Centra College of Nursing
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Centra College of Nursing is in a small city with fewer than 100,000 residents. It is in the Lynchburg VA area.
Address
905 Lakeside Dr Suite A
Lynchburg, VA 24501
www.centrahealth.com/CCON
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Programs offered by this school
Size corresponds to the number of graduates and color indicates field of study
Registered NursingLicensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
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Programs
This chart shows the number of graduates at all levels in the years shown for each discipline group. Look for a school with steady enrollment and focus in the areas that interest you most.
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Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Registered Nursing
Award Levels
1-2 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Quick Facts
Institutional Control
Centra College of Nursing is a private not-for-profit organization.
Undergraduate Students
Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time first-time students
Part-time transfer students
Accreditation
good
Accreditation provides important oversight over a school's instructional practices and institutional stability.
Centra College of Nursing holds an accreditation from one of the national accreditors. Credits earned from the national accreditors are often not accepted by schools holding the more prestigious regional accreditation, and it's important to verify that your credits will transfer if you are considering an eventual switch to another school.
Accreditation History
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (Accredited June 1, 1981 - present)
  • The next accreditation review was scheduled for December 31, 2013.
Student Attention
Context: Students per full-time instructor
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs.
Context: Instructional expenditures per student
Although spending is not a guarantee of a good classroom experience, high spending can hint at a priority placed on quality in the classroom.
Students on campus
Study Types
About 16% of students are full-time. About 5% of students take all of their courses via distance education, while another 0% take some courses online.
Full-time
16%
Online classes
5%
Context: Student body size
Centra College of Nursing has 472 students.
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Graduation Rate
Approximately 16% of undergraduate students are full-time and about 7% of students are full-time first-time college students. In the last reporting year, 78% of students, inclusive of part-time and transfer students, received a degree within 8 years.
78%
Time to complete
4 years
6 years
8 years
Context: Graduation rate
These numbers reflect eight-year graduation rates for all degrees at the colleges and universities in your chosen context group. This reporting is for undergraduate students inclusive of transfer students and full/part-time students.
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Loan Status
This donut shows the percentage of students who are in good standing (green) in repaying any federal student loans five years after leaving Centra College of Nursing.
Status of loans
Currently paying
Not released due to privacy
Context: Loans with good standing
This is better performance than at least 66% of its context schools, and is evidence that alumni earnings-to-debt ratios are better than for most of the context schools' alumni.
student race/origin
Centra College of Nursing reports that 14% of students are minority, which is more than 99% of the context schools. This school's 0 of international students is near the middle proportion of international students within the context schools.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
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student gender
Is the gender balance of Centra College of Nursing students important to you? You can see the breakdown in this donut chart. For many context groups, the balance is not 50-50, so be sure to check out the context chart below.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage of women
With 93% women students, Centra College of Nursing has a higher percentage of women than 81% of context schools.
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Opportunities and Services
Does Centra College of Nursing offer good activities, services, and academic options for you? Here's what we found!
Undergraduate services offered

Academic/career counseling services

Special academic opportunities

Weekend college

Undergraduate Student Satisfaction and Success
Are students graduating on time?
Context: the impact of wealth and transfer status on degree completion

We took a close look lagging success for students with financial need in a case study. Here's a chance to compare schools based on student successes with a better appreciation of how circumstances may impact success. One word of caution: the statistics for some categories may consist of only a handful of students -- see the details by hovering or long-pressing on the bars.

Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time first-time students
Part-time transfer students
Choose a student group
Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time transfer students
Percentage with Pell Grants
33%
Full-time first-time students who received an award within 4 years after enrolling
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Full-time first-time students who received an award within 6 years after enrolling
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Full-time first-time students who received an award within 8 years after enrolling
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Do alumni earn enough to repay college loans?

Even if you don't need financial aid, the ability of past students to successfully repay loans speaks to the value of the education received.

Choose how to look at loan repayment
Five year overview
Loan defaults and burden
Success in loan repayment
Student groups and successful repayment
Where do alumni stand after five years?

This snapshot shows the status of students in their federal loan repayments in 2016, having departing from the school in 2012. The green wedges are the alumni in good standing, so look for a school with lots of green!

Student loan status
Currently paying
Not released due to privacy
Good standing in context

How does the percentage of students who fill those green wedges at Centra College of Nursing compare to other schools? The interactive bars below show you the distribution of how alumni at other schools are doing.

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Classroom Quality
Student attention at Centra College of Nursing

Schools are required to report the ratio of students per instructor, but look for a small number of students for every full-time instructor as your best indicator of personal attention and a modern well-integrated curriculum.

Context: Number of students per instructor
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Full-time and long-term instructors at Centra College of Nursing
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs. Centra College of Nursing has 48% full-time instructors, and this is near the middle of the context schools' percentages of full-time instructors. Faculty with multi-year contracts provide additional stability and commitment to the school and its students. Within the full-time instructors at Centra College of Nursing, none have multi-year employment contracts. Of the context schools, only 29% have instructors with multi-year contracts.
Full-time instructors
48%
Long-term instructors
0%
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Faculty Diversity

Here's an opportunity to explore the faculty's diversity. For many schools, attracting a diverse teaching faculty can be a challenge. It's important to judge their success with the reality check of what their peer schools have accomplished.

Choose how to see faculty gender and race/origin
Overview
Context
Number of full-time instructors
The chart shows male instructors to the left, and female to the right, with the races/origins included along the bars. Select the context graph to see how this diversity profile compares to the schools that interest you.
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Student Body
Which students comprise the campus?

Who might be attending school with you? We'll look at what degrees most students have received, whether they are on campus or online, a little about their path, and the overall student body size. Our aim is to give some idea of what the campus culture might be.

See what degrees have been awarded

This donut chart shows you what degrees were awarded by Centra College of Nursing last year, and gives you a good idea of this school's focus. Make sure this school's focus matches your goals.

1-2 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
What percentage of students are online and not on campus?

There are performance problems with many online-focused schools -- you can read about this in an Ididio case study, but you may want some online options to give you greater flexibility.

Fall enrollment
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No online courses
Some courses online
All courses online
Where are the other undergraduate students in their studies?

You will be most happy at a school with a large number of students who are like you, whether that's someone who enters right out of high school, or someone who is transferring, or someone who isn't ready to work towards a degree.

Degree-seeking: first-time
Degree-seeking: continuing
Degree-seeking: transfer-in
Non-degree-seeking
Student body size

Another breakdown that can help is a view of the student body size. Here we show student counts, including part-time versus full-time students. If the proportion of students that best describes you is relatively small, then is it possible that another school might be better-prepared to meet your needs?

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Part-time
Full-time
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Student race/origin

The NPR article A Campus More Colorful Than Reality: Beware That College Brochure emphasizes the importance of judging a school's diversity based on solid data as promotional materials are eager to suggest a multicultural student body.

Student race is only categorized for non-international students, and international students are listed separately.

Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
Choose a second viewpoint for student race and origin
Race/Origin in context
Race/origin over time
Context: Student race/origin
Here we offer some context as we compare diversity at Centra College of Nursing with that of the current context group.
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Student age distribution

The age distribution at a school can tell you a lot about its mission. If you're looking for a traditional undergraduate experience, you may prefer to see students who are mostly younger than 25 (lighter shades), but if you want support as a returning student, a large number of students 25 and older (darker shades) may better suit your needs.

Age range
18-19
20-21
22-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
40-49
50-64
Unknown
Choose another way to view age at Centra College of Nursing
Age in context
Age over time
Context: Age distribution
Seeing the age distribution in context lets us evaluate the focus at Centra College of Nursing compared to the focus for the context schools.
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Student gender distribution
The donut shows the gender breakdown for students at Centra College of Nursing.
Why are genders so rarely 50-50?

There are multiple outside factors that can affect the gender balance of students recruited by schools. As an example, within less-affluent families higher education is more frequently attained by women than by men, a phenomenon explored in the Atlantic. Therefore, schools serving lower-income populations may be more likely to see a gender imbalance. On the other hand, some colleges may offer predominantly degrees that are stereotypically associated with a single gender, affecting the ratio of men to women accordingly.

Gender
Men
Women
Choose how to look at gender
Gender in context
Gender over time
Context: Gender Balance
It is very difficult for many types of schools to achieve a gender balance, and this context is valuable in evaluating the balance at Centra College of Nursing.
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Programs Offered
Finding a program

In the folders below, you can explore your options for study. The folders are grouped and colored by broad field, and you can see the number of students who have completed degrees in each field by following the colors in our chart showing graduations. You can...

  • Filter the programs by the award level that interests you.
  • Use the search key to limit the listings to all relevant progrmas.
  • Select a specific program from this menu to see some great details!
All current offerings
Award Level
All levels
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeNursing
  • chevron-rightfolder-closeNursing Aids
Admissions
Open Admissions
Centra College of Nursing is an open admissions school and accepts any student who applies.
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Costs and Financial Aid
Net price: the best estimate for the cost to attend

Most schools publish tuition rates that give them room to offer both scholarships and financial aid where applicable. Your best guess at what you might pay is to see what others with similar family incomes have paid. A more tailored and accurate estimate is available at this school's net price calculator.

Understanding net price

With their net price calculators, many colleges and universities give an idea of what merit-based aid might accompany need-based aid. For schools that share such data, we also provide financial aid data in the Finanical Aid sections.

There are some caveats to consider when using the net price estimates:

  • The net price calculation is weighted by this school's proportion of students living on- and off-campus and this school's estimate of off-campus costs, which may cause the net price methodology be a bit inconsistent from school to school.
  • Parental income and student financial aid eligibility is sometimes more complicated than the simple family income number reported here.
  • The net price calculation for all students is inclusive of students who received any institutional or government aid, but at the family income levels the net price only considers the tuition paid by those who qualified for federal aid.

You can get a little better guess at what you would pay by using this school's net price calculator.

Percentage of students receiving any aid

The donut, based on 15 full-time first-time degree seeking students at Centra College of Nursing, shows the percentage of those who received any financial aid (including merit-based scholarships), subdivided by family income.

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Aid type and family income
Federal: $0-30K
Federal: $30K-48K
Federal: $48K-75K
Federal: $75K-110K
Federal: Above $110K
Only institutional
Net price by family income
All Incomes

Let's look over the past few years at what freshmen who received any financial aid actually paid for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses on average, and how that compares to the tuition usually paid for other private universities in your context group. Public universities only report net price for in-state students.

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Chart explanation
Centra College of Nursing
On the blue curve, we see how the net annual cost to attend Centra College of Nursing has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the net price for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Find your net price estimate: centracon.edu...
Historic Annual Costs

See how this school's published costs have changed over the year, and how their cost trends compare with other private schools.

Published costs may have little to do with what you actually pay

It's important to remember that a school's published costs may not be indicative of what it will actually cost to attend. Time magazine wrote about this in their article Yes, you can get a college to cut its tuition price. Nonetheless, this inflation-adjusted look at the historic annual costs for tuition, fees, books, and supplies can give you an idea of the costs you might expect in the coming years. Comparing the total costs inclusive of room and board (if applicable) with the annual net price estimates in the previous tab will help you determine the financial aid package to expect.

Private and public universities' charges are difficult to compare due to the in-state and out-of-state price differences of public universities, and therefore we only compare Centra College of Nursing to other private schools within your chosen context group.

Undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and supplies over time
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Chart explanation
Centra College of Nursing
On the blue curve, we see how the published annual cost to attend Centra College of Nursing has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the annual cost for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Current published costs

Here's a quick summary of costs to attend Centra College of Nursing. You will find the most up-to-date information at their website for admissions.

Undergraduate costs
Charge
Annual fees
Annual tuition
Estimated books and supplies
Miscellaneous (living off campus)
Miscellaneous (living with family)
Off-campus room and board
Per-credit charges
Cost
$1,500
$11,002
$1,884
$8,400
$8,400
$12,600
$495
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Financial aid overview

Understanding the rules and process that determine who gets financial aid can be intimidating. Here are some quick links to help:

  • Visit Centra College of Nursing's Net Price Calculator for the most accurate estimate of your anticipated costs. Every school publishes a Net Price Calculator that does its best to give you a fair estimate of what you might expect to pay. Many calculators consider your high school record as part of the calculation. This will be far more accurate than any of the averages or published tuition values that you see here.

  • FederalStudentAid, a government site that will walk you through the federal financial aid process. There are a number of kinds of student loans and other aid, and this site can walk you through all of the choices you will need to make.

Campus overview
No Student Housing Available

This school does not report any housing for students.

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Programs for Veterans

If you are a veteran, it's worth digging around to find a military-friendly campus. We think this article about how colleges might help veterans might be a good starting point for questions to ask the Admissions office before you choose to attend. It's also good to be aware that many for-profit schools are behaving as predators, hungry for GI Bill dollars. Watching out for those schools is no different for veterans than for all students: judge very critically using our "Student Satisfaction and Success" tab for undergraduate programs. We wish we had the same data to support graduate programs; however, we think the undergraduate data is a good starting point for judging overall quality.

Programs offered
  • Credit for Military Training
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School finances
Centra College of Nursing: What its budget can tell you about classroom quality

Where a school spends and collects its money can suggest a lot about the educational experience it offers. The tabs below offer a look at spending that is important for the quality of your experience if you attend.

Choose Classroom aspect
Instructional spending
Student services spending
Context and trends: Instructional expenditures per student

Instructional expenses are primarily the salary and benefits paid to the heart of a school: its full-time instructors. High expenditures in this area suggest care in hiring enough highly qualified full-time faculty to provide personal attention and up-to-date subject-area excellence.

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Chart explanation
Centra College of Nursing
On the blue curve, we see how the instructional expenses per student at Centra College of Nursing have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the instructional expenses per student for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Does Centra College of Nursing have stable finances?
You want to attend schools that can meet their annual expenses, and have other indicators of strong financial health.
Should this school's stability matter to you?

You can find a myriad of articles about the enrollment crises expected across US colleges and universities due to fewer births during the 2008 recession and other demographic shifts. The end result to you is that you need to protect your college investment by researching the financial stability of schools that you are considering. Many of our metrics are based on the excellent advice of Forbes' Financial Health Grades.

Ididio does not want to see you stuck with debt and no degree.

Choose budget aspect
Core operating margin
Tuition dependence
Government appropriations
Context and trends: Core operating margin

The core operating margin is the percentage by which core revenues exceed (or, when negative, fall short of) core expenses, so higher is better here. This margin excludes finances for non-academic expenses such as housing, hospitals, or other independent operations. For schools with large endowments, this measure can be volitile from year-to-year without indicating concern because investment losses and gains are driving this figure, but if an institution's margin is trending downwards or consistently negative, you should be concerned.

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Chart explanation
Centra College of Nursing
On the blue curve, we see how the core operating margin at Centra College of Nursing have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the core operating margin for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Does incoming revenue consistently cover expenses?

Centra College of Nursing is a private not-for-profit school. Along with publicly-controlled schools, not-for-profit schools do not have the goal of annual profit, but they do want to have healthy finances with adequate revenue to meet all expenses. On the other hand, private for-profit schools have creating a profit for shareholders as an annual goal.

Total revenue and expenses by category

We divided revenue and expenses for Centra College of Nursing into categories to give some insight to what may have influenced peaks and ditches in the chart above. The purple shades correspond most directly to student education. The blue shades, auxiliary expenses and revenue, are often related to room and board. We show investment gains and losses in apricot.

200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$1M$2M$3M$4MRevenue$0$1M$2M$3M$4MExpense
Tuition and fees revenue
Government appropriations etc.
Private and capital gifts
Other revenue
Instructional expenses
Student services expenses
Academic support expenses
Institutional support expenses
Other expenses
The power of a large endowment

Related to the previous question of whether the annual revenue stream is stable is the question, "How deep are this school's pockets?" For many schools, a major source of annual income is investment growth. Schools with large endowments have a built-in revenue stream, although you'll see in the accompanying graphs that this revenue stream is highly dependent on the nation's economy. You can choose how to examine the depth of Centra College of Nursing's resources by selecting from the buttons below.

Choose which aspect of the school assets to view
Net Assets
Total Endowment
Endowment Growth Rate
Net Assets Per Student

Here we examine assets at Centra College of Nursing in context, and it seems most fair to adjust for the size of the institution. We examine the assets per full-time-equivalent student so that we level the playing field for size.

There's a catch to these assets, though. Many gifts to a school's endowment have strings attached; the money is restricted to a specific purpose. Assets shown in green below are unrestricted, and are very important to a school's ability to meet its financial obligations. Some assets are the land and buildings that a school must have in order to function, and these may appear as green (unrestricted assets) but are nonetheless less helpful in meeting annual financial commitments. This look at assets is only a piece of the puzzle as we decide if a school is stable.

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Unrestricted net assets
Context: 2018 net assets per student