Nursing Schools in Ohio with Certification Information

Nov 05, 2018

The state of Ohio has over 150 schools that offer nursing programs. Get some information about the degree programs, and see some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

Ohio Nursing Schools

Prospective or current nurses in Ohio can look to nursing schools throughout the state for programs that can prepare them for entry-level positions or career advancement opportunities. Learn about the degree levels, curricula, areas of specialization, hands-on experience and certification preparation at two Ohio universities. The table below allows for comparison of the schools and provides additional school details.

  • Case Western Reserve University is located in Cleveland. This school offers nursing degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.
  • Ohio State University, with its main campus in Columbus, also offers numerous nursing programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Comparison of Schools

After comparing information about the programs, the following table then offers a quick comparison of some essential school data, such as enrollment, tuition and graduation rates.

Case Western Reserve University Ohio State University - Main Campus
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 11,824 59,837
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $47,500 $10,592 (in-state)
$29,696 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 84% 80%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 33% 48%
Retention Rate (2017)* 92% 94%
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students Beginning in 2011)* 83% 83%

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University, located in eastern Cleveland, was founded in 1826. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Case Western Reserve University's master's nursing program as 6th in the nation. It was the first institution in the U.S. to offer a doctorate degree in nursing practice.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This 4-year program prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become registered nurses (RNs). Students have 12-18 hours of coursework each semester in nursing informatics, nutrition, anatomy, pharmacology and microbiology. The curriculum requires students to complete 1,300 hours of hands-on clinical practice. According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the NCLEX-RN exam takes up to six hours and covers safety, physiological integrity and nursing procedures. Students gain certification in whichever state they take the test.

Master of Science in Nursing

Graduate nursing students may concentrate in education with a population focus, anesthesia or midwifery. A prospective nurse practitioner may also specialize in adult gerontology, pediatric, neonatal, family nursing, family systems psychiatric nursing or women's health. There are also special tracks for RNs with various educational backgrounds. Certification comes from the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists, the American College of Nurse Midwives, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the American College of Nursing Practitioners or other organizations depending on a student's specialty.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

This program trains students for positions of leadership in healthcare. There are two tracks offered, one for those who have completed their MSN and one for those who have not. This coursework is generally the same as that for the master's degree in nursing, and the certification process largely depends on a student's specialty. Once complete, students take classes in leadership, research, nursing theory and patient care.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Students interested in having a career in scientific research may enroll in this nursing track. It is designed for students with a bachelor's degree in nursing. A great deal of the curriculum is individual research and dissertation work. The program culminates in the defense of a student's research before a chosen committee. Classes address research methods, statistics and healthcare policies. No specific certification is associated with the Ph.D. program because it is not meant for clinical practitioners.

Ohio State University

Ohio State University enrolls over 50,000 students and offers more than 400 programs of study. The main campus is located in Columbus and covers more than 1,700 acres. There are additional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Newark and Marion. The College of Nursing was founded in 1914 and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This program requires at least 121 hours of coursework and prepares students for the NCLEX-RN to become registered nurses. Upon passing, students gain certification in the state where they took the exam.

Master of Science in Nursing

There are 11 specialties available to nursing graduate students, including pediatrics, mental health and nurse midwifery. Certification depends on a student's specialty. The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the National Certification Corporation are among several organizations that provide licensure for Ohio State's nursing master's students. Core classes cover research methods and advanced theoretical topics. Students gain hands-on clinical practice at the Ohio State University Medical Center.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

This program prepares students for high-level careers in nursing or for positions in community healthcare organizations. At the end of the program, students must write and present a scholarly project about a health-related policy or a reform of patient care. No certification is associated with this level of degree, but applicants must be registered nurses in Ohio and be certified in their graduate-level nursing specialty.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Students interested in this scholarly, scientific nursing program can specialize in various nursing specializations. Students may study behavioral health risks and acute symptoms of illnesses. Core classes address research methods, nursing science theory and the psychosocial and psycho-bio-behavioral factors involved in the conditions of patients. At the end of the program, students must take two examinations and defend their dissertations. There is no particular certification process for nursing researchers.

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