Ohio Nursing Programs

With big players like Ohio State University, which boasts not only one of the best curriculums but a hospital that’s considered one of the best as well, Ohio is a land of opportunity in nursing.

Over 112 schools in Ohio offer nursing programs of some kind, many with online options and accelerated graduation possibilities. Aspiring LPNs and RNs will find that their options are many and varied, with flexible curriculums at literally dozens of reputable schools.

Those looking to achieve an advanced degree in nursing will be even more pleased by Ohio’s options. Several schools in Ohio offer distinguished master’s programs in nursing, with notables including the University of Cincinnati and Case Western Reserve University, in addition to Ohio State University.

Nurses graduating from these schools with an MSN will find that the state has a growing demand for advanced practice nurses. Nurses with master’s degrees in Ohio also have an uncommonly wide range of professional organizations supporting them.

Additional Funding for Ohio Nursing Students:
The Akron General Medical Center Service League offers a nursing scholarship to students interested in attending school in Ohio. It’s available to high school graduates in Ohio and also to family of company employees.

Other nursing scholarships exclusive to Ohio students include the Service League Nursing Scholarship and the Big 33 Nursing Scholarships.

Additional funding opportunities include the standard federal PELL grants and loan programs, as well as local, state-based employers. Ohio hospitals sometime fund students in exchange for work after graduation.

Job Outlook for Nurses in Ohio

The nursing industry is expected to grow ahead of Ohio’s economy and population, though that’s not saying as much you might think.  Income levels in Ohio are lagging behind the rest of the country, mostly due to the state being hit hard by the economic downturn.

But nursing has stayed resilient, and is expected to see growth in Ohio’s future. A variety of factors contribute to nursing’s continued growth, including an aging Ohio population and a shortage of medical care in rural areas. Ohio already employs about 120,000 registered nurses, which is a substantial number compared to many other states, and the average salary for an RN is $60,590.

These are respectable numbers, and they can also be expected to improve over the next two years or so: despite some of the highest employment of RNs in the nation, extreme shortages are predicted by 2020. Those hoping to fill these shortages can anticipate the greatest need in adult critical care and medical-surgical nursing, so plan accordingly.

Finding Employment in Ohio

Ohio is home to some of the country’s best hospitals, and these larger institutions do a lot of hiring in the state.

Ohio State University’s hospital, for example, not only hires many graduates from Ohio, but is also ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals.” The personalized healthcare and leadership at this hospital make it one of the best to work at.

Other top employers in Ohio are The Cleveland Clinic, Mount Carmel West, and Riverside Methodist Hospital. Consider pursuing contact with any of these hospitals if you’re a graduate and looking for a job in Ohio.

Licensing in Ohio

Ohio residents need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) before practicing, but there are no other licensing requirements. Any nurses with degrees from an accredited institution with an NCLEX certification can seek a job in Ohio.

Licensure renewal often requires continuing education in Ohio, though. So keep abreast of other requirements through the state and your employer.