The Pros And Cons Of Going To A Private Nursing School

The Pros And Cons Of Going To A Private Nursing School

There are many ways to become a nurse – and not all of them are built alike. In the world of nursing, there is much debate over the subject of private nursing schools.

Many nurses say that private nursing schools are almost never worth their high cost, and recommend that prospective RNs search for a community college or another alternative educational facility instead.

On the other hand, quite a few private nursing school graduates swear that private nursing schools are the best way to get certified quickly – and that they’re worth the higher cost of entry.

While we doubt that we’ll be able to resolve this argument (and it’s likely that nobody can), we’ll take a look at both the pros and cons of going to a private nursing school in this post.

Whether you’re interested in getting your RN-NCLEX, or are just curious about the merits of private nursing school, take a look below.


Private nursing schools are in business for a reason. Many private nursing programs are great, and produce high-quality, professional nurses – often in half the time of comparable public programs. Let’s take a look at the pros of going to a private nursing school now.


  • Faster completion – Many private nursing programs offer nursing courses that can be completed in only 12-16 months. Community colleges and public university programs, on the other hand, usually require 2 years to complete an ADN, and 4 years for a BSN. Because of this, these accelerated programs can be very attractive – particularly for older students.


  • More practicum experience – This varies somewhat based on the private nursing school, but many students at dedicated nursing schools report getting more hands-on experience through practicums, which is often very helpful when getting that first job out of nursing school.


  • Regional hospital connections – Some private nursing schools maintain good relationships with large networks of regional hospitals, so it’s often much easier to be placed into a job right out of school.


  • Private nursing schools often offer online courses – This makes them a very convenient choice for people who are only part-time students, or who can’t move to a place with affordable or convenient nursing schools.

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2 Responses to The Pros And Cons Of Going To A Private Nursing School

  1. LeeLooDallas2011

    I LOVED my private school education. Yes it was more expensive on the front end, but I was finished in less than 2 years with my AAS, and I am now working for a well known well respected company that has tuition reimbursement and will be starting my RN-MSN program next year. I started nursing school straight out of high school at my local community college, and after dropping out or withdrawing from classes more times than I care to count I finally went back to a private college, finished in 22 months, and had multiple job offers during my clinical rotations. That said, I am, and have always done better reading material first and then going to class to get the high points and to ask my questions, and that is how many of the accelerated programs work. The problem is that many students are NOT prepared for that, and that is why there are so many bad reviews and opinions of the private schools. I have always said that every one learns differently and needs to do their research before making a decision that is as huge a commitment as school is.

    • lhazeltine

      This is a great article and even better response. It is so true that each student should do their research in finding the educational program that will be the best fit for them. Some do great online and some need the face to face interaction. For me, I love online for it provides the convenience and flexibility to work, focus on my studies, and still have a life outside of work and school. There are some instances where to total cost of the program at private schools can be less for they have a greater advantage of transferring in more credits, taking credits that are 7+ years old, and do not have all the fees that public colleges have. Believe me, I have done my research and price was not the only item being reviewed though it was important. There are additional factors such as success rates of students, support, professors education, how many courses each term, and completion time. Overall, my research led me to a private University and it was the best decision I could have made. Im curious to learn more about the RN – MSN program to research and compare.