Raleigh, NC (population: 421,938) has five practical nursing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. East Carolina University, the highest ranked school in this group with a practical nursing 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). To learn more about practical nursing programs in Raleigh, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of practical nursing professors at East Carolina University such as Jeanette Avery, Lou Anne Baldree, Elizebeth Bryant, Sharon Cherry, Robin Corbett, and Beverly Davis.
Practical Nursing students from Raleigh 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 Raleigh-Cary area alone, there are 1,890 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $38,930. Registered nurses in this area earn $61,030/yr and there are 8,530 employed.
Raleigh lies in Wake county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Raleigh-Cary area has 499,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $20.85/hr average worker wage, and a $43,370 average annual salary. Thus, about 17.089 out of every 1000 jobs in Raleigh are held by registered nurses, and 3.775/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 5 practical nursing schools with a 100-mile radius of Raleigh, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Winston-Salem State University comes out as the most expensive ($7,759/yr) for practical nursing students, with Bladen Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,139/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Raleigh|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||22.6 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||48.6 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||75.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||90.8 miles|