Chesapeake, VA (population: 223,315) has sixteen licensed practical nurse schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. East Carolina University, the highest ranked school in this group with a licensed practical nurse program, has a total student population of 27,654. It is the 214th highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Licensed Practical Nurse students from Chesapeake 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 6,610 employed nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants earning an average salary of $22,180. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in this area earn $35,900/yr and there are 4,280 employed.
Chesapeake lies in Chesapeake county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 5.824 out of every 1000 jobs in Chesapeake are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, and 8.995/1000 are held by nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants.
Of the 16 licensed practical nurse schools with a 100-mile radius of Chesapeake, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia Career Institute comes out as the most expensive ($36,075/yr) for licensed practical nurse students, with Halifax Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,190/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Chesapeake|
|Virginia Beach||VA||439,564||9||17.32||116||15.5 miles|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||29.8 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||82.1 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||97.3 miles|