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More than 100,000 individuals are employed in Wisconsin’s nursing industry, which is expanding at a blistering pace. This number includes 37,000 certified nursing assistants (CNAs), 10,000 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and over 56,000 registered nurses (RNs). Compensation varies widely by role. For example, the state’s CNAs earn a median annual salary of $25,770, while its LPNs receive about $42,000 in annual pay. RNs typically earn $55,000 to $75,000 per year, depending on education and seniority. Prospective nurses have several types of nursing schools from which to choose.

Large public colleges and universities
Wisconsin’s public nursing schools offer a diverse range of nursing programs and significant student resources and amenities. Public nursing schools provide multiple pathways to become a nurse, including LPN certificate programs and RN associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. The large class sizes at public schools facilitate interaction with a diverse body of fellow students. Many public universities also host affiliated hospitals on campus that provide a site for hands-on training; one prominent example is the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

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Small private colleges
Private colleges, such as Columbia College of Nursing, offer smaller class sizes that enable more personalized instruction of each student. This model of enhanced participation fits the learning style of many aspiring nurses. In addition, private colleges often have prestigious reputations which can open doors in the job market.

In order to help prospective nursing students, we have compiled below a list of nursing schools of varying sizes in Wisconsin. You’ll find them organized by metropolitan area and ordered by class size.

Featured Schools

Green Bay

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 151 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 128 students during the 2012 period
Bellin College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 99 students during the 2012 period
Rasmussen College - Green Bay
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 8 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 151 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 128 students
Bellin College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 99 students
Rasmussen College - Green Bay Associate's Degree in Nursing 8 students

Madison

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 162 students during the 2012 period
Madison Area Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 135 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 109 students during the 2012 period
Edgewood College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96 students during the 2012 period
Herzing University - Madison
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 62 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
University of Wisconsin - Madison Bachelor of Science in Nursing 162 students
Madison Area Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 135 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 109 students
Edgewood College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96 students
Herzing University - Madison Associate's Degree in Nursing 62 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 students

Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 198 students during the 2012 period
Alverno College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 171 students during the 2012 period
Bryant & Stratton College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 171 students during the 2012 period
Marquette University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 137 students during the 2012 period
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 108 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 76 students during the 2012 period
Cardinal Stritch University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82 students during the 2012 period
Columbia College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 76 students during the 2012 period
Moraine Park Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 74 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 59 students during the 2012 period
Waukesha County Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 58 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 48 students during the 2012 period
Carroll University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 41 students during the 2012 period
Concordia University Wisconsin
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 31 students during the 2012 period
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 27 students during the 2012 period
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 10 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Bachelor of Science in Nursing 198 students
Alverno College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 171 students
Bryant & Stratton College Associate's Degree in Nursing 171 students
Marquette University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 137 students
Milwaukee Area Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 108 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 76 students
Cardinal Stritch University Associate's Degree in Nursing 82 students
Columbia College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing 76 students
Moraine Park Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 74 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 59 students
Waukesha County Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 58 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 48 students
Carroll University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 41 students
Concordia University Wisconsin Bachelor of Science in Nursing 31 students
Milwaukee School of Engineering Bachelor of Science in Nursing 27 students
Wisconsin Lutheran College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 10 students

Other Wisconsin cities

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 194 students during the 2012 period
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 168 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 54 students during the 2012 period
Gateway Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 135 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97 students during the 2012 period
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 128 students during the 2012 period
Marian University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 101 students during the 2012 period
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 75 students during the 2012 period
Northcentral Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 58 students during the 2012 period
Fox Valley Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75 students during the 2012 period
Western Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 50 students during the 2012 period
Viterbo University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 76 students during the 2012 period
Mid-State Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 66 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 36 students during the 2012 period
Lakeshore Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 47 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 42 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
Blackhawk Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 39 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period
Nicolet College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
Maranatha Baptist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 17 students during the 2012 period
College of Menominee Nation
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 16 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Bachelor of Science in Nursing 194 students
Chippewa Valley Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 168 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 54 students
Gateway Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 135 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97 students
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Bachelor of Science in Nursing 128 students
Marian University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 101 students
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 98 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 75 students
Northcentral Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 93 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 58 students
Fox Valley Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 90 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 75 students
Western Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 80 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 50 students
Viterbo University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 76 students
Mid-State Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 66 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 36 students
Lakeshore Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 47 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 32 students
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 42 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 29 students
Blackhawk Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 39 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 25 students
Nicolet College Associate's Degree in Nursing 29 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 18 students
Maranatha Baptist University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 17 students
College of Menominee Nation Associate's Degree in Nursing 16 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 students