Columbus Schools with Family Nursing Programs
Advanced practice nurses who are interested in earning a master's degree to become a family nurse practitioner will find a few schools near Columbus that offer these specific graduate-level programs. Many schools also offer 2- and 4-year nursing programs that can start students on the path to this profession. This article profiles 3 schools that are within 12 minutes of downtown Columbus. A table at the end summarizes relevant statistics about each one.
- Students at Capital University, about a half-mile from downtown, can pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, or begin their nursing studies through a variety of undergraduate tracks in nursing.
- Mount Carmel College of Nursing provides a number of graduate nursing specialties combined with clinical experiences, including a family nurse practitioner specialty. The school is about 1.5 miles from the city center.
- In addition to undergraduate and master's programs, doctoral level nursing degree options are featured at Ohio State University, just 3 miles from downtown Columbus.
Comparison of Schools
Size, campus setting, tuition and access to financial aid can be as important to a student's school selection as what program is chosen. The following table presents some relevant information on these and other statistics.
|Capital University||Mount Carmel College of Nursing||Ohio State University - Main Campus|
|School Type*||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2015-2016)*||3,494||1,084||58,322|
|Campus Setting*||Large suburb||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*||$32,830||$12,180|| $10,037 in-state
|% of First-Time Undergraduates Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)*||100%||92%||86%|
|Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (Fall 2014)*||73%||74%||53%|
|Undergraduate Retention Rate (2013-2014)*||76% for full-time students||88% for full-time students||94% for full-time students|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (For students who began their studies Fall 2008)*||59%||64%||83%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Founded by and still affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Capital University is the oldest institution of higher learning in central Ohio. The School of Natural Sciences, Nursing and Health partners with roughly 24 health care agencies and hospitals, each offering valuable hands-on clinical experience to nursing students.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Capital's nursing degree program is unique in that students are admitted into the program as freshmen. First- and second-year studies are confined to introductory courses on nursing fundamentals and subjects like nutrition and human development.
As upperclassmen, students pursue more specific and advanced nursing studies; they can learn how to use nursing and public health principles to promote family and community health. An emphasis on health promotion and primary, secondary and tertiary prevention is combined with clinical learning in homes and community settings. Students can also complete the BSN program through an accelerated track.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The MSN program at Capital University offers 5 concentrations, including nursing education, clinical nurse specialist in adult/gerontology, administration, legal studies and theology. Dual degree programs are also available. For instance, while working towards an MSN degree, you could simultaneously earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Juris Doctor (JD) or a Master of Theological Studies (MTS).
Students can also earn a post-master's certificate in nursing education or clinical nursing specialist. A fast-track RN to MSN program is available as well, allowing select students to participate in the BSN program with a head start towards their master's degree. Graduate courses that can be completed during the BSN program include nursing theories, research and informatics.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN) is affiliated with one of central Ohio's largest healthcare providers. The Clinical Skills and Simulation Center on the West campus provides training in laparoscopic surgical skills, intensive care, emergency room care and pediatrics. A variety of programs and tracks are available.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The traditional 4-year program at MCCN is offered through the Fairfield Medical Center and the MCCN Columbus campus. Along with general education requirements, students must complete courses in nursing theory and gain hands-on clinical experience. Nursing courses include the study of caring health practices for communities, older adults, children and families. The curriculum prepares students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which is administered by the Ohio Board of Nursing. An online RN-BSN completion program is also available for registered nurses looking to earn a bachelor's degree in their field, while a second-degree accelerated program is available for students who already have a bachelor's degree and wish to begin a career in nursing.
Master of Science in Nursing
Four master's degree programs are available at MCCN in the areas of adult-gerontology acute care, family nurse practitioner, nursing administration, and nursing education. The family nurse practitioner (FNP) specialty program requires 48 credit hours. The comprehensive curriculum focuses on primary health care services, such as disease management, patient education and preventative health. Courses in research, safety, theory and leadership make up the core curriculum, while practicums in primary care and advanced practice round out the program.
Ohio State University - Main Campus
Ohio State University's (OSU) College of Nursing was established in 1914 with a 3-year diploma program. The school's Master of Science in Nursing program was the first of its kind in the state. The Technology Learning Complex provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable clinical nursing experience through nearly 600 simulations conducted each year.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
As an entry-level professional degree in this field, a BSN can lead to a career in general nursing or prepare students for graduate studies. Required nursing courses include pathophysiology, pharmacology and management. Students can also gain an understanding of nursing principles in relation to mental health, families and children, women's health and adult care. Participants can expect to spend 12 hours each week gaining experience in a clinical setting. An honors program is also available.
RN to BSN Program
Applicants to this 120-credit-hour program must have an associate's degree and be licensed RNs in the state of Ohio. While many courses can be completed online or with other schools, participants must complete at least 30 credit hours on-site at OSU's College of Nursing. Required nursing courses include the study of contemporary nursing issues, evidence-based clinical practice and leadership concepts. In addition, students learn about community health nursing, healthcare informatics and nutrition.
Master of Science in Nursing
The MSN curriculum includes general and specialty core courses, as well as clinical experience. The core curriculum covers leadership, scientific thought, disease prevention, advanced nursing care and the American health care system. Students also take courses in nursing informatics, pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology. One of the graduate specialty programs is designed for aspiring family nurse practitioners. The majority of courses are offered online, but classes on site are also required. To meet certification requirements, 2-4 semesters of clinical coursework are also necessary.
Doctor of Nursing (DNP)
The DNP program is designed to prepare professionals for careers in direct clinical nursing practice, health policy development and administration. Candidates for this program are registered nurses already possessing a master's degree in this field. The program requires students to complete 500 hours of clinical experience for advanced clinical certification or in one of eight specializations offered. This program can be completed in 2-years. The College of Nursing also offers a 5-year BSN to DNP program for students who already hold a bachelor's degree.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing
Nurses interested in research, scientific investigation and scholarly activities are candidates for this terminal degree program. The program focuses on investigating high-risk health behaviors, health promotion in women and children and the management of chronic illness. Required courses concentrate on professional issues, scientific communication and research methods. Students must complete a research residency, then submit a grant, manuscript and conference presentation to earn the degree.
Other School Options
Associate's degrees and certificates in nursing are available at Columbus State Community College, located roughly 1.4 miles from downtown Columbus. In addition, bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degree programs in nursing are also available at Otterbein University, located 16.3 miles away.