We've organized a comprehensive list of Ohio nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Ohio city.

Healthcare is a rapidly growing employment sector. Ohio alone employs more than 240,000 individuals in the nursing industry. Roughly half of these are registered nurses (RNs), who make independent patient care decisions under the guidance of a physician. Ohio’s RNs typically earn between $50,000 and $70,000 annually. RNs frequently manage teams of more junior nurses, including licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). There are approximately 40,000 LPNs and 70,000 CNAs in Ohio, earning a median annual salary of $40,000 and $24,000, respectively.

Private schools are not administered by the local, state, or federal government, and they receive no direct government funding. Private colleges generally have smaller class sizes than their public counterparts, enabling closer interaction with classmates and professors. Many private schools do charge high tuition, but students with strong academic records or significant needs can access financial assistance programs, including grants and merit scholarships. In addition, private schools are often prestigious, providing students an advantage in the job market after graduation.

Public colleges are funded in large part by government funds. One perk of attending public college is lower tuition and fees, particularly for state or county residents, which translates into lower student debt for graduates. Public schools often have a higher admittance rate, making them more accessible. In addition, public colleges are generally larger in size, leading to a diverse student body and a large number of student clubs and social events.

While one can certainly enjoy a fulfilling registered nursing (RN) career with an associate’s degree, nurses with bachelor’s-level education enjoy greater autonomy and marketability. For instance, as we improve at treating common ailments, hospital patients require nurses with the education and experience to address more complex situations. As a result, employers are demonstrating an increasing preference for RNs with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree.

The passage of the Affordable Care Act has provided healthcare access to millions of Americans, but it has also increased the burden on healthcare providers. To meet the toll on the healthcare system over the next decade, the nation needs more healthcare personnel, particularly more registered nurses. At the same time, as healthcare becomes increasingly high-tech and complex, employers are specifically seeking nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree.

Prospective registered nurses in Ohio have four different types of prelicensure programs from which to choose, and the associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) is definitely one of the most popular. Over sixty such programs are available at universities and colleges throughout the state, both public and private. All ADN programs prepare students to pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination upon completion.

On their road to recovery, patients need more than medication – they also need steady, compassionate hands to care for them at their bedsides and to administer the medical procedures they need. These are roles fulfilled by licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Licensed practical nurses not only provide direct care to patients but also administer some medications and medical procedures.