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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 115,000 nurses actively employed in the state of Indiana. These nurses occupy several distinct roles. The most junior role is that of certified nursing assistant (CNA); Indiana is home to 32,000 CNAs who perform entry-level healthcare tasks like feeding the sick and elderly. The roles of licensed practical nurse (LPN) and registered nurse (RN) require additional education but carry added responsibility and pay. Indiana's 19,000 LPNs earn over $40,000 annually, while the state's almost 60,000 RNs take home $58,000 on average. RN specialist roles like nurse midwife, practitioner, and anesthetist require graduate education and pay very handsomely, ranging from $82,000 to $170,000 annually.

As mentioned above, these various career paths are differentiated by the time and cost of career training required. CNAs can earn certification in a matter of weeks. The LPN role requires a one-year certificate program and a passing score on the NCLEX-PN, the national licensure exam. Registered nurses can opt for a two-year associate's degree or a four-year bachelor's degree; either path requires a passing score on the NCLEX-RN exam to gain licensure.

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In addition to cost and length, class size in a critical factor to consider when selecting an educational program. Public institutions tend to provide large classes, ideal for self-starters interested in mingling with a broad range of fellow aspiring nurses. Private education carries a higher price tag but affords a greater degree of individualized focus on each student's success, since class sizes tend to be much smaller.

To help you find the nursing program best suited to your needs, we’ve compiled below a list of Indiana's premier nursing schools arranged from largest to smallest.

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Evansville

University of Southern Indiana
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78 students during the 2012 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Evansville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 53 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 9 students during the 2012 period
University of Evansville
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
University of Southern Indiana Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Evansville Associate's Degree in Nursing 53 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 9 students
University of Evansville Bachelor of Science in Nursing 24 students

Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Community College - Fort Wayne
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 30 students during the 2012 period
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 62 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 4 students during the 2012 period
University of Saint Francis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 56 students during the 2017 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 39 students during the 2017 period
Harrison College - Fort Wayne
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 3 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Ivy Tech Community College - Fort Wayne Associate's Degree in Nursing 96 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 30 students
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Bachelor of Science in Nursing 62 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 4 students
University of Saint Francis Bachelor of Science in Nursing 56 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 39 students
Harrison College - Fort Wayne Associate's Degree in Nursing 3 students

Gary

Valparaiso University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 101 students during the 2012 period
Purdue University Northwest - Hammond
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 2 students during the 2012 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Valparaiso
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 27 students during the 2012 period
Indiana University Northwest
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 70 students during the 2012 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Gary
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 67 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 27 students during the 2012 period
University of Saint Francis - Crown Point
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 29 students during the 2017 period
School Program Class size
Valparaiso University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 101 students
Purdue University Northwest - Hammond Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 2 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Valparaiso Associate's Degree in Nursing 78 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 27 students
Indiana University Northwest Bachelor of Science in Nursing 70 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Gary Associate's Degree in Nursing 67 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 27 students
University of Saint Francis - Crown Point Associate's Degree in Nursing 29 students

Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 326 students during the 2012 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Indianapolis
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 200 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 40 students during the 2012 period
Marian University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 174 students during the 2017 period
University of Indianapolis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 51 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 46 students during the 2012 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Anderson
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 43 students during the 2012 period
J. Everett Light Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 31 students during the 2012 period
Anderson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 30 students during the 2012 period
Harrison College - Indianapolis East
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Greencastle
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 16 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 5 students during the 2012 period
Fortis College - Indianapolis
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 2 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Bachelor of Science in Nursing 326 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Indianapolis Associate's Degree in Nursing 200 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 40 students
Marian University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 174 students
University of Indianapolis Bachelor of Science in Nursing 51 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 46 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Anderson Certificate in Practical Nursing 43 students
J. Everett Light Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 31 students
Anderson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 30 students
Harrison College - Indianapolis East Associate's Degree in Nursing 25 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Greencastle Certificate in Practical Nursing 16 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 5 students
Fortis College - Indianapolis Associate's Degree in Nursing 2 students

Louisville suburbs

Ivy Tech Community College - Sellersburg
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 43 students during the 2012 period
Indiana University Southeast
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Ivy Tech Community College - Sellersburg Associate's Degree in Nursing 94 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 43 students
Indiana University Southeast Bachelor of Science in Nursing 29 students

South Bend

Ivy Tech Community College - South Bend
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 67 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 46 students during the 2012 period
Indiana University South Bend
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 56 students during the 2012 period
Bethel College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 55 students during the 2012 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 30 students during the 2012 period
Saint Mary's College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 45 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Ivy Tech Community College - South Bend Associate's Degree in Nursing 67 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 46 students
Indiana University South Bend Bachelor of Science in Nursing 56 students
Bethel College Associate's Degree in Nursing 55 students
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 30 students
Saint Mary's College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 45 students

Other Indiana cities

Ball State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 164 students during the 2012 period
Indiana State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 136 students during the 2012 period
Purdue University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 132 students during the 2012 period
Indiana Wesleyan University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 130 students during the 2012 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Muncie
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 108 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 39 students during the 2012 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Kokomo
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 37 students during the 2012 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Lafayette
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2012 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Madison
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81 students during the 2012 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Terre Haute
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 21 students during the 2012 period
Vincennes University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 30 students during the 2012 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Columbus
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 9 students during the 2012 period
Indiana University Kokomo
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 73 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 2 students during the 2012 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 39 students during the 2012 period
Saint Elizabeth School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing: 70 students during the 2012 period
Purdue University Northwest - Westville
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 65 students during the 2011 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 58 students during the 2012 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Richmond
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 48 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 16 students during the 2012 period
Indiana University East
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 38 students during the 2012 period
Ancilla College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Vincennes University - Jasper
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Marion Community School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 31 students during the 2012 period
Goshen College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
Huntington University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Ball State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 164 students
Indiana State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 136 students
Purdue University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 132 students
Indiana Wesleyan University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 130 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Muncie Associate's Degree in Nursing 108 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 39 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Kokomo Associate's Degree in Nursing 94 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 37 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Lafayette Associate's Degree in Nursing 85 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 23 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Madison Associate's Degree in Nursing 81 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Terre Haute Associate's Degree in Nursing 80 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 21 students
Vincennes University Associate's Degree in Nursing 79 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 30 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Columbus Associate's Degree in Nursing 77 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 9 students
Indiana University Kokomo Bachelor of Science in Nursing 73 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 2 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington Associate's Degree in Nursing 73 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 39 students
Saint Elizabeth School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 70 students
Purdue University Northwest - Westville Bachelor of Science in Nursing 65 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 58 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Richmond Associate's Degree in Nursing 48 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 16 students
Indiana University East Bachelor of Science in Nursing 38 students
Ancilla College Associate's Degree in Nursing 33 students
Vincennes University - Jasper Associate's Degree in Nursing 32 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 20 students
Marion Community School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 31 students
Goshen College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 24 students
Huntington University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 18 students