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How will your RN education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your RN education with RN education around the nation. The US has 1,815 brick and mortar RN schools.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had RN 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, 165,136 students earned degrees in RN in the US. Of these students, 6,706 received certifications in nursing, 148,850 received an undergraduate degree in nursing, and 9,580 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 RN students can expect to gain during the course of their RN education are:

  • Hygiene
  • Medicine Administration
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Taking Vital Signs
  • Nutrition


In 2010, RN schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $20,618 per year. The following RN schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Johns Hopkins University - located in Baltimore, Maryland, students paid $39,150
  3. Boston College - located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, students paid $39,130

The following RN schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  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 RN job compare?

The highest percentage of nursing graduates pursue careers as registered nurses. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 2,655,020 registered nurses. The states with the largest populations of registered nurses are:

  1. California - 240,030 Registered Nurses
  2. Texas - 176,330 Registered Nurses
  3. New York - 169,710 Registered Nurses

Projected Growth

The projected growth for registered nurses is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 40%
  2. Georgia - 35%
  3. Texas - 32%


Registered nurses in the US can make an average of $63,078 per year. However, the salary for s registered nurse can greatly vary based on factors such as your previous performance reviews, your employer or your previous performance reviews. S registered nurse in the US can earn anywhere from less than $23,050 per year to more than $147,930 per year. On average, s registered nurse earns the most in the following states:

  1. California - $87,480 per year
  2. Massachusetts - $84,990 per year
  3. Hawaii - $82,130 per year

On average, s registered nurse earns the least in the following states:

  1. Iowa - $51,970 per year
  2. West Virginia - $54,300 per year
  3. Oklahoma - $54,340 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%