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Basic Certificates in Nursing

1,476 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A basic certificate in nursing is offered at 74 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 39% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.4% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

In 2018-2019, 1,476 basic certificates were awarded to nursing majors. This earns it the #12 spot on the list of the most popular basic certificate 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 Basic Certificates

At this time, we do not have the data to estimate the median earnings for this class of people.

Student Debt

We do not have the data to estimate the median debt for this class of people.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in nursing. About 88.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 165
Women 1,311
Gender Diversity of Basic Certificates in Nursing

The racial-ethnic distribution of nursing basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 54
Black or African American 182
Hispanic or Latino 281
White 834
International Students 21
Other Races/Ethnicities 104
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Basic Certificate Students

There are 74 colleges that offer a basic certificate in nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, Colorado
263 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for nursing students seekinga basic certificate is Pikes Peak Community College. Each year, around 13,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The nursing program at Pikes Peak Community College awarded 263 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 88% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, Texas
240 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lone Star College System is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. Each year, around 74,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 240 people received their basic certificate in nursing from North Harris Montgomery. Of these students, 88% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Butler Community College

El Dorado, Kansas
143 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Butler Community College. Each year, around 7,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 143 people received their basic certificate in nursing from Butler CC. Around 15% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

#4

Central Virginia Community College

Lynchburg, Virginia
121 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central Virginia Community College is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. Roughly 3,800 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 121 people received their basic certificate in nursing from Central Virginia Community College. About 87% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

John Tyler Community College

Chester, Virginia
94 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their basic certificate is John Tyler Community College. Each year, around 10,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 94 people received their basic certificate in nursing from John Tyler Community College. Of these students, 87% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

El Paso Community College

El Paso, Texas
80 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

El Paso Community College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. Roughly 29,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 80 people received their basic certificate in nursing from El Paso Community College. About 82% of this group were women, and 81% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Rappahannock Community College

Glenns, Virginia
79 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rappahannock Community College is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. Roughly 2,900 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 79 people received their basic certificate in nursing from RCC. Of these students, 96% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Blue Ridge Community College

Weyers Cave, Virginia
59 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Blue Ridge Community College is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. Roughly 3,800 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 59 people received their basic certificate in nursing from BRCC. Of these students, 85% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Thomas Nelson Community College

Hampton, Virginia
56 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Thomas Nelson Community College is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. Roughly 7,300 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 56 basic certificates were handed out to nursing majors at TNCC. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 93% were women.

#10

Greenville Technical College

Greenville, South Carolina
39 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Greenville Technical College. Each year, around 11,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 people received their basic certificate in nursing from GTC. About 97% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Reynolds Community College

Richmond, Virginia
31 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Reynolds Community College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in nursing. Roughly 8,700 attend the school each year. The nursing program at Reynolds Community College awarded 31 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 55% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

29 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their basic certificate is GateWay Community College - Phoenix. Roughly 5,000 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 29 basic certificates were handed out to nursing majors at GateWay Community College. Of these students, 93% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Delaware County Community College

Media, Pennsylvania
28 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Delaware County Community College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in nursing. Roughly 10,700 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 people received their basic certificate in nursing from Delaware County Community College. Of these students, 75% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

26 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Covenant School of Nursing and Allied Health is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 people received their basic certificate in nursing from Covenant School of Nursing. Around 81% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

#15

National University

La Jolla, California
22 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. Each year, around 16,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,480 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 basic certificates were handed out to nursing majors at National University. Around 68% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 77% were women.

#16

Mesa Community College

Mesa, Arizona
21 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mesa Community College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. Roughly 20,300 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 basic certificates were handed out to nursing majors at Mesa Community College. About 90% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Pensacola State College

Pensacola, Florida
19 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pensacola State College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 people received their basic certificate in nursing from Pensacola State. Around 53% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#18

Oregon Coast Community College

Newport, Oregon
18 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Oregon Coast Community College. Each year, around 400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The nursing program at Oregon Coast Community College awarded 18 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 89% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Gavilan College

Gilroy, California
17 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gavilan College is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in nursing. Roughly 5,500 attend the school each year. The nursing program at Gavilan College awarded 17 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 94% were women and 71% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
17 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Pennsylvania State University - World Campus. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,484 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,682 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 basic certificates were handed out to nursing majors at Penn State World Campus. About 100% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Nursing Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Registered Nursing 1,376
Nursing Research & Other 58
Surgical Nursing 31
Nursing Administration 5
Family Practice Nursing 4

Below are some popular majors that are similar to nursing that offer basic certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Nursing & Nursing Assistants 46,750
Allied Health Professions 22,739
Allied Health Services 20,455
Health/Medical Admin Services 16,402
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 9,861

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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