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Private schools are not administered by the local, state, or federal government, and they receive no direct government funding. Private colleges generally have smaller class sizes than their public counterparts, enabling closer interaction with classmates and professors. Many private schools do charge high tuition, but students with strong academic records or significant needs can access financial assistance programs, including grants and merit scholarships. In addition, private schools are often prestigious, providing students an advantage in the job market after graduation.

Ohio’s private nursing programs
Ohio is home to about 75 private schools with accredited nursing programs. They cover a broad range of nursing professions and career paths. Case Western Reserve University, one of the largest private colleges in Ohio, offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in registered nursing (RN). Xavier University in Cincinnati offers several distinct master’s degree specializations including nursing administration, pediatric nursing, nursing education and clinical nurse leader. Ohio also has a robust network of smaller private colleges that offer entry-level nursing programs, including certificates in licensed practical nursing (LPN) and associate’s degrees in registered nursing.

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Career outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio employs almost 125,000 RNs with a median annual salary of $60,530. Top-performing registered nurses, often those with a bachelor’s degree, can earn $70,000 or more per year. The state also has a network of almost 40,000 LPNs earning about $40,000 annually. Ohio nursing graduates have a plethora of employment options, including large healthcare providers like the Department of Veterans Affairs, Genesis Healthcare, and VITAS.

To help Ohio’s aspiring nurses choose a well-suited program, we have provided below a comprehensive list of the state’s private nursing schools and programs.

Featured Schools

Akron

Bryant & Stratton College - Akron
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Herzing University - Akron
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hiram College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Northcoast Medical Training Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Bryant & Stratton College - Akron Copley
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Falls
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Herzing University - Akron Akron
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hiram College Hiram
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Northcoast Medical Training Academy Kent
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Canton

Aultman College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Malone University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ross College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Mount Union
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Walsh University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Aultman College Canton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Malone University Canton
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ross College Canton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of Mount Union Alliance
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Walsh University North Canton
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Cincinnati

Antonelli College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Beckfield College - Tri-County Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fortis College - Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Galen College of Nursing - Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hondros College of Nursing - Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mount St. Joseph University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Xavier University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Antonelli College Cincinnati
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Beckfield College - Tri-County Cincinnati Springdale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fortis College - Cincinnati Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Galen College of Nursing - Cincinnati Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hondros College of Nursing - Cincinnati West Chester
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mount St. Joseph University Cincinnati
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Xavier University Cincinnati
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Cleveland

ATS Institute of Technology - Cleveland
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Baldwin Wallace University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Bryant & Stratton College - Eastlake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Bryant & Stratton College - Parma
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Case Western Reserve University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate: Palliative Care
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Palliative Care
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Central School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Cleveland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hondros College of Nursing - Cleveland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Notre Dame College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University - Cleveland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Phoenix - Cleveland
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Ursuline College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Palliative Care
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Palliative Care Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
ATS Institute of Technology - Cleveland Highland Heights
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Baldwin Wallace University Berea
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Bryant & Stratton College - Eastlake Eastlake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Bryant & Stratton College - Parma Parma
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate: Palliative Care
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Palliative Care
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Central School of Practical Nursing Independence
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Cleveland Cleveland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hondros College of Nursing - Cleveland Independence
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Notre Dame College Cleveland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University - Cleveland Warrensville Heights
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Phoenix - Cleveland Independence
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Ursuline College Pepper Pike
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Palliative Care
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Palliative Care Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Columbus

American Institute of Alternative Medicine
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Capital University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Felbry College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Fortis College - Columbus
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Franklin University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hondros College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ohio Christian University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Otterbein University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
American Institute of Alternative Medicine Columbus
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Capital University Columbus
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Columbus Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Felbry College Columbus
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Fortis College - Columbus Westerville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Franklin University Columbus
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hondros College of Nursing Westerville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mount Carmel College of Nursing Columbus
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ohio Christian University Circleville
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Otterbein University Westerville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Dayton

Brightwood College - Dayton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Cedarville University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Fortis College - Centerville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hondros College of Nursing - Dayton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Kettering College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ohio Institute of Allied Health
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Ohio Medical Career College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Brightwood College - Dayton Dayton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Cedarville University Cedarville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Fortis College - Centerville Centerville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hondros College of Nursing - Dayton Fairborn
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Kettering College Kettering
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ohio Institute of Allied Health Huber Heights
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Ohio Medical Career College Dayton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Toledo

Acadia Career Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Athena Career Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Hondros College of Nursing - Toledo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lourdes University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Mercy College of Ohio
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Professional Skills Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Richard Medical Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Stautzenberger College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Acadia Career Institute Pemberville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Athena Career Academy Sylvania
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Hondros College of Nursing - Toledo Maumee
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lourdes University Sylvania
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Mercy College of Ohio Toledo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Professional Skills Institute Maumee
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Richard Medical Academy Toledo
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Stautzenberger College Maumee
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Youngstown

ETI Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
ETI Technical College Niles
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Ohio cities

Ashland University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Defiance College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Muskingum University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ohio Northern University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ohio Valley College of Technology
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Trinity Health System School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
University of Findlay
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Rio Grande
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Urbana University
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Wittenberg University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Ashland University Mansfield
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Defiance College Defiance
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing Sandusky
  • Diploma in Nursing
Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Muskingum University New Concord
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ohio Northern University Ada
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ohio Valley College of Technology East Liverpool
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Trinity Health System School of Nursing Steubenville
  • Diploma in Nursing
University of Findlay Findlay
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Rio Grande Rio Grande
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Urbana University Urbana
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Wittenberg University Springfield
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion