South Bend is the cultural and educational center of northern Indiana, and the healthcare industry is one of its major economic contributors.

Beach Health System, the surviving conglomerate of a 2011 merger between Memorial Health System and Elkhart General Hospital, is the largest healthcare employer in the city. More healthcare facilities are being built by investors, including the $3.3 million Briarcliff Health and Rehabilitation Center, which recently opened its doors and is currently hiring. Demand for nurses is expected to increase 22% by 2018, according to government estimates.

These indicators make South Bend an ideal place to start and pursue a career in nursing as a registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), or certified nursing assistant (CNA).

You can become a registered nurse by taking either a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree or a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN). Either program qualifies aspiring nurses to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, often called the NCLEX-RN for short.

A certificate as a licensed practical nurse normally requires 12 to 18 months of schoolwork before qualifying to take the NCLEX-PN, the licensure exams for LPNs. A CNA course takes only a few weeks of academic work to complete. These nursing candidates must present their certificate of completion from a vocational or technical school with an accredited CNA program to the Indiana Department of Health in order to receive a card certifying their eligibility.

Except for those with postgraduate studies, RNs are the highest-paid nurses in South Bend, with annual salaries ranging from $48,980 to $66,290. Nurses with BSN degrees typically earn salaries on the high end of this range. LPNs come next in terms of earnings, making an annual average of $40,380, while CNAs make an annual median of $22,960.

Below is a list of accredited nursing schools in South Bend, Indiana, that offer programs in all areas of this lucrative profession.

South Bend nursing schools by NCLEX score

Ivy Tech Community College - South Bend / Elkhart
220 Dean Johnson Boulevard | South Bend, Indiana 46601
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
Bethel University
1001 Bethel Circle | Mishawaka, Indiana 46545
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Indiana University South Bend
1700 Mishawaka Avenue | South Bend, Indiana 46634
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Saint Mary's College
133 LeMans Hall | Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Ivy Tech Community College - South Bend / Elkhart Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.4% 2011 to 2020
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.0% 2011 to 2020
Bethel University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2011 to 2020
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.0% 2011 to 2020
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificates
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Indiana University South Bend Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.0% 2011 to 2020
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Saint Mary's College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.7% 2011 to 2020
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
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