Nurses are the lifeblood of the health care workforce. They supply doctors with vital information that will guide patients’ treatment. They spend a great deal of time with patients, assessing and observing them, developing and implementing patient care plans, and administering treatment and medication as directed by the physician. Nurses measure vital signs and draw conclusions, make clinical decisions, do diagnostic tests, supervise nursing assistants, and translate medical jargon so the patients will understand. They counsel patients in the areas of disease prevention and the promotion of health, giving valuable instructions to family members so that restoration progresses after the patient leaves the health care facility.
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing is the minimum educational requirement for licensure as a Registered Nurse in Ohio. Students typically complete the requirements in 2 to 3 years. The training will include classroom theory as well clinical rotations at various health care facilities. Graduates must take and pass National Council Licensure Examination to practice as a Registered Nurse. They will be qualified for entry-level positions in hospitals, physicians’ offices, and outpatient facilities. As the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) increases in popularity, more ADN graduates are going back to school to complete the BSN through RN to BSN transition programs.
Columbus State Community College
The Associate Degree in Nursing program at Columbus State provides students with the skill and knowledge to care for clients of all ages. The curriculum is designed to be completed in 5 semesters and aims to support the critical thinking, effective communication, and problem solving. It will include lectures, seminars, hands-on skills development in the lab, and clinical experiences. The school offers a traditional track as well as a blended track that includes online learning. Students must make themselves available for the clinical experience comprising of 4 to 16 hours per week. The rotations will take place in a variety of health care settings and will be directed by a registered nurse. Program gradates will be qualified to take the NCLEX for Registered Nurses. There is an advanced standing program that admits licensed practical nurses who have completed an accredited nursing program.
Semester credits: 62
Duration: 5 semesters
Prerequisite courses – Pharmacology Concepts in Nursing I, Fundamental Concepts of Nursing Care, First Year Experience Seminar, Quantitative Literacy, Basic Care Skills
Core Courses – Pharmacology Concepts in Nursing II, Nursing Care Reproductive/Common Health Problems, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Composition I, Introduction to Psychology, Elementary Statistics, Concepts of Pharmacology III, Nursing Care Patients Complex Physical Problems, Nursing Care Behavioral Health Problems, Human Growth and Development/Life Span, Leadership and Nursing Care Multiple Health Problems, Introduction to Microbiology
- A high school diploma or GED or college degree transcript
- Have a college GPA of 2.6 or more. Applicants without a college GPA must have a high school GPA of 2.6 or an ACT composite score of 18 or above
- Attend a Nursing Information Session – available online
- Complete the NURC 1001 class with a grade C or above – completed within the past 5 years. Credit will be given for an STNA card obtained within 5 years of the application
- Take and pass the HESI A2 exam with a score of 75. Students must demonstrate knowledge of reading, science and math to succeed on the nursing program
- Program documentation of completing a practical nursing program or have a valid practical nursing license or national Registry Paramedic certification in the state – for advanced standing applicants
- Meet the requirements of the clinical agency including CPR certification, health check, background check, fingerprinting, and drug screening.
Tuition costs $4,588 per year for resident students. Nursing students must budget for uniforms, insurance, background check, HESI testing, immunization, drug screen, and textbooks.
Address: 550 East Spring St., Columbus, OH 43215Phone: (614) 287-5353
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 90.48%
Central Ohio Technical College – Healthcare Career
The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program at COTC is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. The program follows a 5-semester plan of study and includes general education and nursing courses. Each nursing course includes clinical laboratory sessions coordinated with practical learning experiences in a real-world facility. The rigorous program promotes progressive learning for students to grasp complex principles and develop clinical reasoning. Students must be available full-time to maintain the education focus and participate in the clinical rotations which require flexibility of time. Students must make arrangement to get to and from the clinical sites. The program admits new students each semester. Licensed practical nurses may apply for admission to the accelerated LPN to AD program. This option requires completing of the prerequisites and current licensure as an LPN.
Semester credits: 65
Duration: 5 semesters
Prerequisite courses – Anatomy and Physiology I, Statistics, Introduction to Pharmacology, Introduction to Professional Nursing, Introduction to Psychology
Core Courses – Anatomy and Physiology II, Fundamentals of Nursing, Small Group Communication, Microbiology, Composition I, Introduction to Adult Health, Composition II, Advanced Adult Health, Family Centered Care I, Cultural Diversity, Family-Centered Care II or Family Centered Care, Management of Care or Management of Care – Preceptorship
- Demonstrate accountability, integrity, a strong foundation in math and science, good written and verbal communication, and computer literacy
- A completed application to COTC – submitted online
- Attend a mandatory Nursing Information Session – valid for 12 months
- Take the COTC Placement Test or submit documents for waiver. Candidates who place into pre-college coursework must complete those courses with a grade C or better
- A high school transcript or copy of GED certificate
- Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended
- A grade C or better in high school Biology or Introduction to Biology and Chemistry or Introduction to Chemistry Principles or higher
- Current CPR American Heart Association Health Care Provider Certificate
- Verification of Ohio STNA certification
- Take and pass the Nursing Selection Examination – ATI TEAS test – valid for 12 months
- Submit the Nursing Application by mail before the published deadline.
Tuition costs $2,268 per semester for resident students. Additional expenses include uniforms, insurance, background check, HESI testing, immunization, drug screen, and textbooks.
Address: 1179 University Dr., Newark, OH 43055
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 92.18%
Students who complete the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX for Registered Nurses. The school offers a traditional track for adults with no prior experience in nursing and an advanced placement track for applicants with licensed practical nursing training or licensure. Students will learn how to perform nursing duties within the legal and ethical guidelines, use evidence in practice, use understanding of nutrition, microbiology and pharmacology concepts to make clinical decisions, follow the nursing process when collaborating with other healthcare professionals, help clients make health care decisions, use effective communication, and exhibit caring behaviors when interacting with patients.
Semester credits: 108.5
Total contact hours: 2,208
Duration: 7 semesters
Prerequisite courses – English Composition I, Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, Introduction to Sociology, Comparative Religion, English Composition II, Nutrition Across Lifespan, Introduction to Psychology, General Biology, Introduction to Statistics
Core Courses – Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Microbiology, Introduction to Pharmacology, Fundamentals of Nursing, Health and Physical Assessment, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Therapeutic Communication In Nursing, IV Therapy and Phlebotomy, Medical Surgical Nursing I, Behavioral Health Nursing, Intro to Evidence Based Nursing and Research, Medical Surgical Nursing II, Nursing Care of Women and Children, Medical Surgical Nursing III, Transition to the Role of RN, Integrated Concepts (NCLEX-RN)
- Be 18 years or older
- Submit two favorable character references – from persons other than relatives
- A high school diploma or GED – provide a copy of high school transcript
- Complete an admission assessment
- Obtain a minimum score of 15 on the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE).
- Possess a current and unrestricted LPN license – for admission to the LPN-AAS track
- Submit a completed application and the non-refundable registration fee
- Complete a physical exam following the guidelines on the Felbry’s Health Form
- Provide proof of immunization – TDAP, MMR, annual influenza, varicella titer or vaccine, hepatitis B, 2-step TB test
- A current BLS for Healthcare Provider card
- Favorable 10-panel drug screen
- FBI and BCI criminal background check
The cost of attendance is $37,129.50 and includes skills lab fees, technology fee, and integrated assessment package. Other fees include registration fee and graduation fee.
Address: 6055 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43231
Phone: (614) 781-1085
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 40%
The Associate Degree in Nursing program at Fortis College prepares adults to become registered nurses through the development academic, clinical and personal skills that will qualify them to work in various health care institutions. Graduates will be prepare to sit for the NCLEX for Registered Nurses, work as entry-level nurses, respond to the healthcare needs of their communities, and become lifelong learners. The program is offered in hybrid format giving students the opportunity to complete less than 50 percent of the coursework online. Licensed practical nurses who want to advance their career can select the entry path for LPNs and receive academic credit. The candidate must have completed an approved LPN program and have current licensure in the state.
Quarter credits: 106
Total contact hours: 1,500
Duration: 96 weeks
Core Courses – Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, General Biology, Microbiology, Introduction to Informatics, Art and Culture, English Composition, College Mathematics, Pharmacology, Health Assessment, Foundations of Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing I, Maternal Newborn Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Leadership and Management, Community Nursing Concepts, Mental Health Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing II, Transition to Practice – Capstone, General Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Fundamentals of Human Nutrition, Sociology
- Be a high school graduate or have recognized equivalent
- Be 17 years or older
- Submit a completed applicant information form
- Attend an interview with an admissions representative
- Take and pass the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) with a score of 16
- Pass in the Online Readiness Assessment with a score of 60% or higher
- Have graduated from a state approved practical nursing program and possess an unencumbered practical nursing license from the state board – for LPN applicants
- Take and pass the A2-RN assessment and score a minimum of 75%
- Have a current American Health Association BLS Healthcare Provider CPR card
- Complete the required immunization – hepatitis B, MMR, varicella, seasonal influenza, TDaP
- Pass a criminal background check
- A negative drug screen
The cost of attendance is $44,096 plus an additional $3,699 for books and supplies.
Address: 4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 120, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: (614) 882-2551
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 79.55%
Clark State Community College
Clark State’s Registered Nursing program is offered as a part-time evening-weekend program. It prepares students for a career in nursing. Prospective students must complete all non-nursing courses before enrolling in the nursing course. Students learn how to provide patient-centered care with an emphasis on cultural sensitivity and compassion to patients across the lifespan, use current research to make clinical judgments, community and collaboration with other health care professionals, use informatics and technology to make clinical decisions, and transition to the role of a professional nurse adhering to the legal and ethical guidelines. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure as a registered nurse. The Ohio Board of Nursing will determine applicants’ eligibility to take the licensing exam.
Semester credits: 65
Duration: 2 years
Core Courses – English I, Introduction to Psychology, Microbiology, English II, Introduction to Sociology, Anatomy and Physiology I, Lifespan Human Growth and Development, Anatomy and Physiology II, Math Elective, Dosage Calculation, Basic Nursing Concepts, Adult Nursing I, Behavioral Health Nursing, Maternal Newborn Nursing, Adult Nursing II, Children Family Nursing, Adult Nursing III
- A high school diploma or GED certificate
- Submit a completed application
- Apply for Financial Aid
- Take the Accuplacer Placement Test
- Provide official transcripts from all colleges previously attended
- Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA for all required courses
- Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative Clark College GPA
- Complete placement tests for reading, writing, math, and algebra
- Have high school or college chemistry or biology course
- Have current STNA certification before starting the nursing courses
Tuition costs $155.33 per credit for Ohio residents and $286.66 for non-resident students.
Address: 570 East Leﬀel Lane, Springfield, OH 45505
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 86.18%
Hondros College of Nursing
Students who complete the 5 quarters of theory and practical experience and meet all graduation requirements will receive an Associate Degree in Nursing and will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX for Registered Nurses. Through academics and hands-on experiences students will learn how to provide safe and patient centered nursing care using current research, exercise clinical judgment to make complex patient-centered care decisions, use improvement processes to boost patient outcomes, collaborate with members of the healthcare team for the best interest of the patients, use information technology to manage care, make clinical decisions, and mitigate errors, use legal and ethical principles to guide practice as a registered nurse, and provide holistic care.
Quarter credits: 109
Clock hours: 1,520
Duration: 55 weeks
Core Courses – Anatomy and Physiology I, Critical Thinking for the Registered Nurse, Transition to Associate Degree Nursing, Anatomy and Physiology II, Concepts of Pediatric Nursing, Lifespan Development, Concepts of Mental Health Nursing, Algebra, Concepts of Nursing Care of the Reproducing Family, Professional Nursing Issues, Public Speaking, Concepts of Nursing Care of Diverse Populations, English Composition II, Concepts of Nursing care of the Adult I, Transition to Registered Nursing, Application of Clinical Judgment in RN Practice, Concepts of Nursing Care of the Adult II
- Be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States
- Submit official government issued ID – driver’s license, state ID, passport
- Be at least 18 years old
- Complete and sign the application for admission
- Complete the Student Online Readiness Survey
- Be a high school graduate or recognized equivalent
- Complete and sign the enrollment agreement
- Attend an interview with an admissions representative
- Complete a criminal background check using electronic fingerprint check with National Background Check, Inc for an Ohio BCI and FBI check
Tuition costs $25,010. Students must cover costs for textbooks, insurance, background check, uniform, nursing supplies, CPR, and fees.
Address: 4140 Executive Parkway, Westerville, OH, 43081
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 70%