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2022 Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Basic Certificate Trade Schools

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Finding the Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Basic Certificate School for You

With 86,912 degrees and certificates handed out in 2019-2020, practical nursing and nursing assistants is the #3 most popular major in the United States.

Today's trade school students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. 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 help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Trade College Search has developed this Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Basic Certificate Trade Schools ranking. This report analyzed 418 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best basic certificate programs for trade school students.

View our full ranking methodology.

2022 Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Basic Certificate Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Basic Certificate Colleges.

Top 25 Top Trade Schools for an Award Taking Less Than 1 Year in Nursing & Nursing Assistants

#1

Southwest Technical College

Cedar City, UT

Our analysis found Southwest Technical College to be the best school for practical nursing and nursing assistants students who want to pursue a basic certificate in the United States. Located in the town of Cedar City, Southwest Tech is a public school with a fairly small student population.

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#2

Best Care College

East Orange, NJ

The excellent basic certificate programs at Best Care College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best practical nursing and nursing assistants schools in the United States. Located in the suburb of East Orange, Best Care College is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Mountainland Technical College is a great place for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their basic certificate. Located in the large suburb of Lehi, Mountainland Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

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#4

State Career College

Waukegan, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend State Career College. It ranked #4 on our 2022 Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the suburb of Waukegan, SCC is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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Out of the 418 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Madison Area Technical College landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Madison, Madison College is a public school with a large student population.

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With a ranking of #6, Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County did quite well on this year’s best schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their basic certificate. C-TEC of Licking County is a small public school located in the small suburb of Newark.

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#7

Dixie Technical College

Saint George, UT

With a ranking of #7, Dixie Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their basic certificate. Located in the small city of Saint George, Dixie Tech is a public school with a fairly small student population.

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#8

Access Careers

Hempstead, NY

Access Careers landed the #8 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best basic certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Access Careers is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Hempstead.

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Washburn Institute of Technology ranked #9 on this year’s Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Topeka, Washburn Tech is a public school with a small student population.

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#10

Cape Coral Technical College

Cape Coral, FL

Cape Coral Technical College landed the #10 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best basic certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Located in the city of Cape Coral, Cape Coral Technical College is a public college with a fairly small student population.

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Institute of Technology ranked #11 on this year’s Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the suburb of Salem, Institute of Technology is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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California Nurses Educational Institute ranked #12 on this year’s Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. California Nurses Educational Institute is a small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Palm Springs.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Basic Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Eau Claire, CVTC is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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With a ranking of #14, Lake Area Technical Institute did quite well on this year’s best schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their basic certificate. Located in the town of Watertown, LATI is a public school with a small student population.

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Miami Valley Career Technology Center did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #15 on the list. Miami Valley CTC is a small public school located in the large suburb of Englewood.

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#16

Suncoast Technical College

Sarasota, FL

Suncoast Technical College landed the #16 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best basic certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Suncoast Technical College is a small public school located in the large suburb of Sarasota.

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#17

Pioneer Technology Center

Ponca City, OK

Pioneer Technology Center ranked #17 on this year’s Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. Pioneer Technology Center is a fairly small public school located in the town of Ponca City.

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Fox Valley Technical College landed the #18 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best basic certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. FVTC is a large public school located in the suburb of Appleton.

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#19

Immokalee Technical College

Immokalee, FL

Immokalee Technical College landed the #19 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best basic certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. iTECH is a fairly small public school located in the town of Immokalee.

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#20

Apollo Career Center

Lima, OH

Apollo Career Center landed the #20 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best basic certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Located in the small suburb of Lima, Apollo JVS is a public college with a small student population.

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#21

Highland Community College

Highland, KS

Highland Community College landed the #21 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best basic certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Highland Community College is a small public school located in the rural area of Highland.

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Career Center of Southern Illinois landed the #22 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best basic certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Located in the rural area of Red Bud, Beck School of Practical Nursing is a public school with a small student population.

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William Rainey Harper College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Basic Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Harper College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Palatine.

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#24

College of Lake County

Grayslake, IL

College of Lake County did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Grayslake, College of Lake County is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#25

Merced College

Merced, CA

Merced College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the small city of Merced, Merced Community College District is a public school with a large student population.

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Rest of the Top Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Basic Certificate Trade Schools

#26

Texas Health School

Houston, TX
#31

New Age Training

New York, NY
#32

Century College

White Bear Lake, MN
#34

Hutchinson Community College

Hutchinson, KS
#37

Oakton Community College

Des Plaines, IL
#39

Madison Adult Career Center

Mansfield, OH
#40

Butte College

Oroville, CA
#44

Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI
#45

Illinois Central College

East Peoria, IL
#48

Emerald Coast Technical College

DeFuniak Springs, FL
#50

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Basic Certificate Trade Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 418 different United States practical nursing and nursing assistants schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Brecksville, OH
52 Wayne County Schools Career Center Smithville, OH
53 Modesto Junior College Modesto, CA
54 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
55 Alvin Community College Alvin, TX
56 Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, MN
57 Anoka Technical College Anoka, MN
58 North Iowa Area Community College Mason City, IA
59 Orange Technical College - Orlando Campus Orlando, FL
60 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL
61 City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College Chicago, IL
62 Autry Technology Center Enid, OK

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Nursing & Nursing Assistants students that almost earned our Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Basic Certificate Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
63 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA
64 Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Shell Lake, WI
65 Technical College of the Rockies Delta, CO
66 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
67 Colby Community College Colby, KS
68 Bridgerland Technical College Logan, UT
69 Marion Technical College Ocala, FL
70 EHOVE Career Center Milan, OH
71 East Valley Institute of Technology Mesa, AZ
72 Tri-Rivers Career Center Marion, OH
73 Great Oaks Career Campuses Cincinnati, OH
74 Eastern Arizona College Thatcher, AZ
75 Flint Hills Technical College Emporia, KS
76 South Texas College McAllen, TX
77 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
78 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
79 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
80 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
81 Erie 1 BOCES West Seneca, NY
82 Ross Medical Education Center - Kalamazoo Kalamazoo, MI
83 Lincoln Technical Institute - Shelton Shelton, CT

Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants is one of 11 different types of trade school programs to choose from.

Practical Nursing Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 45,594
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 36,349
Other Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants 4,969

Related Major Annual Graduates
Health & Medical Administrative Services 81,317
Allied Health Professions 81,167
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 77,593
Health Sciences & Services 31,648
Mental & Social Health Services 27,516

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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