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How will your nursing education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a nursing degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. There are 2,532 traditional nursing schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had nursing programs were:

  1. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  2. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York
  3. University of Pennsylvania - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Student Demographics

In 2010, 288,731 students earned degrees in nursing in the US. Of these students, 110,055 received certifications in nursing, 155,380 received an undergraduate degree in nursing, and 23,296 received a graduate-level degree in nursing.


Students can pursue education in nursing at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
  • Master's Degree in Nursing
  • Doctoral Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Nursing

The skills and/or knowledge that nursing students can expect to gain during the course of their nursing education are:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medicine Administration
  • Intravenous Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Medical Terminology


In 2010, nursing schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $21,807 per year. The nursing schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $39,183

The nursing schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. University of South Florida-Main Campus - located in Tampa, Florida, students paid $4,577
  3. Appalachian State University - located in Boone, North Carolina, students paid $4,491

How will your nursing job compare?

Many US nursing graduates become licensed practical nurse, family nurse practitioner, critical care clinical nurse specialist, or patient care assistant. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 5,150,780 nurses working in the US, including 2,655,020 registered nurses, 730,290 licensed practical nurses and 31,390 family nurse practitioners. The largest numbers of nurses work in the following states:

  1. California - 438,680 Nurses
  2. Texas - 363,920 Nurses
  3. New York - 343,180 Nurses

Projected Growth

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of nurses is expected to grow by 10% by 2018. There are projected to be 6,256,210 nurses working in the US then. Of these 6,256,210 nurses, the government predicts that 9,030 will become registered nurses, 909,200 will become licensed practical nurses, and 520 will become family nurse practitioners. The number of nurses is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 35%
  2. Texas - 26%
  3. Delaware - 24%


On average, nurses earn a salary of $58,791 per year in the US. However, the salary for nurses can vary greatly based not only on the exact nursing profession you pursue but also on factors such as shift differentials, your employer, and location. Nurses in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,470 per year, to more than $166,260 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for nurses:

  1. Maryland - $74,040 per year
  2. Connecticut - $71,920 per year
  3. Washington DC - $71,342 per year

nurses in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Arkansas - $37,844 per year
  2. Nebraska - $39,514 per year
  3. Louisiana - $40,260 per year

The nurses with highest average salaries in 2010 were:

  1. Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist - $93,670 per year
  2. Family Nurse Practitioner - $81,830 per year
  3. Registered Nurse - $67,720 per year

On average the lowest paid nurses were:

  1. Registered Nurse - $67,720 per year
  2. Licensed Practical Nurse - $41,360 per year
  3. Patient Care Assistant - $25,140 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Registered Nurses 2,655,020 $67,720 12.1%
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 1,451,090 $25,140 4.3%
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 730,290 $41,360 2.9%
Medical and Health Services Managers 282,990 $93,670 23.0%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 31,390 $81,830 -45.8%