The state of Ohio has many colleges and universities that offer nursing programs, from the introductory level to the professional level. In fact, there are over 156 schools that offer nursing programs in Ohio, giving students in the state plenty of options for acquiring nursing education.
Undergraduate nursing programs include associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in this field as well as diplomas in practical nursing. Diploma or certificate programs typically prepare students to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), while associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs prepare students to take the NCLEX-RN exam and become RNs. Transition programs for nurses wishing to enhance their resumes and careers and accelerated degrees for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing are also available.
In addition, a range of graduate programs, including master’s and doctoral degrees, are offered by Ohio nursing schools to nurses looking to sharpen their clinical skills and nursing knowledge in a number of focus areas, such as nursing education, leadership, informatics, and specialty practice among many others.
Here are the top 10 nursing schools in Ohio:
1. Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University is a private university and one of the most respected research universities in the nation. The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University is also highly regarded, being a world recognized leader in nursing education. On the 2015 US News & World Report’s national rankings, FPB was ranked No.8 for best nurse anesthesia, No.13 for best nurse midwifery, No.14 for best nurse practitioner, adult/gerontology primary care, and No.8 for best nurse practitioner, adult/gerontology acute care.
The school offers BSN, MSN – Graduate Entry Program, RN to MSN Bridge, MSN, DNP, PhD in nursing, dual doctorate DNP/PhD program, pre- and post-doctoral training opportunities, nursing courses, continuing education opportunities, and a preceptor program for licensed nurses. These programs are highly competitive and require students to possess some of the highest levels of previous study and the best qualifications.
According to NCLEX-RN results Q3 2015, FPB had a total of 52 B.S. in nursing students who sat for the licensing exam and posted an excellent pass rate of 94.23% (Q3- July 1, 2015 – September 30, 2015).
The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has more than 15 endowed professorships – more than any other school in the nation. There are 25 full-time graduate faculty members (tenured and tenure-track), with the master’s students/full-time faculty being 8:1.
Tuition Fee: $1,818 per credit. (master’s programs)
2. Ohio State University
Ohio State University is the largest public university in the state, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. It is actually ranked 16th among the nation’s best public universities (US News & World Report, 2013). The university’s College of Nursing has been ranked highly in graduate nursing education, but also offers a range of top-notch undergraduate programs. Specific programs offered at the school include: BSN, RN to BSN option, pre-nursing program, master’s program, traditional MSN, MSN – Graduate Entry option, PhD and DNP.
These programs have been approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and accredited by the CCNE. The school has about 1,400 nursing students enrolled in various programs. According to 2015 NCLEX results for the period between 1/1/15-9/30/15, Ohio State University College of Nursing (Columbus campus) had a total of 223 BS in nursing students who sat the NCLEX-RN exam and posted a remarkable 93.27% pass rate.
Full-time undergraduate tuition Columbus (Autumn 2015): $10,037 (residents) and $27,365 (non-residents).
Tuition Fee: $723 per credit (in-state) and $1,850 per credit (out-of-state).
3. University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati is a public school that is ranked among the top tier of the best national universities in the nation (US News & World Report). The university’s College of Nursing is also highly ranked, currently at the top 10% of all national nursing programs in the country. It offers BSN, RN to BSN, accelerated MSN program, post-master’s certificates, DNP, and a research-focused PhD program.
These programs are fully approved and accredited. Currently, the College of Nursing has nearly 3000 students enrolled into various programs. Many courses are available online and part-time, with all classrooms upgraded to be 100% e-learning equipped. The school is also developing partnerships with more than 300 clinical sites across the state with the aim of providing students with flexibility and diversity in their clinical experiences. Its 2015 Bachelor of Science in nursing class posted an NCLEX pass rate of 87.72% (Q1 – 3 2015).
University of Cincinnati College of Nursing has 18 full-time graduate faculty members (tenured or tenure-track), and a master’s students/full-time faculty ratio of 38:1.
Full-time undergraduate tuition and fees are: $11,000 (Ohio residents) and $26,334 (non-residents) per year.
Tuition Fee: $15,414 (in-state) and $27,156 (out-of-state) per year.
4. Xavier University
One of less than ten NLN (National League for Nursing) designated, Centers for Excellence in Nursing Education, Xavier University is a private Jesuit-Catholic college comparable in academic reputation to John Hopkins University. Xavier University School of Nursing offers BSN, BSN – MSN Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Honors Program, MSN for aspiring RNs, MSN – Educational Mobility Option, RN to BSN, MSN/MBA – Dual Degree Program, MSN/Med – Dual Degree Program, MSN/MSCJ – Dual Degree Program, Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration, Post Master’s certificate programs, and MSN Clinical Nurse Leader certificate program.
These programs have been approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and accredited by CCNE and AACN. High school chemistry is a prerequisite for admission to the undergraduate nursing program. Students are also required to possess a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher to be allowed to begin sophomore-level nursing courses and must thereafter maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 to remain in the program. All Bachelor of Science in nursing students must obtain a criminal background check prior to completion of the program.
The 2015 NCLEX results indicate that the school had 66 BSN students who took the exam and posted a notable pass rate of 90.91% for that period. Xavier University School of Nursing’s online nurse practitioner program is ranked No. 1 by the US News & World Report. It boasts of 8 highly qualified, full-time faculty members (tenured or tenure-track), and a master’s students/full-time faculty ratio of 16:1.
Tuition Fee: $600. (master’s programs)
5. Wright State University
Originally beginning as a campus of the Ohio State University and Miami University, Wright State University in Dayton became an independent college in 1967 as a public school. The College of Nursing and Health at Wright State University at Dayton has a variety of degree programs for both current and aspiring nurses, including: traditional 4-year BSN, the ADENA Cohort Program for those who would rather finish their courses in Chillicothe, Ohio instead of studying in Dayton, RN to BSN completion program, BEACON program (an accelerated program for college graduates who wish to become nurses), MSN, MSN bridge program for students with associate’s degree, and a post-master’s DNP program.
A number of courses are available online as well as part-time. The school’s online RN to BSN program is ranked No. 39 in the nation by “Top RN to BSN”, a leading nursing school program resource. Graduate programs at the school are also highly rated, with the US News & World Report ranking Wright State’s College of Nursing and Health program 110th on its Best Graduate Schools rankings.
The school has 23 full-time graduate faculty members (tenured or tenure-track), and a master’s students/full-time student ratio of 8:1. A total of 168 BSN students from the school sat the NCLEX-RN exam and posted a pass rate of 90.48% for Q1-Q3/2015.
Tuition Fee: $12,788 (residents) and $21,724 per year (non-residents).
6. University of Toledo
University of Toledo, a public school, offers over 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs from its 13 different colleges. The College of Nursing at the university offers: BSN, RN to BSN, MSN program for students wishing to become RNs, MSN program for nurses wishing to pursue certificates to enter advanced nursing roles as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists or pursue advanced nursing degrees, graduate-entry clinical nurse leader program, DNP, post-master’s graduate certificate programs, and continuing education opportunities.
For the baccalaureate nursing program, students complete their first 2 years at the main campus of the university and the rest of the curriculum at the Health Science campus. Its 2015 Bachelor of Science in nursing class posted an NCLEX pass rate of 81.87% (Q1 – 3 2015). Overall, University of Toledo College of Nursing ranks in top 5 in Ohio and in top 50 in the United States. The School has 27 full-time graduate faculty members (tenured or tenure-track), and a master’s students/full-time faculty ratio of 5:1.
Tuition Fee: $13,164 per year (in-state) and $23,500 per year (out-of-state).
7. Mount St. Joseph University
Founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1920, the College of St. Mount Joseph (MSJ,CMSJ) is a liberal arts Catholic university located about 8 miles west of Cincinnati. Its Department of Nursing offers: BSN, RN to BSN (face-to-face), RN to BSN (online), MAGELIN (Master’s Graduate Entry-Level into Nursing) program, MSN, and DNP in health systems leadership.
These courses combine online and on-campus modes of study, and give students the necessary knowledge and skillset to pass the NCLEX-RN and also aim to build higher-level research, clinical reasoning, and theoretical perspectives on nursing. The 2015 NCLEX results show that the school had a total of 52 BSN students who sat for the licensing exam and posted 86.54% pass rate for Q1 – Q3/2015.
Its graduate programs offer some of the quickest possible paths to students who want to become advance practice nurses. MSJ Department of Nursing has 11 full-time graduate faculty members, and a master’s students to full-time faculty of 10:1.
Tuition Fee: $531 per credit (in-state) and $541 per credit (out-of-state).
8. Cleveland State University
Established in 1964 as a state-assisted university, Cleveland State University (CSU) is a public university that is home to over 16,000 students and more than 1,000 different courses. CSU School of Nursing offers basic BSN program, accelerated BSN program, RN to BSN program, MSN program, MSN/MBA dual degree program, PhD in urban education, and interdisciplinary certificates.
These programs have been approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and the CCNE. Cleveland State University nursing program ranks No. 12 in Ohio and No.276 in the United States. Its 2015 Bachelor of Science in nursing class posted an NCLEX pass rate of 86.13% for the period between 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015. Currently, there are 7 full-time graduate faculty members (tenured and tenure-track) at the school resulting in an enviable master’s students/full-time faculty ratio of 2:1.
Tuition Fee: $531 per credit (in-state) and $541 per credit (out-of-state).
9. Cedarville University
Cedarville University is a religious private school whose learning community is centered on serving Christ – a fact that permeates and influences every aspect of the university and its programs, including nursing education. Nursing programs offered at the Cedarville School of Nursing emphasize compassionate care, ethical clinical decision-making and scriptural perspective.
They include BSN and MSN courses as well as cross-cultural nursing opportunities and nursing camps. These nurse education programs are run by highly qualified professors with real-world experience and excellent teaching skills. The entire school of nursing has 20 faculty members, 35% of whom have doctorate degrees. The number of full-time graduate faculty members is 12, while the master’s/full-time faculty ratio is 3:1.
Cedarville School of Nursing is actually the 3rd largest department at the school, representing 11% of the student body. In the period between 01/01/2015 – 09/30/2015 (Q1-Q3/2015), the school registered 96 BSN students for the NCLEX-RN exam who posted 83.33% pass rate.
Tuition Fee: $536 per credit.
10. Kent State University
Founded in 1910, Kent State University is a public school offering one of the largest and most comprehensive nursing programs in the nation. These include: BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, online traditional RN-BSN curriculum, online RN-BSN degree with health informatics, online RN-BSN degree with a public health certificate, online RN-BSN/MSN degree in nursing education, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (ADN) program, LPN to ADN (Associate of Applied Science in nursing), Paramedic to ADN, MSN, MSN/MBA dual degree program, MSN/MPA dual degree, post-master’s nursing certificate, DNP degree and PhD in nursing.
These programs are fully approved and accredited, and feature stimulating curriculum, extraordinary research opportunities and effective clinicals and practicums in top local and regional health care facilities. Kent State College of Nursing actually graduates 40% of the nursing workforce in Northeast Ohio.
It offers small clinical class sizes with an average undergraduate student to faculty ratio of 8:1. Master’s students/full-time graduate faculty ratio is 13:1, and the number of full-time graduate faculty members is 14.
Tuition Fee: $485 per credit (in-state) and $827 per credit (out-of-state).
Reference and Other Sources
- Ohio NCLEX pass rates : http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/PDFS/Education/NCLEX/2015Q03RN.pdf
- Accreditted schools : http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation
- Schools, Colleges Statistic : https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/