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It can be difficult to budget the time and money required for career education. The need to earn a living now often feels more pressing than the long-term benefits of a new career path. Thankfully, the field of nursing requires a relatively brief education to get started, and many schools offer flexible programs of study on evenings and weekends.

Vocational, career, and community colleges provide two types of accelerated educational programs for aspiring nurses. The first is a 12- to 18-month certificate in licensed practical nursing (LPN). Indiana is home to over 30 such programs, with the majority taught at one of Ivy Tech Community College's numerous campuses throughout the state. The relatively short duration of the LPN program doesn’t reflect a lower quality of education, but rather an understanding of the expedience that many students require. Newly licensed LPNs in Indiana can land a job at top employers like VITAM and the Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs, where LPNs earn as much as $40,000 annually.

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Best of all, LPNs interested in further advancing their careers can enroll in an additional 1-2 years of vocational school to gain licensure as a registered nurse (RN). RNs assume a much broader range of patient responsibilities and are often supported by LPNs, particularly in a hospital setting. Indiana's RNs earn an average annual salary of $58,000.

Both the LPN and RN tracks offer excellent options for aspiring nurses to leverage their time into rewarding careers. To kick-start your search for the most appropriate nursing program, we've compiled below a list of the best vocational, career, and community colleges for nursing in Indiana.

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Evansville

Ivy Tech Community College - Evansville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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Ivy Tech Community College - Evansville Evansville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Community College - Fort Wayne
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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Ivy Tech Community College - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Gary

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
V.R. Ashwood Training Institute
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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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
V.R. Ashwood Training Institute Hammond
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Indianapolis

Fortis College - Indianapolis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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
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Fortis College - Indianapolis Indianapolis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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

Ivy Tech Community College - Sellersburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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Ivy Tech Community College - Sellersburg Sellersburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

South Bend

Ivy Tech Community College - South Bend / Elkhart
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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Ivy Tech Community College - South Bend / Elkhart South Bend
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Other Indiana cities

Ancilla College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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
St. Elizabeth School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
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Ancilla College Donaldson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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
St. Elizabeth School of Nursing Lafayette
  • Diploma in Nursing