Des Moines, IA (population: 200,202) has ten licensed practical nurse schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Graceland University-Lamoni, the highest ranked school in this group with a licensed practical nurse program, has a total student population of 2,357. It is the 3048th highest ranked school in the USA and the 53rd highest in the state of Iowa (#1 is Luther College).
Licensed Practical Nurse students from Des Moines schools who go on to become licensed practical nurses, nurses, practical nurses, pediatric nurses, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 728,670 people working as licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $40,900. Also, Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants make on average $24,980 per year and there are about 1,438,010 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Des Moines-West Des Moines area alone, there are 3,710 employed nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants earning an average salary of $25,220. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in this area earn $38,190/yr and there are 960 employed.
Des Moines lies in Polk county, which is one of the 52 counties in Iowa. Overall, the Des Moines-West Des Moines area has 322,000 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $42,120 average annual salary. Thus, about 3 out of every 1000 jobs in Des Moines are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, and 12/1000 are held by nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants.
Of the 10 licensed practical nurse schools with a 100-mile radius of Des Moines, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus comes out as the most expensive ($25,020/yr) for licensed practical nurse students, with Southwestern Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,608/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Des Moines|
|West Des Moines||IA||57,065||1||4.37611||3||6.8 miles|
|Fort Dodge||IA||-||2||25.3587||65||69.4 miles|
|Cedar Falls||IA||-||3||27.7287||174||88.8 miles|