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Nursing Assistants & Aides

109 Associates's Degrees Annually
342 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#128 in Popularity (Associate's)
$29,580 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Nursing Assistants & Aides Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many nursing assistant/aide and patient care assistant/aide graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 34,725
Undergraduate Certificate 1,244
Bachelor’s Degree 252
Associate Degree 128

What Nursing Assistants & Aides Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to nursing assistant were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Nursing Assistant Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in nursing assistant 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • 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.

Skills for Nursing Assistant Majors

A major in nursing assistant prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Nursing Assistant Majors

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

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

What Can You Do With a Nursing Assistants & Aides Major?

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

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Nursing Assistants 11.5% $28,540

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Nursing Assistants & Aides?

128 Associate's Degrees Annually
85% Percent Women
73% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 85% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 20
Hispanic or Latino 58
White 33
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 17

How Much Do Nursing Assistants & Aides Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to nursing assistant is $29,580. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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.

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Some careers associated with nursing assistant require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to nursing assistant have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 7.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 59.9%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 24.5%
Some College Courses 7.6%
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. 0.5%

Online Nursing Assistants & Aides Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 558 schools offered some type of nursing assistant/aide and patient care assistant/aide 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) 91 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 11 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Nursing Assistants & Aides Worth It?

The median salary for a nursing assistant grad is $29,580 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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

Major Number of Grads
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 45,594
Other Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants 4,969

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.

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