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Salary & Tuition Information

During these tough economic times, it's important to be aware of the salary expectations that come with pursuing your passion in the healthcare field. nursingdegrees gives you access to the average nursing school costs and the average salaries earned for each position based on comprehensive research--check it out below!

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Average Nursing Assistant Salary: $35,000 or independent hourly rate

Degree Time: 75-hour training course

Degree Cost: $200 to $500, depending on the state

Job Growth: 21% or more by 2014

Potential Perks: Can work in a wide variety of settings, including group homes, assisted living facilities, & doctors’ offices. If you provide private, in-home care, you can choose your own hours and hourly rate.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) & Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

Note: LVNs and LPNs are the same occupations—they are simply called different names according to what state in which you live.

Texas & CA = LVN
All other states = LPN

Average LPN/LVN Salary: $39,030

Degree Time: 1 year

Degree Cost: $7,000 to $12,000

Job Growth: 21% between 2008 & 2018

Potential Perks: LPNs often have the chance to become charge nurses who oversee other LPNs and CNAs. Many choose to use this professional experience as a springboard to transition to an LPN-to-RN training program.


Registered Nurse (RN)

Average RN Salary: $62,450

Degree Time: 1 to 4 years, depending on pathway you choose:

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN): 2-3 years
Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN): 4 years
Accelerated BSN: 12 to 18 months (must hold a Bachelor Degree in another field to enroll)

Degree Cost:

  --Community College = $3,000
  --Private University = $20,000
  --Online = $7,900 to $14,000

  --Public University = $20,000 to $26,340
  --Private University = $28,000 to $150,000
  --Online = $100 to $150 per credit = $20,000

Job Growth: 22% from 2008 to 2018

Potential Perks: Salary wise, many hourly RN's, particularly in CA, end up making more per year than Advanced Practice Nurses (Nurse Practioners, Nurse Managers, Nurse Educators, Clinical Nurse Specialists) because of "call-backs" and overtime opportunities.

Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Average NP Salary: $83,293

Degree Time: 1 to 2 years, depending on the program

Degree Cost: Program-dependent

Job Growth: There are twice as many nurse practitioners today when compared to 10 years ago.

Potential Perks: If you’re an RN looking to return to school, this degree program can offer you a rewarding challenge in that you will be receiving advanced clinical training—all while keeping a sense of independence. Furthermore, Nurse Practitioners often take the place of physicians. Because healthcare costs are constantly rising, people are becoming more conscious of ways to reduce their healthcare bills. Knowing that an NP has advanced training—along with the ability to diagnose and prescribe with supervision by the physician—encourages many patients to specifically seek out NPs for treatment.

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