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Nursing Schools in Columbus, Ohio with Program Overviews

There are about ten schools within 20 miles of Columbus, OH, that have nursing programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements, and admission info at three schools that are no more than 15 miles from the city center and find out which is the right one for you.

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Columbus, Ohio, Nursing Schools

Aspiring nurses as well as nurses seeking advanced training have several school options near downtown Columbus, Ohio. This article looks at three schools, none more than 15 minutes from downtown Columbus, that provide nursing certificate and degree programs at all levels. It also includes a table that presents information about each school, such as enrollment, acceptance rate and tuition. The names of a few more Columbus-area schools that offer nursing training are found at the end of the article.

  • Located 10.5 miles from downtown, Capital University offers a bachelor's and master's program in nursing, along with certificate programs for nurse educators and clinical nurse specialists.
  • Columbus State Community College, about 11 miles from downtown, offers an associate's degree in nursing and certificate programs for registered nurses (RNs) who want to develop their skills in specialty areas. It also has nurse aide and licensed practical nurse (LPN) certificate programs.
  • The Ohio State University, just under ten miles from the city center, offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in nursing.

Comparison of Schools

Students who are deciding on a school for their nursing training need access to many facts. This table contains vital information in a format that makes comparison easy.

Capital University Columbus State Community College The Ohio State University - Main Campus
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 2-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 3,384* 27,204* 59,837*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $34,600* $3,808 in-state;
$8,430 out-of-state*
$10,592 in-state;
$29,696 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 100%* 74%* 80%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017) 69%* Open admissions* 48%*
Retention Rate for 1st-Time Students (2016-2017) 78% full time* 63% full time;
46% part-time*
94% full time;
71% part-time*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 59% (students began Fall 2011)* 21% (students began Fall 2014)* 83% (students began Fall 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Capital University

Capital University, which is just a few miles from Columbus in Bexley, emphasizes a holistic approach to nursing. Students learn to exercise sound judgment and critical thinking skills as they master the knowledge needed for effective healthcare delivery.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Students can enter Capital's traditional nursing program as freshmen. During sophomore and junior years, they take nursing coursework addressing health assessment, nursing practices, leadership, pathophysiology and pharmacology. Seniors begin supervised work with patients in clinical experiences. The program uses exams similar in format to the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). Those who hold an associate's degree in nursing can earn a bachelor's degree through the BSN completion program. Students with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field can earn a BSN through Capital's 5-semester accelerated BSN program.

Master of Science in Nursing

MSN students at Capital can choose from concentrations in nursing education, nursing administration or legal studies. Capital also offers dual degrees: MSN/Juris Doctor or MSN/Master of Business Administration (MBA). All learning blends clinical and holistic nursing practices and philosophies, as well as providing leadership development in the chronic, acute, and community health areas. Specific training varies with the specialty and/or degree chosen.

Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate

The nurse educator certificate prepares RNs to provide classroom and clinical instruction. The program consists of four semesters and lasts 16 months. Admission requirements include a master's degree in nursing and an Ohio RN license. The seven courses teach curriculum design, teaching strategies, and technology in education. Students also complete a student teaching assignment while working with an experienced nurse educator.

Post-Master's Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate

This program requires seven courses that prepare the student for licensing as an advanced practice in adult-gerontology care. The courses include advanced courses in pathophysiology and health assessment as well as patient management. Students learn about end-of-life care and study healthy aging. A field experience is required.

Columbus State Community College

Students at Columbus State Community College can get their initial training to take the licensed practical nurse (LPN) or RN exams. The college also offers programs for people with degrees in fields outside of nursing and for LPNs seeking RN certification.

Nurse Aide Certificate

The nurse aide certificate program is a single course that qualifies graduates for state certification and also is a requirement for other nursing programs at the college. It's designed to train students for work in a long-term care setting. Students complete classes, labs and supervised clinical training in a healthcare facility.

Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate

The LPN certificate program consists of 39 semester hours taught during the day or in the evenings and on weekends; it requires four semesters of full-time study to complete. To be admitted, students must have completed a nurse aide training program and courses in medical terminology and biology. Studies cover anatomy, physiology, promotion of good health, nursing fundamentals, patient care skills, pharmacology, ethics, and care of specific types of patients. Clinical experience is gained through assignments in a variety of healthcare settings. Graduates are eligible for the NCLEX for LPNs.

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

Columbus State's registered nursing program calls for five semesters of study, with required courses such as nursing foundations, human development, pharmacology, nursing concepts, physiology, anatomy, and microbiology. Students also get clinical training working with patients in local healthcare facilities. Admission requirements include completion of a nurse aide training program.

Patient Care Assistant Certificate

In this single-course program consisting of labs and classwork, students learn basic skills in areas of wound care, specimen collection and oxygen delivery. They learn to safely assume the role and responsibilities of an acute care nurse.

RN-Train the Trainer Certificate

This program, which meets all state and federal requirements, allows graduates to become certified to operate and teach a nurse aide training course. Students must be an Ohio-licensed RN or LPN and have at least two years of experience caring for chronically ill and/or elderly patients.

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University offers a variety of options for nursing education, including programs for RNs with lower-level nursing degrees or degrees in other fields. Students can take advantage of resources such as the Leadership Academy for Peak Performance and continuing education programs at the Transformational Learning Academy in Nursing and Health.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

OSU offers a pre-nursing program that gives students the opportunity to work with an advisor as they prepare to apply to nursing school. A year of prerequisite courses includes physiology, chemistry, anatomy, and nutrition. The remaining three years of the nursing program feature learning via courses, labs, and clinical experiences. Students explore nursing practices and concepts, health assessment, nursing care across the life span, and pharmacology. They also examine specific areas of nursing, such as adult, psychiatric, and older adult.

Master of Science in Nursing

Students with bachelor's degrees in nursing can enter the traditional master's program at The Ohio State University; there is also a graduate entry option for students with a degree in a field other than nursing. Students choose from specialties that include clinical nurse leader, family nurse practitioner, mental health nurse practitioner and neonatal nurse practitioner.

In the traditional MSN program, students take core courses in advanced nursing topics as well as courses in the specialty areas. Many courses are online, but clinical work is required. The length of the programs varies. The school also has programs that let RNs with master's degrees pursue specialty certifications.

PhD in Nursing

This program is for nurses who plan on careers in academia and research. Students need a bachelor's or a master's degree in nursing. Scholarships, associateships, and fellowships are available to cover tuition and pay a stipend. The PhD program varies according to the needs of the student, but always includes courses in nursing science, research methods, and scientific communication. Students must meet requirements in teaching, professional service, research, and scholarship. A dissertation is required.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The DNP is for RNs whose aspirations include clinical practice or working with organizations involved with the care of individuals. Students must have both a bachelor's and a master's degree in nursing and hold a valid RN license. The program calls for 36 credit hours of coursework beyond the master's degree. RNs in the DNP program take core courses in leadership, management and ethics, as well as electives in one of the university's clinical expert or nurse executive tracks. A scholarly project is required for graduation.

Other School Options

There are several other schools in the Columbus area that offer nursing programs. Through a 12-month program, Columbus City Schools prepares students to take the state's LPN exam; the school is less than 15 miles northeast of downtown Columbus. Mount Carmel College of Nursing is a small Catholic school about 12 miles from downtown and is affiliated with the Mount Carmel Health System. In addition to a bachelor's degree program, Mount Carmel features master's degree programs that include nursing education, adult health, nursing administration and family nurse practitioner. Otterbein Universityin Westerville awards a BSN as well as a number of MSNs, a DNP, and post-master's certificates.

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