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How will your nurse practitioner education stack up?

If you want to study nurse practitioning at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. The US has 370 brick and mortar nurse practitioner schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have nurse practitioner programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  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 in the US, 12,084 students graduated with degrees in nurse practitioning. Of these students, 1,043 received certifications in nurse practitioning, 1,166 received an undergraduate degree in nurse practitioning, and 9,875 received a graduate-level degree in nurse practitioning.


Students can pursue education in nurse practitioning at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Nurse Practitioning
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nurse Practitioning
  • Master's Degree in Nurse Practitioning
  • Doctoral Degree in Nurse Practitioning
  • Certificate in Nurse Practitioning

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

  • Nursing Research
  • Critical Thinking
  • Clerical
  • Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Pharmacology


On average in 2010, nurse practitioner schools in the US charged $25,961 in tuition per year. The highest tuition was charged by the following nurse practitioner schools:

  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 following nurse practitioner schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. East Carolina University - located in Greenville, North Carolina, students paid $4,477
  2. University of North Carolina-Wilmington - located in Wilmington, North Carolina, students paid $4,873
  3. Stony Brook University - located in Stony Brook, New York, students paid $6,488

How will your nurse practitioner job compare?

A large number of nurse practitioning majors work as nurse practitioners after graduation. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 31,390 nurse practitioners working in the US. The largest populations of nurse practitioners are in the following states:

  1. Florida - 3,750 Nurse Practitioners
  2. Maryland - 3,710 Nurse Practitioners
  3. California - 2,260 Nurse Practitioners

Projected Growth

Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for nurse practitioners to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Utah - 23%
  2. Texas - 21%
  3. Oregon - 20%


In the US, a nurse practitioner earns on average $81,620 per year. However, the salary for a nurse practitioner can greatly vary based on factors such as shift differentials, location or shift differentials. Salaries for nurse practitioners range from less than $15,870 per year to more than $155,490 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for a nurse practitioner:

  1. South Carolina - $121,120 per year
  2. Maryland - $117,900 per year
  3. Washington DC - $103,140 per year

On average, a nurse practitioner earns the least in the following states:

  1. Montana - $44,590 per year
  2. Wyoming - $50,900 per year
  3. Indiana - $52,900 per year

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 31,390 $81,830 -45.8%