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.

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.

Dayton nursing schools by NCLEX score

Ohio Institute of Allied Health
6245 Old Troy Pike | Huber Heights, Ohio 45424
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2020 through 2020)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
  • Diploma in Nursing: 71.6% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2020)
Edison State Community College
1973 Edison Drive | Piqua, Ohio 45356
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway | Dayton, Ohio 45435
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
  • 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
Miami Valley Career Technology Center
6800 Hoke Road | Clayton, Ohio 45315
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Fortis College - Centerville
555 East Alex Bell Road | Centerville, Ohio 45459
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
Upper Valley Career Center
8811 Career Drive | Piqua, Ohio 45356
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
  • Diploma in Nursing: LPN-to-RN Bridge
Cedarville University
251 North Main Street | Cedarville, Ohio 45314
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
Hondros College of Nursing - Dayton
1810 Successful Drive | Fairborn, Ohio 45324
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
Kettering College
3737 Southern Boulevard | Kettering, Ohio 45429
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2020)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Sinclair College
444 West Third Street | Dayton, Ohio 45402
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
Community College of the Air Force
2950 Hobson Way | Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433
  • Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing Technology: 74.2% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2020)
Ohio Medical Career College
1133 South Edwin C. Moses Boulevard, Suite 110 | Dayton, Ohio 45417
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 50.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2020)
  • One Plus One Diploma in Nursing: 38.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2020)
  • One Plus One Associate of Applied Science in Nursing: 33.3% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2020)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Ohio Institute of Allied Health Associate's Degree in Nursing 100.0% 2020 to 2020
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.1% 2011 to 2020
Diploma in Nursing 71.6% 2015 to 2020
Edison State Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.0% 2011 to 2020
Wright State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.7% 2011 to 2020
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
Miami Valley Career Technology Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.3% 2011 to 2020
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Fortis College - Centerville Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.9% 2011 to 2020
Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.4% 2011 to 2020
Upper Valley Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.3% 2011 to 2020
Diploma in Nursing: LPN-to-RN Bridge
Cedarville University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.1% 2011 to 2020
Hondros College of Nursing - Dayton Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.3% 2011 to 2020
Associate's Degree in Nursing 71.5% 2011 to 2020
Kettering College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.1% 2014 to 2020
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Sinclair College Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.5% 2011 to 2020
Community College of the Air Force Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing Technology 74.2% 2018 to 2020
Ohio Medical Career College Certificate in Practical Nursing 50.9% 2011 to 2020
One Plus One Diploma in Nursing 38.1% 2013 to 2020
One Plus One Associate of Applied Science in Nursing 33.3% 2016 to 2020
Nursing Assistant Certificate
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