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2021 Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

661 Colleges
$4,621 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$33,389 Avg Salary

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

Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 3rd of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 93,189 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

It's not easy to decide which trade school program to enroll in when you have so many options available. 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 Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 661 schools in the United States to see which undergraduate certificate programs offered the best value experiences for practical nursing students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. 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.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the United States

Check out the practical nursing undergraduate certificate programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

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

Our analysis found Southeast Community College Area to be the best value school for practical nursing and nursing assistants students who want to pursue a undergraduate certificate in the United States. Located in the city of Lincoln, Southeast Community College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Southeast Community College are $3,096 per year. The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at Southeast Community College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $14,702. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $126, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Lake Area Technical Institute is a great value for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the remote town of Watertown, LATI is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at LATI are $5,514 a year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at LATI accumulate an average of around $13,006 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $114, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, LATI also did well on our Best Practical 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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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Clovis Community College is a great value for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Clovis Community College is a small public school located in the remote town of Clovis.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Clovis Community College are $2,984 a year.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Neosho County Community College is a great value 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 $3,904 per year. On average, practical nursing graduates from Neosho County Community College take out $10,724 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $104.

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#5

College of the Mainland

Texas City, TX

The excellent undergraduate certificate programs at College of the Mainland helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value practical nursing and nursing assistants schools in the United States. COM is a small public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Texas City.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at COM are $3,873 per year.

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Alvin 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. Located in the large suburb of Alvin, Alvin is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Alvin are $3,938 a year. On average, practical nursing graduates from Alvin take out $6,104 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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With a ranking of #7, San Jacinto 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 suburb of Pasadena, San Jacinto College is a public college 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 $11,622 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $108, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Western Iowa Tech Community College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Western Iowa Tech Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Sioux City.

Western Iowa Tech Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,392 in tuition and fees each year. Practical Nursing majors at Western Iowa Tech Community College take out an average of $12,161 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $110.

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Victoria College

Victoria, TX

Victoria College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. 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 $4,392 per year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Victoria College accumulate an average of around $11,718 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 $99.

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Arkansas State University - Newport 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 #10 on the list. Located in the rural area of Newport, ASUN is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at ASUN are $4,394 per year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at ASUN accumulate an average of around $6,041 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $57.

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Chippewa Valley Technical 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. Located in the small city of Eau Claire, CVTC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

CVTC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,481 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at CVTC accumulate an average of around $15,708 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $133, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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

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Minnesota State Community and Technical College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. M State is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Fergus Falls.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at M State are $5,560 a year. The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at M State take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $14,030. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $125, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, M State also is in the top 15% of our Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking.

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#13

Hutchinson Community College

Hutchinson, KS

Hutchinson Community College landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Hutchinson Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Hutchinson.

Hutchinson Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,350 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from Hutchinson Community College carry an average student debtload of $15,261. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $135, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Tyler Junior College

Tyler, TX

With a ranking of #13, Tyler 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 medium-sized city of Tyler, Tyler Junior College is a public college with a large student population.

Tyler Junior College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,392 in tuition and fees each year. Practical Nursing majors at Tyler Junior College take out an average of $13,752 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $109.

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#15

Central Community College

Grand Island, NE

Central Community College ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. 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 $4,500 per year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Central Community College accumulate an average of around $7,956 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $70, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Lake Region State College

Devils Lake, ND

Lake Region State College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the town of Devils Lake, Lake Region State College is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Lake Region State College are $4,655 per year. Practical Nursing majors at Lake Region State College take out an average of $14,940 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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#17

Clarendon College

Clarendon, TX

Clarendon College landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Clarendon College is a small public school located in the remote area of Clarendon.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Clarendon College are $4,008 a year.

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#18

Galveston College

Galveston, TX

With a ranking of #18, Galveston College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. Galveston College is a small public school located in the fringe town of Galveston.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Galveston College are $4,600 per year. Practical Nursing majors at Galveston College take out an average of $9,806 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate.

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Alexandria Technical & Community College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. ATCC is a small public school located in the town of Alexandria.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at ATCC are $5,565 a year. The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at ATCC take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $9,118. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $88.

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#20

Camden County College

Blackwood, NJ

Camden County College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Blackwood, Camden County College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Camden County College are $4,440 per year. The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at Camden County College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $14,455.

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#21

Garden City Community College

Garden City, KS

Garden City Community College landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Garden City Community College is a small public school located in the town of Garden City.

Garden City Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $3,874 in tuition and fees each year. Practical Nursing majors at Garden City Community College take out an average of $12,276 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $132, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Highland Community College

Highland, KS

Highland Community College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Highland Community College is a small public school located in the rural area of Highland.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Highland Community College are $3,711 a year. Practical Nursing majors at Highland Community College take out an average of $12,462 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $105.

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With a ranking of #23, Northland Community and Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for practical nursing and nursing assistants students working on their undergraduate certificate. 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 $5,716 a year. The average amount in student loans that practical nursing majors at Northland Community and Technical College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $19,448. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $170.

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Wharton County Junior College landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate practical nursing and nursing assistants programs. Located in the distant town of Wharton, Wharton County Junior College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Wharton County Junior College are $4,824 per year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing majors at Wharton County Junior College accumulate an average of around $6,764 in student debt.

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North Central Kansas Technical 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 #25 on the list. North Central Kansas Technical College is a fairly small public school located in the rural area of Beloit.

North Central Kansas Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,398 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, practical nursing graduates from North Central Kansas Technical College carry an average student debtload of $9,403. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $99.

In addition to its great value ranking, North Central Kansas Technical College is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list.

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

#29

South Plains College

Levelland, TX
#30

Odessa College

Odessa, TX
#33

Amarillo College

Amarillo, TX
#35

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD
#37

Mid-Plains Community College

North Platte, NE
#38

Southeastern Community College

West Burlington, IA
#40

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN
#41

John D Rockefeller IV Career Center

New Cumberland, WV
#42

Bismarck State College

Bismarck, ND
#47

Brazosport College

Lake Jackson, TX
#48

Weatherford College

Weatherford, TX
#50

Vernon College

Vernon, TX

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Value Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 661 different United States practical nursing and nursing assistants schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
52 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
53 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
54 New Mexico State University - Carlsbad Carlsbad, NM
55 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
56 Houston Community College Houston, TX
57 Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon, IA
58 Savannah Technical College Savannah, GA
59 Flint Hills Technical College Emporia, KS
60 Washburn Institute of Technology Topeka, KS
61 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
62 The University of Texas at Brownsville Brownsville, TX
63 El Paso Community College El Paso, TX
63 Seward County Community College Liberal, KS
65 Pratt Community College Pratt, KS
66 Central Lakes College - Brainerd Brainerd, MN
66 Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City, KS
68 Northwest Technical College Bemidji, MN
69 Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN
70 Grayson College Denison, TX
71 Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston, GA
72 Washington State Community College Marietta, OH
73 Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI
74 University of New Mexico - Gallup Campus Gallup, NM
75 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
76 Meridian Community College Meridian, MS
76 Temple College Temple, TX
78 Olympic College Bremerton, WA
79 Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, WA
80 Rogue Community College Grants Pass, OR
81 Ridgewater College Willmar, MN
82 South Central College North Mankato, MN
83 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
84 Napa Valley College Napa, CA
85 Choffin Career and Technical Center Youngstown, OH
86 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
87 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS
88 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX
89 Howard College Big Spring, TX
90 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
91 El Centro College Dallas, TX
92 Oconee Fall Line Technical College Sandersville, GA
93 Northshore Technical Community College Bogalusa, LA
94 Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, SD
94 Jefferson College Hillsboro, MO
96 Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC
97 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
98 Texarkana College Texarkana, TX
98 Central Louisiana Technical Community College Alexandria, LA

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 Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Undergraduate Certificate Schools award.

Rank College Location
100 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS
101 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome, GA
101 Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin, GA
103 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
104 Williston State College Williston, ND
104 West Georgia Technical College Waco, GA
106 Rasmussen College - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
107 North Georgia Technical College Clarkesville, GA
108 College of the Ouachitas Malvern, AR
109 Lake Superior College Duluth, MN
109 Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, MA
109 Kilgore College Kilgore, TX
112 College of Eastern Idaho Idaho Falls, ID
112 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
114 Rasmussen College - Florida Ocala, FL
115 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
116 Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa, IA
117 Midland College Midland, TX
118 Southwest Texas Junior College Uvalde, TX
118 Itasca Community College Grand Rapids, MN
120 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
121 North Arkansas College Harrison, AR
122 Baptist Health College - Little Rock Little Rock, AR
123 Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
124 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
125 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
126 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL
127 Manhattan Area Technical College Manhattan, KS
128 Ogeechee Technical College Statesboro, GA
129 Black River Technical College Pocahontas, AR
129 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA
131 Rasmussen College - North Dakota Fargo, ND
132 Quincy College Quincy, MA

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 45,606
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 43,162
Other Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants 4,421

Related Major Annual Graduates
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,166
Allied Health Professions 75,437
Health & Medical Administrative Services 68,235
Dental Support Services 26,100
Health Sciences & Services 24,422

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 26 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).

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