Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has one LPN to BSN school within a 500-mile radius of its city center. South University-Montgomery has a total student population of 661. It is the 4177th highest ranked school in the USA and the 36th highest in the state of Alabama (#1 is Auburn University Main Campus).
LPN to BSN students from Memphis schools who go on to become nurses, LPNs, RNs, nurse educators, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,583,770 people working as registered nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $66,530. Also, Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses make on average $40,900 per year and there are about 728,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 4,540 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $42,570. Registered nurses in this area earn $63,210/yr and there are 15,060 employed.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 24.861 out of every 1000 jobs in Memphis are held by registered nurses, and 7.503/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, South University-Montgomery ends up costing a student $20,186/yr.