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Public schooling offers a great education at a decent cost, but private schools usually have the advantage of smaller class size and more personalized attention. Private institutions also enjoy greater freedom in curriculum development since they are not subsidized by the state or local government. As a result, private schools often hold an innovation edge over their public counterparts, especially when it comes to nursing education.

Two of the best in this regard are Indiana Wesleyan University and University of Indianapolis. Both private universities offer a wide range of nursing courses and degree programs at the baccalaureate and graduate level, including specializations like nursing administration and family practice nursing. This program breadth provides students the flexibility to choose the educational path best suited to their needs.

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Aspiring nurses in Indiana can pursue several potential career paths. The shortest path to nursing employment is a 12- to 18-month certificate program in licensed practical nursing; LPNs in the state earn an average annual salary of $40,000. Lengthier associate's or bachelor's degree programs will result in licensure as a registered nurse, which carries a pay increase to $58,000 per year. RN specializations like nurse midwife, nurse practitioner, or nurse anesthetist require graduate-level education and typically pay $82,000 annually and above.

Attending a private nursing school can open many employment doors. To help you find the program that best fits your needs, we've listed below the top private institutions for nursing in Indiana.

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Evansville

University of Evansville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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University of Evansville Evansville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Fort Wayne

Harrison College - Fort Wayne
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of Saint Francis
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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Harrison College - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of Saint Francis Fort Wayne
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Gary

MJS College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of Saint Francis - Crown Point
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Valparaiso University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
VR Ashwood Training Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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MJS College Merrillville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of Saint Francis - Crown Point Crown Point
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Valparaiso University Valparaiso
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
VR Ashwood Training Institute Hammond
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Indianapolis

Anderson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Indianapolis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Fortis College - Indianapolis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Harrison College - Indianapolis East
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Marian University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Indianapolis
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Governors University - Indianapolis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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Anderson University Anderson
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Indianapolis Indianapolis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Fortis College - Indianapolis Indianapolis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Harrison College - Indianapolis East Indianapolis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Marian University Indianapolis
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Indianapolis Indianapolis
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Governors University - Indianapolis Indianapolis
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

South Bend

Bethel College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Saint Mary's College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
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Bethel College Mishawaka
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Saint Mary's College Notre Dame
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP

Other Indiana cities

Ancilla College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Goshen College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Huntington University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Saint Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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Ancilla College Donaldson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Goshen College Goshen
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Huntington University Huntington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Indiana Wesleyan University Marion
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Saint Elizabeth School of Nursing Lafayette
  • Diploma in Nursing
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College West Terre Haute
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion