Ohio Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide contains important information on the many nursing programs, including profiles of several of those programs, available to students in the state of Ohio. Students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing at one of Ohio’s colleges or universities may concentrate in one of a plethora of areas, such as family nurse practitioner, nursing education, clinical nurse leader, and nurse administrator. A flexible and convenient alternative to a traditional nursing program is an online bachelor’s or master’s nursing program offered by many online universities, including Western Governors University.

Ohio School Facts:

  • 60 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 38 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 21 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate*: Ohio State University Main Campus 82%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Ohio University Zanesville Campus 49%.1
  • Highest net price*: Chamberlain College of Nursing Ohio $28,709.1
  • Lowest net price*: Ohio University Zanesville Campus $7,406.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Ohio with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $7,922 – $41,420.2
  • 5 schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: Case Western University (15), Ohio State University (32), University of Cincinnati (64), University of Toledo (99), and Xavier University (99).

*For 4-year colleges and universities with nursing degree programs.

Following are several profiles of the many bachelor’s and master’s in nursing programs offered in Ohio.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Ohio

Kent State University
Kent State University affords undergraduates the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at its Geauga, Kent, Salem, Stark, and Trumbull campuses. The first two years of the program are dedicated to completing general college coursework in math, science, psychology, and basic nursing. The final two years consist of nursing curriculum in assessment and communication in nursing, nutrition, parents and newborn nursing, and nursing of the critically ill. The nursing department also offers an online program for current registered nurses, allowing them to earn a BSN through the RN to BSN program. Interested BSN students may want to visit the campus to learn more about the nursing program at one of the university’s regular academic tour days.

Cleveland State University
Cleveland State University features a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that generally takes five years to complete. Students first complete prerequisite courses, which takes between one and two years, before entering the nursing major. The nursing curriculum, which consists of 69 credits, requires three years to complete. Nursing majors will gain hands-on experience through mandatory practicums and will take such courses as medical surgical nursing, nursing research, pediatric nursing, maternal newborn nursing, and health assessment. Students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing may opt for the accelerated BSN program while the RN to BSN caters to current registered nurses who already hold an associate’s degree in nursing.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in Ohio

Ohio State University
Ohio State University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program features a hybrid format, with students able to take the majority of nursing classes online. Some classes, however, must be completed on campus. Students choose between such specialties as nursing science, clinical nurse leader, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, and nursing and health system management. The graduate program is divided into three parts: core coursework, specialty courses, and clinical practicums. Core curriculum encompasses leadership in advanced nursing, scientific thought in nursing, graduate nursing informatics, and advanced health assessments. Successful applicants to the program must already have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and possess a current registered nurse’s license.

Ohio University
Ohio University allows graduate students to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online or on campus in Athens. The MSN offers concentrations in acute care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, nurse administrator, and nurse educator. Students must complete core courses prior to beginning the concentration-specific coursework. Graduate students must complete clinical practicums totaling a minimum of 650 hours. Individual clinical practicums generally span 14 or 15 weeks. Students must find and secure their own practicums, which could take up to six months. Successful applicants must possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and have a current registered nurse’s license.

Reviews of Ohio Nursing Schools

Cuyahoga Community College
2900 Community College Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115
(800) 954-8742

My experience within Cuyahoga Community College’s ADN nursing program has been one that has been both challenging and satisfying, as well as confusing and full of misinformation. During the first semester of the program, I found the material to be challenging, particularly since I did not have experience within the health care field, and was still insecure with my scientific knowledge, as well as not sure if I had made the right decision. But, by the middle of the semester, I really started enjoying both my clinical experience, and began to get a solid comprehension of the material which I was being taught. I passed the first semester courses with flying colors, and knew that I had made the right decision. But, the entire vibe of the program changed during the second semester. I did not anticipate any hand-holding, but the methods of teaching, as well as the examination techniques. From my understanding, there is a large instructor turn-over during the second semester because instructors are not comfortable with the way that material is taught. The course with the largest credit load has a 80% fail rate, and there is no support as far as tutoring, with either the instructors teaching the course, or the tutoring staff. People who run into extenuating circumstances, like myself (with a parent becoming ill, and becoming the sole guardian), there is no lee-way, or anyone to speak with, even to vent frustration. I anticipate repeating the course next semester, like the other 90% of my classmates. We currently have a 80% fail rate, and will be lucky if 17 out of 75 people will graduate “on time.” Anyone entering the program must make sure that they stay on top of their coursework BEFORE the semester starts, and try to prevent ANYTHING from getting in the way during the semester. The program is a great idea, but has terrible execution.” – Student at Cuyahoga Community College

Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science
375 Dixmyth Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
(513) 862-2631

I attended GSH College of Nursing from 2013-2014 for my BSN. I have decided to stay on for their MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program. I actually really like it! I love the asynchronous classes and no group projects. It has made my dream for more education a reality because I can have a really good work/life balance. I attended another online school which was way less organized than GSN. So I am happy. I see other reviews that put down the teachers for not being qualified to teach. I think online schools are set up more for independent learning (in many ways). I feel I get out of it what I put in. I probably spend around 20 hours a week for one class. I do all the reading and take time to personally invest in my own learning. I know we have a nursing educator shortage. I’m grateful for those who are willing to teach us. I’m very grateful!!!! Perhaps they are not as qualified as professors in other fields. I try to ask questions when I need to and find my own answers when I need to. Some professors are better than others. Maybe one day professors will get paid enough so that those with a passion for teaching will be attracted to our field.” – Student at Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science

Galen College of Nursing-Cincinnati
100 E Business Way #200
Cincinnati, OH 45241

Galen was one of the worst experiences of my life. First off, none of the professors are qualified to teach. An overwhelming portion of the professors had just graduated with their degree, and had no experience in a real world nursing setting. Anyone that had actual nursing experience was set to do clinical, a class that hardly any students made it through. Secondly the course load piles on to the point it’s near impossible to finish it all. As the teachers say there, ‘Being overwhelmed in school only prepares you for the real world of nursing.’ Which struck me as odd, because they had no experience themselves. There were little to no student resources available for the time that I needed. I work part time as well as going to school there, and the only time tutors were available, or even supplementary help in any way, was only during rigid hours, often inconvenient, like Monday at 10 to 11, and no other times. Overall, it felt like I was set up to fail from the beginning, and their ever-dropping enrollment, graduation rate, and student success is indicative of this.” – Student at Galen College of Nursing

University of Akron
302 E Buchtel Ave
Akron, OH 44325
(330) 972-7111

I attended the University of Akron as soon as I graduated high school. It was a wonderful experience from dealing with my advisers to dealing with the professors. Every professor I had enjoyed his job and had passion in teaching his students. Any questions I had about nursing, current and future employment they were just a phone call or email away. What I remember most is how I first struggled with antimony and my one professor in particular really helped me understanding the curriculum and took extra time out of his day to make sure I could move forward. I also had friends that were in the nursing program as well at different university and they ended up switching to Akron because of the hands on experience they gave.” – Student at University of Akron

1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche: https://colleges.niche.com/search/t-traditional/sm1-nursing/d-bachelor/st-oh/