The nursing field is distinct in that it includes scientific knowledge, technical expertise, and a seasoned intuition. Current registered nurses who are seeking to expand their practice may want to consider a bachelor of science in nursing degree. The RN programs in Ohio are expanding and offering a seamless route towards advanced practice nursing. There has been an ongoing debate and proposed legislation that would require all registered nurses to seek out higher education and obtain an RN or BSN. The Institute of Medicine has requested that the nursing profession achieves 80% baccalaureate preparation by the year 2020. There are many benefits that can be gained from earning a BSN degree in terms of long-term success and security in the nursing industry.

In our Ohio RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key Ohio RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of Ohio, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Ohio RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 49 41
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 80.58% 85.82%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 39.07% to 94.77% 76.11% to 97.59%
Average Net Price $13,001.21 $19,337.28
Average Net Price Range $3,137.00 to $32,312.00 $8,419.00 to $28,182.00
Average Student Loan $12,735.56 $20,380.20
Average Student Loan Range $4,666.00 to $23,500.00 $10,500.00 to $27,000.00
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Best Ranked RN Programs in Ohio

Best Ranked RN Programs in OhioTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Ohio and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 39 ADN degree programs and 32 BSN degree programs in Ohio. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Ohio to provide our state rankings. View our methodology


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98.72 ADN Washington State Community College 1 13 Marietta Public Campus See School Details
95.75 ADN Northwest State Community College 2 75 Archbold

Northwest State Community College is located in Archbold, Ohio.  They offer an RN program and an LPN to RN program.  While the RN program is available only at the Archbold campus, the LPN to RN program can be found at both the Archbold campus and the Van Wert campus.

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94.68 ADN Ohio Valley College of Technology 3 112 East Liverpool Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
94.17 ADN Owens Community College 4 134 Perrysburg Public Campus ACEN See School Details
91.68 ADN Edison State Community College 5 232 Piqua Public Campus ACEN See School Details
91.37 ADN Cincinnati State Technical and Community College 6 243 Cincinnati Public Campus ACEN See School Details
91.26 ADN Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences 7 248 Canton Private Not-For-Profit Campus ACEN, CCNE See School Details
88.95 ADN Hocking College 9 328 Nelsonville

Hocking College is located in Nelsonville, Ohio.  They offer an LPN program, an RN program and a “PN2RN” option- a nursing transition option.  This allows the LPN entrance into the RN program after a “transition” semester, then joins the RN students for the final 2 semesters.

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88.55 ADN Lorain County Community College 10 345 Elyria Public Campus ACEN See School Details
87.99 ADN Galen College of Nursing-Cincinnati 11 367 Cincinnati Private For-Profit Campus ACEN See School Details
87.55 ADN Terra State Community College 13 385 Fremont Public Campus ACEN See School Details
87.11 ADN Akron Institute of Herzing University 14 403 Akron Private For-Profit Campus ACEN, CCNE See School Details
87.02 ADN North Central State College 15 407 Mansfield Public Campus ACEN See School Details
86.93 ADN Lakeland Community College 16 412 Kirtland Public Campus ACEN See School Details
86.59 ADN Marion Technical College 17 425 Marion

Marion Technical College is located in Marion, Ohio.  They offer an RN program and an LPN to RN program.  They also offer dual degree programs, where the students completes requirements for both their ADN and BSN subsequently; they can choose to complete the dual degree option in conjunction with Ohio State University – Marion or Ohio University.

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85.99 ADN Cuyahoga Community College District 18 451 Cleveland Public Campus ACEN See School Details
85.16 ADN Central Ohio Technical College 19 474 Newark Public Campus ACEN See School Details
85.07 ADN Ohio University-Main Campus 20 478 Athens Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
84.76 ADN Mercy College 21 487 Toledo

Mercy College is located in Toledo, Ohio.  They are a college that educates strictly healthcare professionals.  They offer various nursing options – they have both a day and an evening/weekend ADN program, a pre-licensure BSN program and an RN to BSN program, which is offered online.

Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
84.24 ADN Stark State College 22 506 North Canton Public Campus ACEN See School Details
83.84 ADN Columbus State Community College 23 514 Columbus Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
83.76 ADN Clark State Community College 24 518 Springfield Public Campus ACEN See School Details
83.48 ADN University of Rio Grande 25 522 Rio Grande Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
82.99 ADN Southern State Community College 26 541 Hillsboro Public Campus ACEN See School Details
82.13 ADN Rhodes State College 27 556 Lima Public Campus ACEN See School Details
82.01 ADN Good Samaritan College of Nursing & Health Science 28 558 Cincinnati Private Not-For-Profit Campus See School Details
80.70 ADN Sinclair Community College 29 583 Dayton Public Campus ACEN See School Details
76.60 ADN Shawnee State University 31 644 Portsmouth Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
71.83 ADN The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences 32 685 Cincinnati Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
70.04 ADN Chamberlain College of Nursing-Ohio 33 695 Columbus Private For-Profit Campus, Online See School Details
69.49 ADN Hondros College 34 696 Westerville Private For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
68.28 ADN University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College 35 698 Blue Ash Public Campus ACEN See School Details
64.86 ADN Belmont College 36 710 Saint Clairsville Public Campus See School Details
62.54 ADN Fortis College-Centerville 37 714 Centerville Private For-Profit Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
53.63 ADN Bryant & Stratton College-Akron 38 724 Copley Private For-Profit Campus ACEN See School Details
100.00 BSN Ohio Northern University 1 1 Ada

Ohio Northern University is located in Ada, Ohio.  They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN completion program.  Their RN to BSN program is just 12 months; students meet once weekly for 4 12-week terms, in addition to two clinical experiences.

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97.31 BSN Muskingum University 2 34 New Concord Private Not-For-Profit Campus CCNE See School Details
96.36 BSN Baldwin Wallace University 3 59 Berea

Baldwin Wallace University is located in Berea, Ohio.  BWU offers an accelerated BSN program; this program is offered to students with prior college credits.  Their program is designed to be completed in 12 months, 3 semesters.  It is described as intense and students are advised that they will have little time for working during this timeframe.

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94.72 BSN Walsh University 4 105 North Canton

Walsh University is located in North Canton, Ohio.  The Byers School of Nursing offers a pre-licensure BSN program, an accelerated BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  They also offer an RN to MSN program; this program is offered in a hybrid format.  Students may elect to return to the RN to BSN program at any time.

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93.66 BSN Ohio State University-Main Campus 5 148 Columbus

Ohio State University is located in Columbus, Ohio.  OSU offers a BSN program and an online RN to BSN program for students with a Diploma inn Nursing or an ADN degree.  OSU’s RN to BSN accepts students into their program twice yearly, Spring and Autumn semesters.

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92.90 BSN Mount Carmel College of Nursing 6 175 Columbus Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
91.53 BSN Case Western Reserve University 7 227 Cleveland Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid ACEN, CCNE See School Details
90.65 BSN Malone University 8 251 Canton Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
90.64 BSN Capital University 9 252 Columbus Private Not-For-Profit Campus CCNE See School Details
90.49 BSN Kent State University at Kent 10 259 Kent Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
90.42 BSN Cleveland State University 11 263 Cleveland Public Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
89.95 BSN Wright State University-Lake Campus 12 270 Celina Public Campus, Online See School Details
89.47 BSN Chamberlain College of Nursing-Ohio 14 285 Columbus Private For-Profit Campus, Online See School Details
88.64 BSN Ohio University-Main Campus 15 304 Athens Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
87.45 BSN University of Akron Main Campus 16 335 Akron Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
86.79 BSN Cedarville University 17 356 Cedarville Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid ACEN, CCNE See School Details
86.61 BSN Kettering College 19 362 Kettering

Kettering College is located in Kettering, Ohio.  Kettering College is located at Kettering Medical Center and educates healthcare professionals.  They offer several BSN programs – a prelicensure program, an LPN to BSN program, an online bachelor completion program, which is designed for the working RN who holds their associate’s degree.

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86.51 BSN Ursuline College 20 365 Pepper Pike Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
86.33 BSN College of Mount St Joseph 21 370 Cincinnati Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
85.89 BSN Youngstown State University 22 375 Youngstown Public Campus, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
85.54 BSN Franciscan University of Steubenville 23 386 Steubenville

Franciscan University of Steubenville is located in Steubenville, Ohio.  Franciscan University is a Catholic university where students integrate Catholic studies with their academic studies.  Their nursing department seeks to educate their nurses to treat the whole patient holistically.  They offer a BSN program, an RN to BSN program, an LPN to BSN program and an RN to MSN program.

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85.52 BSN University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 24 387 Cincinnati Public Campus, Hybrid ACEN, CCNE See School Details
84.59 BSN University of Toledo 25 403 Toledo Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
83.99 BSN Bowling Green State University-Main Campus 26 413 Bowling Green Public Campus, Online See School Details
83.87 BSN Mercy College 27 417 Toledo

Mercy College is located in Toledo, Ohio.  They are a college that educates strictly healthcare professionals.  They offer various nursing options – they have both a day and an evening/weekend ADN program, a pre-licensure BSN program and an RN to BSN program, which is offered online.

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83.44 BSN Notre Dame College 28 429 Cleveland Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
81.61 BSN Xavier University 30 455 Cincinnati Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
80.80 BSN Mount Vernon Nazarene University 31 467 Mount Vernon Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
80.02 BSN Hiram College 32 475 Hiram Private Not-For-Profit Campus CCNE See School Details
77.17 BSN Lourdes University 34 493 Sylvania Private Not-For-Profit Campus CCNE See School Details