Columbia has a total population of 88,254 and a student population of 10,398. Of these students, 8,778 are enrolled in schools that offer nursing programs.
The largest nursing school in Columbia, by student population, is Howard Community College. Approximately 127 students graduated in 2010 from Howard Community College with credentials in nursing.
A total of 144 students graduated with credentials in nursing from nursing schools in Columbia in 2010. If you decide to attend a nursing school in Columbia, you can expect to pay an average yearly tuition of $3,993.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,600 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a nursing program in Columbia.
If you plan on staying in Columbia after graduating from nursing school, you should know that job prospects for nurses in Columbia, which is the most popular nursing profession, are good. In 2010, there were 51,290 nurses in Maryland. Of these nurses, 30,670 were working in the greater Columbia area. The number of nurses in Columbia is expected to increase by 22% 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 Columbia is $77,030 per year. This is higher than the state-wide average salary for nurses.