Which Ohio Universities Offer Nurse Practitioner Programs?

Find out which Ohio schools offer nurse practitioner programs. See requirements, prerequisites and school information, and learn about the job prospects for a nurse practitioner career in Ohio. Schools offering Family Nurse Practitioner degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Nurse practitioners must complete a master's degree program; a number of schools in Ohio offer such programs. Prior to applying to a master's degree program, individuals must first complete a bachelor's degree in nursing and be currently certified as registered nurses (RNs). Graduate students will choose a field of study as a nurse practitioner and may select from areas of specialization such as women's health, gerontology, pediatrics, or family medicine. Work experience is often required; an acceptable score on the GRE is mandatory. Ohio schools that offer such master's degree programs are all four-year universities, most of which are public.


Nurse Practitioner Programs in Ohio

Case Western Reserve University

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Specialization Areas: Adult-gerontology NP, adult-gerontology acute care NP, pediatric NP, neonatal NP, family NP, women's health NP
  • Program Length: 18-24 months
  • Tuition: $38,760 per year, full-time (2011-2012)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, statistics course
  • Admission Requirements: Valid Ohio RN license, acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT), specific work experience/interviews (some specialties)
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; approximately 9,600 students (about 4,000 undergraduate)
  • Address: 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
  • Phone: (216) 368-2529

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Cleveland's Case Western University offers several concentrations for advanced practice study to become an NP. Within some programs, you may be able to pursue a subspecialty, such as cardiovascular or flight nursing. Although each program has its own course of study, all require you to complete 13 core courses and a clinical experience of at least 500 hours. The school also offers blended role majors that combine the NP and certified nurse specialist (CNS) duties, as well as blended majors such as family NP/pediatric NP. Many courses are offered online or on weekends, making it easier to work while earning your MSN.

Ohio State University - Main Campus

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
  • Specialization Areas: Adult acute care NP, adult NP, family NP, neonatal NP, women's health NP, pediatric NP, acute care pediatric NP, psychiatric mental health NP
  • Program Length: Two years, full time
  • Tuition: $817.60 for residents; $1,899.60 for non-residents (per credit hour, including fees, 2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Nursing or RN license and a baccalaureate degree in another subject; 3.0 GPA; prerequisite courses in human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, human nutrition; TOEFL (if applicable); nurse assistant course
  • Admission Requirements: GRE scores, current resume, purpose statement, letters of recommendation
  • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 57,000 students (about 43,000 undergraduate)
  • Address: Newton Hall, 1585 Neil Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43210
  • Phone: (614) 292-4041

As a graduate student at Ohio State University's College of Nursing, you learn through coursework, clinical experience and research activities. All students take core courses in topics including pharmacology, leadership and nursing informatics, as well as courses in their specialty areas. You complete a minimum of three quarters of clinical experiences, which are available at many locations in central Ohio. You can attend classes full- or part-time, and many can be completed online.

University of Akron - Main Campus

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
  • Specialization Areas: Adult/gerontological health nursing NP, psychiatric mental health NP, child/adolescent health nursing NP
  • Program Length: 45-57 credits total, depending on specialization
  • Tuition: $438.75 for residents; $727 for non-residents (per credit hour, including fees, Fall 2012)
  • Prerequisites: BSN, graduate level inferential statistics course, undergraduate statistics and health assessment course
  • Admission Requirements: Ohio RN license, essay, letters of recommendation, some programs require a year of nursing experience in the specialty area
  • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 27,000 students (about 23,000 undergraduate)
  • Address: Mary Gladwin Hall, 209 Carroll Street, Akron, Ohio 44325
  • Phone: (330) 972-7551

Courses in the MSN program at the University of Akron take place on Monday through Thursday nights to accommodate the schedules of working nurses. Your core courses include research, theory and health policy prior to beginning courses in a specialty area. You complete practicum experiences at health care facilities. After you finish the program, you can take certification exams in your specialty.

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
  • Specialization Areas: Adult acute care NP, ambulatory adult NP, family NP, pediatric - acute care NP, pediatric - primary care NP
  • Program Length: Two years, full time
  • Tuition: $7,091 for residents; $12,848 for non-residents (per semester, including fees, 2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, course in statistics with a grade of 'C' or better, GPA 3.0; accelerated program requires courses in statistics, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, microbiology, genetics, pathophysiology, pharmacology
  • Admission Requirements: Current RN license, resume, goal statement, letters of recommendation, both pediatric NP programs require at least a year of experience in the field
  • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 33,000 students (about 23,000 undergraduate)
  • Address: 3110 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
  • Phone: (513) 558-5500

The University of Cincinnati's MSN program includes several nurse practitioner options that you can complete on campus either full- or part-time. You also can earn your MSN online as a family, adult or women's health nurse practitioner. If you hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing, you can enter the Accelerated Pathway Program and become an RN, then move on to earn an MSN and your NP credentials. In addition to coursework requirements, each program has an experiential component requiring 500 or more hours of clinical work in a health care facility. Completing a capstone project is also necessary.


Ohio Nurse Practitioner Requirements

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses (RNs) who have completed advanced training in a specialty area. To become a Certified Nurse Practitioner from the Ohio Board of Nursing, you must hold a valid RN license in Ohio and a graduate degree in a nursing specialty or a related field. You need to submit proof of certification from a national NP accrediting agency, such as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Job Outlook and Salary Info for Nurse Practitioners

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that national employment for all types of RNs, including NPs, would grow by 26% from 2010-2020, faster than average for all occupations. The BLS forecasted that job opportunities for advanced practice nurses, which include nurse practitioners, would be especially good. Demand would be particularly high in areas where medical services are scarce, like rural areas and inner cities.

The 2011 AANP National Nurse Practitioner Compensation Survey revealed that NPs in the Great Lakes region, which includes Ohio, earned an average base salary of $88,140. Their earnings jumped to an average of $93,812 when bonuses were added. At the national level, nurse practitioners specializing in neonatal, psychiatric or acute care earned higher salaries on average than those working in other specialties.

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