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The Dayton metropolitan area is home to over a dozen accredited nursing schools, including a mix of both public and private institutions. These schools offer nursing programs that prepare students for three primary nursing roles: registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and certified nursing assistant (CNA).

Registered nurses hold the most autonomy of the major nursing roles. Ohio’s RNs may follow one of four education pathways: hospital diploma, associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or direct-entry master of science in nursing (MSN). All candidates must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination at the conclusion of their studies. Dayton’s RNs earn a median annual salary of $59,180.

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Licensed practical nurses are junior to RNs, but they independently perform many tasks like dressing wounds and providing injections. Ohio’s LPNs must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program in practical nursing, and they must successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination. LPNs in Dayton earn $41,230 per year on average.

Nursing assistants help patients with essential daily tasks in a variety of long- and short-term care settings. Ohio’s CNAs must complete a brief course and pass the state certification exams before practicing. Dayton-based CNAs typically earn $23,720 per year.

Dayton has several large nursing employers including Premier Care Partners, Kettering Health Network, and Kindred Healthcare. To help the city’s aspiring nurses find work at these institutions, we have profiled below each of the accredited nursing schools in the Dayton metropolitan area.

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Dayton nursing schools by NCLEX score

Miami Valley Career Technology Center
6800 Hoke Road | Clayton, Ohio 45315
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Upper Valley Career Center
8811 Looney Road | Piqua, Ohio 45356
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Fortis College - Centerville
555 East Alex Bell Road | Centerville, Ohio 45459
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Edison State Community College
1973 Edison Drive | Piqua, Ohio 45356
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Cedarville University
251 North Main Street | Cedarville, Ohio 45314
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Sinclair Community College
444 West Third Street | Dayton, Ohio 45402
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway | Dayton, Ohio 45435
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hondros College of Nursing - Dayton
1810 Successful Drive | Fairborn, Ohio 45324
  • 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)
Kettering College
3737 Southern Boulevard | Kettering, Ohio 45429
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ohio Institute of Allied Health
6245 Old Troy Pike | Huber Heights, Ohio 45424
  • Diploma in Nursing: 74.2% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 63.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Ohio Medical Career College
1133 South Edwin C Moses Boulevard, Suite 110 | Dayton, Ohio 45417
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 53.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Diploma in Nursing: 44.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 33.3% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Miami Valley Career Technology Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Upper Valley Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Fortis College - Centerville Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.2% 2009 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.5% 2009 to 2017
Edison State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.1% 2009 to 2017
Cedarville University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.8% 2009 to 2017
Sinclair Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.8% 2009 to 2017
Wright State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.3% 2009 to 2017
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hondros College of Nursing - Dayton Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.5% 2009 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.9% 2009 to 2017
Kettering College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.4% 2014 to 2017
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ohio Institute of Allied Health Diploma in Nursing 74.2% 2015 to 2017
Certificate in Practical Nursing 63.3% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Ohio Medical Career College Certificate in Practical Nursing 53.8% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Diploma in Nursing 44.9% 2013 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 33.3% 2016 to 2017
Nursing Assistant Certificate