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2021 Most Popular Nursing Schools

2,151 Colleges
$67,065 Avg Salary
$26,282 Avg Student Debt

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 Most Popular Nursing Schools ranking. This report analyzed 2,151 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular programs for healthcare students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Nursing program at each school on the list.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Nursing Colleges.

#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Our 2021 rankings named Western Governors University the most popular school in the United States for nursing students. Located in the suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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The excellent programs at Chamberlain University - Illinois helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in the United States. Located in the suburb of Addison, Chamberlain - Illinois is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#3

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Grand Canyon University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular Nursing Schools list. Located in the city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, nursing majors at Grand Canyon University accumulate an average of around $32,934 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $378.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means The University of Texas at Arlington is a great place for nursing students. UT Arlington is a very large public school located in the city of Arlington.

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#5

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Out of the 2,151 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Walden University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Walden University is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis.

Nursing majors at Walden University take out an average of $53,556 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $614.

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Ohio University - Athens Campus ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Nursing Schools list. OHIO Athens is a very large public school located in the distant town of Athens.

While working on their degree, nursing majors at OHIO Athens accumulate an average of around $23,749 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 $264.

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#7

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Nursing Schools list. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #8, National University College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students. National University College is a large private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Bayamon.

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South University’s online programs landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular nursing programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Savannah, South University's online programs is a private for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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#10

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Excelsior College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for nursing students. It came in at #10 on the list. Excelsior College is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Albany.

On average, nursing graduates from Excelsior College take out $18,138 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $200.

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for nursing students. It came in at #11 on the list. TTUHSC is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Lubbock.

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#12

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Nursing Schools ranking. Ivy Tech Community College is a very large public school located in the city of Indianapolis.

After completing their degree, nursing graduates from Ivy Tech Community College carry an average student debt load of $13,328. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $138.

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University of Phoenix - Arizona landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular nursing programs. Located in the city of Tempe, UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

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University of South Alabama ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Nursing Schools list. Located in the city of Mobile, USA is a public school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at USA take out is $44,057. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $506.

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Maryville University of Saint Louis landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular nursing programs. Maryville U is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis.

Nursing majors at Maryville U take out an average of $42,102 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $482.

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#16

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Kaplan University-Indianapolis landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular nursing programs. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, Kaplan University-Indianapolis is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Cincinnati - Main Campus landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular nursing programs. Located in the city of Cincinnati, UC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at UC take out is $30,200. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $334, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rasmussen College - Florida did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for nursing students. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the small city of Ocala, Rasmussen College - Florida is a private for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their degree, nursing graduates from Rasmussen College - Florida carry an average student debt load of $22,498. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $233, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#19

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Nursing Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at Drexel take out is $34,810. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $394.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham ranked #20 on this year’s Most Popular Nursing Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Birmingham, UAB is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, nursing graduates from UAB take out $34,419 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 $394.

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Southern New Hampshire University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Nursing Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, nursing graduates from SNHU carry an average student debt load of $13,608. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $141.

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American Sentinel University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Nursing Schools ranking. American Sentinel University is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Aurora.

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With a ranking of #23, Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students. IWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Marion.

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular Nursing Schools list. Located in the city of Wilmington, UNCW is a public school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at UNCW take out is $24,452. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $274.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Nursing Schools ranking. USF Tampa is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tampa.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at USF Tampa take out is $39,975. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $458.

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#26

Aspen University

Denver, CO
#27

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#36

Miami Dade College

Miami, FL
#37

Simmons University

Boston, MA
#44

Jersey College

Teterboro, NJ
#46

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
#47

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ
#48

New York University

New York, NY
#50

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, VA

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Most Popular Nursing Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 2151 different United States nursing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
51 The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX
53 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA
54 The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX
55 West Coast University - Los Angeles North Hollywood, CA
55 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
57 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
58 Jacksonville University Jacksonville, FL
59 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
60 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
61 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
62 George Washington University Washington, DC
63 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
64 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
65 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
66 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
67 Regis College Weston, MA
68 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
69 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
70 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
70 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
72 Duke University Durham, NC
73 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
74 Regis University Denver, CO
75 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
76 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
77 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
78 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
79 Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR
80 Universidad Metropolitana San Juan, PR
80 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
82 Florida International University Miami, FL
83 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
84 Washington State University Pullman, WA
85 East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN
86 Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay Saint Petersburg, FL
87 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
88 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
89 Emory University Atlanta, GA
89 University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE
91 Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College Saint Louis, MO
92 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS
93 Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL
94 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
95 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
96 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
97 EDP University - San Juan San Juan, PR
98 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA
99 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
100 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
101 Unitek College Fremont, CA
102 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
103 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
104 Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio San Antonio, TX
105 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
106 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
106 Hondros College of Nursing Westerville, OH
106 Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Lancaster, PA
109 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
110 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
111 Augusta University Augusta, GA
112 Resurrection University Chicago, IL
112 Mount Carmel College of Nursing Columbus, OH
114 Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley, PA
115 LIU Post Brookville, NY
116 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR
117 Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, TN
118 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
119 The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
120 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
121 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
121 University of Michigan - Flint Flint, MI
123 Winston - Salem State University Winston-Salem, NC
124 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
125 Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL
126 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Boston, MA
126 Rush University Chicago, IL
128 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
128 Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX
130 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
131 National University La Jolla, CA
132 Denver College of Nursing Denver, CO
132 University of Mississippi University, MS
134 University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, AL
134 Roseman University of Health Sciences Henderson, NV
136 Utica College Utica, NY
137 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
138 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
139 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
140 Pace University - New York New York, NY
141 West Coast University - Ontario Ontario, CA
142 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
143 Butler Community College El Dorado, KS
144 Hunter College New York, NY
145 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
145 Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, PA
147 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
147 University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
149 Laboure College Milton, MA
150 Universidad del Sagrado Corazon Santurce, PR
150 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
152 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
153 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
154 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO
155 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
156 University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK
157 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
157 Holy Family University Philadelphia, PA
159 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
159 Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA
161 Florida National University - Main Campus Hialeah, FL
161 Marian University Indianapolis, IN
163 Chamberlain University - Georgia Atlanta, GA
163 Villanova University Villanova, PA
165 University of South Carolina - Upstate Spartanburg, SC
165 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
165 Boise State University Boise, ID
168 Delaware Technical Community College - Terry Dover, DE
168 Georgetown University Washington, DC
170 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
171 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
171 AmeriTech College - Draper Draper, UT
173 Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
173 Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL
175 Columbia Central University - Caguas Caguas, PR
175 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN
177 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
178 Creighton University Omaha, NE
178 Chamberlain University - Texas Houston, TX
178 Chamberlain University - Florida Jacksonville, FL
181 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans New Orleans, LA
182 Graceland University - Lamoni Lamoni, IA
182 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
184 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
184 MGH Institute of Health Professions Boston, MA
186 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
186 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
188 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
189 Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
189 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
191 Florida SouthWestern State College Fort Myers, FL
192 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
192 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
194 Troy University Troy, AL
195 The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences Cincinnati, OH
196 State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota Bradenton, FL
196 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
196 Rivier University Nashua, NH
196 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
200 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
201 Miami Regional University Miami Springs, FL
202 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
203 Winona State University Winona, MN
204 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
205 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
205 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
207 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
207 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
207 Union County College Cranford, NJ
207 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
211 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
211 University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH
211 Mercy College of Ohio Toledo, OH
214 Baylor University Waco, TX
214 Southern Adventist University Collegedale, TN
216 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
216 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
218 Barry University Miami, FL
219 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
220 Lehman College Bronx, NY
220 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
222 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
222 St Catherine University Saint Paul, MN
224 Towson University Towson, MD
225 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
226 Marshall University Huntington, WV
226 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
226 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
226 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
230 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
231 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
232 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
233 Clarkson College Omaha, NE
233 Benedictine University Lisle, IL
233 Goodwin College East Hartford, CT
236 Columbus State University Columbus, GA
237 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
238 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
238 Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford, OK
240 Baptist Health System School of Health Professions San Antonio, TX
241 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
242 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
243 Ball State University Muncie, IN
243 D’Youville College Buffalo, NY
243 Montana State University Bozeman, MT
246 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
247 Union University Jackson, TN
248 Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies Fayette, MO
248 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
250 Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA
250 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
252 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
253 Auburn University Auburn, AL
253 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
253 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
256 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
257 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
257 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
257 South Texas College McAllen, TX
257 Nevada State College Henderson, NV
257 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
262 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL
263 Baptist Health College - Little Rock Little Rock, AR
263 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
263 Widener University Chester, PA
263 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
267 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
268 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
268 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
268 GateWay Community College - Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
271 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
271 Community College of Rhode Island Warwick, RI
271 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
271 University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
275 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
275 Seattle University Seattle, WA
277 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton, OH
278 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
278 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
278 Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor, MI
281 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
281 Curry College Milton, MA
283 DePaul University Chicago, IL
283 Saginaw Valley State University University Center, MI
285 Pasco-Hernando State College New Port Richey, FL
285 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
287 Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences Kansas City, MO
287 Herzing University - Madison Madison, WI
287 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
287 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR
287 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
287 Yale University New Haven, CT
287 Daemen College Amherst, NY
287 Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL
295 Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI
296 Middle Georgia State University Macon, GA
297 Rasmussen College - Illinois Rockford, IL
297 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
299 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
299 University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
299 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
299 Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
303 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
303 Nightingale College Salt Lake City, UT
305 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
305 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
307 Valencia College Orlando, FL
307 Albany State University Albany, GA
307 Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing Peoria, IL
310 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
311 Owens Community College Perrysburg, OH
311 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
313 Polk State College Winter Haven, FL
313 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
313 Saint Xavier University Chicago, IL
316 SUNY Delhi Delhi, NY
316 Chamberlain University - Arizona Phoenix, AZ
316 Trocaire College Buffalo, NY
319 EDP University - San Sebastian San Sebastian, PR
320 Illinois State University Normal, IL
320 MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe, KS
320 University of Delaware Newark, DE

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
323 Carlow University Pittsburgh, PA
323 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
325 El Paso Community College El Paso, TX
325 New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJ
325 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, NE
328 Samford University Birmingham, AL
329 Baker College Flint, MI
330 Northeastern University Boston, MA
330 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
330 Clemson University Clemson, SC
333 Cox College Springfield, MO
334 University of Portland Portland, OR
335 Allen College Waterloo, IA
335 Trident Technical College Charleston, SC
335 MSU Texas Wichita Falls, TX
335 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
339 Pensacola State College Pensacola, FL
339 SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Brooklyn, NY
339 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
339 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
343 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
343 Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA
343 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
346 Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Metro San Juan, PR
347 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
347 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
347 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
347 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
351 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
351 San Antonio College San Antonio, TX
353 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
354 Washburn University Topeka, KS
355 College of Staten Island CUNY Staten Island, NY
355 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
357 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
357 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
359 The University of Tennessee - Health Science Center Memphis, TN
359 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS
359 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
359 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
363 Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, NY
363 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
365 Southwest Baptist University Bolivar, MO
365 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
365 South University, Tampa Tampa, FL
368 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA
368 Delaware County Community College Media, PA
370 Collin County Community College District McKinney, TX
370 Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH
372 University of West Georgia Carrollton, GA
372 Chamberlain University - New Jersey North Brunswick, NJ
374 Helene Fuld College of Nursing New York, NY
374 University of Mary Hardin - Baylor Belton, TX
374 Aurora University Aurora, IL
374 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
374 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
374 Jefferson State Community College Birmingham, AL
380 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
381 King University Bristol, TN
381 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
383 Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, OK
384 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
384 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
386 Riverside City College Riverside, CA
386 Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction, CO
386 Rhode Island College Providence, RI
389 Greenville Technical College Greenville, SC
389 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
389 Mount St. Joseph University Cincinnati, OH
392 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
392 Suffolk County Community College Selden, NY
394 Belmont University Nashville, TN
394 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
394 Galen College of Nursing - Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
397 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
397 Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science Los Angeles, CA
397 Meridian Community College Meridian, MS
400 Gardner - Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
400 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
400 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
400 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
400 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
400 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
406 Salem State University Salem, MA
407 University of North Alabama Florence, AL
407 Lewis - Clark State College Lewiston, ID
407 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
410 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
411 University of Providence Great Falls, MT
411 Dixie State University Saint George, UT
411 Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC
411 Viterbo University La Crosse, WI
411 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
416 Concordia University, Wisconsin Mequon, WI
416 Research College of Nursing Kansas City, MO
416 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
419 Central Ohio Technical College Newark, OH
419 Adventist University of Health Sciences Orlando, FL
419 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
422 Linfield College - School of Nursing Portland, OR
422 Ursuline College Pepper Pike, OH
424 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
424 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
424 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
424 Bradley University Peoria, IL
424 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
424 Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Baton Rouge, LA
424 Chamberlain University - Ohio Columbus, OH

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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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