BSN Programs in Ohio


Becoming RN in Ohio

Ohio nursing programs are turning down hundreds of competent applicants every year because of nursing faculty shortage. This has also created nursing graduate shortage as well as a decline in nurses that earn their baccalaureate nursing degrees. This is observed as the enrollment for BSN programs in Ohio have decreased by 62% (data provided by the Nursing Institute of Western Ohio). This constant decrease has a major impact on the vacancy rates throughout Ohio hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Though there is a great need for RNs throughout the state, those that are admitted into BSN programs are still being academically sifted. 

It has been predicted that the state will have a need for 32,000 registered nurses by 2020; and according to Salary.com 2012 report, the median annual wage for RNs in Akron is $64,615 while Cleveland is at $66,990; these are two of the highest paid cities in Ohio. The wages vary depending on several factors such as location, experience and educational achievements.

To get your BSN degree in Ohio, you can use this section to find suitable school near you. Here is a review of three nursing schools that can get you started - 

Bryant & Stratton College

The BSN program of this public college is an outcome-based education and training curriculum with a personalized approach in teaching. It also comprises of nursing clinical and faculty support, with the nursing director being hands-on in terms of program instruction. This school is unique in the sense that students and instructors all have a say in providing curriculum feedback.

B&S College's BSN program is specifically designed to suite the student's life. You have the option to take the day, evening or online classes. Internship for students that study the traditional way are set in high-tech medical facilities.

Cleveland State University

Graduates of this university's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are seen to have strong theoretical and clinical foundations. They make use of the community-based nursing program which prepares students to become competitive in primary, secondary and even tertiary settings.

Their School of Nursing is a Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs as well as an American Association of Colleges of Nursing member. The BSN program is CCNE accredited.

Kent State University

This public university offers one of the finest nursing programs in the country. The school faculty is dedicated to help students reach their nursing goals and potential.

KSU offered its first batch of BSN degrees in 1971. At present, there are several clinical agencies and affiliations for the school in terms of clinical experience. Students, therefore, have the chance to select which clinical setting will broaden their nursing knowledge and skills.   

There are 58 nursing schools in Ohio that provide BSN program. We gathered some key information about each school to help you learn more about the schools' characteristics and the programs they provide.

Where applicable we also list weighted average NCLEX pass rate of the students who attended the schools in the last 3 years.

American Institute of Alternative Medicine
Columbus, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 33.40%
  • PN: 46.90%

Ashland University
Ashland, OH


Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Nursing
Mansfield, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 90.10%

Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Canton, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.20%

Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
Bowling Green, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 81.40%

Bryant & Stratton College-Cleveland
Cleveland, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 38.30%

Capital University
Columbus, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 90.80%

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 86.30%

Cedarville University
Cedarville, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.90%

Chamberlain University-Ohio
Columbus, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 85.00%

Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.50%

Defiance College
Defiance, OH


Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.80%

Franklin University
Columbus, OH


Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science
Cincinnati, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 82.00%

Hiram College
Hiram, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 85.20%

Hondros College of Nursing
Westerville, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 72.90%
  • PN: 82.50%

Kent State University at Kent
Kent, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 86.70%

Kent State University at Tuscarawas
New Philadelphia, OH


Kettering College
Kettering, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 84.60%

Lourdes University
Sylvania, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 82.20%

Malone University
Canton, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 90.00%

Mercy College of Ohio
Toledo, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 85.00%

Miami University-Hamilton
Hamilton, OH


Miami University-Middletown
Middletown, OH


Miami University-Oxford
Oxford, OH


Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Columbus, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.70%

Mount Saint Joseph University
Cincinnati, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 87.10%

Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Mount Vernon, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 78.50%

Muskingum University
New Concord, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 98.00%

Notre Dame College
Cleveland, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 83.70%

Ohio Northern University
Ada, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 94.20%

Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus
Chillicothe, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 87.90%

Ohio University-Main Campus
Athens, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 85.80%

Ohio University-Southern Campus
Ironton, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 90.30%

Ohio University-Zanesville Campus
Zanesville, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 77.00%

Otterbein University
Westerville, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 91.70%

Shawnee State University
Portsmouth, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 82.00%

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Cincinnati, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 36.90%

University of Akron Main Campus
Akron, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 87.40%

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
Cincinnati, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 84.50%

University of Mount Union
Alliance, OH


University of Rio Grande
Rio Grande, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 80.60%

University of Toledo
Toledo, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 87.30%

Urbana University
Urbana, OH


Ursuline College
Pepper Pike, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 86.00%

Walsh University
North Canton, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 92.70%

Wittenberg University
Springfield, OH


Wright State University-Main Campus
Dayton, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.80%

Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 82.30%

Youngstown State University
Youngstown, OH

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.30%


Closed Schools/Programs

Brown Mackie College-Findlay
Findlay, OH

School closed in 2017

ITT Technical Institute-Strongsville
Strongsville, OH

School closed in 2016