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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

The Cincinnati metropolitan area is home to well over a dozen accredited nursing schools, offering a broad range of degree and certificate programs. Prospective students should carefully select the nursing role and corresponding education pathway that most appeals to them.

Major nursing roles
Cincinnati has three primary nursing roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and registered nurse (RN). CNAs provide basic quality-of-life care for sick, injured, and convalescent patients. LPNs have an expanded job scope that includes dressing wounds, collecting samples for routine laboratory tests, and monitoring vital signs. RNs play the most independent role, administrating critical patient care in close consultation with medical doctors.

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Study options
Aspiring CNAs can complete a short certificate program at over 30 community and technical colleges across Ohio, including several in the Cincinnati area. LPNs must complete a longer 12- to 18-month certificate program and successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam. Prospective RNs have four possible pathways in Ohio; most pursue either a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). All RNs must also pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam. The Cincinnati metropolitan area is home to several notable universities with esteemed nursing programs, including University of Cincinnati, Miami University, and Xavier University.

Local career data
Cincinnati is home to over 40,000 licensed nurses, including 23,000 RNs who earn an average of $61,000 annually. BSN-educated nurses typically receive top-quartile pay of $72,000 or more per year. Nursing graduates can seek employment with top local healthcare providers like Cincinnati Children's Hospital and TriHealth.

To help the city’s prospective students, we have compiled below a comprehensive list of nursing schools and programs in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Featured Schools

Cincinnati nursing schools by NCLEX score

Xavier University
3800 Victory Parkway | Cincinnati, Ohio 45207
  • Direct Entry MSN: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • 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
Butler Technology and Career Development Schools
3603 Hamilton-Middletown Road | Hamilton, Ohio 45011
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
3520 Central Parkway | Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Patient Care Assistant Certificate
Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development
3254 East Kemper Road | Cincinnati, Ohio 45241
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mount St. Joseph University
5701 Delhi Road | Cincinnati, Ohio 45233
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Direct Entry MSN: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Fortis College - Cincinnati
11499 Chester Road, Suite 200 | Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 66.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Hondros College of Nursing - Cincinnati
7600 Tyler's Place Boulevard | West Chester, Ohio 45069
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Beckfield College - Tri-County Cincinnati
225 Pictoria Drive | Springdale, Ohio 45246
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 42.5% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science
375 Dixmyth Avenue | Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Cincinnati
2624 Clifton Avenue | Cincinnati, Ohio 45221
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Occupational Health Nursing
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Galen College of Nursing - Cincinnati
100 East Business Way, Suite 200 | Cincinnati, Ohio 45241
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences
2139 Auburn Avenue | Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 66.7% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2015)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Miami University
1601 University Boulevard | Hamilton, Ohio 45011
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College
9555 Plainfield Road | Blue Ash, Ohio 45236
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Antonelli College
124 East Seventh Street | Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
US Grant Joint Vocational School
718 West Plane Street | Bethel, Ohio 45106
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Warren County Career Center
3525 North State Route 48 | Lebanon, Ohio 45036
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Xavier University Direct Entry MSN 92.1% 2009 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.8% 2009 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
Butler Technology and Career Development Schools Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.8% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.1% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.0% 2009 to 2017
Patient Care Assistant Certificate
Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mount St. Joseph University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.3% 2009 to 2017
Direct Entry MSN 87.6% 2011 to 2017
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Fortis College - Cincinnati Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.5% 2010 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 66.5% 2010 to 2017
Hondros College of Nursing - Cincinnati Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.5% 2009 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.9% 2009 to 2017
Beckfield College - Tri-County Cincinnati Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.6% 2012 to Q1-2 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 42.5% 2014 to 2017
Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.7% 2009 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Cincinnati Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.3% 2009 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Occupational Health Nursing
MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Galen College of Nursing - Cincinnati Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.0% 2009 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.9% 2009 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 66.7% 2015 to 2015
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Miami University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.9% 2010 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College Associate's Degree in Nursing 71.4% 2009 to 2017
Antonelli College Certificate in Practical Nursing
US Grant Joint Vocational School Nursing Assistant Certificate
Warren County Career Center Nursing Assistant Certificate