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Basic Certificates in Nursing

1,476 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 74 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a basic certificate in nursing. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 39% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.4% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

In 2018-2019, 1,476 basic certificates were awarded to nursing majors. This earns it the #59 spot on the list of the most popular basic certificate 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 Basic Certificates

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for 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 nursing students who are basic certificate holders.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in nursing. About 88.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 165
Women 1,311
Gender Diversity of Basic Certificates in Nursing

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 54
Black or African American 182
Hispanic or Latino 281
White 834
International Students 21
Other Races/Ethnicities 104
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Basic Certificate Students

There are 74 colleges that offer a basic certificate in nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, Colorado
263 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pikes Peak Community College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for nursing majors who are seeking their basic certificate. Roughly 13,600 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 263 people received their basic certificate in nursing from PPCC. About 88% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, Texas
240 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lone Star College System comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in nursing. Roughly 74,300 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 240 basic certificates were handed out to nursing majors at North Harris Montgomery. About 88% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Butler Community College

El Dorado, Kansas
143 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Butler Community College is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. Roughly 7,900 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 143 basic certificates were handed out to nursing majors at Butler CC. Of these students, 91% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Central Virginia Community College

Lynchburg, Virginia
121 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central Virginia Community College comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in nursing. Each year, around 3,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 121 basic certificates were handed out to nursing majors at Central Virginia Community College. Around 26% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#5

John Tyler Community College

Chester, Virginia
94 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

John Tyler Community College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. Roughly 10,100 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 94 basic certificates were handed out to nursing majors at John Tyler Community College. About 87% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

El Paso Community College

El Paso, Texas
80 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

El Paso Community College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in nursing. Each year, around 29,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 80 basic certificates were handed out to nursing majors at El Paso Community College. Around 81% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

#7

Rappahannock Community College

Glenns, Virginia
79 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rappahannock Community College comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in nursing. Each year, around 2,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 79 basic certificates were handed out to nursing majors at RCC. About 96% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Blue Ridge Community College

Weyers Cave, Virginia
59 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Blue Ridge Community College comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in nursing. Each year, around 3,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 59 basic certificates were handed out to nursing majors at BRCC. About 85% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Thomas Nelson Community College

Hampton, Virginia
56 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Thomas Nelson Community College comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in nursing. Each year, around 7,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The nursing program at Thomas Nelson Community College awarded 56 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 93% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Greenville Technical College

Greenville, South Carolina
39 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Greenville Technical College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. Roughly 11,100 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 basic certificates were handed out to nursing majors at GTC. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 97% were women.

#11

Reynolds Community College

Richmond, Virginia
31 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Reynolds Community College. Each year, around 8,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 31 people received their basic certificate in nursing from Reynolds Community College. Of these students, 84% were women and 55% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

29 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

GateWay Community College - Phoenix is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. Each year, around 5,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The nursing program at GateWay Community College - Phoenix awarded 29 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 93% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Delaware County Community College

Media, Pennsylvania
28 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Delaware County Community College. Each year, around 10,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 basic certificates were handed out to nursing majors at Delaware County Community College. About 75% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

26 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Covenant School of Nursing and Allied Health comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in nursing. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 basic certificates were handed out to nursing majors at Covenant School of Nursing. Of these students, 88% were women and 81% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

National University

La Jolla, California
22 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in nursing. Roughly 16,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,480 per year.

The nursing program at National University awarded 22 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 77% were women and 68% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Mesa Community College

Mesa, Arizona
21 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mesa Community College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in nursing. Each year, around 20,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The nursing program at Mesa Community College awarded 21 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#17

Pensacola State College

Pensacola, Florida
19 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pensacola State College comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in nursing. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 basic certificates were handed out to nursing majors at Pensacola State. Of these students, 100% were women and 53% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Oregon Coast Community College

Newport, Oregon
18 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Oregon Coast Community College is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. Roughly 400 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 people received their basic certificate in nursing from Oregon Coast Community College. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#19

Gavilan College

Gilroy, California
17 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gavilan College comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in nursing. Each year, around 5,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 people received their basic certificate in nursing from Gavilan College. About 94% of this group were women, and 71% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
17 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,484 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,682 per year.

The nursing program at Pennsylvania State University - World Campus awarded 17 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Nursing & Nursing Assistants 46,750
Allied Health Professions 22,739
Allied Health Services 20,455
Health/Medical Admin Services 16,402
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 9,861

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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