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2022 Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools

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Finding the Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate 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.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Trade College Search has developed this Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. This report analyzed 855 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value undergraduate certificate programs for practical nursing students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

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.

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

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for practical nursing majors pursuing a undergraduate certificate.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for an Award Taking 1 to 4 Years in Nursing & Nursing Assistants

Our 2022 rankings named Northwest Technical Institute the best value school in the United States for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. NTI is a fairly small public school located in the city of Springdale.

NTI undergraduate students pay an average of $2,195 in tuition and fees each year. On average, practical nursing graduates from NTI take out $10,922 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Southeast Community College Area. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the city of Lincoln, Southeast Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Southeast Community College are $3,168 per year. On average, practical nursing graduates from Southeast Community College take out $21,419 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Southeast Community College also did well on our Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Western Nebraska Community College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. WNCC is a small public school located in the remote town of Scottsbluff.

WNCC undergraduate students pay an average of $3,000 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at WNCC take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $11,830.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Alvin Community College. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the suburb of Alvin, Alvin is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Alvin are $4,010 per year. After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Alvin carry an average student debtload of $15,492.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend South Louisiana Community College. It ranked #5 on our 2022 Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Lafayette, South Louisiana Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at South Louisiana Community College are $4,205 a year. The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at South Louisiana Community College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $18,049.

South Louisiana Community College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list.

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Clovis Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #6 on the list. Clovis Community College is a small public school located in the remote town of Clovis.

Clovis Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $2,984 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Clovis Community College accumulate an average of around $12,074 in student debt.

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Hill College

Hillsboro, TX

Hill College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #7 on the list. Hill College is a small public school located in the distant town of Hillsboro.

Hill College undergraduate students pay an average of $3,382 in tuition and fees each year.

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#8

Joliet Junior College

Joliet, IL

Joliet Junior College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Joliet Junior College is a large public school located in the suburb of Joliet.

Joliet Junior College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,440 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at Joliet Junior College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $14,999.

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Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of Minden, NLTCC is a public college with a fairly small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at NLTCC are $4,109 per year. The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at NLTCC take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $17,059.

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With a ranking of #10, Western Iowa Tech Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Western Iowa Tech Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Sioux City.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Western Iowa Tech Community College are $4,512 a year. Practical Nursing majors at Western Iowa Tech Community College take out an average of $17,429 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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Highland Community College

Highland, KS

Highland Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #11 on the list. Highland Community College is a small public school located in the rural area of Highland.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Highland Community College are $3,600 per year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Highland Community College accumulate an average of around $16,882 in student debt.

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Odessa College

Odessa, TX

Odessa College landed the #12 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Odessa College is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Odessa.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Odessa College are $4,398 a year. On average, practical nursing graduates from Odessa College take out $10,065 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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With a ranking of #13, Neosho County Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Neosho County Community College is a small public school located in the town of Chanute.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Neosho County Community College are $4,000 per year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Neosho County Community College accumulate an average of around $15,238 in student debt.

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Northland Community and Technical College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Northland Community and Technical College is a small public school located in the remote town of Thief River Falls.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Northland Community and Technical College are $5,793 a year. After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Northland Community and Technical College carry an average student debtload of $25,362.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Northland Community and Technical College also is in the top 10% of our Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking.

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With a ranking of #15, Wharton County Junior College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the distant town of Wharton, Wharton County Junior College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Wharton County Junior College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,872 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Wharton County Junior College accumulate an average of around $12,147 in student debt.

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South Plains College

Levelland, TX

South Plains College landed the #16 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Located in the town of Levelland, South Plains College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at South Plains College are $4,276 per year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at South Plains College accumulate an average of around $18,495 in student debt.

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College of the Mainland

Texas City, TX

College of the Mainland landed the #17 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. COM is a small public school located in the suburb of Texas City.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at COM are $3,873 a year. Practical Nursing majors at COM take out an average of $21,506 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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Central Community College

Grand Island, NE

With a ranking of #18, Central Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Central Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Grand Island.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Central Community College are $4,590 per year. On average, practical nursing graduates from Central Community College take out $10,737 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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Hutchinson Community College

Hutchinson, KS

Hutchinson Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for practical nursing and nursing assistants students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #19 on the list. Hutchinson Community College is a small public school located in the town of Hutchinson.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Hutchinson Community College are $4,410 a year. On average, practical nursing graduates from Hutchinson Community College take out $20,116 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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Coahoma Community College

Clarksdale, MS

With a ranking of #19, Coahoma Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the rural area of Clarksdale, Coahoma Community College is a public college with a small student population.

Coahoma Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $3,003 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Coahoma Community College carry an average student debtload of $14,885.

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Minnesota State Community and Technical College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. M State is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Fergus Falls.

M State undergraduate students pay an average of $5,560 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from M State carry an average student debtload of $17,282.

M State excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list.

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Alexandria Technical & Community College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. ATCC is a small public school located in the remote town of Alexandria.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at ATCC are $5,649 a year. The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at ATCC take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $12,830.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, ATCC also did well on our Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Tyler Junior College

Tyler, TX

Tyler Junior College ranked #23 on this year’s Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Tyler, Tyler Junior College is a public school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Tyler Junior College are $4,440 per year. Practical Nursing majors at Tyler Junior College take out an average of $16,609 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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San Jacinto Community College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. 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. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at San Jacinto College accumulate an average of around $17,235 in student debt.

In addition to its great value ranking, San Jacinto College is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list.

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Victoria College

Victoria, TX

Victoria College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools 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 $4,704 per year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Victoria College accumulate an average of around $16,918 in student debt.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools

#27

Merced College

Merced, CA
#28

Garden City Community College

Garden City, KS
#29

Lee College

Baytown, TX
#33

Panola College

Carthage, TX
#37

Clarendon College

Clarendon, TX
#38

Lake Region State College

Devils Lake, ND
#40

Lake Superior College

Duluth, MN
#45

South Central College

North Mankato, MN
#48

Amarillo College

Amarillo, TX

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Value Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 855 different United States practical nursing and nursing assistants schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 John D Rockefeller IV Career Center New Cumberland, WV
52 Marshalltown Community College Marshalltown, IA
53 Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park, MN
54 El Paso Community College El Paso, TX
55 Angelina College Lufkin, TX
56 Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, MN
57 Northwest Technical College Bemidji, MN
58 Metropolitan Community College Omaha, NE
59 Labette Community College Parsons, KS
60 Galveston College Galveston, TX
61 Anoka Technical College Anoka, MN
62 East Arkansas Community College Forrest City, AR
63 Camden County College Blackwood, NJ
64 Minnesota State College Southeast Winona, MN
65 Houston Community College Houston, TX
66 Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar, IA
67 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
68 Coastal Pines Technical College Waycross, GA
68 Marion S Whelan School of Nursing of Geneva General Hospital Geneva, NY
70 Chattahoochee Technical College Marietta, GA
71 Athens Technical College Athens, GA
72 Washburn Institute of Technology Topeka, KS
73 Seward County Community College Liberal, KS
74 University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville Batesville, AR
75 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
76 Bismarck State College Bismarck, ND
77 Brazosport College Lake Jackson, TX
78 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
79 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
80 Washington State Community College Marietta, OH
81 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
82 Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City, KS
82 Arkansas State University Three Rivers Malvern, AR
84 Southeast Technical College Sioux Falls, SD
85 Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon, IA
86 North Central Kansas Technical College Beloit, KS
87 Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX
88 Southern Regional Technical College Thomasville, GA
89 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS
90 Flint Hills Technical College Emporia, KS
91 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX
92 Barton County Community College Great Bend, KS
93 River Parishes Community College Gonzales, LA
94 Kilgore College Kilgore, TX
95 Mississippi Delta Community College Moorhead, MS
96 Vernon College Vernon, TX
97 Arkansas State University - Mountain Home Mountain Home, AR
97 Howard College Big Spring, TX
99 Midland College Midland, TX
100 Grayson College Denison, TX
100 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
102 Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara, CA
103 Southwest Texas Junior College Uvalde, TX
104 State Fair Community College Sedalia, MO
104 Texarkana College Texarkana, TX
104 McDowell Technical Community College Marion, NC
107 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
108 Temple College Temple, TX
109 Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston, GA
110 Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin, GA
111 Augusta Technical College Augusta, GA
112 Williston State College Williston, ND
112 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
112 McLennan Community College Waco, TX
115 Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, MO
116 South Texas College McAllen, TX
117 College of Eastern Idaho Idaho Falls, ID
118 John A Logan College Carterville, IL
119 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome, GA
120 Pickens Technical College Aurora, CO
121 Ridgewater College Willmar, MN
121 North Georgia Technical College Clarkesville, GA
123 Rogue Community College Grants Pass, OR
124 Lanier Technical College Oakwood, GA
125 Butte College Oroville, CA
126 Southeastern Community College West Burlington, IA
127 Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, WA
127 Vance-Granville Community College Henderson, NC
127 Nicolet Area Technical College Rhinelander, WI

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 & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools award.

Rank College Location
130 Ogeechee Technical College Statesboro, GA
131 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
132 Baltimore City Community College Baltimore, MD
133 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
134 Cayuga Onondaga BOCES - Practical Nursing Program Auburn, NY
135 Southwest Mississippi Community College Summit, MS
136 Oconee Fall Line Technical College Sandersville, GA
137 Choffin Career and Technical Center Youngstown, OH
138 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta, GA
138 Otero Junior College La Junta, CO
140 Shawnee Community College Ullin, IL
140 Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN
142 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
143 Western Dakota Technical Institute Rapid City, SD
144 Southwestern Community College Creston, IA
145 South Piedmont Community College Polkton, NC
146 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA
147 Ellsworth Community College Iowa Falls, IA
148 El Centro College Dallas, TX
149 Mitchell Technical College Mitchell, SD
150 Crowder College Neosho, MO
150 Savannah Technical College Savannah, GA
152 Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wesson, MS
153 Trident Technical College Charleston, SC
154 Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa, IA
154 Moberly Area Community College Moberly, MO
156 St Charles Community College Cottleville, MO
157 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
157 Glen Oaks Community College Centreville, MI
159 Arkansas Northeastern College Blytheville, AR
159 North Central Missouri College Trenton, MO
161 Citrus College Glendora, CA
162 Central Ohio Technical College Newark, OH
163 Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
163 Oregon Coast Community College Newport, OR
165 Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg, SC
166 Albany Technical College Albany, GA
167 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS
168 Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC
168 Arkansas State University - Beebe Beebe, AR
170 Meridian Community College Meridian, MS
171 Veeb Nassau County School of Practical Nursing Hicksville, NY

Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants by Region

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Region
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Southwest
Great Lakes

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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.

  • 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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