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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: 115 students during the 2018 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Evansville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 45 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 12 students during the 2018 period
University of Evansville
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 21 students during the 2018 period
School Program Class size
University of Southern Indiana Bachelor of Science in Nursing 115 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Evansville Associate's Degree in Nursing 45 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 students
University of Evansville Bachelor of Science in Nursing 21 students

Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Community College - Fort Wayne
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 110 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 22 students during the 2018 period
Indiana University Fort Wayne
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 109 students during the 2018 period
University of Saint Francis
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 52 students during the 2018 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 44 students during the 2018 period
School Program Class size
Ivy Tech Community College - Fort Wayne Associate's Degree in Nursing 110 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 22 students
Indiana University Fort Wayne Bachelor of Science in Nursing 109 students
University of Saint Francis Associate's Degree in Nursing 52 students
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 44 students

Gary

Valparaiso University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 141 students during the 2018 period
Purdue University Northwest
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 104 students during the 2018 period
Indiana University Northwest
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 65 students during the 2018 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Lake County
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 60 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 24 students during the 2018 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Valparaiso
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 47 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2018 period
University of Saint Francis - Crown Point
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 26 students during the 2018 period
School Program Class size
Valparaiso University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 141 students
Purdue University Northwest Bachelor of Science in Nursing 104 students
Indiana University Northwest Bachelor of Science in Nursing 65 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Lake County Associate's Degree in Nursing 60 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 24 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Valparaiso Associate's Degree in Nursing 47 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 32 students
University of Saint Francis - Crown Point Associate's Degree in Nursing 26 students

Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 304 students during the 2018 period
Marian University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 201 students during the 2018 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Indianapolis
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 173 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 47 students during the 2018 period
University of Indianapolis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 126 students during the 2018 period
Chamberlain University - Indianapolis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 57 students during the 2018 period
Anderson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 34 students during the 2018 period
Fortis College - Indianapolis
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 29 students during the 2018 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Anderson
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 24 students during the 2018 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 4 students during the 2018 period
Western Governors University - Indiana
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 17 students during the 2018 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Greencastle
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 11 students during the 2018 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 5 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Bachelor of Science in Nursing 304 students
Marian University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 201 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Indianapolis Associate's Degree in Nursing 173 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 47 students
University of Indianapolis Bachelor of Science in Nursing 126 students
Chamberlain University - Indianapolis Bachelor of Science in Nursing 57 students
Anderson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 34 students
Fortis College - Indianapolis Associate's Degree in Nursing 29 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Anderson Certificate in Practical Nursing 24 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 4 students
Western Governors University - Indiana Bachelor of Science in Nursing 17 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Greencastle Certificate in Practical Nursing 11 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 5 students

Louisville suburbs

Ivy Tech Community College - Sellersburg
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 40 students during the 2018 period
Indiana University Southeast
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 38 students during the 2018 period
School Program Class size
Ivy Tech Community College - Sellersburg Associate's Degree in Nursing 88 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 40 students
Indiana University Southeast Bachelor of Science in Nursing 38 students

South Bend

Ivy Tech Community College - South Bend / Elkhart
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 60 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2018 period
Indiana University South Bend
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 51 students during the 2018 period
Saint Mary's College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 38 students during the 2018 period
Bethel University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 28 students during the 2018 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 14 students during the 2018 period
School Program Class size
Ivy Tech Community College - South Bend / Elkhart Associate's Degree in Nursing 60 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 29 students
Indiana University South Bend Bachelor of Science in Nursing 51 students
Saint Mary's College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 38 students
Bethel University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 28 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 14 students

Other Indiana cities

Indiana State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 179 students during the 2018 period
Indiana Wesleyan University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 138 students during the 2018 period
Ball State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 135 students during the 2018 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Muncie
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 135 students during the 2017 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 40 students during the 2017 period
Purdue University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 102 students during the 2018 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Kokomo
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 100 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25 students during the 2018 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Terre Haute
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 18 students during the 2018 period
Vincennes University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 27 students during the 2018 period
Indiana University East
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 71 students during the 2018 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Lafayette
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 68 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 22 students during the 2018 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 67 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25 students during the 2018 period
Indiana University Kokomo
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 64 students during the 2018 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Madison
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 51 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2015 period
Ancilla College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 48 students during the 2018 period
St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing: 44 students during the 2018 period
Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 42 students during the 2018 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Richmond
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 35 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 16 students during the 2018 period
Vincennes University - Jasper
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 34 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 17 students during the 2018 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Columbus
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 33 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 18 students during the 2018 period
Huntington University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 20 students during the 2018 period
Goshen College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 19 students during the 2018 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Lawrenceburg
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 15 students during the 2015 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 11 students during the 2018 period
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 11 students during the 2018 period
Ivy Tech Community College - Marion
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 4 students during the 2018 period
School Program Class size
Indiana State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 179 students
Indiana Wesleyan University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 138 students
Ball State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 135 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Muncie Associate's Degree in Nursing 135 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 40 students
Purdue University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 102 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Kokomo Associate's Degree in Nursing 100 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 25 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Terre Haute Associate's Degree in Nursing 95 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 18 students
Vincennes University Associate's Degree in Nursing 80 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 27 students
Indiana University East Bachelor of Science in Nursing 71 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Lafayette Associate's Degree in Nursing 68 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 22 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington Associate's Degree in Nursing 67 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 25 students
Indiana University Kokomo Bachelor of Science in Nursing 64 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Madison Associate's Degree in Nursing 51 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 students
Ancilla College Associate's Degree in Nursing 48 students
St. Elizabeth School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 44 students
Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus Bachelor of Science in Nursing 42 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Richmond Associate's Degree in Nursing 35 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 16 students
Vincennes University - Jasper Associate's Degree in Nursing 34 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 17 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Columbus Associate's Degree in Nursing 33 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 18 students
Huntington University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 20 students
Goshen College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 19 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Lawrenceburg Certificate in Practical Nursing 15 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 11 students
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 11 students
Ivy Tech Community College - Marion Certificate in Practical Nursing 4 students