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The Huntington-Ashland metropolitan area is home to more than 8,000 nursing professionals. Most nurses in this metro area earned their degree or certificate at a local college or university. The region is full of top-notch nursing schools, including Kentucky Christian University, St. Mary’s School of Nursing, Marshall University, Ohio University Southern, and Ashland Community & Technical College. Collectively, these schools offer nursing programs at all degree and certificate levels.

Graduates of these nursing schools will have the education and hands-on experience to qualify for positions at major healthcare centers. The Huntington-Ashland metro area has numerous large healthcare providers, including Cabell Huntington Hospital, Cornerstone Hospital Huntington, King’s Daughters Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, and River Park Hospital. Depending on the role, yearly earnings can range from $25,000 for entry-level positions to $165,000 for highly skilled roles.

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Entry-level roles such as certified nursing assistant (CNA) involve performing routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and other medical staff. Duties include serving meals, transferring patients between wheelchair and bed, bathing patients, and helping them get dressed. CNAs work in state, local, and private hospitals; in nursing homes; and in long-term care facilities. Some also work in private homes. CNAs must complete a brief accredited training program of approximately 100 hours and pass a state certification exam.

A highly skilled role such as certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) entails administering general and regional anesthesia, performing physical assessments, and participating in preoperative teaching. CRNAs work in conjunction with other healthcare professionals like anesthesiologists, surgeons, dentists, and podiatrists. They practice in traditional hospital operating rooms, ambulatory surgery centers, pain clinics, physicians’ offices, and the military. CRNAs must hold an advanced or terminal degree from an accredited nurse anesthesia program. They must also possess a valid RN license, one year of critical care experience, and a passing score on the national certification examination.

If you’re ready to start your nursing career, we’ve compiled below a list of accredited nursing schools in in the Huntington-Ashland metropolitan area. This should provide a menu of options across all potential nursing career paths and educational programs.

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Huntington-Ashland nursing schools by NCLEX score

Putnam Career & Technical Center
300 Roosevelt Boulevard | Eleanor, West Virginia 25070
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
Cabell County Career Technology Center
1035 Norway Avenue | Huntington, West Virginia 25705
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2012-13)
St. Mary's School of Nursing
2900 First Avenue | Huntington, West Virginia 25702
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Ashland Community & Technical College
1400 College Drive | Ashland, Kentucky 41101
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive | Huntington, West Virginia 25755
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Doctor of Management Practice in Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Collins Career Technical Center
11627 State Route 243 | Chesapeake, Ohio 45619
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Diploma in Nursing: 64.9% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kentucky Christian University
100 Academic Parkway | Grayson, Kentucky 41143
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ohio University - Southern
1804 Liberty Avenue | Ironton, Ohio 45638
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Putnam Career & Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009-10 to 2012-13
Cabell County Career Technology Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.6% 2009-10 to 2012-13
St. Mary's School of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.0% 2008 to 2012
Ashland Community & Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.6% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.1% 2008 to 2012
Marshall University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2012
Doctor of Management Practice in Nurse Anesthesia
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificates
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Collins Career Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.1% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Diploma in Nursing 64.9% 2017 to 2017
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kentucky Christian University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.4% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ohio University - Southern Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.5% 2013 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.7% 2009 to 2017