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Associate’s Degrees in Nursing

83,213 Yearly Graduations
$54,100 Median Salary
$16,242 Median Debt
There are 1,140 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an associate's degree in nursing. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 36% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.6% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

In 2018-2019, 83,213 associate's degrees were awarded to nursing majors. This earns it the #1 spot on the list of the most popular associate's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in nursing at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 154,540
Associate’s Degree 83,213
Master’s Degree 51,213
Doctor’s Degree 8,781
Graduate Certificate 3,386
Undergraduate Certificate 2,700
Basic Certificate 1,476

Earnings of Nursing Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in nursing is $54,100. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $50,300 and the high is $58,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in nursing is $16,242. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $20,772 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $12,000.

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The median monthly payment of a nursing graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $169.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in nursing. About 85.5% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 12,093
Women 71,120
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Nursing

The racial-ethnic distribution of nursing associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,944
Black or African American 10,219
Hispanic or Latino 12,750
White 49,813
International Students 507
Other Races/Ethnicities 5,980
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Associate's Degree Students

There are 1,140 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
1,323 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for nursing students seekingan associate's degree is Ivy Tech Community College. Roughly 72,600 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,323 people received their associate's degree in nursing from Ivy Tech Community College. Of these students, 89% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Excelsior College

Albany, New York
999 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Excelsior College is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Roughly 25,200 attend the school each year. The nursing program at Excelsior College awarded 999 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 83% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

800 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rasmussen University - Florida comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 8,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,360 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 800 associate's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at Rasmussen University - Florida. About 88% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Rasmussen University - Minnesota

St. Cloud, Minnesota
707 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rasmussen University - Minnesota is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Each year, around 3,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,360 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 707 people received their associate's degree in nursing from Rasmussen University - Minnesota. Of these students, 89% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Jersey College

Teterboro, New Jersey
640 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Jersey College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Roughly 3,400 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 640 associate's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at Jersey College. About 89% of this group were women, and 75% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
580 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in nursing. Roughly 19,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $19,808 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $27,162 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 580 associate's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale. Around 46% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

#7

Miami Dade College

Miami, Florida
493 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
85% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Miami Dade College comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in nursing. Roughly 51,600 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 493 associate's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at MDC. About 77% of this group were women, and 85% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay

Saint Petersburg, Florida
473 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in nursing. Roughly 1,600 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 473 people received their associate's degree in nursing from Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

#9

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
445 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

ECPI University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Roughly 13,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,584 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,960 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 445 associate's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at ECPI University. Of these students, 89% were women and 49% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

National University College

Bayamon, Puerto Rico
441 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
99% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Roughly 12,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,300 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,510 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 441 people received their associate's degree in nursing from National University College. Of these students, 75% were women and 99% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Unitek College

Fremont, California
431 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
84% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Unitek College. Roughly 2,100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 431 people received their associate's degree in nursing from Unitek College. About 84% of this group were women, and 84% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

427 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio. Each year, around 1,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 427 associate's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio. About 87% of this group were women, and 61% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Harrisburg Area Community College

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
423 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harrisburg Area Community College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in nursing. Each year, around 17,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The nursing program at Harrisburg Area Community College awarded 423 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 86% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Galen College of Nursing - Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
411 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Galen College of Nursing - Louisville. Roughly 2,100 attend the school each year. The nursing program at Galen College of Nursing - Louisville awarded 411 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#15

EDP University - San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico
405 Yearly Graduations
70% Women

EDP University - San Juan comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in nursing. Roughly 1,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,280 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,000 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 405 associate's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at EDP - San Juan. Of these students, 70% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Hondros College of Nursing

Westerville, Ohio
393 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Hondros College of Nursing. Roughly 1,500 attend the school each year. The nursing program at Hondros College of Nursing awarded 393 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 94% of this group were women, and 52% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, Texas
386 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Lone Star College System. Each year, around 74,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The nursing program at Lone Star College System awarded 386 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

#18

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Florida
355 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Florida State College at Jacksonville. Roughly 24,600 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 355 associate's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at FSCJ. Of these students, 79% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Community College of Allegheny County

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
333 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Community College of Allegheny County comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in nursing. Roughly 16,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 333 people received their associate's degree in nursing from CCAC. About 84% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Weber State University

Ogden, Utah
327 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Weber State University comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 29,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,476 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 327 people received their associate's degree in nursing from WSU. Around 13% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

Nursing Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Registered Nursing 81,677
Nursing Science 698
Nursing Research & Other 356
Nursing Administration 316
Nursing Practice 64

Below are some popular majors that are similar to nursing that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Allied Health Services 28,714
Allied Health Professions 28,069
Health/Medical Admin Services 17,600
Dental Support Services 7,349
Health Sciences & Services 5,261

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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