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Private colleges are operated independently and do not receive their primary funding from the state government. They usually operate as non-profit organizations and invest heavily in the education of students. Due to their small class size, these colleges allow close interactions between professors and students. Outstanding students are often attracted to private colleges due to their generous financial assistance to those in need. Most importantly, many private colleges carry a significant level of historical prestige that opens doors during the job search.

Wisconsin’s private colleges
Wisconsin boasts over 20 private nursing colleges that offer a wide variety of nursing programs. These run the gamut from certificate programs for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to master’s degree programs for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Several of the state’s prestigious private schools, including Columbia College of Nursing and Marquette University, have a rich history providing stellar nursing education.

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Career prospects
Wisconsin’s healthcare industry offers an attractive future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 56,000 registered nurses (RNs) in Wisconsin who earn a median annual salary of $63,000. The state’s 10,000 LPNs are also well-compensated, earning over $42,000 per year on average. Nursing graduates can look forward to joining major local employers like Ministry Health Care, Grey Group, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To help aspiring nurses choose a program well-suited for their needs, we have compiled below a comprehensive list of the best private nursing schools in Wisconsin.

Featured Schools

Green Bay

Bellin College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Rasmussen College - Green Bay
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Bellin College Green Bay
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Rasmussen College - Green Bay Green Bay
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Madison

Edgewood College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Herzing University - Madison
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Edgewood College Madison
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Herzing University - Madison Madison
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Milwaukee

Alverno College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College - Bayshore
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Cardinal Stritch University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Carroll University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Columbia College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Herzing University - Brookfield
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Marquette University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse-Midwifery
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Wisconsin Lutheran College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Alverno College Milwaukee
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College Wauwatosa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College - Bayshore Glendale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Carroll University Waukesha
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Columbia College of Nursing Glendale
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concordia University Wisconsin Mequon
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Herzing University - Brookfield Brookfield
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Marquette University Milwaukee
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse-Midwifery
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Other Wisconsin cities

College of Menominee Nation
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Herzing University - Kenosha
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Maranatha Baptist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Marian University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Rasmussen College - Wausau
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Viterbo University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: CRNA Track
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
College of Menominee Nation Keshena
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Herzing University - Kenosha Kenosha
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Maranatha Baptist University Watertown
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Marian University Fond du Lac
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Rasmussen College - Wausau Wausau
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family Manitowoc
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Viterbo University La Crosse
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: CRNA Track
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion