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How will your nursing assistant education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a nursing assistant certificate 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 498 traditional nursing assistant schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had nursing assistant programs were:

  1. University of Alaska Fairbanks - located in Fairbanks, Alaska
  2. Michigan Career and Technical Institute - located in Plainwell, Michigan
  3. University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Student Demographics

In the US, 43,835 students graduated from nursing assistant programs in 2010. Of these students, 43,770 received certifications in nurse assisting, 1 received an undergraduate degree in nurse assisting, and 64 received a graduate-level degree in nurse assisting.


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

  • Associate's Degree in Nurse Assisting
  • Master's Degree in Nurse Assisting
  • Doctoral Degree in Nurse Assisting
  • Certificate in Nurse Assisting

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

  • Nutrition
  • Taking Vital Signs
  • Wound Care
  • Hygiene
  • Anatomy and Physiology


In 2010, nursing assistant schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $12,223 per year. The nursing assistant schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  1. West Coast Ultrasound Institute - located in Beverly Hills, California, students paid $19,275
  2. Computer Career Center a division of Vista College - located in El Paso, Texas, students paid $18,563
  3. Dover Business College - located in Clifton, New Jersey, students paid $17,115

The lowest tuition was charged by the following nursing assistant schools:

  1. Traviss Career Center - located in Lakeland, Florida, students paid $2,845
  2. Michigan Career and Technical Institute - located in Plainwell, Michigan, students paid $3,750
  3. University of Alaska Fairbanks - located in Fairbanks, Alaska, students paid $5,138

How will your nursing assistant job compare?

A large number of nurse assisting majors become nursing assistants. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 1,451,090 nursing assistants working in the US in 2010. The largest populations of nursing assistants are in the following states:

  1. California - 106,240 Nursing Assistants
  2. New York - 99,620 Nursing Assistants
  3. Texas - 97,530 Nursing Assistants

Projected Growth

The number of nursing assistants is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 42%
  2. Virginia - 34%
  3. Idaho - 29%


A nursing assistant in the US earns $23,970 per year on average. However, factors such as education, seniority, or professional associations and certifications can cause the salary for a nursing assistant to vary greatly. A nursing assistant in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,470 per year to more than $50,450 per year. On average, a nursing assistant earns the most in the following states:

  1. Alaska - $34,210 per year
  2. Nevada - $31,370 per year
  3. New York - $31,230 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for nursing assistants:

  1. Mississippi - $19,680 per year
  2. Louisiana - $20,210 per year
  3. Oklahoma - $20,780 per year

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nurse assisting?

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)
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 1,451,090 $25,140 4.3%