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Prospective registered nurses in Ohio have four different types of prelicensure programs from which to choose, and the associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) is definitely one of the most popular. Over sixty such programs are available at universities and colleges throughout the state, both public and private. All ADN programs prepare students to pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination upon completion.

Associate’s degree programs are relatively short, requiring only two years of fulltime study from beginning to end. Many programs offer class schedules that allow students to pursue their ADN despite work and other personal commitments. Some campuses may also offer evening learning, a point worth researching when evaluating the various associate’s degree programs available.

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Almost 125,000 registered nurses are currently employed in Ohio, and that number is set to rise with the increasing healthcare demands of an aging population. Ohio’s RNs report a median annual salary of $60,530. With an associate’s degree under their belts, registered nurses can find employment in all kinds of settings, including schools, hospitals, and state agencies. Some of the Ohio institutions currently looking to employ ADN-holders include Johnson & Johnson, Ohio State University Medical Center, and MedCentral Health Systems.

If you are interested in learning more about Ohio’s associate’s degree in nursing programs, you might find the list below helpful in beginning your search. We’ve identified the best schools in each of the state’s major metropolitan areas.

Featured Schools

Akron

Herzing University - Akron
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Kent State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Bryant & Stratton College - Akron
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 58.9% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Herzing University - Akron
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2009 to 2017
Kent State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.4% 2009 to 2017
Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.7% 2011 to 2017
Bryant & Stratton College - Akron
Associate's Degree in Nursing 58.9% 2014 to 2017

Canton

Aultman College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Stark State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Ross College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 44.6% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Aultman College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.0% 2009 to 2017
Stark State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.7% 2009 to 2017
Ross College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 44.6% 2014 to 2017

Cincinnati

Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Galen College of Nursing - Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Fortis College - Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 66.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Beckfield College - Tri-County Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 42.5% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.7% 2009 to 2017
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.0% 2009 to 2017
Galen College of Nursing - Cincinnati
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.0% 2009 to 2017
Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.9% 2009 to 2017
University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 71.4% 2009 to 2017
Fortis College - Cincinnati
Associate's Degree in Nursing 66.5% 2010 to 2017
Beckfield College - Tri-County Cincinnati
Associate's Degree in Nursing 42.5% 2014 to 2017

Cleveland

Lakeland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Lorain County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Bryant & Stratton College - Eastlake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Cuyahoga Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lakeland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2009 to 2017
Lorain County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.7% 2009 to 2017
Bryant & Stratton College - Eastlake
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.1% 2009 to 2017
Cuyahoga Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.1% 2009 to 2017

Columbus

Columbus State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Central Ohio Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Hondros College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Fortis College - Columbus
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 72.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
American Institute of Alternative Medicine
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 35.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Felbry College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Columbus State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.2% 2009 to 2017
Central Ohio Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.8% 2009 to 2017
Hondros College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.9% 2009 to 2017
Fortis College - Columbus
Associate's Degree in Nursing 72.9% 2011 to 2017
American Institute of Alternative Medicine
Associate's Degree in Nursing 35.4% 2011 to 2017
Felbry College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 0.0% 2017 to 2017

Dayton

Edison State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Sinclair Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Fortis College - Centerville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Ohio Medical Career College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 33.3% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Edison State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.1% 2009 to 2017
Sinclair Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.8% 2009 to 2017
Fortis College - Centerville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.5% 2009 to 2017
Ohio Medical Career College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 33.3% 2016 to 2017

Toledo

Mercy College of Ohio
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Owens Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Mercy College of Ohio
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.2% 2009 to 2017
Owens Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.5% 2009 to 2017

Other Ohio cities

Northwest State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Washington State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Hocking College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Terra State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Marion Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
North Central State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Ohio University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Southern State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Rhodes State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Ohio Valley College of Technology
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
Clark State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Shawnee State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
University of Rio Grande
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Eastern Gateway Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.7% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
Belmont College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 67.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Northwest State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.9% 2009 to 2017
Washington State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.4% 2009 to 2017
Hocking College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.3% 2009 to 2017
Terra State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.2% 2009 to 2017
Marion Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.0% 2009 to 2017
North Central State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.2% 2009 to 2017
Ohio University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.7% 2009 to 2017
Southern State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.8% 2009 to 2017
Rhodes State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.3% 2009 to 2017
Ohio Valley College of Technology
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.0% 2012 to 2017
Clark State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.9% 2009 to 2017
Shawnee State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.6% 2009 to 2017
University of Rio Grande
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.9% 2009 to 2017
Eastern Gateway Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 75.7% 2014 to 2017
Belmont College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 67.4% 2009 to 2017