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Associate Degree in Nursing Cost


How Much Does an Associate Degree in Nursing Cost?

 
average costPublic College: $6,000-$40,000+ Tuition, Fees, Books & Supplieshigh costPrivate College: $30,000-$100,000+ Tuition, Fees, Books & Supplies

Programs for an associate degree in nursing typically take two to three years to complete, and are offered by both public and private colleges. Graduates with an ADN are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam, a typical requirement to get a state license to work as a registered nurse.

Typical costs:

  • Tuition, fees, books and supplies for an ADN program at a public college can cost $6,000-$40,000 or more, depending on the length of the program and whether the student is a state resident. Room and board, transportation costs and other living expenses vary depending on location and the individual student's circumstances, bringing total costs to $10,000-$60,000 or more.
  • For example, State College of Florida[1] estimates tuition, fees, books and supplies for one year of prerequisite classes and its two-year nursing program at $12,625 for Florida residents and $33,072 for out-of-state students; estimated living and personal expenses bring the total costs to $29,625 for residents and $50,072 for out-of-state students.
  • At Everett Community College[2] in Washington, for one year of prerequisites and a two-year nursing program, tuition, fees, books and supplies typically cost $18,680 for Washington residents, $24,040 for out-of-state students and $36,130 for international students (not citizens or legal residents of the United States); typical living and personal expenses can make total costs $38,543 for state residents, $48,438 for out-of-state and $53,837 for international students.
  • Tuition, fees, books and supplies for an ADN program at a private college can cost $30,000-$100,000 or more, depending on the length of the program, the status of the school, and whether it is not-for-profit or for-profit. Living expenses (and therefore total costs) will vary significantly depending on location and the individual student's circumstances.
  • For example, at Hesston College[3] (affiliated with Mennonite USA) in Kansas, tuition, fees, books and supplies for a two-year ADN program cost roughly $47,000, and estimated room-and-board charges of $7,676 per year bring total costs to about $62,500; for Hesston's three-year nursing program, it's $70,572; three years of room and board brings the total to $93,600.
What should be included:
  • ADN programs should include both classroom lecture time and clinical practice hours. For example, Northwestern Michigan College lists its nursing associate degree program map[4] showing a semester-by-semester class schedule for a typical student.
Additional costs:
  • Taking the NCLEX-RN license exam typically costs about $200, and state license fees to become a registered nurse can add another $100-$200 or more. However, many schools include these costs in their estimated fees.
Discounts:
  • There are a variety of nursing scholarship, grant and loan programs available. Filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid[5] is required before receiving most scholarships or financial aid.
  • Information is also available online for federal student aid grants[6] (which do not need to be repaid) and federal work-study programs[7] , which are designed for students with financial need.
  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing lists potential financial aid resources[8] .
  • The National Student Nurses Association offers scholarships[9] and grants[10] .
  • The Department of Health Resources and Human Services Administration's Nurse Corps scholarship program[11] pays tuition, fees, related costs and a monthly stipend, in exchange for a commitment to work two years at an eligible Critical Shortage Facility after graduation.
Shopping for an associate degree in nursing:
  • Search for associate programs at DiscoverNursing.com[12] , or contact the state board of nursing[13] for a list of schools in that state. ADN programs at public colleges are typically less expensive, but admission can be quite competitive, many have waiting lists and there is often only one start date each year; private colleges typically cost more, but may have more frequent start dates and no waiting list for qualified students.
  • Ask about the school's accreditation, the sites where clinical practice is offered, the total number of clinical hours that students attend (and how that compares to other programs), the NCLEX-RN pass rate and percentage of students either placed in jobs or transferring to a BSN program. The Kansas Association of Nurse Leaders lists questions to ask a potential nursing program[14] .
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School: ITT TechType of Program: Associate degree nursing
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External Resources:
  1.  www.scf.edu/Academics/Nursing/NursingA_S_/BasicNursingProgram-estimatedcost.asp
  2.  www.everettcc.edu/programs/health-safety/nursing/
  3.  www.hesston.edu/admissions/financial-aid/
  4.  www.nmc.edu/programs/academic-programs/nursing-associate-degree/program-map.html
  5.  www.fafsa.ed.gov/
  6.  www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov/clcf/grants.html
  7.  www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov/clcf/workstudy.html
  8.  www.aacn.nche.edu/students/financial-aid#undergraduate
  9.  www.nsna.org/FoundationScholarships/FNSNAScholarships.aspx
  10.  www.nsna.org/FoundationScholarships/FNSNAGrants.aspx
  11.  www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/nursing/
  12.   www.discovernursing.com/schools#no-filters
  13.  www.ncsbn.org/contactbon.htm
  14.  www.konl.org/knepcommission/higherdegreesinnursing/questionspotentialstudentsshoul...
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