Mary Ann Ball Bickerdyke was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio and worked as a nurse to the Union Army during the American Civil War. She was known as Mother Bickerdyke and established more than 300 field hospitals during the war in order to treat the sick and wounded. Today, thousands of Ohio nurses have followed in her footsteps, providing care for patients in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, schools, homes and senior living communities.

Top 10 Nursing Schools in Ohio

Here at NursingDegrees.com, we’ve compiled two lists of the best nursing schools in Ohio: one for graduate students and another one for undergraduate students. Our rankings take important aspects of nursing schools in Ohio into consideration, such as tuition and fees, acceptance rate, available nursing programs and availability of academic resources. With this information, prospective students can select the right school for their particular needs and career goals.

The data for our rankings comes from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Information about our methodology can be found at the bottom of this page.

01
University of Rio Grande
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
5
Undergraduate tuition
$24,310
Undergraduate graduation rate
36%
Undergraduate retention rate
56%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
89%
02
Ohio University-Main Campus
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$11,298
Undergraduate graduation rate
64%
Undergraduate retention rate
82%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
93%
03
Cleveland State University
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$9,636
Undergraduate graduation rate
41%
Undergraduate retention rate
71%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
90%
04
Capital University
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$33,282
Undergraduate graduation rate
59%
Undergraduate retention rate
75%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
99%
05
University of Toledo
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$8,052
Undergraduate graduation rate
43%
Undergraduate retention rate
74%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
95%
06
Ohio State University-Main Campus
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$9,168
Undergraduate graduation rate
84%
Undergraduate retention rate
94%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
88%
07
Owens Community College
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$3,672
Undergraduate graduation rate
17%
Undergraduate retention rate
53%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
83%
08
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$9,322
Undergraduate graduation rate
67%
Undergraduate retention rate
88%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
84%
09
Edison State Community College
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$3,610
Undergraduate graduation rate
24%
Undergraduate retention rate
54%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
76%
10
Otterbein University
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$31,424
Undergraduate graduation rate
58%
Undergraduate retention rate
83%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
100%
01
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
11
Graduate Tuition
$12,790
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
5
02
Case Western Reserve University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
16
Graduate Tuition
$42,576
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0
03
Xavier University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
7
Graduate Tuition
$10,908
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
4
04
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
6
Graduate Tuition
$9,954
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
2
05
University of Toledo
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
9
Graduate Tuition
$13,166
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
3
06
University of Akron Main Campus
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
6
Graduate Tuition
$7,731
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0
07
Ashland University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Graduate Tuition
$5,713
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
1
08
Cedarville University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
3
Graduate Tuition
$9,385
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
3
09
Mount Saint Joseph University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
5
Graduate Tuition
$10,825
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0
10
Capital University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
5
Graduate Tuition
$11,250
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0

Nursing Accreditation in Ohio

The process that higher education institutions undergo to confirm they meet American educational standards is referred to as accreditation. Attending an accredited nursing school is important; students and employers alike can better trust the educational quality of an accredited school, while an unaccredited school has no such endorsements. Students may also be required to attend an accredited school in order to take certain certification exams, or to qualify for financial aid.

Two of the more prominent nursing school accreditation bodies in Ohio include:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Accreditation Commission For Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Ohio-Specific Licensure

To earn a license to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Ohio, a student must graduate from a practical nursing program that is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing; complete an Ohio criminal background check; submit an application for licensure; and earn a passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Ohio licensure for registered nurses (RNs) involves graduating with a registered nursing degree or diploma; completing an Ohio criminal background check; submitting an application for licensure; and passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Nurse practitioners (NPs) in Ohio must first become licensed as an RN in Ohio. Next, they need to earn a graduate degree in nursing, and then national certification as an NP. Finally, they must submit an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Application for Certificate of Authority before they can begin to practice. Please note that NPs in Ohio have reduced-practice authority, and thus may require a doctor to sign off on some of their job duties and responsibilities.

There are many other kinds of nurses, and nursing licensure requirements are subject to change. Visit the Ohio Board of Nursing and check on the requirements for your planned nursing career to make sure you are aware of any recent changes.

Ohio Nursing Organizations

There are several Ohio nursing organizations that can help nurses in the Buckeye State enhance their knowledge, improve their job prospects and/or connect with other nurses in their specialization. Here are a few such organizations:

  • Ohio Nurses Association (ONA):

    The ONA was formed in 1904 to provide nurses with a powerful platform for the protection, promotion and advancement of their careers. As of July 2018, it serves as the voice for over 180,000 registered nurses in Ohio.

  • Ohio Association of School Nurses (OASN):

    OASN was designed for registered nurses with an interest in school nursing. Members of OASN work in school districts of all sizes, addressing injuries and health issues at schools across Ohio.

  • Northeast Ohio Nurse Practitioners (NEONP):

    As the name suggests, NEONP is a networking association for nurse practitioners in northeast Ohio. Its stated purpose is to promote professional development and high standards of healthcare delivery in every medical environment.

  • Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (OOAPN):

    OOAPN exists for advanced practice nurses: Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNP), Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA). This organization offers a variety of resources for its members, including educational opportunities and attorney referrals.

Ohio-Specific Continuing Education

LPNs and RNs in Ohio are both responsible for completing twenty-four hours of continuing education during each licensure period. One continuing education hour must focus on the Ohio Nurse Practice Act and the rules of the Ohio Board of Nursing.

The LPN licensure period lasts two years, starting on September 1 of even-numbered years and continuing through August 31 of the next even-numbered year. The RN licensure period also lasts two years; however, it starts on September 1 of odd-numbered years and goes through until August 31 of the next odd-numbered year.

Hospitals in Ohio

  • The Cleveland Clinic: Known as a nonprofit academic medical center, the Cleveland Clinic provides both clinical and hospital care to patients. As of 2018, it is equipped with more than 1,400 beds on its main campus and 4,538 beds system-wide.
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is home to 3 Magnet-designated hospitals for national nursing excellence. It is the only academic medical center in central Ohio and provided care to more than 1.7 million patients in 2017.
  • Miami Valley Hospital: Miami Valley Hospital is an urban hospital located in Dayton. As of July 2017, it houses the only level one trauma center, regional adult burn center, and level three neonatal intensive care unit in the Dayton area.
Sources & Methodology
  1. American Hospital Directory, Accessed June 2018, https://www.ahd.com/
  2. The Ohio Board of Nursing, Accessed June 2018, http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/education.htm
  3. National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Accessed June 2018, https://www.ncsbn.org/index.htm
  4. 2017 Year-End Facts & Figures, Cleveland Clinic, Accessed August 2018, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/-/scassets/files/org/about/who-we-are/cleveland-clinic-facts-and-figures-2017.ashx?la=en
  5. Our Story, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Accessed August 2018, https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/about-us/our-story#Our%20Story

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