Wichita, KS (population: 374,803) has three practical nursing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Bethel College, the highest ranked school in this group with a practical nursing program, has a total student population of 437. It is the 1898th highest ranked school in the USA and the 17th highest in the state of Kansas (#1 is Southwestern College).
Practical Nursing students from Wichita schools who go on to become practical nurses, nurses, nurse practitioners, natural health practitioners, 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 Wichita area alone, there are 1,430 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $37,370. Registered nurses in this area earn $53,080/yr and there are 6,090 employed.
Wichita lies in Sedgwick county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Wichita area has 295,670 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.81/hr average worker wage, and a $39,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 20.582 out of every 1000 jobs in Wichita are held by registered nurses, and 4.832/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 3 practical nursing schools with a 100-mile radius of Wichita, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Hesston College comes out as the most expensive ($18,077/yr) for practical nursing students, with Pratt Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,999/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Wichita|
|North Newton||KS||-||1||30.3056||44||26.4 miles|
|El Dorado||KS||-||2||14.14||133||27.6 miles|
|Arkansas City||KS||-||1||16.4747||36||46.5 miles|
|Ponca City||OK||-||2||30.535||26||69.4 miles|
|Great Bend||KS||-||1||20.0068||110||90.6 miles|