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Graduate Certificate in Nursing

3,386 Yearly Graduations
$101,400 Median Salary
$43,524 Median Debt
There are 381 schools in the United States where you can get your graduate certificate in nursing. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 33% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.9% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

In 2018-2019, 3,386 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 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 Graduate Certificate

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in nursing is $101,400. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $96,100 and the high is $101,400.

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Student Debt

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

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The median monthly payment of a nursing graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $507.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their graduate certificate in nursing. About 89.2% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 365
Women 3,021
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 209
Black or African American 616
Hispanic or Latino 217
White 2,009
International Students 32
Other Races/Ethnicities 303
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Graduate Certificate Students

There are 381 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
200 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for nursing students seekinga graduate certificate is Maryville University of Saint Louis. Roughly 7,600 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 200 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at Maryville U. Of these students, 92% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

184 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 37,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,476 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 184 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Cincinnati. Of these students, 85% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

126 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is South University - Savannah Online. Roughly 7,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,800 per year.

The nursing program at South University - Savannah Online awarded 126 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 93% were women and 56% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
105 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Yale University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Roughly 12,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $43,300 per year.

The nursing program at Yale University awarded 105 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 34% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

#5

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama
94 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of South Alabama comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 15,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 2018-2019 academic year, 94 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at USA. Around 43% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 95% were women.

#6

Frontier Nursing University

Hyden, Kentucky
93 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Frontier Nursing University. Each year, around 2,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The nursing program at Frontier Nursing University awarded 93 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 96% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
92 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kaplan University-Indianapolis is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Roughly 600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,791 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 92 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Kaplan University-Indianapolis. Around 39% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#8

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
79 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Duke University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 16,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,880 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,680 per year.

The nursing program at Duke University awarded 79 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 91% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

76 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Roughly 27,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,664 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,959 per year.

The nursing program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley awarded 76 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 84% of this group were women, and 68% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

University of Massachusetts - Boston

Boston, Massachusetts
69 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Massachusetts - Boston comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 16,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,187 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,433 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 69 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at UMass Boston. About 87% of this group were women, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Concordia University - Wisconsin

Mequon, Wisconsin
66 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Concordia University - Wisconsin is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 7,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,052 per year.

The nursing program at Concordia University - Wisconsin awarded 66 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 89% of this group were women, and 2% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
60 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Drexel University. Roughly 24,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,146 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $35,181 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 60 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Drexel. About 87% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington
50 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Washington State University comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 30,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,953 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,493 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Wazzu. About 78% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Bradley University

Peoria, Illinois
43 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bradley University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 5,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,380 per year.

The nursing program at Bradley University awarded 43 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 95% were women.

41 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Western University of Health Sciences. Roughly 3,800 attend the school each year. The nursing program at Western University of Health Sciences awarded 41 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 93% of this group were women, and 61% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

39 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 5,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,168 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Of these students, 82% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
39 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Walden University. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

The nursing program at Walden University awarded 39 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 51% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#16

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
39 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Vanderbilt University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 12,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,624 per year.

The nursing program at Vanderbilt University awarded 39 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 15% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

39 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is The University of Texas at Arlington. Roughly 46,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,624 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,474 per year.

The nursing program at The University of Texas at Arlington awarded 39 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 92% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Regis University

Denver, Colorado
38 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Regis University. Each year, around 8,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,830 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,441 per year.

The nursing program at Regis University awarded 38 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 5% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 95% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Public Health 1,648
Mental & Social Health Services 988
Health/Medical Admin Services 906
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 856
Dietetics & Nutrition Services 825

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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