Top RN Schools
1. The Ohio State University, Columbus
The Ohio State University College of Nursing is ranked among the top 25 nursing schools in the U.S. by “U.S. News and World Report.” The college emphasizes that streamlining the delivery of health care in the U.S. is an enormous task; but it hopes that each and every student it admits will rise to meet this challenge. Not only does the school deliver an excellent clinical education, it also carries out groundbreaking nursing research through initiatives such as the Martha S. Pitzger Center for Women, Children and Youth; the Center for Health Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care; and the Center for Research and Health Analytics. In 2017, the College of Nursing received nearly $7 million in research grants from National Institutes of Health (NIH); in 2018, it received nearly $7 million in research grants from NIH.
2. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati’s College of Nursing is a nationally acclaimed institution that strives to empower nurses as health-care leaders. Students are taught to deal with sweeping changes in the health-care landscape and are inspired to prepare for even bigger ones. Collaboration among medical, pharmacy and nursing students is emphasized; team work is key in the delivery of health care. Rating sources like “U.S. News and World Report,” CollegeChoice.net, TheBestSchools.org and AffordableCollegesOnline.org consistently rank UC Nursing as one of the finest in the nation.
3. Wright State University, Dayton
The Wright State College of Nursing and Health has developed an approach to nursing education that helps students understand the critical need for nurses in the Buckeye State by helping them relate classroom lectures to lab activities and other experiences. The college also offers unique opportunities to enhance a traditional nursing curriculum, such as a disaster preparedness class and a course called “The Power of Nursing,” which helps student nurses explore the personal significance of their work.
4. Kent State University, Kent
The College of Nursing at Kent State University administers the sixth largest nursing program in the U.S., with a total enrollment of slightly more than 1,000 students at the university’s Kent, Stark, Trumbull, Salem and Geauga campuses. Many graduates from this nursing school in Ohio go on to pursue careers in their home state; in fact, the college has a strategic alliance with University Hospitals of Cleveland that's designed to address the local nursing shortage. The Olga A. Mural Simulation Lab is a state-of-the-art facility where students acquire the hands-on skills they will need when they begin working with actual patients. Clinical rotations are scheduled at University Hospitals and other dynamic medical facilities throughout Cleveland and the surrounding communities.
5. Mount Carmel College, Columbus
The Mount Carmel College of Nursing was established in 1903 to train nurses to work at Hawkes Hospital of the Mount Carmel Society in Columbus, Ohio. The college is located on the grounds of what’s now called Mount Carmel West, a hospital complex. Though the college is affiliated with the Catholic church, it welcomes nursing students of all religious denominations. An important part of the school’s mission is to educate nurses who will champion the needs of underserved populations who may not have the ability to champion their own needs. Nursing students share the simulation facilities at the Mount Carmel Center for Innovative Learning with professionals from all health care disciplines including registered nurses, resident physicians, medical staff, EMTs and other Mount Carmel staff members. Lifelike adult and pediatric manikins that are programmed to respond to clinical interventions in realistic ways help nursing students learn fundamental skills.