Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Schools & Job Training  > Nursing School

Nursing School Cost


How Much Does Nursing School Cost?

 
low costLow: The National Council of State Boards of Nursing administers the National Councilaverage costAssociate Degree in Nursing: $6,000-$100,000+high costBachelor of Science in Nursing: $40,000-$200,000+
post Post   Comments (6)  

Nursing duties depend on the individual's level of education and licensing. Licensed Practical Nurses (called Licensed Vocational Nurses in some states) provide basic, entry-level nursing care; LPN/LVN programs offer the shortest and least expensive nursing training. Registered Nurses provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public on health issues, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their families. To work, LPNs/LVNs must past the national NCLEX-PN exam and satisfy state license requirements; Registered nurses must: earn an associate or bachelor of science degree or a nursing diploma, then pass the NCLEX-RN exam and satisfy state license requirements.

Typical costs:

  • Tuition, fees, books and supplies for LPN/LVN training in a state-approved program typically costs $5,000-$25,000 at a public college and $20,000-$40,000 or more at a private school, depending on location, length of program (typically 12-18 months) and state residency status (for public schools).
  • Tuition, fees, books and supplies for an associate degree in nursing (ADN) can cost $6,000-$40,000 or more at a public college and $30,000-$100,000 or more at a private school, depending on location, length, school status, and the student's state of residency (for public schools). Living, transportation and personal expenses will vary.
  • Tuition, fees, books and supplies for a traditional four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) typically cost $40,000-$200,000 or more, depending on whether it is a public or private school and its reputation. Tuition, fees, books and supplies for an accelerated BSN program -- for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing subject -- can cost $17,000-$90,000 or more.
  • Diploma programs are the oldest and most traditional nursing education in the United States, and are still offered by a few hospitals. Tuition, fees, books and supplies can cost $18,000-$40,000 or more, depending on the hospital, length and location.
Related articles: Nursing Assistant School, Physician Assistant Program, Medical Assistant School

Additional costs:
  • Taking the NCLEXlicense exam (either -PN or -RN) typically costs about $200, and state license fees can add another $75-$200 or more, depending on the state. However, many schools include these costs in their estimated fees for completing their program.
Discounts:
  • There are a variety of nursing scholarship, grant and loan programs available. Filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid[1] is required before receiving most scholarships or financial aid.
  • Information is also available online for federal student aid grants[2] (which do not need to be repaid) and federal work-study programs[3] , which are designed for students with financial need.
  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing lists potential financial aid resources[4] .
  • The Department of Health Resources and Human Services Administration's Nurse Corps scholarship program[5] 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 nursing school:
  • Search for nursing schools at DiscoverNursing.com[6] , or contact the state board of nursing[7] for a list of schools in that state.
  • Ask about the school's accreditation, sites where clinical practice is offered, total number of clinical hours students attend (compared to other programs), the NCLEX-RN pass rate and percentage of students placed in jobs or continuing their nursing education. The Kansas Association of Nurse Leaders lists questions to ask a potential nursing program[8] .
  • Scrubs magazine lists questions to consider before entering nursing school[9] .
post Post   Comments (6)  
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
CMA with limited x-ray
Amount: $15,000.00
Posted by: Carlygirl in portland, OR.Posted: January 26th, 2017 07:01PM
School: Concorde career collegeType of Program: CMA with limited xray
Not worth it.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
DA dental assistant
Amount: $14,000.00
Posted by: Kathrine in New York, NY.Posted: January 17th, 2017 04:01PM
School: MandlType of Program: Dental assistant 12 months program , cer
Don't get into the dental field specially dental assistant total waste of time and money
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Nursing
Amount: $33,100.00
Posted by: Gagan in North Hollywood, CA.Posted: July 11th, 2016 08:07AM
School: Westcoast UniversityType of Program: BSN 2 1/2 years
Super expensive, but if I continue straight after graduation to do my masters can I still get loans??
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
cost for MA program
Amount: $18,000.00
Posted by: advice plz in Atlanta, GA.Posted: August 12th, 2014 07:08AM
School: everest collegeType of Program: Medical assistant
This is a diploma program for 10 months. Should it be this expensive?
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
I hve home based care
Amount: $11,000.00
Posted by: Dimakatso in Pretoria, Other.Posted: May 16th, 2013 08:05AM
School: Thuto bopheloType of Program:
They didnt give us a full uniform nd they want more money
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
I need advice
Amount: $20,000.00
Posted by: jazzybaby in Huntington, NY.Posted: April 7th, 2012 07:04PM
School: Sanford brownType of Program: medical assistant assoicates degree
Hi for 18 month program in medical assistant to get in associates degree is close to 20,000, is that exp?
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With Nursing School
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
School: Type of Program: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.fafsa.ed.gov/
  2.  www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov/clcf/grants.html
  3.  www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov/clcf/workstudy.html
  4.  www.aacn.nche.edu/students/financial-aid#undergraduate
  5.  www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/nursing/
  6.   www.discovernursing.com/schools#no-filters
  7.  www.ncsbn.org/contactbon.htm
  8.  www.konl.org/knepcommission/higherdegreesinnursing/questionspotentialstudentsshouldasko...
  9.  scrubsmag.com/four-questions-you-must-ask-yourself-before-entering-nursing-school/
More Schools & Job Training Topics
Check Out All Costs for Schools & Job Training How Much Does Veterinary School Cost? How Much Does Kindergarten Cost? How Much Does Medical Assistant School Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Hot Water Heater
Paid: 1805.00
Notified the company Saturday and they were onsite Monday morning with and evaluation. Within 2 hours they had the new water heater onsite and installing... [more]
-Robert Flowers
Replacing a Water Heater Cost
Nitrous oxide
Paid: 727.00
My oral surgeon wanted to charge me $727 for nitrous oxide I opted for the needle and he was extra rough on me I think he was mad because I wouldn't spend the money... [more]
-Nathan e dodge
Sedation Dentistry Cost
Clearing Forest of lightly wooded brushy area. no tree cutting
Paid: 1100.00
Hired to clear 2-lots 98.24 length by 62.5 width and 3rd lot 56.5 width by 110.99 length. He started clearing borderline path all around property to work his way to center of property. Debris was burned (none was hauled away)... [more]
-Margie brown
Land Clearing Cost
Cost
Paid: 300.00
WHY is it so expensive---my sibling is on Social Security... [more]
-
Medical Marijuana Cost
Sunroom Patio Enclosures
Paid: 56000.00
14x16 gable roof 3 season room 4 season was $75,000 includes new deck gable roof shingled with skylights... [more]
-ROBERT PETERS
Sunroom Cost
20% Rear, 35% Front, 70% Windshield + "Free" Sunroof
Paid: 500.00
Got a few quotes around town. This place low balled me to get me in the door, but I already knew I'd want more premium grade tint. Office was friendly and explained my options well... [more]
-Butchy45
Window Tinting Cost