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765 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
461 Master's Degrees Annually
#35 in Popularity
$110,030 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Nursing Practice Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many nursing practice graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Doctor’s Degree 5,710
Bachelor’s Degree 793
Master’s Degree 748
Graduate Certificate 195
Associate Degree 79
Undergraduate Certificate 25

What Nursing Practice Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to nursing practice and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Nursing Practice Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in nursing practice should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Nursing Practice Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to nursing practice:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Nursing Practice Majors

A major in nursing practice will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Nursing Practice Major?

People with a nursing practice degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5% $99,730
Nurse Practitioners 36.1% $107,030
Registered Nurses 14.8% $71,730

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Practice?

793 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
89% Percent Women
26% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 89% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of nursing practice majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 52
Black or African American 70
Hispanic or Latino 49
White 543
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 74

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Nursing Practice. About 0.6% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Nursing Practice Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Nursing Practice majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $75,510 to $113,730 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Nursing Practice Major  ( 75510 to 113730 )
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Some degrees associated with nursing practice may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for nursing practice careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Some College Courses 4.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 32.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 28.0%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.2%
Master’s Degree 30.4%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.1%
Doctoral Degree 2.2%

Online Nursing Practice Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 320 schools offered some type of nursing practice program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 9 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 5 1
Bachelor’s Degree 13 5
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 26 11
Post-Master’s 24 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 57 17
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 212 75
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 22 12

Is a Degree in Nursing Practice Worth It?

The median salary for a nursing practice grad is $110,030 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 176% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,402,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to nursing practice.

Major Number of Grads
Registered Nursing 259,493
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 16,802
Nursing Administration 8,073
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 5,655
Nursing Science 4,637
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 1,952
Nurse Anesthetist 1,883
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 1,812
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1,588
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 665
Critical Care Nursing 583
School Nursing 524
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery 509
Clinical Nurse Leader 415
Clinical Nurse Specialist 384
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing 304
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing 172
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing 51
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing 43
Palliative Care Nursing 8
Forensic Nursing 6

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities 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 racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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