate’s Degree 83,213
Master’s Degree 51,213
Doctor’s Degree 8,781
Graduate Certificate 3,386
Undergraduate Certificate 2,700
Basic Certificate 1,476

Earnings of Nursing Majors With Associate’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in nursing is $54,100. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $50,300 and the high is $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 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, $20,772 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $12,000.

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The median monthly payment of a nursing graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $169.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in nursing. About 85.5% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 12,093
Women 71,120
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 3,944
Black or African American 10,219
Hispanic or Latino 12,750
White 49,813
International Students 507
Other Races/Ethnicities 5,980
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Associate's Degree Students

There are 1,140 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
1,323 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for nursing students seekingan associate's degree is Ivy Tech Community College. Roughly 75,400 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,323 associate's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Ivy Tech Community College. About 89% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Excelsior College

Albany, New York
999 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Excelsior College is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Roughly 34,000 attend the school each year. The nursing program at Excelsior College awarded 999 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 83% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Rasmussen College - Florida

Ocala, Florida
800 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rasmussen College - Florida comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in nursing. Each year, around 8,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,360 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 800 people received their associate's degree in nursing from Rasmussen College - Florida. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

#4

Rasmussen College - Minnesota

St. Cloud, Minnesota
707 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rasmussen College - Minnesota comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in nursing. Each year, around 4,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,360 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 707 associate's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Rasmussen College - Minnesota. About 89% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Jersey College

Teterboro, New Jersey
640 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Jersey College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Roughly 2,900 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 640 associate's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Jersey College. Around 75% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#6

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
580 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale. Roughly 18,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $19,808 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $27,162 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 580 people received their associate's degree in nursing from Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale. Of these students, 86% were women and 46% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Miami Dade College

Miami, Florida
493 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
85% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Miami Dade College is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Roughly 56,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 493 people received their associate's degree in nursing from MDC. Around 85% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 77% were women.

#8

Galen College of Nursing-Tampa Bay

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

Galen College of Nursing-Tampa Bay is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Roughly 1,200 attend the school each year. The nursing program at Galen College of Nursing-Tampa Bay awarded 473 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 88% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
445 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

ECPI University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Each year, around 11,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The nursing program at ECPI University awarded 445 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 89% of this group were women, and 49% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

National University College

Bayamon, Puerto Rico
441 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
99% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Each year, around 11,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 2018-2019 academic year, 441 associate's degree were handed out to nursing majors at National University College. About 75% of this group were women, and 99% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Unitek College

Fremont, California
431 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
84% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Unitek College. Each year, around 2,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The nursing program at Unitek College awarded 431 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 84% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

427 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Galen College of Nursing-San Antonio. Roughly 1,200 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 427 associate's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Galen College of Nursing-San Antonio. Around 61% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#13

Harrisburg Area Community College

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
423 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harrisburg Area Community College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Roughly 18,600 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 423 people received their associate's degree in nursing from HACC. About 86% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Galen College of Nursing-Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
411 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Galen College of Nursing-Louisville is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Each year, around 1,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The nursing program at Galen College of Nursing-Louisville awarded 411 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 90% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

405 Yearly Graduations
70% Women

The 15th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is EDP University of Puerto Rico Inc - San Juan. Each year, around 2,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,280 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,000 per year.

The nursing program at EDP University of Puerto Rico Inc - San Juan awarded 405 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 70% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Hondros College of Nursing

Westerville, Ohio
393 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hondros College of Nursing is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Each year, around 2,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 393 people received their associate's degree in nursing from Hondros College of Nursing. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 94% were women.

#17

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, Texas
386 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lone Star College System comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in nursing. Each year, around 72,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The nursing program at Lone Star College System awarded 386 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 83% were women and 52% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Florida
355 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida State College at Jacksonville comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in nursing. Each year, around 21,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 355 associate's degree were handed out to nursing majors at FSCJ. About 79% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Community College of Allegheny County

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
333 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Community College of Allegheny County. Each year, around 16,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The nursing program at Community College of Allegheny County awarded 333 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

#20

Weber State University

Ogden, Utah
327 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Weber State University comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in nursing. Each year, around 27,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,476 per year.

The nursing program at Weber State University awarded 327 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 86% were women and 13% 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 28,714
Allied Health Professions 28,069
Health/Medical Admin Services 17,600
Dental Support Services 7,349
Health Sciences & Services 5,261

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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