Columbus RN Programs - Ohio

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RN Programs in Columbus, Ohio

Individuals in Columbus, Ohio who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare should consider registered nursing. A career as an RN is challenging and rewarding, and these professionals are in high demand.

ADN vs. BSN Programs

In Columbus, one can become an RN by completing either an associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing. Since both degrees are acceptable for licensure, choosing one is a matter of personal preference.

An Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) can be completed in as little as two years. Most schools charge either by credit or by semester, so earning an ADN may be more affordable than earning a bachelor's degree. This option works well for those who need to begin a career quickly.

A Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) generally takes four years of full-time study to complete. BSN programs are often offered at traditional, four-year colleges and universities, and are a great option for those who wish to have the full "college experience." These programs provide a more comprehensive education. While there is no guarantee that BSN-educated nurses earn more money starting out than those with ADNs, the higher level of education may make them more eligible for promotions.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Applicants to nursing schools can also choose between online and on-campus RN programs in Columbus. All students will be required to have completed clinical experience for licensure, but they may be able to complete classroom learning online.

There are benefits to both online and traditional, on-campus learning environments. Online programs provide greater flexibility, as students can watch lectures and complete coursework from home, and work around their own schedules. Classroom-based programs are also beneficial, as they give students an opportunity to interact with each other and with instructors.

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Which schools offer Columbus RN Programs?

RN Programs (both campus-based & online RN Programs) are medical training programs offered by universities, vocational or technical schools, and community or junior colleges. Some hospitals even offer registered nursing training as an RN diploma.

How do I become an licensed RN?

Each state sets its own RN requirements. In order to earn your RN license, you must pass the NCLEX® examination. The NCLEX® is a comprehensive nursing exam that can only be taken by graduates of a nursing program approved by your state's board of nursing.

Do I need to complete an LPN program before I go to college to get an RN Degree?

No you don't need to complete LPN training before you can get your RN license. An accredited RN Associate Degree program takes 2 years. You can earn your RN Diploma in 3 years. (BSN - 4 years, RN to BSN can be 2-3 years)

Free Nursing School in Columbus?

The education necessary to become an RN is valuable, and registered nurses make really good money in Ohio. However, students can lower the cost of RN school with financial aid. There are numerous grants and nursing school scholarships in Ohio. They might not make your RN degree free but it can at least be more affordable.

Contact one of the accredited nursing schools listed here to get information about the financial aid you qualify for. Find out more about online nursing schools in Ohio.

RN Job Description

Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients' family members. RNs record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

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Ohio Board of Nursing
17 South High Street, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215-3413
Phone: (614) 466-3947
Fax: (614) 466-0388

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Other Columbus Nursing Schools w/ RN Training

Columbus State Community College
550 East Spring St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
127 S. Davis Avenue
Columbus, OH 43222
Ohio State University
154 W 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Capital University
1 College and Main
Columbus, OH 43209

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