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The nursing profession in Toledo, Ohio, offers several distinct points of entry. Each nursing role carries a unique set of responsibilities, educational requirements, and compensation.

Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurses independently direct many aspects of patient care, and they often lead teams of more junior nursing staff. Ohio’s RNs must graduate from a state-approved prelicensure program and pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam before practicing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a Toledo RN is $58,700.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
Licensed practical nurses are more junior than RNs, but they may still conduct many healthcare activities. These include providing injections, monitoring medical equipment, dressing wounds, and recording vital signs. Ohio’s LPNs must graduate from an accredited certificate program and pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam before practicing. Toledo’s LPNs earn a median annual salary of approximately $40,000.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
A nursing assistant or “nurse’s aide” helps sick, injured, elderly, and convalescent patients with basic quality-of-life tasks. Ohio’s CNAs need only complete a brief training program and pass the state certification exams in order to gain licensure. CNAs in the Toledo metro area report a median annual salary of $23,800.

Toledo’s newly minted nurses may seek employment with major local healthcare providers like Mercy Health, Promedica, and the Hospice of Northwest Ohio. To help the city’s aspiring nurses launch their careers, we’ve identified below the best nursing programs in Toledo.

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Toledo nursing schools by NCLEX score

Acadia Career Institute
17345 McCutcheonville Road | Pemberville, Ohio 43450
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Diploma in Nursing: 41.9% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
Owens Community College
30335 Oregon Road | Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Professional Skills Institute
1505 Holland Road | Maumee, Ohio 43528
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Mercy College of Ohio
2221 Madison Avenue | Toledo, Ohio 43604
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lourdes University
6832 Convent Boulevard | Sylvania, Ohio 43560
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Toledo
2801 West Bancroft Street | Toledo, Ohio 43606
  • Direct Entry MSN: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • 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: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hondros College of Nursing - Toledo
1684 Woodlands Drive | Maumee, Ohio 43537
  • 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)
Toledo School of Practical Nursing
3281 Upton Avenue | Toledo, Ohio 43613
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Stautzenberger College
1796 Indian Wood Circle | Maumee, Ohio 43537
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Bowling Green State University
3000 Arlington Avenue | Toledo, Ohio 43614
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Athena Career Academy
5700 Monroe Street | Sylvania, Ohio 43560
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 71.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Richard Medical Academy
5237 Renwyck Drive | Toledo, Ohio 43615
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Acadia Career Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% Q1-2 2013 to Q1-2 2013
Diploma in Nursing 41.9% 2014 to 2017
Owens Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.5% 2009 to 2017
Professional Skills Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.9% 2009 to 2017
Mercy College of Ohio Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.2% 2009 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.8% 2009 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lourdes University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.9% 2009 to 2017
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Toledo Direct Entry MSN 85.6% 2009 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.7% 2009 to 2017
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
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: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hondros College of Nursing - Toledo Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.5% 2009 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.9% 2009 to 2017
Toledo School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.9% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Stautzenberger College Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.9% 2011 to Q1-2 2013
Bowling Green State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.8% 2009 to 2017
Athena Career Academy Certificate in Practical Nursing 71.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Diploma in Nursing
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Richard Medical Academy Certificate in Practical Nursing
Diploma in Nursing