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Public schooling often doesn't receive the full credit it deserves. There's a common misperception that public institutions come up short when compared side-by-side with their private counterparts. That’s actually far from the truth. Like any private school, the public school system has an impetus to offer quality education to students. There are many excellent public education options within the nursing field.

Take Indiana State University and Indiana University-Purdue University. Both universities have very popular and comprehensive nursing programs that include bachelor of science degrees and various graduate-level specializations. These public universities offer more affordable programs than their private counterparts. Students needn't pay a premium because the state government subsidizes the cost of education.

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The quality of these public education programs is top-notch. After all, there is a very strong push for these institutions to most effectively spend the budget allocated to them. For this reason, many of Indiana's healthcare employers place a premium on degrees earned from the state's top public colleges. The key for aspiring nurses is to select a university with an excellent track record and a strong fit for your specific needs.

With a high-quality public school education, registered nurses in Indiana can expect to earn roughly $58,000 annually. Advanced specializations, which typically require graduate education, can provide even more earnings power. For example, Indiana's nurse practitioners earn over $92,000 per year on average, while the state's nurse anesthetists bring home $170,000 or more.

To aid your search for the most appropriate school, we’ve compiled below a list of the top public nursing programs in Indiana.

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Evansville

Ivy Tech Community College - Evansville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Southern Indiana
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Ivy Tech Community College - Evansville Evansville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Southern Indiana Evansville
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Fort Wayne

Indiana University Fort Wayne
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ivy Tech Community College - Fort Wayne
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Indiana University Fort Wayne Fort Wayne
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ivy Tech Community College - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Gary

Indiana University Northwest
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ivy Tech Community College - Lake County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Valparaiso
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Purdue University Northwest
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Indiana University Northwest Gary
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ivy Tech Community College - Lake County Gary
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Valparaiso Valparaiso
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Purdue University Northwest Hammond
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Ivy Tech Community College - Anderson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Greencastle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Indianapolis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
J. Everett Light Career Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Indianapolis
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Ivy Tech Community College - Anderson Anderson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Greencastle Greencastle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Indianapolis Indianapolis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
J. Everett Light Career Center Indianapolis
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Louisville suburbs

Indiana University Southeast
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ivy Tech Community College - Sellersburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Indiana University Southeast New Albany
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ivy Tech Community College - Sellersburg Sellersburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

South Bend

Indiana University South Bend
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ivy Tech Community College - South Bend / Elkhart
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Indiana University South Bend South Bend
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ivy Tech Community College - South Bend / Elkhart South Bend
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Other Indiana cities

Ball State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Indiana State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Indiana University East
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Indiana University Kokomo
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Columbus
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Kokomo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Lafayette
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Lawrenceburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Madison
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Marion
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Muncie
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Terre Haute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Marion Regional Career Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Purdue University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
Vincennes University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Vincennes University - Jasper
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Ball State University Muncie
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Indiana State University Terre Haute
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Indiana University East Richmond
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Indiana University Kokomo Kokomo
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus Columbus
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington Bloomington
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Columbus Columbus
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Kokomo Kokomo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Lafayette Lafayette
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Lawrenceburg Lawrenceburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Madison Madison
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Marion Marion
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Muncie Muncie
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Richmond Richmond
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College - Terre Haute Terre Haute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Marion Regional Career Center Marion
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Purdue University West Lafayette
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
Vincennes University Vincennes
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Vincennes University - Jasper Jasper
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion