Tacoma, WA (population: 200,855) has four nursing schools within its city limits. Pacific Lutheran University, the highest ranked school in the city with a nursing program, has a total student population of 3,581. It is the 258th highest ranked school in the USA and the 10th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus). To learn more about nursing programs in Tacoma, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of nursing professors at Pacific Lutheran University such as Mary Ann Carr, Patricia Dolan, Janet Dubois, Brenda Frank, Bell Joanne, and Rhonda Lizzi.
Nursing students from Tacoma schools who go on to become nurses, registered nurses, practical nurses, pediatric nurses, 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 Tacoma Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,800 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $44,580. Registered nurses in this area earn $75,090/yr and there are 6,540 employed.
Tacoma lies in Pierce county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Tacoma Metropolitan area has 265,490 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.3% unemployment rate, $21.39/hr average worker wage, and a $44,480 average annual salary. Thus, about 24.619 out of every 1000 jobs in Tacoma are held by registered nurses, and 6.763/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 4 nursing schools in Tacoma, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Pacific Lutheran University comes out as the most expensive ($22,692/yr) for nursing students, with Tacoma Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,210/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Tacoma|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||7.0 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||11.7 miles|