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Graduate Certificate in Nursing

3,386 Yearly Graduations
$101,400 Median Salary
$43,524 Median Debt
A graduate certificate in nursing is offered at 381 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 33% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 0.9% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

In 2018-2019, 3,386 graduate certificate were awarded to nursing majors. This makes it the 4th most popular graduate certificate program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in nursing at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 51,213
Doctor’s Degree 8,781
Graduate Certificate 3,386

Earnings of Nursing Majors With Graduate Certificate

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in nursing is $101,400. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $96,100 to a high of $101,400.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in nursing is $43,524. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $45,204 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $36,035.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $507.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their graduate certificate in nursing. About 89.2% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 365
Women 3,021
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificate in Nursing

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 209
Black or African American 616
Hispanic or Latino 217
White 2,009
International Students 32
Other Races/Ethnicities 303
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Graduate Certificate Students

There are 381 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
200 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Maryville University of Saint Louis tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate. Each year, around 7,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $26,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,346 per year.

The nursing program at Maryville University of Saint Louis awarded 200 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. About 92% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

184 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Roughly 37,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,476 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 184 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at Cincinnati. About 85% of this group were women, and 36% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

126 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

South University - Savannah Online is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 7,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,800 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 126 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from South University - Savannah Online. About 93% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
105 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Yale University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $43,300 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 105 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Yale. Of these students, 91% were women and 34% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama
94 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of South Alabama. Roughly 15,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,896 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,956 per year.

The nursing program at University of South Alabama awarded 94 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 95% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Frontier Nursing University

Hyden, Kentucky
93 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Frontier Nursing University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Roughly 2,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 93 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Frontier Nursing University. About 96% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
92 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kaplan University-Indianapolis comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,791 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 92 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at Kaplan University-Indianapolis. Of these students, 90% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
79 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Duke University. Roughly 16,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,880 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,680 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 79 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Duke. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

76 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 27,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,664 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,959 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 76 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from UT Rio Grande Valley. Around 68% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

#10

University of Massachusetts - Boston

Boston, Massachusetts
69 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Massachusetts - Boston. Roughly 16,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,187 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,433 per year.

The nursing program at University of Massachusetts - Boston awarded 69 graduate certificate during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#11

Concordia University - Wisconsin

Mequon, Wisconsin
66 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Concordia University - Wisconsin comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificate in nursing. Roughly 7,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,052 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 66 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from CUW. Around 2% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#12

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
60 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Drexel University is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 24,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,146 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $35,181 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 60 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at Drexel. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#13

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington
50 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Washington State University. Roughly 30,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,953 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,493 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 50 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at Wazzu. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 78% were women.

#14

Bradley University

Peoria, Illinois
43 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Bradley University. Roughly 5,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,380 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 43 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Bradley. Of these students, 95% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

41 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western University of Health Sciences is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 3,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 41 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Western University of Health Sciences. Around 61% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 93% were women.

39 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Roughly 5,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,168 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 graduate certificate were handed out to nursing majors at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. About 82% of this group were women, and 26% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
39 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walden University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Walden University. Of these students, 100% were women and 51% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee
39 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Vanderbilt University. Roughly 12,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,624 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Vanderbilt. Of these students, 90% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

39 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Arlington is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Each year, around 46,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,624 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,474 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from UT Arlington. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 92% were women.

#20

Regis University

Denver, Colorado
38 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Regis University is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in nursing. Roughly 8,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,830 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,441 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 people received their graduate certificate in nursing from Regis U. Of these students, 95% were women and 5% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to nursing that offer graduate certificate.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Public Health 1,648
Mental & Social Health Services 988
Health/Medical Admin Services 906
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 856
Dietetics & Nutrition Services 825

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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