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Ohio offers a plethora of vocational colleges for prospective students interested in the nursing field. Vocational nursing courses are a great fit for students interested in hands-on work and seeking a rapid path to nursing employment. It is important for aspiring nurses to research Ohio’s numerous vocational programs in order to select the best school for their needs.

Vocational programs
Vocational, career, and community colleges offer short, practical programs for various nursing careers. Prospective licensed practical nurses (LPNs) can complete a certificate program in 12 to 18 months. Aspiring registered nurses (RNs) can pursue a two-year associate’s degree program that provides a solid practical foundation in nursing. Both types of programs combine theory, clinical hands-on training, laboratory work, and simulated learning experiences. Ohio boasts over 50 vocational and community colleges that offer nursing courses. Some of the largest vocational schools are located in the state’s major cities, including Cuyahoga Community College and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

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Career prospects
With the rapid growth of the healthcare industry, there are many exciting opportunities for nurses in Ohio. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are almost 40,000 LPNs and over 120,000 RNs employed across the state. Ohio’s LPNs typically earn $35,000-45,000 per year. RNs command a median annual salary of $60,530, with annual pay increasing to over $70,000 for long-tenured nurses. Nurses can look forward to careers with the state’s major healthcare employers such as Mercy Health and Kettering Health Network.

To help Ohio’s aspiring nurses, we have assembled a list of local vocational, career, and community colleges that offer some of the best vocational nursing programs.

Featured Schools

Akron

Akron School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northcoast Medical Training Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Portage Lakes Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Akron School of Practical Nursing Akron
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Falls
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northcoast Medical Training Academy Kent
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Portage Lakes Career Center Uniontown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Canton

Aultman College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Canton City Schools, Adult Career & Technical Education
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Robert T. White School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ross College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Stark State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Aultman College Canton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Canton City Schools, Adult Career & Technical Education Canton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Robert T. White School of Practical Nursing Alliance
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ross College Canton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Stark State College North Canton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Cincinnati

Antonelli College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Beckfield College - Tri-County Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Butler Technology and Career Development Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Patient Care Assistant Certificate
Fortis College - Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Galen College of Nursing - Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
US Grant Joint Vocational School
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Warren County Career Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Antonelli College Cincinnati
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Beckfield College - Tri-County Cincinnati Springdale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Butler Technology and Career Development Schools Hamilton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Patient Care Assistant Certificate
Fortis College - Cincinnati Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Galen College of Nursing - Cincinnati Cincinnati
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development Cincinnati
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
US Grant Joint Vocational School Bethel
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Warren County Career Center Lebanon
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Cleveland

ATS Institute of Technology - Cleveland
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Auburn Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cuyahoga Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lakeland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lorain County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lorain County Joint Vocational School District
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Willoughby-Eastlake School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
School City Programs offered
ATS Institute of Technology - Cleveland Highland Heights
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Auburn Career Center Concord Township
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central School of Practical Nursing Independence
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Brecksville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lakeland Community College Kirtland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lorain County Community College Elyria
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lorain County Joint Vocational School District Oberlin
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Willoughby-Eastlake School of Practical Nursing Willoughby
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)

Columbus

American Institute of Alternative Medicine
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Ohio Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Columbus School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Columbus State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delaware Area Career Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Felbry College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Fortis College - Columbus
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tolles Career and Technical Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
American Institute of Alternative Medicine Columbus
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County Newark
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Central Ohio Technical College Newark
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Columbus School of Practical Nursing Columbus
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Columbus State Community College Columbus
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delaware Area Career Center Delaware
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Felbry College Columbus
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Fortis College - Columbus Westerville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tolles Career and Technical Center Plain City
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Dayton

Brightwood College - Dayton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Edison State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Miami Valley Career Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ohio Institute of Allied Health
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Ohio Medical Career College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Sinclair Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Upper Valley Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Brightwood College - Dayton Dayton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Edison State Community College Piqua
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Miami Valley Career Technology Center Clayton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ohio Institute of Allied Health Huber Heights
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Ohio Medical Career College Dayton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Sinclair Community College Dayton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Upper Valley Career Center Piqua
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Toledo

Acadia Career Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Athena Career Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Owens Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Professional Skills Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Richard Medical Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Stautzenberger College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Toledo School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Acadia Career Institute Pemberville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Athena Career Academy Sylvania
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Owens Community College Perrysburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Professional Skills Institute Maumee
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Richard Medical Academy Toledo
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Stautzenberger College Maumee
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Toledo School of Practical Nursing Toledo
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Youngstown

Choffin Career and Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
ETI Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mahoning County Career and Technical Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Trumbull Career & Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Choffin Career and Technical Center Youngstown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
ETI Technical College Niles
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mahoning County Career and Technical Center Canfield
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Trumbull Career & Technical Center Warren
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Ohio cities

Apollo Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ashland County - West Holmes Career Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Belmont College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Buckeye Hills Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Clark State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Collins Career Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Columbiana County Career & Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern Gateway Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
EHOVE Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Four County Career Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hocking College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Knox Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Madison Adult Career Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Marion Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mid-East Career and Technology Centers
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Nancy J Knight School of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Central State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ohio Valley College of Technology
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Pickaway Ross Joint Vocational School District
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pike County Career Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Pioneer Career and Technology Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rhodes State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sandusky Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Scioto County Career Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southern State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Terra State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tri-County Adult Career Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tri-Rivers School of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Trinity Health System School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Vantage Career Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washington County Career Center, Adult Technical Training
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washington State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wayne County Schools Career Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
School City Programs offered
Apollo Career Center Lima
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ashland County - West Holmes Career Center Ashland
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus Jefferson
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Belmont College Saint Clairsville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Buckeye Hills Career Center Rio Grande
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Clark State Community College Springfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Collins Career Technical Center Chesapeake
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Columbiana County Career & Technical Center Lisbon
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern Gateway Community College Steubenville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
EHOVE Career Center Milan
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing Sandusky
  • Diploma in Nursing
Four County Career Center Archbold
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing Salem
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hocking College Nelsonville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Knox Technical Center Mount Vernon
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Madison Adult Career Center Mansfield
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Marion Technical College Marion
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mid-East Career and Technology Centers Zanesville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Nancy J Knight School of Nursing Bellefontaine
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Central State College Mansfield
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest State Community College Archbold
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ohio Valley College of Technology East Liverpool
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Pickaway Ross Joint Vocational School District Chillicothe
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pike County Career Technology Center Piketon
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Pioneer Career and Technology Center Shelby
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rhodes State College Lima
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sandusky Career Center Sandusky
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Scioto County Career Technical Center Lucasville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southern State Community College Hillsboro
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Terra State Community College Fremont
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tri-County Adult Career Center Nelsonville
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tri-Rivers School of Nursing Marion
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Trinity Health System School of Nursing Steubenville
  • Diploma in Nursing
Vantage Career Center Van Wert
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washington County Career Center, Adult Technical Training Marietta
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Washington State Community College Marietta
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wayne County Schools Career Center Smithville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Secondary)