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2021 Best Value Nursing Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

1,729 Colleges
$5,438 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$67,065 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Nursing School for You

In 2018-2019, 305,309 degrees and certificates were awarded to nursing students, making the major the most popular in the country.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which healthcare program is right for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Healthcare Degree Search has created its Best Value Nursing Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 1,729 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for nursing students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Nursing Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Nursing Colleges.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in Nursing

#1

Otterbein University

Westerville, OH

Our 2021 rankings named Otterbein University the best value school in the United States for nursing students. Otterbein is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Westerville.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Otterbein are $32,474 per year. After completing their degree, nursing graduates from Otterbein carry an average student debtload of $44,120. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $497.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Otterbein also did well on our Best Nursing Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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$2,183 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Sentara College of Health Sciences. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Chesapeake, Sentara College of Health Sciences is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Sentara College of Health Sciences are $2,183 per year.

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$1,968 Average Tuition & Fees

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means New Mexico Junior College is a great value for nursing students. New Mexico Junior College is a small public school located in the town of Hobbs.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at New Mexico Junior College are $1,968 a year.

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$3,938 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 1,729 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Alvin Community College landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the large suburb of Alvin, Alvin is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Alvin are $3,938 a year.

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$3,096 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at Southeast Community College Area helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Lincoln, Southeast Community College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Southeast Community College are $3,096 a year. On average, nursing graduates from Southeast Community College take out $20,715 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $215, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

College of the Mainland

Texas City, TX
$3,873 Average Tuition & Fees

College of the Mainland came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Schools ranking. COM is a small public school located in the midsize suburb of Texas City.

COM undergraduate students pay an average of $3,873 in tuition and fees each year.

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$3,438 Average Tuition & Fees

University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Schools ranking. Located in the town of Batesville, UACCB is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UACCB are $3,438 per year. While working on their degree, nursing majors at UACCB accumulate an average of around $11,135 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $116.

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$3,904 Average Tuition & Fees

Neosho County Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for nursing students. It came in at #8 on the list. Neosho County Community College is a small public school located in the town of Chanute.

Neosho County Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $3,904 in tuition and fees each year. On average, nursing graduates from Neosho County Community College take out $12,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $125, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$6,975 Average Tuition & Fees

Graham Hospital School of Nursing came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Schools ranking. Graham Hospital School of Nursing is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Canton.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Graham Hospital School of Nursing are $6,975 a year. On average, nursing graduates from Graham Hospital School of Nursing take out $21,500 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $223.

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$2,984 Average Tuition & Fees

Clovis Community College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value nursing programs. Clovis Community College is a small public school located in the town of Clovis.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Clovis Community College are $2,984 per year.

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#11

Amarillo College

Amarillo, TX
$4,704 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #11, Amarillo College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students. Amarillo College is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize city of Amarillo.

Amarillo College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,704 in tuition and fees each year.

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#12

Victoria College

Victoria, TX
$4,392 Average Tuition & Fees

Victoria College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for nursing students. It came in at #12 on the list. Victoria College is a small public school located in the city of Victoria.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Victoria College are $4,392 per year.

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$4,168 Average Tuition & Fees

Pratt Community College landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value nursing programs. Located in the rural area of Pratt, Pratt Community College is a public college with a small student population.

Pratt Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,168 in tuition and fees each year.

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#14

Lee College

Baytown, TX
$4,302 Average Tuition & Fees

Lee College landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value nursing programs. Located in the small city of Baytown, Lee College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Lee College are $4,302 a year.

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#15

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

Southeast Technical Institute ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Schools list. Southeast Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Sioux Falls.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Southeast Technical Institute are $6,448 a year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Southeast Technical Institute also did well on our Best Nursing Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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With a ranking of #16, Lake Area Technical Institute did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students. Located in the remote town of Watertown, LATI is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at LATI are $5,514 a year.

LATI also claimed a spot on our Best Nursing Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#17

South Plains College

Levelland, TX
$4,088 Average Tuition & Fees

South Plains College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for nursing students. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the town of Levelland, South Plains College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at South Plains College are $4,088 a year.

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#18

Lower Columbia College

Longview, WA
$4,398 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #18, Lower Columbia College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students. LCC is a small public school located in the small city of Longview.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at LCC are $4,398 per year.

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#19

Lake Region State College

Devils Lake, ND
$4,655 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #19, Lake Region State College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students. Located in the town of Devils Lake, Lake Region State College is a public college with a small student population.

Lake Region State College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,655 in tuition and fees each year. On average, nursing graduates from Lake Region State College take out $14,859 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $154.

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$4,208 Average Tuition & Fees

Brigham Young University - Idaho came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Schools ranking. BYU - I is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the town of Rexburg.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BYU - I are $4,208 a year. While working on their degree, nursing majors at BYU - I accumulate an average of around $10,000 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $104.

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#21

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
$5,564 Average Tuition & Fees

Lone Star College System came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Schools ranking. North Harris Montgomery is a very large public school located in the city of The Woodlands.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at North Harris Montgomery are $5,564 a year.

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#22

Central Community College

Grand Island, NE
$4,500 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #22, Central Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students. Central Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Grand Island.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Central Community College are $4,500 a year. While working on their degree, nursing majors at Central Community College accumulate an average of around $9,552 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $99.

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$5,040 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #23, San Jacinto Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students. Located in the large suburb of Pasadena, San Jacinto College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at San Jacinto College are $5,040 per year.

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#24

North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, MN
$4,566 Average Tuition & Fees

North Hennepin Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for nursing students. It came in at #24 on the list. North Hennepin Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at North Hennepin Community College are $4,566 per year. Nursing majors at North Hennepin Community College take out an average of $16,200 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $168.

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#25

Highline College

Des Moines, WA
$4,576 Average Tuition & Fees

Highline College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for nursing students. It came in at #25 on the list. Highline is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Des Moines.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Highline are $4,576 per year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Nursing Schools

#26

Meridian Community College

Meridian, MS
#27

Garden City Community College

Garden City, KS
#28

Clarendon College

Clarendon, TX
#29

Highland Community College

Highland, KS
#31

Galveston College

Galveston, TX
#32

Hutchinson Community College

Hutchinson, KS
#35

Camden County College

Blackwood, NJ
#36

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT
#37

Lutheran School of Nursing

Saint Louis, MO
#42

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Coon Rapids, MN
#43

Tyler Junior College

Tyler, TX
#46

Wenatchee Valley College

Wenatchee, WA
#48

Weatherford College

Weatherford, TX
#50

Mid-Plains Community College

North Platte, NE

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Value Nursing Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 1729 different United States nursing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud, MN
52 Collin County Community College District McKinney, TX
52 Northeast Community College Norfolk, NE
54 Arkansas State University - Newport Newport, AR
54 Columbia Gorge Community College The Dalles, OR
56 American Sentinel University Aurora, CO
57 Yakima Valley College Yakima, WA
58 Brazosport College Lake Jackson, TX
59 Northcentral Technical College Wausau, WI
59 Odessa College Odessa, TX
61 Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
62 Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, WI
63 Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI
64 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
65 Bellingham Technical College Bellingham, WA
66 El Centro College Dallas, TX
67 San Juan College Farmington, NM
68 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
69 Ridgewater College Willmar, MN
69 Mount Marty University Yankton, SD
71 University of New Mexico - Gallup Campus Gallup, NM
72 Wayne County Community College District Detroit, MI
73 Grayson College Denison, TX
73 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
73 Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls, MN
76 Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences Reading, PA
77 Minot State University Minot, ND
78 University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton Morrilton, AR
79 Alexandria Technical & Community College Alexandria, MN
80 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
81 North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND
81 University of New Mexico - Taos Campus Ranchos de Taos, NM
83 El Paso Community College El Paso, TX
84 Central Lakes College - Brainerd Brainerd, MN
85 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Flex Milwaukee, WI
86 Baton Rouge General School of Nursing Baton Rouge, LA
87 Genesee Community College Batavia, NY
88 Bismarck State College Bismarck, ND
88 Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore, WI
90 Raritan Valley Community College Branchburg, NJ
91 Spokane Community College Spokane, WA
91 Minnesota State College Southeast Winona, MN
91 Shoreline Community College Shoreline, WA
94 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
95 Butte College Oroville, CA
95 Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon, IA
97 Cypress College Cypress, CA
97 Century College - White Bear Lake White Bear Lake, MN
99 Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe, NM
100 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
101 Rogue Community College Grants Pass, OR
102 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
103 Howard College Big Spring, TX
104 Seward County Community College Liberal, KS
104 Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City, KS
106 South Central College North Mankato, MN
107 Washington State Community College Marietta, OH
108 Normandale Community College Bloomington, MN
109 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
110 Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls, MN
111 University of New Mexico - Valencia County Campus Los Lunas, NM
112 Lake Superior College Duluth, MN
113 Olympic College Bremerton, WA
114 Houston Community College Houston, TX
115 College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA
116 Laredo Community College Laredo, TX
117 Midland College Midland, TX
118 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
118 Pierce College-Puyallup Puyallup, WA
120 Grantham University Lenexa, KS
121 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
122 NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville, AR
123 College of the Sequoias Visalia, CA
124 Umpqua Community College Roseburg, OR
124 Trinity Health System School of Nursing Steubenville, OH
126 Big Bend Community College Moses Lake, WA
126 North Central Kansas Technical College Beloit, KS
128 Texarkana College Texarkana, TX
129 Vernon College Vernon, TX
130 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
131 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
132 United States University San Diego, CA
133 Oklahoma Panhandle State University Goodwell, OK
133 Butler Community College El Dorado, KS
135 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
136 Jameson Health System New Castle, PA
137 Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Shell Lake, WI
138 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS
139 West Hills College-Lemoore Lemoore, CA
139 Antelope Valley College Lancaster, CA
141 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS
142 North Arkansas College Harrison, AR
142 Crowder College Neosho, MO
144 Yuba College Marysville, CA
145 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
145 Baptist Health College - Little Rock Little Rock, AR
147 Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville, GA
148 Temple College Temple, TX
148 Saint Vincent College Latrobe, PA
150 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Shadyside School of Nursing Pittsburgh, PA
151 Denver College of Nursing Denver, CO
152 Walla Walla Community College Walla Walla, WA
153 Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI
154 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, TX
155 West Georgia Technical College Waco, GA
156 Southern Maine Community College South Portland, ME
157 Hawkeye Community College Waterloo, IA
158 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
158 Hibbing Community College Hibbing, MN
158 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
161 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
162 Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE
163 South Arkansas Community College El Dorado, AR
164 Southeastern Community College West Burlington, IA
164 Linfield College - Online and Continuing Education McMinnville, OR
166 Prince George’s Community College Largo, MD
167 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
167 Moorpark College Moorpark, CA
169 Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, MN
170 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
171 College of Eastern Idaho Idaho Falls, ID
172 Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar, IA
173 Middlesex County College Edison, NJ
174 Ocean County College Toms River, NJ
175 Riverside College of Health Careers Newport News, VA
176 Universidad del Turabo Gurabo, PR
177 East Central Community College Decatur, MS
178 Aiken Technical College Graniteville, SC
178 Black River Technical College Pocahontas, AR
178 Evergreen Valley College San Jose, CA
181 Southwestern Illinois College Belleville, IL
181 Rasmussen College - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
183 Ellsworth Community College Iowa Falls, IA
184 Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI
184 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL
186 Kilgore College Kilgore, TX
187 Rasmussen College - Florida Ocala, FL
187 Mercy Hospital School of Nursing Pittsburgh, PA
187 Riverside City College Riverside, CA
190 Columbia Basin College Pasco, WA
190 Rowan College at Burlington County Mount Laurel, NJ
192 Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO
193 Mountain View College Dallas, TX
193 Williston State College Williston, ND
195 American River College Sacramento, CA
196 Ranger College Ranger, TX
196 North Central Missouri College Trenton, MO
198 Manhattan Area Technical College Manhattan, KS
198 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA
198 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
201 Mott Community College Flint, MI
201 New Mexico State University - Dona Ana Las Cruces, NM
203 San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino, CA
203 Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, AZ
203 Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA
203 St Margaret School of Nursing Pittsburgh, PA
207 Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Lakewood, WA
208 Napa Valley College Napa, CA
209 Rasmussen College - Illinois Rockford, IL
210 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
211 College of the Ouachitas Malvern, AR
212 Bergen Community College Paramus, NJ
213 Henry Ford College Dearborn, MI
214 Colorado Northwestern Community College Rangely, CO
215 Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC
216 Union County College Cranford, NJ
216 Blackhawk Technical College Janesville, WI
218 Victor Valley College Victorville, CA
218 College of Southern Idaho Twin Falls, ID
220 North Georgia Technical College Clarkesville, GA
221 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
222 Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, NY
223 Arizona Western College Yuma, AZ
224 Mayo Clinic School of Medicine Rochester, MN
224 MSU Texas Wichita Falls, TX
226 Central Ohio Technical College Newark, OH
226 Howard Community College Columbia, MD
228 Rio Hondo College Whittier, CA
228 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
230 GateWay Community College - Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
230 Monroe County Community College Monroe, MI
232 Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor, MI
233 Ohio University - Zanesville Campus Zanesville, OH
234 Shasta College Redding, CA
235 College of the Redwoods Eureka, CA
235 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
235 SUNY Delhi Delhi, NY
235 Hostos Community College Bronx, NY
239 Ventura College Ventura, CA
240 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
241 Atlanta Technical College Atlanta, GA
241 Harford Community College Bel Air, MD
243 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
243 Bethel University McKenzie, TN
245 Northern Maine Community College Presque Isle, ME
245 Cabrillo College Aptos, CA
247 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
247 Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Provo, UT
249 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
250 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
251 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS
252 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
253 Kapiolani Community College Honolulu, HI
253 Compton College Compton, CA
253 Trinity Valley Community College Athens, TX
256 Rasmussen College - North Dakota Fargo, ND
256 Highland Community College Freeport, IL
256 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
259 Otero Junior College La Junta, CO
259 Rasmussen College-Kansas Topeka, KS

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Nursing Schools award.

Rank College Location
261 Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo Arecibo, PR
262 Dakota College at Bottineau Bottineau, ND
262 Clarkson College Omaha, NE
262 Passaic County Community College Paterson, NJ
262 Southeastern Technical College Vidalia, GA
266 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA
266 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome, GA
268 Southern University at Shreveport Shreveport, LA
269 Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA
269 Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor, MI
269 Augusta Technical College Augusta, GA
269 Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wesson, MS
273 Rasmussen College - Wisconsin Green Bay, WI
273 John A Logan College Carterville, IL
275 Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ
275 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
277 Morningside College Sioux City, IA
277 West Shore Community College Scottville, MI
277 Clark State Community College Springfield, OH
280 Ohio University - Southern Campus Ironton, OH
281 Pitt Community College Winterville, NC
282 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ
283 Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA
283 Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL
285 Kentucky Christian University Grayson, KY
286 North Iowa Area Community College Mason City, IA
286 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
288 Florence-Darlington Technical College Florence, SC
288 Excelsior College Albany, NY
290 Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin, GA
290 Texas State Technical College Waco, TX
290 Cochise County Community College District Sierra Vista, AZ
290 College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
290 Central Maine Community College Auburn, ME
290 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
296 Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa, IA
296 Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing Teaneck, NJ
296 Northeast Texas Community College Mount Pleasant, TX
299 Lake Michigan College Benton Harbor, MI
300 East Central College Union, MO
301 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
301 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
301 Kennebec Valley Community College Fairfield, ME
304 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
305 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH
305 St Charles Community College Cottleville, MO
305 Southwest Texas Junior College Uvalde, TX
305 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
305 Oregon Coast Community College Newport, OR
310 Carroll Community College Westminster, MD
311 Glen Oaks Community College Centreville, MI
312 Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen, CA
312 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
314 Kettering College Kettering, OH
315 Rend Lake College Ina, IL
315 Kellogg Community College Battle Creek, MI
315 Mohave Community College Kingman, AZ
318 Golden West College Huntington Beach, CA
318 Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA
320 Brookdale Community College Lincroft, NJ
320 Cerritos College Norwalk, CA
322 Memorial College of Nursing Albany, NY
322 University of Phoenix - Colorado Lone Tree, CO
324 Wor-Wic Community College Salisbury, MD
325 Franklin University Columbus, OH
326 Western Oklahoma State College Altus, OK
326 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
326 Baptist Health System School of Health Professions San Antonio, TX
329 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
329 Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Portales, NM
331 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL
331 Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg, SC
331 New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas, NM
334 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX
334 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
334 Adventist University of Health Sciences Orlando, FL
334 Piedmont Technical College Greenwood, SC
334 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
339 Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA
339 State Fair Community College Sedalia, MO
339 Centra College of Nursing Lynchburg, VA
342 Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
342 Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL
342 Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus Roswell, NM
342 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL

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Nursing Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Registered Nursing 251,279
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 15,536
Nursing Administration 9,071
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 6,319
Nursing Practice 6,250
Nursing Science 4,704
Nurse Anesthetist 2,031
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 2,012
Nursing Education 1,991
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 1,266
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1,022
Critical Care Nursing 643
Clinical Nurse Leader 527
School Nursing 523
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery 475
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 464
Clinical Nurse Specialist 428
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing 236
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing 211
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing 37
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing 35
Palliative Care Nursing 23

Related Major Annual Graduates
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868
Public Health 36,569

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle.

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