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.

Nursing Program Stats

  • 38 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 44 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 23 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • 10 schools ranked in US News Best Nursing Graduate Schools in 2017 for Master’s in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs: Case Western Reserve University (#11, MSN; #8, DNP), Cleveland State University (#171, MSN; DNP not ranked), Kent State University (#142, MSN; #107, DNP) Ohio State University (#5, MSN; #5, DNP), Ohio University (#142, MSN; DNP not ranked), University of Cincinnati (#38, MSN; #47, DNP) University of Toledo (#203, MSN; DNP not ranked), Ursuline College (#175, MSN; DNP not ranked), Wright State University (#115, MSN; #116, DNP) and Xavier University (#115, MSN; DNP not ranked).2

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Ohio State University Main Campus 83%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Franklin University 52%.1
  • Highest net price*: Case Western Reserve University $31,356.1
  • Lowest net price*: Lorain County Community College $2,996.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Ohio with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $7,455 – $29,140.3

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

Continue reading to learn more about nursing programs offered in Ohio.

NCLEX Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Nursing Schools in Ohio

The following table allows you to easily compare not-for-profit Ohio nursing schools on a variety of factors. Click on the arrows in the top row to sort the table. In addition to seeking a program that leads to licensure in your desired area of nursing, it’s advisable to consider accreditation as a factor in your decision. If you are considering education beyond the associate’s level, know that a degree from a school that holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a common requirement for admission to master’s degree, ADN/LVN and RN to BSN, and specialized certificate programs. You should also check to ensure that the school you are considering is approved or accepted by the Ohio Board of Nursing (http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/).

SchoolADN or LVN ProgramBSN ProgramGraduate Nursing ProgramACEN/CCNE Accredited*NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rate**Number TakingNCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate***Number TakingNet Price****
Ashland UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A92.05%88$21,504
Auburn UniversityNoYesYesNo67.74%31N/AN/AN/A
Aultman CollegeYesYesNoACEN/CCNEN/AN/A96.72%61$18,862
Baldwin Wallace UniversityNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/A91.67%24$21,465
Belmont CollegeYesNoNoNo68.75%1669.33%75$4,509
Capital UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A86.76%68$22,016
Case Western Reserve UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A86.57%67$31,356
Cedarville UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A84.09%88$22,721
Central Ohio Technical CollegeYesNoNoACEN82.35%1787.18%234$8,895
Christ College of Nursing and Health ServicesYesYesNoACEN/CCNEN/AN/A65.15%132$19,970
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College-Great OaksYesNoNoNo81.82%77N/AN/A$5,915
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College-CincinnatiYesNoNoACENN/AN/A93.44%61$5,915
Clark State Community CollegeYesNoNoACEN86.21%5884.68%111$5,174
Cleveland State UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A90.3%134$15,937
Columbus State Community CollegeYesNoNoACEN94.12%3477.09%179$5,992
Cuyahoga Community CollegeYesNoNoACEN95.45%2286.43%280$4,705
Defiance CollegeNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/AN/AN/A$23,824
Eastern Gateway Community CollegeYesNoNoNo92.31%1375%48$3,283
Edison State Community CollegeYesNoNoACENN/AN/A86.67%60$7,766
Franciscan UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A80%50$25,139
Franklin UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/AN/AN/A$24,764
Herzing University-AkronYesYesYesACENN/AN/A88.89%27$22,883
Hiram CollegeNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/A89.66%29$23,517
Hocking CollegeYesNoNoACEN76.67%3095.71%70$9,658
James Rhodes State CollegeYesNoNoACEN94.59%3783.59%128$8,422
Kent State University (ADN)YesN/AN/AACENN/AN/A87.03%239$18,531
Kent State University (BSN)N/AYesYesCCNEN/AN/A90.02%461$18,531
Kettering College (ADN)YesN/ANoNoN/AN/A100%2$18,939
Kettering College (BSN)N/AYesNoACENN/AN/A90.91%66$18,939
Lakeland Community CollegeYesNoNoACENN/AN/A82.20%118$8,145
Lorain County Community CollegeYesNoNoACEN93.33%6089.03%155$2,996
Lourdes UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A76.83%82$18,657
Malone UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A81.08%37$19,972
Marion Technical CollegeYesNoNoACENN/AN/A94.74%57$7,743
Mercy College of Ohio (ADN)YesN/AN/AACENN/AN/A90.91%121$16,744
Mercy College of Ohio (BSN)N/AYesNoCCNEN/AN/A87.67%73$16,744
Miami UniversityNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/A77.46%71$11,371
Mount Carmel CollegeNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A92.58%229$14,524
Mount St. Joseph University (BSN)NoYesN/ACCNEN/AN/A82.61%46$18,140
Mount St. Joseph University (MSN)NoN/AYesCCNEN/AN/A86.15%65N/A
Mount Vernon Nazarene UniversityNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/A66.67%33$19,442
Muskingum UniversityNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/A100%13$19,005
North Central State CollegeYesNoNoACEN100%983.87%62$4,243
Northwest State Community CollegeYesNoNoACEN100%4792.16%51$8,534
Notre Dame CollegeNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/A78.26%23$19,774
Ohio Christian UniversityNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/AN/AN/A$14,952
Ohio Northern UniversityNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/A100%21$23,355
Ohio State UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A91.98%237$18,502
Ohio University (ADN)YesN/AN/AACENN/AN/A79.06%191$20,560
Ohio University (BSN)N/AYesYesCCNEN/AN/A82.47%97$20,560
Ohio University-ChillicotheYesYesNoNoN/AN/A100%13$9,358
Ohio University-Southern CampusYesYesNoNoN/AN/A94.44%18$9,256
Ohio University-ZanesvilleYesYesNoNoN/AN/A79.07%43$8,113
Otterbein UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A91.38%58$24,538
Owens Community CollegeYesNoNoACEN100%3092.31%195$6,093
Shawnee State University (ADN)YesN/AN/AACENN/AN/A76.56%64$13,945
Shawnee State University (BSN)N/AYesNoACENN/AN/A100%6$13,945
Sinclair Community CollegeYesNoNoACENN/AN/A74.83%151$5,302
Southern State Community CollegeYesNoNoACEN100%2482.93%41$6,772
Stark State CollegeYesNoNoACENN/AN/A86.29%124$7,268
Terra State Community CollegeYesNoNoACENN/AN/A86.49%37$6,270
University of AkronNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A85.48%186$16,423
University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College (ADN)YesN/AN/AACENN/AN/A57.97%69$11,692
University of Cincinnati (BSN)N/AYesYesCCNEN/AN/A82.42%256$20,141
University of Mount UnionNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
University of Rio GrandeYesYesNoACENN/AN/A79.57%93$28,968
University of Toledo-Bowling Green State University Consortium ProgramNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/A78.46%65$14,911
University of Toledo (BSN)NoYesN/ACCNEN/AN/A82.53%166$14,911
University of Toledo (MSN)NoN/AYesCCNEN/AN/A84.62%26N/A
Urbana UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/AN/AN/A$16,720
Ursuline CollegeNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A77.27%88$15,034
Walsh UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A88.89%90$19,508
Washington State Community CollegeYesNoNoNo87.5%2496.15%26$6,298
Wittenberg UniversityNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Wright State UniversityNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A85.96%114$13,172
Xavier University (BSN)NoYesN/ACCNEN/AN/A86.36%66$27,591
Xavier University (MSN)NoN/AYesCCNEN/AN/A84.38%32N/A
Youngstown State UniversityNoYesYesACENN/AN/A88.54%96$11,135

*The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits ADN/ASN/BSN programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits BSN/MSN/DNP programs.4,5
**NCLEX-PN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
***NCLEX-RN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
****The National Center for Education Statistics calculates net price from the total estimated cost of attendance, including includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses, for in-state students minus the average financial aid award (such as grants and scholarships).

Schools in Ohio with Nursing Degrees

Associate’s in Nursing Programs

Washington State Community College
Located in Marietta, Washington State Community College (WSCC) offers an associate degree nursing program leading to an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. The program is sequenced and requires five semesters to complete, though an advanced placement track is available for licensed practical nurses that can allow program completion within three to four semesters. Program graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN, which is required for state licensing. Past WSCC nursing program cohorts have consistently scored above state and national averages on the NCLEX-RN. ADN graduates are also prepared to continue their studies by pursuing a baccalaureate nursing degree.

Clark State Community College
Clark State Community College is home to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Registered Nursing program that allows students to take the required nursing courses during evening and weekend hours. The program emphasizes patient-centered care and evidence-based practice. Required courses include Behavioral Health Nursing, Children-Family Nursing, and Anatomy and Physiology. The AAS program at Clark State Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. Clark State Community College has developed articulation agreements with several four-year colleges and universities that can make it easier for associate’s degree graduates to transfer credits towards a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs

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

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.

Student Reviews

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

Student Review: “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 in 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 turnover during the second semester because instructors are not comfortable with the way that material is taught. The course with the largest credit load has an 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 an 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

Student Review: “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 the 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

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

Student Review: “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 College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report Best Nursing Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/search?program=top-nursing-schools
3. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=OH&major=nursing&sort=best
4. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
5. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs
6. Ohio Board of Nursing: http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/Education.htm#NCLEX