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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.

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Green Bay

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 179 students during the 2017 period
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing: 176 students during the 2017 period
Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2017 period
Bellin College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 112 students during the 2017 period
Rasmussen College - Green Bay
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 59 students during the 2017 period
School Program Class size
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 179 students
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing 176 students
Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing 10 students
Bellin College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 112 students
Rasmussen College - Green Bay Associate's Degree in Nursing 59 students

Madison

Madison Area Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 174 students during the 2017 period
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing: 62 students during the 2017 period
Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2015 period
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 148 students during the 2017 period
Edgewood College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 114 students during the 2017 period
School Program Class size
Madison Area Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 174 students
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing 62 students
Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing 7 students
University of Wisconsin - Madison Bachelor of Science in Nursing 148 students
Edgewood College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 114 students

Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 225 students during the 2017 period
Marquette University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 159 students during the 2017 period
Bryant & Stratton College - Milwaukee
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 154 students during the 2017 period
Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing: 62 students during the 2017 period
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 111 students during the 2017 period
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing: 42 students during the 2017 period
Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing: 8 students during the 2017 period
Herzing University - Milwaukee / Brookfield
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 108 students during the 2017 period
Diploma in Practical Nursing: 11 students during the 2017 period
Moraine Park Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93 students during the 2017 period
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing: 46 students during the 2017 period
Alverno College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88 students during the 2017 period
Carroll University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78 students during the 2017 period
Columbia College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78 students during the 2017 period
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77 students during the 2017 period
Waukesha County Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71 students during the 2017 period
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2017 period
Concordia University Wisconsin
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 49 students during the 2017 period
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 17 students during the 2017 period
Cardinal Stritch University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 8 students during the 2017 period
School Program Class size
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Bachelor of Science in Nursing 225 students
Marquette University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 159 students
Bryant & Stratton College - Milwaukee Associate's Degree in Nursing 154 students
Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing 62 students
Milwaukee Area Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 111 students
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing 42 students
Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing 8 students
Herzing University - Milwaukee / Brookfield Bachelor of Science in Nursing 108 students
Diploma in Practical Nursing 11 students
Moraine Park Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 93 students
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing 46 students
Alverno College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88 students
Carroll University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78 students
Columbia College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78 students
Milwaukee School of Engineering Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77 students
Waukesha County Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 71 students
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing 35 students
Concordia University Wisconsin Bachelor of Science in Nursing 49 students
Wisconsin Lutheran College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 17 students
Cardinal Stritch University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 8 students

Other Wisconsin cities

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 192 students during the 2017 period
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 148 students during the 2017 period
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing: 101 students during the 2017 period
Gateway Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 143 students during the 2017 period
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing: 82 students during the 2017 period
Viterbo University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 129 students during the 2017 period
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 105 students during the 2017 period
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 104 students during the 2017 period
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing: 63 students during the 2017 period
Western Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95 students during the 2017 period
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing: 45 students during the 2017 period
Marian University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89 students during the 2017 period
Northcentral Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89 students during the 2017 period
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing: 37 students during the 2017 period
Fox Valley Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71 students during the 2017 period
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing: 41 students during the 2017 period
Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing: 39 students during the 2017 period
Mid-State Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 60 students during the 2017 period
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing: 36 students during the 2017 period
Lakeshore Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 55 students during the 2017 period
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing: 33 students during the 2017 period
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 55 students during the 2017 period
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2017 period
Blackhawk Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 32 students during the 2017 period
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2017 period
Nicolet College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 31 students during the 2017 period
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing: 15 students during the 2017 period
Rasmussen College - Wausau
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 31 students during the 2017 period
Maranatha Baptist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 11 students during the 2017 period
School Program Class size
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Bachelor of Science in Nursing 192 students
Chippewa Valley Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 148 students
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing 101 students
Gateway Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 143 students
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing 82 students
Viterbo University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 129 students
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Bachelor of Science in Nursing 105 students
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 104 students
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing 63 students
Western Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 95 students
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing 45 students
Marian University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89 students
Northcentral Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 89 students
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing 37 students
Fox Valley Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 71 students
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing 41 students
Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing 39 students
Mid-State Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 60 students
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing 36 students
Lakeshore Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 55 students
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing 33 students
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 55 students
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing 23 students
Blackhawk Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 32 students
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing 29 students
Nicolet College Associate's Degree in Nursing 31 students
Certificate of Completion for Practical Nursing 15 students
Rasmussen College - Wausau Associate's Degree in Nursing 31 students
Maranatha Baptist University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 11 students