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Ohio RN Programs

Ohio RN Programs

Ohio is the home of many great job opportunities, especially when it comes to the medical field. One great medical career is registered nursing. There are plenty of RN programs in New York, so it is possible for a potential student to find the right program to suit one's personal needs and preferences.

RN programs range in length from 2 years to 4 years. For those who wish to continue education, there are many specialty areas. RNs can even work toward an advanced degree or pursue a career teaching nursing.

Becoming Licensed by Examination in Ohio

In Ohio, one can become licensed either by examination or by endorsement. The exam used for licensing RNs in the NCLEX.

In addition to registering for and passing the NCLEX, individuals must submit an application for licensure by examination and pay the $75 fee. The applicant must also submit the following items to the board:

  • Completion letter from the director of the program (or official transcript sent directly from the nursing school for non-Ohio graduates)
  • Criminal background check
  • Signed and completed affidavit
  • Foreign educated applicants: CGFNS CES Professional Report and passing score on the TOEFL
  • Non-Ohio nursing graduates: Proof of successfully completing a course on medication administration

Becoming Licensed by Endorsement in Ohio

In order to become licensed by endorsement, one must have already been licensed in another state or jurisdiction. He or she must submit to the board the application for licensure by endorsement, $75 fee, and the following items:

  • Foreign educated applicants: CGFNS CES Professional Report and passing score on the TOEFL
  • Non-Ohio nursing graduates: Proof of successfully completing a course on medication administration
  • License Verification from original and current state of licensure
  • Certificate showing completion of 2 contact hours of continuing education
  • Criminal background check
  • Signed and completed affidavit

Those applying for licensure by endorsement can obtain a temporary permit that is valid up to 180 days or until a license is granted.

Renewing an RN License

The RN licensure period runs from September 1st of an odd-numbered year to August 31st of the next odd-numbered year. An RN must satisfy continuing education (CE) requirements in order to renew his or her license. RNs must complete at least 24 CE contact hours in a 2 year period. RNs licensed by endorsement in Ohio for 1 year or less need only complete 12 contact hours of continuing education.

Additional Resources

On-Campus & Online RN Schools

The Best RN Schools in Ohio

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, helps Ohio residents find the best local RN programs, as well as the best online RN schools whose accreditation is accepted by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Why Online RN Classes?

Being a registered nurse is a great career. But many working adults who want to become an registered nurse have an extremely busy schedule - balancing a full-time job, family commitments and other personal responsibilities. The traditional classroom setting offered by most local nursing schools doesn't offer the same flexibility as taking their RN classes online.

Online nursing programs allow each student to fit their education into his or her already busy schedule. Online students can participate in discussion forums and take exams when it's convenient for them. RN nursing students can access their virtual classroom 24 hours per day / seven days per week.

Also, taking RN courses online saves students even more time, as online students don't need to commute to school. Online schools enable busy people to get an RN degree, without interfering with their current professional and personal life.

Ohio RN Resources on

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

Ohio Nurses Association

Other OH Schools with RN Programs

Akron Institute of Herzing Institute
1600 South Arlington Street
Akron, Ohio 44306
Ashland University
401 College Avenue
Ashland, Ohio 44805
ATS Institute of Technology
325 Alpha Park
Highland Heights, Ohio 44143
Aultman Hospital
2600 Sixth St. SW
Canton, Ohio 44710
Belmont Technical College
120 Fox-Shannon Place
St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950
Capital University
1 College and Main
Columbus, Ohio 43209
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Cedarville University
251 N. Main St.
Cedarville, Ohio 45314
Central Ohio Technical College
1179 University Drive
Newark, Ohio 43055
Christ Hospital
2139 Auburn Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
Cincinnati State Technical Community College
3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
Clark State Community College
570 East Leffel Lane
Springfield, Ohio 45505
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
College of Mount St. Joseph
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45233
Columbus State Community College
550 East Spring St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Cuyahoga Community College
700 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Edison State Community College
1973 Edison Drive
Piqua, Ohio 45356
Firelands Regional Medical Center
1111 Hayes Ave.
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Fortis College
555 E. Alex Bell Road
Centerville, Ohio 45459
Franciscan University
1235 University Blvd.
Steubenville, Ohio 43952
Good Samaritan College of Nursing
375 Dixmyth Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
Hocking Technical College
3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
Hondros College
4605 Duke Drive
Mason, Ohio 45040
Huron School of Nursing
13951 Terrace Road
East Cleveland, Ohio 44112
James A Rhodes State College
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, Ohio 45804
Kent State University
800 East Summit Street
Kent, Ohio 44242
Kettering College
3737 Southern Blvd.
Kettering, Ohio 45429
Lakeland Community College
7700 Clocktower Drive
Kirtland, Ohio 44094
Lorain County Community College
1005 N Abbe Road
Elyria, Ohio 44035