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Nursing Schools in Pennsylvania

12,702 students earned Nursing degrees in Pennsylvania in the 2018-2019 year.

In terms of popularity, Nursing is the 1st most popular major in the state out of a total 32 majors commonly available.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors in Pennsylvania

Nursing majors in the state tend to have the following degree levels:

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 6,677
Associate’s Degree 2,285
Master’s Degree 2,156
Award Taking 1 to 2 Years 954
Award Taking 2 to 4 Years 954
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 451
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 451
Doctor’s Degree (Research / Scholarship) 451
Post-Master’s Certificate 131
Postbaccalaureate Certificate 131
Award Taking Less Than 1 Year 48

Gender Distribution

In Pennsylvania, a nursing major is more popular with women than with men.

Nursing Majors in PA Gender Diversity Statistics

Racial Distribution

The racial distribution of nursing majors in Pennsylvania is as follows:

  • Asian: 4.4%
  • Black or African American: 8.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 4.4%
  • White: 75.8%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 0.8%
  • Other Races: 6.7%
Nursing Majors in PA Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Jobs for Nursing Grads in Pennsylvania

178,240 people in the state and 3,609,760 in the nation are employed in jobs related to nursing.

Nursing Jobs Nationwide vs. PA

Wages for Nursing Jobs in Pennsylvania

In this state, nursing grads earn an average of $96,710. Nationwide, they make an average of $106,910.

jobs nationwide vs. state.

There are 106 colleges in Pennsylvania that offer nursing degrees. Learn about the most popular 10 below:

#1

Drexel University

Philadelphia
1,073 Degrees in Major Awarded
68% Graduation Rate
24,205 Total Students

The student loan default rate is 3.10% which is lower than average. Of all the students who attend this school, 100% get financial aid. Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

530 Degrees in Major Awarded
95% Graduation Rate
26,675 Total Students

The 1.10% student loan default rate is lower than average. The average student takes 4.13 years to complete their degree at UPenn. Seeking financial aid? At this school, 58% of students receive it.

526 Degrees in Major Awarded
8,026 Total Students

Of all the students who attend this school, 99% get financial aid. Graduates earn an average $69,000 after graduation. This private institution charges an average net price of $25,743.

423 Degrees in Major Awarded
17,422 Total Students

Grads earn an average early-career salary of $28,800 after earning their degree at this institution. 15 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. 17% of the teachers are full time.

420 Degrees in Major Awarded
1,811 Total Students

This private institution charges an average net price of $33,316. The student loan default rate is 2.50% which is lower than average. The full-time teacher rate is 80%.

#6

Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley
411 Degrees in Major Awarded
57% Graduation Rate
2,990 Total Students

Grads earn an average early-career salary of $46,000 after earning their degree at this institution. The student loan default rate is 4.60% which is lower than average. Students who attend this private institution pay an average net price of $23,213.

#7

Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre
353 Degrees in Major Awarded
59% Graduation Rate
4,680 Total Students

This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 5.70%. 13 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. 93% of students get financical aid.

#8

Holy Family University

Philadelphia
334 Degrees in Major Awarded
57% Graduation Rate
3,110 Total Students

This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 5.70%. The full-time teacher rate is 20%. Of all the students who attend this school, 100% get financial aid.

333 Degrees in Major Awarded
16,031 Total Students

Seeking financial aid? At this school, 66% of students receive it. 19 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. This public college charges it's students an average net price of $9,292.

#10

Villanova University

Villanova
331 Degrees in Major Awarded
90% Graduation Rate
10,848 Total Students

The full-time teacher rate is 67%. This private school has an average net price of $40,134. The student loan default rate of 1.40% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments.

Nursing Careers in PA

Some of the careers nursing majors go into include:

Job Title PA Job Growth PA Median Salary
Nurse Practitioners 30% $97,130
Nursing Instructors and Professors 23% $75,650
Medical and Health Services Managers 21% $87,790
Nurse Midwives 17% $97,450
Registered Nurses 13% $69,170
Nurse Anesthetists 9% $162,560

Below are some popular majors in the state that are similar to nursing.

Major Annual Graduates in PA
Allied Health Professions 3,300
Rehabilitation Professions 2,946
Health/Medical Admin Services 2,583
Allied Health Services 2,392
Nursing & Nursing Assistants 2,029
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 1,510
Public Health 1,354
Communication Sciences 1,228

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