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Public and private universities are distinguished by the ways they are funded. Public colleges are typically financed by state governments, while private universities are funded mainly by private investments and donations. For this reason, the cost of education in private colleges and universities is relatively higher than their state-run counterparts. Private institutions must cover expenses by charging higher tuition rates and other academic fees, while governments partially subsidize public school operating costs like faculty salaries and research facilities.

Privately managed educational institutions are generally regarded as more prestigious because of their lower instructor-to-student classroom ratios. In some public colleges, for example, as many as 200 students might be enrolled in just one class. Brigham Young University is one of the largest private universities in Idaho, offering both associate’s and full-term bachelor’s programs in nursing.

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Another distinct difference between private and public colleges is demographics. Most, if not all, public colleges in Idaho prefer to admit students who are residents of Idaho. This is why there are often more out-of-state students in private colleges, resulting in higher geographical diversity among the student body.

If a private education better suits your needs as an aspiring nurse, below is a list of the top private schools in Idaho from which to choose.

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Carrington College - Boise
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Nazarene University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Stevens-Henager College - Boise
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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Carrington College - Boise Boise
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Nazarene University Nampa
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Stevens-Henager College - Boise Boise
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Brigham Young University - Idaho
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion