Have you decided to pursue an exciting and rewarding career in nursing? Or maybe you are an experienced licensed practical nurse or RN who wants to go back to school to earn a higher degree and transition into a new phase of your nursing career. Whatever your career goals, the Columbus area has a number of accredited nursing training programs to choose from, including entry-level programs for those new to nursing and advanced practice and bridge programs that help RNs pursue new career paths.

To get started in nursing or to advance your nursing career, check out our accredited program listings sections below:

Entry-Level ADN & BSN Programs in Columbus, OH

If you are new nursing, the place to begin is an entry-level training program. These programs introduce students to nursing and prepare them for the NCLEX licensing exam. In Columbus, the options for entry-level nursing programs include LPN to RN programs, Associate’s Degree in Nursing programs (ADN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs. There are some similarities in the curriculum between these programs, but each type has a different completion time and outcome.

LPN to RN Programs

Called “bridge” programs because they provide a bridge from one career to the next, LPN to RN training programs help experienced LPNs become registered nurses. With more responsibilities and higher wages than LPNs, becoming an RN is an attractive career path for many practical nurses. Columbus State Community College, for example, offers an LPN completion program that offers life experience credits toward the ADN for some of the early nursing credits.

ADN Programs

An ADN program will provide students with a foundational knowledge of nursing in various settings, including clinical practice experience. Fortis College – Westerville offers an ADN program in a hybrid format in which some courses are offered online, which may be particularly convenient for working students or those with family obligations.

Direct-Entry BSN Programs

Like LPN bridge programs and ADN programs, BSN programs prepare nurses for their first professional jobs as RNs. However, BSN programs include additional coursework and generally take about twice as long to complete. They are becoming more popular as entry points to nursing, as employers are increasingly looking to hire nurses with a bachelor’s degree. Mount Carmel College of Nursing offers a traditional BSN as well as an accelerated BSN for those who already hold a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing topic.

Find out more about Ohio Accelerated BSN Programs

Columbus RN Program NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

 ColumbusOhio
NCLEX-RN Students Total1,4548,305
NCLEX-RN Students Passed1,1877,224
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate81.6%87.0%

Top Ranked Accredited Nursing Programs in Columbus

Listed below are the top nursing schools in Columbus based on our RegisteredNursing.org RN program rankings for Ohio out of 92 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • Capital University - #24
  • Chamberlain College of Nursing - Columbus - #30
  • Mount Carmel College of Nursing - #22
  • Ohio State University - #12
  • Otterbein University - #9
SchoolContact Information
American Institute of Alternative Medicine
6685 Doubletree Ave
Columbus, OH 43229
(614) 825-6255
Capital University
  • BSN, MSN Campus
  • Top Ranked Ohio Program: #24 of 92
1 College Ave
Columbus, OH 43209
(614) 236-6011
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Columbus
1350 Alum Creek Drive
Columbus, OH 43209
(614) 252-8890
Columbus State Community College
550 E Spring St
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 287-5353
Felbry School of Nursing
6055 Cleveland Ave
Columbus, OH 43231
(614) 781-1085
Fortis College - Westerville
4151 Executive Pkwy #120
Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 882-2551
Hondros College of Nursing
4140 Executive Pkwy
Westerville, OH 43081
(888) 466-3767
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
127 South Davis Avenue
Columbus, OH 43222
(614) 234-5950
Ohio State University
  • BSN Campus
  • Top Ranked Ohio Program: #12 of 92
1585 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-8900
Otterbein University
  • BSN Campus
  • Top Ranked Ohio Program: #9 of 92
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 823-1614

RN to BSN/MSN Programs in Columbus, OH

Similar to LPN to RN bridge programs, some schools offer RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs that help RNs with an ADN earn their bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing. Often completed on an accelerated pathway, RN to BSN/MSN programs provide students with credit for previous coursework and clinical experience.

RN to BSN Programs

Oftentimes, RN to BSN bridge programs are offered in an online or hybrid format, which is an attractive option for working nurses. Online programs, such as the one offered at the Ohio State University, may also offer the option of taking classes on a full- or part-time basis and can be completed in a little as one year of study.

Find out more about Ohio RN to BSN Programs

RN to MSN Programs

Perhaps less common than RN to BSN programs, some schools do offer RN to MSN programs that are designed for nurses who hold an RN license who want to earn a master’s degree and move into advanced practice nursing careers. Otterbein University offers an RN to MSN program in a hybrid online/on-campus format that prepares students for careers as family nurse practitioners or psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners.

Find out more about Ohio RN to MSN Programs

SchoolContact Information
Franklin University
201 South Grant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 947-6209
Hondros College of Nursing
4140 Executive Parkway
Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 508-7200
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
127 South Davis Avenue
Columbus, OH 43222
(614) 234-5950
Ohio Christian University
1476 Lancaster Pike
Circleville, OH 43113
(740) 819-1815
Ohio State University
1585 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-8900
The Ohio State University
1585 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-8900

APRN & Nurse Practitioner Programs in Columbus, OH

For many nurses with several years of working experience, the next step in their careers is to pursue leadership, administration or advanced practice positions in nursing. For these nurses, pursuing an advanced practice degree will get them where they want to go in their careers. In and around Columbus, nurses can choose from traditional MSN programs, graduate certificate programs and doctoral study of nursing (Doctor of Nursing Practice or Doctor of Philosophy).

MSN Programs

Traditional MSN programs are designed for experienced nurses with a BSN degree who want to pursue leadership positions or become nurse practitioners. Many of these programs allow students to concentrate their studies along a particular career pathway. Mount Carmel College of Nursing, for example, offers MSN programs in Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Education.

Find out more about Ohio Nurse Practitioner Programs

Post-Master's Certificate Programs

Post-master's certificate courses are available for nurses with their MSN who want to learn a new segment of advanced practice nursing. For example, Capital University offers a post-master’s adult-gerontology clinical nurse certificate program that includes 6 courses and 500 hours of clinical experience.

Find out more about Post-Master's Certificate Programs

DNP & Ph.D. Programs

Another option for nurses who want to pursue leadership positions in nursing is to earn a doctorate degree. The options for doctoral study in nursing include DNP programs that prepare nurses for advanced practice and leadership positions and Ph.D. programs that prepare students for careers in nursing research. Ohio State University also offers a variety of BSN to DNP programs in which students earn their MSN and DNP degrees concurrently.

Find out more about Ohio DNP Programs

SchoolContact Information
Capital University
1 College Ave
Columbus, OH 43209
(614) 236-6011
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
127 S Davis Ave
Columbus, OH 43222
(614) 234-5800
Otterbein University
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 890-3000
The Ohio State University
1585 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-4041