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2021 Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools

254 Colleges
$99,228 Avg Salary
$41,307 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Nursing Graduate Certificate School for You

With 305,309 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, nursing is the #3 most popular major in the United States.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

The Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 254 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best graduate certificate programs for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools in the United States

Check out the nursing graduate certificate programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Postbaccalaureate Certificates in Nursing

Our analysis found Samuel Merritt University to be the best school for nursing students who want to pursue a graduate certificate in the United States. Samuel Merritt University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Oakland.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the large city of Lubbock, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#3

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Johns Hopkins University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools list. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore.

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#4

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Villanova University is a great place for nursing students working on their graduate certificate. Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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The excellent graduate certificate programs at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in the United States. Mayo Clinic School of Medicine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Rochester.

On average, nursing graduates from Mayo Clinic School of Medicine take out $7,583 in student loans while working on their Graduate Certificate. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $77.

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Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best graduate certificate nursing programs. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#7

Mount Marty University

Yankton, SD

With a ranking of #7, Mount Marty University did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their graduate certificate. Located in the town of Yankton, Mount Marty is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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University of Nebraska Medical Center did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of Omaha, UNMC is a public college with a small student population.

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#9

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the midsize city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#10

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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Frontier Nursing University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of Hyden, Frontier Nursing University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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University of Connecticut landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best graduate certificate nursing programs. Located in the suburb of Storrs, UCONN is a public college with a very large student population.

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Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best graduate certificate nursing programs. Texas A&M is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of College Station.

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#14

George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools list. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

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West Coast University - Orange County landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best graduate certificate nursing programs. Located in the large city of Anaheim, West Coast University - Orange County is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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Azusa Pacific University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Azusa, Azusa Pacific is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#17

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Texas Christian University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. TCU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Fort Worth.

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Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Provo, RMUoHP is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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#19

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

Duquesne University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #19 on the list. Duquesne is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

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SUNY Downstate Medical Center ranked #20 on this year’s Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools list. Downstate Medical Center is a small public school located in the city of Brooklyn.

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#21

Winona State University

Winona, MN

Winona State University landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best graduate certificate nursing programs. Located in the town of Winona, Winona State is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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#22

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #22 on the list. Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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#23

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA

With a ranking of #23, Thomas Jefferson University did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their graduate certificate. Thomas Jefferson University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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#24

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools ranking. SLU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Louis.

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#25

Clarkson College

Omaha, NE

Clarkson College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the large city of Omaha, Clarkson College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Rest of the Top Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools

#29

Bradley University

Peoria, IL
#31

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS
#32

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#35

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#36

Gannon University

Erie, PA
#37

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Nursing students that almost earned our Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools award.

Rank College Location
39 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
40 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
41 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
42 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
43 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
44 New York University New York, NY
45 Emory University Atlanta, GA
46 The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX
47 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
48 Towson University Towson, MD
49 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
50 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC

Nursing by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 34 majors within the area of study, nursing has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868
Public Health 36,569

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle.

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