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Akron offers many great programs for students interested in a nursing career. With the rapid growth of the healthcare industry, graduates can look forward to exciting job opportunities at a number of local healthcare organizations. To begin your nursing career, it is important to understand the various nursing roles and the certifications each role requires to practice.

Nursing careers
Prospective students can consider three distinct nursing roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and registered nurse (RN). CNAs play an essential role in healthcare by providing care for chronically sick or elderly patients in hospital wards and nursing institutions. They work in tandem with LPNs, who perform more advanced procedures like dressing wounds and monitoring vital signs. LPNs and CNAs are often managed by an RN, who directs the overall plan of patient care plan and independently administers many healthcare activities.

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Program choices
To embark on a nursing career, students can enroll in a state-approved program at one of Akron’s accredited nursing schools. CNAs require only a brief certificate program and a passing score on the state-administered certification exam. LPNs must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program and pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam. Ohio RNs can follow one of four prelicensure pathways: hospital diploma, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or direct-entry master’s degree. All RN candidates must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam. The Akron metropolitan area has a dozen accredited nursing schools, including large public institutions like University of Akron and small vocational schools like Akron School of Practical Nursing.

Employment prospects
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Akron boasts more than 4,000 CNAs, 2,000 LPNs, and 7,700 RNs in the broader metropolitan area. Local nurses earn competitive wages. Akron’s CNAs earn a median annual salary of $23,750, its LPNs earn $40,000 per year, and the city’s RNs make over $62,000 in average annual pay. The city has a number of established healthcare providers including Summa Health System and Southwest General Heath Center.

To assist Akron’s aspiring nurses, we have organized below a list of accredited local schools that offer state-approved nursing programs.

Featured Schools

Akron nursing schools by NCLEX score

Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls
2545 Bailey Road | Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Akron School of Practical Nursing
1532 Peckham Street | Akron, Ohio 44320
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
University of Akron
302 East Buchtel Avenue | Akron, Ohio 44325
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Herzing University - Akron
1600 South Arlington Street, Suite 100 | Akron, Ohio 44306
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Kent State University
800 East Summit Street | Kent, Ohio 44242
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Portage Lakes Career Center
4401 Shriver Road | Uniontown, Ohio 44685
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Northcoast Medical Training Academy
1832 State Route 59 | Kent, Ohio 44240
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Hiram College
6832 Hinsdale Street | Hiram, Ohio 44234
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Bryant & Stratton College - Akron
190 Montrose West Avenue | Copley, Ohio 44321
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 58.9% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.5% 2010 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.7% 2011 to 2017
Akron School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.3% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
University of Akron Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.5% 2009 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Herzing University - Akron Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2009 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Kent State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.6% 2009 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.4% 2009 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Portage Lakes Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.2% 2009 to 2017
Northcoast Medical Training Academy Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.5% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Hiram College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.3% 2011 to 2017
Bryant & Stratton College - Akron Associate's Degree in Nursing 58.9% 2014 to 2017