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With the Affordable Healthcare Act and its implications on healthcare structures, the burden of healthcare looks poised to shift onto the shoulders of midlevel providers like nurses, nurse practitioners, and allied staff. Therefore, the role of the registered nurse will only become more critical in ensuring the continued health of the American population.

There are four routes to become a registered nurse in Ohio: hospital diploma, two-year associate’s degree, four-year bachelor’s degree, and direct-entry master’s degree. Hospital diplomas, while less common today, are the oldest form of nursing training. Hospital diplomas are intensive hospital-based training programs, combining science education with hands-on practical learning and training. They are offered at a handful of Ohio institutions, including Tri-Rivers Career Center and the Ohio Institute of Allied Health.

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The other three types of programs are offered at universities and colleges throughout the state. In particular, it is worth noting that direct-entry master’s programs provide entry to the nursing profession for career switchers who already hold an undergraduate degree. Regardless, graduates of these pre-licensure programs must all pass the national certification exam, the NCLEX-RN, in order to gain licensure to practice in the state of Ohio.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 100,000-strong corps of registered nurses in Ohio report a median annual salary of $60,530, with the middle fifty percent of salaries ranging between $52,760 and $70,830. Registered nurses in Ohio are not restricted to working in hospital settings; they can work in a variety of other institutions including schools, prisons, hospitals, hospices, and even insurance firms. Some of the major local employers of nurses include the State of Ohio (schools, prisons, and social services), the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Aetna. There is definitely fulfilling employment available for those who become registered nurses.

To help those interested in embarking on an RN pre-licensure program, we have compiled a comprehensive list of Ohio’s accredited registered nursing schools.

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Akron

University of Akron
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Herzing University - Akron
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Kent State University
  • 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)
Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Hiram College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Bryant & Stratton College - Akron
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 58.9% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Akron
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.5% 2009 to 2017
Herzing University - Akron
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2009 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Kent State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.6% 2009 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.4% 2009 to 2017
Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.7% 2011 to 2017
Hiram College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.3% 2011 to 2017
Bryant & Stratton College - Akron
Associate's Degree in Nursing 58.9% 2014 to 2017

Canton

University of Mount Union
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
Walsh University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Malone University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Aultman College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Stark State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Ross College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 44.6% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Mount Union
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 100.0% 2017 to 2017
Walsh University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.9% 2009 to 2017
Malone University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.7% 2009 to 2017
Aultman College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.0% 2009 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Stark State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.7% 2009 to 2017
Ross College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 44.6% 2014 to 2017

Cincinnati

Xavier University
  • 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
Mount St. Joseph University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Direct Entry MSN: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
University of Cincinnati
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Galen College of Nursing - Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • 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)
Miami University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Fortis College - Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 66.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Beckfield College - Tri-County Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 42.5% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
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
Mount St. Joseph University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.3% 2009 to 2017
Direct Entry MSN 87.6% 2011 to 2017
Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.7% 2009 to 2017
University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.3% 2009 to 2017
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.0% 2009 to 2017
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
Miami University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.9% 2010 to 2017
University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 71.4% 2009 to 2017
Fortis College - Cincinnati
Associate's Degree in Nursing 66.5% 2010 to 2017
Beckfield College - Tri-County Cincinnati
Associate's Degree in Nursing 42.5% 2014 to 2017

Cleveland

Baldwin Wallace University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
South University - Cleveland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
Case Western Reserve University
  • Direct Entry MSN: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Lakeland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Cleveland State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Ursuline College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Lorain County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Bryant & Stratton College - Eastlake
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Cuyahoga Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Notre Dame College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Cleveland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Bryant & Stratton College - Parma
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 65.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Baldwin Wallace University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 95.5% 2013 to 2017
South University - Cleveland
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.9% 2016 to 2017
Case Western Reserve University
Direct Entry MSN 88.5% 2009 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.2% 2009 to 2017
Lakeland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2009 to 2017
Cleveland State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.8% 2009 to 2017
Ursuline College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.6% 2009 to 2017
Lorain County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.7% 2009 to 2017
Bryant & Stratton College - Eastlake
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.1% 2009 to 2017
Cuyahoga Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.1% 2009 to 2017
Notre Dame College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.4% 2010 to 2017
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Cleveland
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 79.3% 2015 to 2017
Bryant & Stratton College - Parma
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 65.6% 2013 to 2017

Columbus

Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Direct Entry MSN
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Columbus
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Capital University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Columbus State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Otterbein University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Central Ohio Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Hondros College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Fortis College - Columbus
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 72.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
American Institute of Alternative Medicine
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 35.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Felbry College
  • Diploma in Nursing: 33.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Ohio State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.0% 2009 to 2017
Direct Entry MSN
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.3% 2009 to 2017
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Columbus
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.7% 2010 to 2017
Capital University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.8% 2009 to 2017
Columbus State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.2% 2009 to 2017
Otterbein University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.2% 2009 to 2017
Central Ohio Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.8% 2009 to 2017
Hondros College of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.9% 2009 to 2017
Fortis College - Columbus
Associate's Degree in Nursing 72.9% 2011 to 2017
American Institute of Alternative Medicine
Associate's Degree in Nursing 35.4% 2011 to 2017
Felbry College
Diploma in Nursing 33.3% 2013 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 0.0% 2017 to 2017

Dayton

Edison State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Cedarville University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Sinclair Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Wright State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Kettering College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
Fortis College - Centerville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Ohio Institute of Allied Health
  • Diploma in Nursing: 74.2% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Ohio Medical Career College
  • Diploma in Nursing: 44.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 33.3% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
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
Kettering College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.4% 2014 to 2017
Fortis College - Centerville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.5% 2009 to 2017
Ohio Institute of Allied Health
Diploma in Nursing 74.2% 2015 to 2017
Ohio Medical Career College
Diploma in Nursing 44.9% 2013 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 33.3% 2016 to 2017

Toledo

Mercy College of Ohio
  • 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)
Owens Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Lourdes University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
University of Toledo
  • Direct Entry MSN: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Bowling Green State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Acadia Career Institute
  • Diploma in Nursing: 41.9% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
Athena Career Academy
  • Diploma in Nursing
Richard Medical Academy
  • Diploma in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Mercy College of Ohio
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.2% 2009 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.8% 2009 to 2017
Owens Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.5% 2009 to 2017
Lourdes University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.9% 2009 to 2017
University of Toledo
Direct Entry MSN 85.6% 2009 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.7% 2009 to 2017
Bowling Green State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.8% 2009 to 2017
Acadia Career Institute
Diploma in Nursing 41.9% 2014 to 2017
Athena Career Academy
Diploma in Nursing
Richard Medical Academy
Diploma in Nursing

Youngstown

Youngstown State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Youngstown State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.9% 2009 to 2017

Other Ohio cities

Trinity Health System School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Ohio Northern University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Northwest State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Washington State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Hocking College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Terra State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Ashland University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Marion Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Ohio University - Southern
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
North Central State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Ohio University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Tri-Rivers School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Southern State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Shawnee State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Rhodes State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Ohio Valley College of Technology
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
Clark State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Ohio University - Zanesville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
Ohio University - Chillicothe
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus
  • Diploma in Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
University of Rio Grande
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Muskingum University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 76.8% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
Eastern Gateway Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.7% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
Belmont College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 67.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Collins Career Technical Center
  • Diploma in Nursing: 64.9% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
Columbiana County Career & Technical Center
  • Diploma in Nursing
Knox Technical Center
  • Diploma in Nursing
Mid-East Career and Technology Centers
  • Diploma in Nursing
Sandusky Career Center
  • Diploma in Nursing
University of Findlay
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Wittenberg University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Trinity Health System School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing 95.1% 2009 to 2017
Ohio Northern University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.0% 2009 to 2017
Northwest State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.9% 2009 to 2017
Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing 92.1% 2009 to 2017
Washington State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.4% 2009 to 2017
Hocking College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.3% 2009 to 2017
Terra State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.2% 2009 to 2017
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.1% 2009 to 2017
Ashland University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.3% 2009 to 2017
Marion Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.0% 2009 to 2017
Ohio University - Southern
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.5% 2013 to 2017
North Central State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.2% 2009 to 2017
Ohio University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.8% 2013 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.7% 2009 to 2017
Tri-Rivers School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing 85.2% 2009 to 2017
Southern State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.8% 2009 to 2017
Shawnee State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.6% 2015 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.6% 2009 to 2017
Rhodes State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.3% 2009 to 2017
Ohio Valley College of Technology
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.0% 2012 to 2017
Clark State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.9% 2009 to 2017
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.7% 2010 to 2017
Ohio University - Zanesville
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.2% 2012 to 2017
Ohio University - Chillicothe
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.1% 2012 to 2017
Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus
Diploma in Nursing 80.0% 2015 to 2017
University of Rio Grande
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.9% 2009 to 2017
Muskingum University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 76.8% 2012 to 2017
Eastern Gateway Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 75.7% 2014 to 2017
Belmont College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 67.4% 2009 to 2017
Collins Career Technical Center
Diploma in Nursing 64.9% 2017 to 2017
Columbiana County Career & Technical Center
Diploma in Nursing
Knox Technical Center
Diploma in Nursing
Mid-East Career and Technology Centers
Diploma in Nursing
Sandusky Career Center
Diploma in Nursing
University of Findlay
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Wittenberg University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing