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Graduate Certificate in Nursing

3,082 Yearly Graduations
$101,400 Median Salary
$43,524 Median Debt
There are 360 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a graduate certificate in nursing. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 35% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.0% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

In 2017-2018, 3,082 earned their graduate certificate in nursing. This earns it the #4 spot on the list of the most popular graduate 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 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 Graduate Certificate

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in nursing is $101,400. 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 $96,100 to a high of $101,400.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in nursing is $43,524. 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, $45,204 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $36,035.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $507.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their graduate certificate in nursing. About 89.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 326
Women 2,756
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificate in Nursing

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 270
Black or African American 517
Hispanic or Latino 207
White 1,729
International Students 32
Other Races/Ethnicities 327
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Graduate Certificate Students

There are 360 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

195 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Long Beach tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate. Each year, around 37,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 195 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Cal State Long Beach. Around 61% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

154 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Cincinnati - Main Campus. Roughly 37,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,322 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 154 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at Cincinnati. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#3

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama
140 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of South Alabama is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Roughly 15,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,896 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,956 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 140 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at USA. About 90% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

135 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

South University - Savannah Online comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 7,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,260 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,097 per year.

The nursing program at South University - Savannah Online awarded 135 graduate certificate during the 2017-2018 school year. About 96% of this group were women, and 61% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
129 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Maryville University of Saint Louis comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 7,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $26,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,346 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 129 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Maryville U. Of these students, 88% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

115 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kaplan University - Davenport Campus is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 33,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,356 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,560 per year.

The nursing program at Kaplan University - Davenport Campus awarded 115 graduate certificate during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 91% were women and 49% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
101 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Yale University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,430 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $42,100 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 101 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Yale. About 86% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

75 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Arlington comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 46,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,898 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 75 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at UT Arlington. About 88% of this group were women, and 37% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

University of Massachusetts - Boston

Boston, Massachusetts
54 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Massachusetts - Boston is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Roughly 16,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,841 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,876 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 54 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from UMass Boston. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 93% were women.

#10

Frontier Nursing University

Hyden, Kentucky
52 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Frontier Nursing University. Roughly 2,000 attend the school each year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 52 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at Frontier Nursing University. About 98% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
51 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Canyon University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Roughly 83,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,399 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,916 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 51 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at Grand Canyon University. About 84% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
50 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Duke University comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Roughly 16,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,760 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $53,540 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 50 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Duke. Of these students, 90% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
44 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Drexel University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 24,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,874 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,155 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 44 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Drexel. About 86% of this group were women, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

34 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 27,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,345 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,720 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 34 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at UT Rio Grande Valley. About 79% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

33 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Roughly 5,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,000 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 33 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

#15

Regis University

Denver, Colorado
33 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Regis University. Roughly 8,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $36,460 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,177 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 33 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Regis U. Of these students, 94% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
32 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Vanderbilt University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Roughly 12,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,208 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 32 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at Vanderbilt. Of these students, 81% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

31 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western University of Health Sciences is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 3,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 31 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at Western University of Health Sciences. Around 65% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#19

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
29 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johns Hopkins University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Roughly 25,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $53,740 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $53,740 per year.

The nursing program at Johns Hopkins University awarded 29 graduate certificate during the 2017-2018 school year. About 93% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
27 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Roughly 36,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,516 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 27 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Capella University. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to nursing that offer graduate certificate.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Public Health 1,649
Mental & Social Health Services 1,078
Health/Medical Prep Programs 894
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 885
Health/Medical Admin Services 705

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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