Top Nursing Schools in Ohio

Rank School Name Score Tuition Student/Teacher ratio Program count Graduation Rate
1 Sinclair College 94.00 $$$$$ 15:1 3 12%
2 Rhodes State College 94.00 $$$$$ 14:1 3 19%
3 Belmont College 93.50 $$$$$ 11:1 3 12%
4 North Central State College 93.50 $$$$$ 15:1 3 15%
5 Clark State Community College 93.50 $$$$$ 14:1 3 12%
6 Eastern Gateway Community College 93.25 $$$$$ 17:1 3 24%
7 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College 93.25 $$$$$ 15:1 1 16%
8 Trinity Health System School of Nursing 93.25 $$$$$ 11:1 3 50%
9 Washington State Community College 92.25 $$$$$ 11:1 3 17%
10 Lakeland Community College 92.25 $$$$$ 16:1 3 13%
11 Edison State Community College 92.00 $$$$$ 15:1 3 16%
12 Northwest State Community College 91.75 $$$$$ 17:1 3 18%
13 Lorain County Community College 91.25 $$$$$ 20:1 1 13%
14 Hocking College 90.50 $$$$$ 16:1 3 18%
15 Southern State Community College 90.00 $$$$$ 18:1 3 19%
16 Central Ohio Technical College 89.25 $$$$$ 15:1 3 11%
17 Marion Technical College 88.75 $$$$$ 16:1 3 14%
18 Owens Community College 88.25 $$$$$ 16:1 3 10%
19 Cuyahoga Community College District 87.75 $$$$$ 21:1 3 5%
20 Columbus State Community College 87.50 $$$$$ 19:1 3 11%
21 Terra State Community College 87.50 $$$$$ 15:1 3 8%
22 Stark State College 86.00 $$$$$ 22:1 3 7%
Rank School Name Score Tuition Student/Teacher ratio Program count Graduation Rate
1 Mercy College of Ohio 86.00 $$$$$ 6:1 21 66%
2 Mount Carmel College of Nursing 86.00 $$$$$ 12:1 8 64%
3 The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences 85.75 $$$$$ 10:1 21 79%
4 Case Western Reserve University 85.75 $$$$$ 11:1 1 81%
5 Ohio State University-Main Campus 84.25 $$$$$ 18:1 17 83%
6 University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 83.50 $$$$$ 18:1 2 60%
7 Kettering College 83.00 $$$$$ 8:1 21 45%
8 Otterbein University 82.75 $$$$$ 10:1 6 59%
9 Ohio University-Main Campus 82.25 $$$$$ 18:1 13 67%
10 Ursuline College 82.25 $$$$$ 6:1 4 44%
11 Xavier University 82.00 $$$$$ 12:1 8 71%
12 Cedarville University 81.75 $$$$$ 13:1 13 70%
13 Miami University-Oxford 81.00 $$$$$ 17:1 21 79%
14 University of Toledo 80.00 $$$$$ 20:1 3 44%
15 Kent State University 80.00 $$$$$ 21:1 6 55%
16 Franciscan University of Steubenville 80.00 $$$$$ 14:1 21 76%
17 Youngstown State University 79.25 $$$$$ 15:1 11 33%
18 Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences 79.25 $$$$$ 10:1 28 50%
19 Capital University 79.25 $$$$$ 12:1 11 59%
20 Lourdes University 78.75 $$$$$ 11:1 13 29%
21 Malone University 78.25 $$$$$ 12:1 17 51%
22 University of Akron Main Campus 78.00 $$$$$ 19:1 8 42%
23 Ohio Northern University 78.00 $$$$$ 12:1 28 69%
24 Cleveland State University 77.75 $$$$$ 17:1 17 39%
25 Walsh University 77.50 $$$$$ 13:1 17 55%
26 Wright State University-Main Campus 77.25 $$$$$ 22:1 5 39%
27 Ashland University 77.25 $$$$$ 13:1 28 57%
28 Hiram College 77.25 $$$$$ 11:1 28 63%
29 Shawnee State University 76.25 $$$$$ 16:1 21 31%
30 Baldwin Wallace University 76.25 $$$$$ 13:1 28 68%
31 Mount Vernon Nazarene University 75.00 $$$$$ 14:1 28 58%
32 Bowling Green State University-Main Campus 74.75 $$$$$ 19:1 28 55%
33 Muskingum University 74.75 $$$$$ 13:1 28 53%
34 Defiance College 74.50 $$$$$ 11:1 28 49%
35 Franklin University 74.25 $$$$$ 11:1 28 14%
36 Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus 73.25 $$$$$ 20:1 28 24%
37 Ohio University-Zanesville Campus 73.00 $$$$$ 21:1 28 32%
38 Ohio University-Southern Campus 73.00 $$$$$ 20:1 28 22%
39 University of Rio Grande 73.00 $$$$$ 19:1 13 39%
40 University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College 72.75 $$$$$ 18:1 28 21%
41 Wright State University-Lake Campus 72.25 $$$$$ 27:1 28 42%
42 Kent State University at Tuscarawas 71.75 $$$$$ 21:1 28 23%
43 Urbana University 71.25 $$$$$ 18:1 21 36%
44 Kent State University at Geauga 69.75 $$$$$ 26:1 28 20%
45 Kent State University at Ashtabula 69.50 $$$$$ 22:1 28 12%
46 Notre Dame College 69.50 $$$$$ 14:1 28 36%
47 Kent State University – Columbiana County 69.25 $$$$$ 27:1 28 17%

Compare Nursing Schools and Programs in Ohio

The Ohio Board of Nursing regulates all educational programs and regularly reviews these offerings to ensure each meets requirements for both coursework and clinical experience. A number of approved nursing schools exist in Ohio at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The tool below can help future students begin their search for a nursing school that matches their needs.

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Steps for Ohio Nurse Licensure

In addition to education and training through a state-approved nursing program, new nurses must meet certain requirements to be issued an Ohio RN license. As a member of the 25-state Nurse Licensure Compact, Ohio allows nurses from other member states to practice if they have a multistate license and fulfill additional requirements. First-time applicants will find a list of mandates below, along with details about the renewal process.

  • Graduate from a state-approved nursing program that meets all requirements set forth by the Ohio Board of Nursing
  • Complete the state licensing application and submit a $75 fee
  • Submit to BCI and FBI background checks
  • Request official transcripts from your nursing school be sent directly to the Ohio Board of Nursing
  • Register to take the NCLEX via Pearson VUE and submit a $200 fee
  • Once an Authorization to Test is received, sign up for a testing time and pass the examination
  • Applicants whose home is in a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) state other than Ohio must apply for a multistate license. Applicants whose home state is not part of the NLC must apply for single-state licensure in Ohio.

Renewing an Ohio License

Registered nurses in Ohio must renew their licenses by October 31 of every odd-numbered year. Nurses are required to complete 24 hours of approved continuing education credits during each cycle. This requirement consists of one hour on Ohio Law & Rules, while the remaining 23 hours are dedicated to the nursing practice. If the license has been inactive of lapsed for at least two years, the applicant is still required to complete 24 hours, but that time is spread across Ohio Law & Rules, the nursing process and critical thinking, pharmacology, ethical principles, and nursing practice. While these hours don’t have to be submitted to the board, all nurses are advised to keep proof of completion incase they are audited. Registered nurses pay a $65 renewal fee.

Advanced Practice Nurse Licensing

While most nurses in Ohio work as either registered nurses or licensed practical nurses, some seek additional licensure to be more competitive in the job market. Advanced practice nurses in Ohio must not only meet the requirements set forth for registered nurses, but must also undertake additional training and education. Once licensed, roles available include work as nurse practitioners, neonatal nurses, nurse anesthetists, emergency nurses, and other specialized positions. Requirements for advanced practice licensure include:

  • Hold a current RN license to practice nursing in Ohio
  • Provide documentation showing the completion of an approved APRN educational program, preceptorship, fellowship, or internship
  • Hold a master’s degree or higher from an accredited educational program
  • Be board-certified in the specialty from a nationally recognized certifying agency
  • Complete a self-inquiry scope of practice provided by the Ohio Board of Nursing

For more information about advanced practice nursing in Ohio, please visit the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Ohio RNs: Salaries and Employment

Healthcare employers in Ohio are constantly searching for qualified registered nurses. It’s a competitive field and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ projections indicate the number of jobs for nurses in the state will continue to grow. This keeps annual wages below the national average, but still in line with the state’s cost of living. Take a look at the annual mean wage for different metropolitan areas below.

Top-Paying Areas for RNs in Ohio

Area Hourly Median Wage Annual Median Wage
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor $31.38 $65,270
Akron $30.74 $63,940
Columbus $30.02 $62,440
Steubenville-Weirton OH-WV $29.95 $62,290
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN $29.72 $61,820
Dayton $28.54 $59,360
Springfield $28.53 $59,330
Toledo $28.20 $58,650
Mansfield $28.16 $58,580
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area $27.68 $57,570

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Ohio vs. National Numbers

Salary
  • Ohio
  • National
  • Annual Salary (25th percentile)
  • Annual Salary (median)
  • Annual Salary (75th percentile)

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Employment
Total Employment (2014)
2022 occupational outlook
Avg. annual openings (2012 – 2022)

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014 and Projections Central

RN Resources in Ohio

Ohio Action Coalition

The Ohio Action Coalition is a professional group led by the Ohio League for Nursing and the Ohio Hospital Association that aims to meet health care challenges in the state.

Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses

The Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses provides nurses with access to continuing education, networking opportunities and legislative updates.

Ohio League for Nursing

The Ohio League for Nursing is the state affiliate of the National League for Nursing that promotes professional growth and development in the nursing profession. The league also offers continuing education opportunities and other varied resources.

Ohio Nurses Association

The Ohio Nurses Association is a member group representing the interests of more than 160,000 registered nurses in the state. The organization, which is based in Columbus, is affiliated nationally with American Nurses Association and has 13 nursing districts throughout Ohio.

State of Ohio Board of Nursing

The State of Ohio Board of Nursing is the official licensing body for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and other nursing professionals in Ohio.

State of Ohio Nursing

State of Ohio Nursing is part of the Ohio state government’s Hiring Management System. It offers resources for nursing professionals interested in working in the state health care system.