With an overall population of 21,039 and a student population of 11,966, approximately 11,966 of Charleston students attend one of Charleston's schools that offer nursing programs.
Charleston's largest nursing school is Eastern Illinois University. In 2010, Eastern Illinois University graduated approximately 3 students from its nursing program.
In 2010, 3 students graduated with a nursing degree from one of Charleston's nursing schools. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $19,877 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Charleston nursing schools was an average of $34,217 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $120 for nursing related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Charleston-based nursing schools, you will have an added expense of $8,078 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
If you decide to work as a nurse in Charleston, your job prospects are good. In 2010, of the 60,490 nurses in Illinois, 2,400 were working in the greater Charleston area. The number of nurses in Charleston is expected to increase by 21% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for nurses.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a nurse in Charleston is $20,950 per year. This is lower than the state-wide average salary for nurses.