Private Registered Nursing Schools

While registered nursing programs at private colleges and universities are more costly alternatives to highly competitive nursing programs at public institutions, they do promise better chances for admission. With varied degree options at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, private nursing schools also afford students opportunities for continued education and research in nursing, as well as competitive job prospects upon graduation. Additionally, private schools oftentimes have religious affiliations that have yielded relationships with private medical centers where students can participate in clinical experience.

Belmont University

Established in 1890, Belmont University is a private Christian university located in Nashville, Tennessee. As the second largest private university in the state, Belmont features two courses of study at the undergraduate level for nursing students.

The accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is housed with the university's Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing. Tailored for students that already possess a bachelor degree, the four-semester program's admissions requirements include several prerequisite courses. Additionally, students must have completed religion coursework prior to matriculating into the program.

Belmont's accelerated BSN program's curriculum includes courses like mental health nursing, pathophysiology and professional nursing, among others. Alternatively, registered nurses can enroll in Belmont's RN to BSN program, where previous nursing credits will be applied to their degree.

Belmont University
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212

Southern Vermont College

Southern Vermont College opened in 1926; it was then known as Saint Joseph College. Today, the private liberal arts college offers two nursing program options, including a two-year associate degree program, which is optimal for those seeking RN licensure.

Southern Vermont's Associate in Nursing Degree program prepares graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). In addition to general core requirements, the program's curriculum includes a nursing core of anatomy and microbiology courses, as well as supplementary laboratory study. Associate degree nursing students also take Nursing I, II, III and IV. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) may be eligible for advanced placement within the program upon scoring satisfactory marks on a national nursing examination.

Upon completion of the program requirements, Southern Vermont nursing associate degree graduates and registered nurses can pursue advanced study by matriculating into the college's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Southern Vermont College
982 Mansion Drive
Bennington, VT 05201

Pacific Union College

Founded in 1882, Pacific Union College is located in California's Napa Valley community of Angwin. As a private liberal arts college, Pacific Union follows Christian traditions. The college's academic catalog features both undergraduate and graduate level courses of study, and it includes three program options for prospective nursing students.

In order to facilitate transfer for students intending to pursue advanced study in nursing, PUC's Associate in Science in Nursing program's requirements mirror those for the college's advanced baccalaureate programs in nursing. Biology, anatomy and behavioral science classes are all a part of the curriculum; so are mathematics and communications courses. Nursing courses include pathophysiology, health assessment and mental health nursing. Graduates of the program are eligible for RN licensure, or they can alternatively continue studies within the college's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Pacific Union College
One Angwin Avenue
Angwin, CA 94508