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Cleveland offers many state-approved nursing programs for students to pursue a nursing career. Graduates can look forward to employment at the city’s major healthcare organizations, including University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic. It is important for aspiring nurses to select their role and career path carefully.

Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
The LPN’s job scope includes collecting samples, monitoring vital signs, and even maintaining certain types of intravenous lines. LPNs provide hands-on nursing care in a variety of medical settings, from nursing homes to hospitals. After completing a short certificate program of 12 to 18 months, prospective LPNs must pass a national licensure exam, the NCLEX-PN. The 7,700 LPNs employed in the Cleveland metropolitan area have a median annual salary of $43,400.

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Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
Nursing assistants provide bedside care and perform quality-of-life tasks for their sick, elderly, and rehabilitating patients. Aspiring CNAs must complete a very short certificate program and pass a state-administered certification exam. There are more than 13,000 CNAs employed in the Cleveland metropolitan area, with salaries typically between $20,000 and $30,000 annually.

Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurses have the broadest scope of independent healthcare responsibility, including administering treatments and medications, operating medical equipment, performing diagnostic tests, and establishing patient care plans. Ohio offers multiple pathways to becoming an RN: hospital diploma, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, and direct-entry master’s degree. All RNs must pass a national licensure exam, the NCLEX-RN. Cleveland’s 28,000 RNs command a median annual salary of $65,000; those with a bachelor’s degree often earn top-quartile pay of $73,000 or more per annum.

To assist those seeking a career in nursing, we have profiled below a detailed list of Cleveland schools offering state-approved nursing programs.

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Cleveland nursing schools by NCLEX score

Baldwin Wallace University
275 Eastland Road | Berea, Ohio 44017
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
Lorain County Community College
1005 North Abbe Road | Elyria, Ohio 44035
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
South University - Cleveland
4743 Richmond Road | Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
Willoughby-Eastlake School of Practical Nursing
25 Public Square | Willoughby, Ohio 44094
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary): 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Cuyahoga Community College
700 Carnegie Avenue | Cleveland, Ohio 44115
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, Ohio 44106
  • Direct Entry MSN: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • 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
Lakeland Community College
7700 Clocktower Drive | Kirtland, Ohio 44094
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Central School of Practical Nursing
4700 Rockside Road | Independence, Ohio 44131
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, Ohio 44115
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Kent State University at Geauga
14111 Claridon-Troy Road | Burton, Ohio 44021
  • 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)
Ursuline College
2550 Lander Road | Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • 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
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
8001 Brecksville Road | Brecksville, Ohio 44141
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Hondros College of Nursing - Cleveland
4100 Rockside Road, Second Floor | Independence, Ohio 44313
  • 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)
Bryant & Stratton College - Eastlake
35350 Curtis Boulevard | Eastlake, Ohio 44095
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Notre Dame College
4545 College Road | Cleveland, Ohio 44121
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
ATS Institute of Technology - Cleveland
325 Alpha Park Drive | Highland Heights, Ohio 44143
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Cleveland
6700 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, Ohio 44103
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Auburn Career Center
8140 Auburn Road | Concord Township, Ohio 44077
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Bryant & Stratton College - Parma
12955 Snow Road | Parma, Ohio 44130
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 65.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lorain County Joint Vocational School District
15181 State Route 58 South | Oberlin, Ohio 44074
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Phoenix - Cleveland
5005 Rockside Road | Independence, Ohio 44131
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Baldwin Wallace University Accelerated Second Degree BSN 95.5% 2013 to 2017
Lorain County Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.8% 2009 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.7% 2009 to 2017
South University - Cleveland Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.9% 2016 to 2017
Willoughby-Eastlake School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary) 82.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Cuyahoga Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.1% 2009 to 2017
Case Western Reserve University Direct Entry MSN 88.5% 2009 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.2% 2009 to 2017
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
Lakeland Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2009 to 2017
Central School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Cleveland State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.8% 2009 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Kent State University at Geauga Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.6% 2009 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.4% 2009 to 2017
Ursuline College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.6% 2009 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.4% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Hondros College of Nursing - Cleveland Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.5% 2009 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.9% 2009 to 2017
Bryant & Stratton College - Eastlake Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.1% 2009 to 2017
Notre Dame College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.4% 2010 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
ATS Institute of Technology - Cleveland Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.8% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Cleveland Bachelor of Science in Nursing 79.3% 2015 to 2017
Auburn Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Bryant & Stratton College - Parma Bachelor of Science in Nursing 65.6% 2013 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lorain County Joint Vocational School District Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Phoenix - Cleveland MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing