You want to go into nursing, and you want to know the colleges in Columbus for nursing. Here are the nursing colleges located in or around Columbus, Ohio.
The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University is a four-year research public university located directly in Columbus, OH. It is known for its amazing nursing program which takes place at The Ohio State University Wexner Center.
You can apply for the nursing program after your first year.
This means that there are certain prerequisite classes that you will have to take during your first semester. You will find out after your freshman year summer if you made it into the program and you can begin classes the first semester of your sophomore year.
You will apply to the school as pre-nursing but won’t be a nursing major until accepted.
The average college GPA of accepted students is 3.7.
Clinicals, which take place directly at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, start second semester sophomore year.
As most nursing programs, this is a three-year nursing program. If you apply and start the program as a junior instead of a sophomore, then you will have to stay for a fifth year of school.
The great thing about Ohio State having its own hospital is that you can walk directly to your clinicals and classes, especially since clinicals start so early in the morning. This gives you the opportunity to get involved with as much as you can at the hospital because it is a part of your campus.
If you go to a nursing school without a hospital, you will be required to drive to the nearest hospital. Also, since Ohio State is a research university, you have ample opportunities to get involved in research that may be of interest to you.
There are many nursing clubs on campus and well as pre-professional clubs that deal with professional tracks that nursing students can take as well.
Tuition (In-State): $11,084
Room & Board / Tuition: $23,792
Out of State Tuition: $32,061
Admission Standards: Currently, the average ACT score of incoming freshmen is 29 and the average GPA is a 3.76/4.0. This is for the university as a whole, but the nursing students are usually some of the best and brightest meaning that their ACT and GPA scores or normally at or above the average.
Over 90% of incoming freshmen were in the top 10% of their class as well. Since admission is competitive, they are also looking for a decent amount of high school involvement. It is not required, but it could look good if you had some prior experience volunteering in hospitals as well.
The Ohio State University Acceptance Rate: 52%
Nursing Program Acceptance Rate: 26%
A sample schedule during the pre-nursing year is below.
- Chemistry 1110
- Psychology 1100
- Biology 1101 or 1110 or 1113
- Nursing Survey 1100
- English 1110
- EEOB 2520 (Physiology)
- Anatomy 2300 or EEOB 2510
- Sociology 1101 or Rural Sociology 1500
- Human Nutrition 2210 or 2310
This sample schedule was taken from OSU pre-nursing curriculum.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Mount Carmel School of Nursing is a four-year nursing school located in Columbus, OH. Students who come here are only interested in nursing because that is all that is offered.
If you are not sure about nursing and think you may want to switch majors. It may be a good idea for you to go to a traditional college instead so that you have the option to switch into another major if needed.
The clinicals for this program take place at convenient alternate locations and they also have a health systems clinical skills and simulation center.
This school is great for nursing students because everyone that you meet will have had to take the same classes as you. It can be encouraging as well to see all of the other students doing great things within the same field as you. Having so many others in your major and career can really help.
There are also many organizations and clubs to get involved in here as a nursing student.
Room & Board: $7,000
More information on tuition visit Mt Carmel tuition page.
Admission Standards: Their average ACT for incoming freshmen is 19-23 and their average GPA is 3.6.
Acceptance Rate: 79%
Otterbein is a four-year private university located in Westerville, OH which is about 20 minutes from Columbus, OH.
The clinicals for this program take place at Ohio Health and Nationwide Children’s Hospital which are both in the city of Columbus, OH.
There are many hospitals in this area that will help you with volunteering and career experience. This is a great opportunity to go to a smaller school with the small-town community vibe while still being only minutes away from a major city and some major hospitals.
Having a connection to these hospitals can help you find a job after graduation. You will have the opportunity to see the staff and the way the hospital works firsthand before you even graduate.
Room & Board: $13,000
Admission Standards: Their average ACT is 21-27 for incoming freshman and their average GPA is a 3.6. As I had said previously, the nursing students are usually some of the best and brightest meaning that their ACT and GPA scores or normally at or above the average.
Acceptance Rate: 73%
The nursing students can join Sigma Theta Tau International. The membership is by invitation to graduate nursing and baccalaureate students. You can learn more on the Otterbein website.
Capital University is a private four-year research university in Bexley, Ohio. It is a suburb of Columbus and it is only about 10 to 15 minutes away from the city. A lot of students at Capital University will spend their weekends in the city and around the Ohio State campus.
As a first-year student applying to Capitals nursing program, you were going to have different admission criteria than other majors. Nursing is one of the most competitive programs at Capital.
Because of the high quality of the program at Capital and the demand for nursing majors, it has gotten extremely competitive in the last few years.
Capital University is affiliated with more than 20 hospitals and healthcare agencies. It also has affiliations with over 80 community health organizations within Columbus.
This is a great opportunity to have so many connections and networking within hospitals and Columbus before you graduate. This is the type of connection that will help you land a job after graduation.
Capital does admit students directly into the nursing programs.
This means that as a first-year student you could already be accepted into the nursing program and start your nursing classes.
The main requirements for first-year nursing students are going to be:
- A 3.0 or higher cumulative high school GPA
- You need to get a 21 or better composite score on the ACT
- Score of 1060 or better on the SAT
- Completion of algebra two
You will need this all completed while in high school. Just because you have the requirements above does not guarantee you admission into this program, you are still competing against other students that applied. With that being said, the higher your GPA and other scores are, the better your chances are to get into the program.
Room and Board: $4,900 – $7,800
More information on tuition visit the Capital website.
Admission Standards: The average ACT at Capital University is a 22-28, and the average GPA is a 3 for incoming freshmen.
Overall Acceptance Rate: 69%
Columbus State Community College
You can also look at going to Columbus State Community College. It does not offer a 4-year degree in nursing but it does offer:
To learn more about community college you can read the pros and cons of Community College.
Colleges in Columbus for Nursing Conclusion
There are two different things that you can focus on if you are struggling to figure out which nursing schools that you want to go to. The first thing is admission into the nursing program.
Some schools offer direct admission into the nursing programs, while other schools like to see how your college work ethic is first. This means that you can apply after your first or second semester as a college student.
This may not be a big deal to you, or it may be. This is something that could help or hurt you. If your high school GPA and ACT scores were not that high, then maybe giving yourself one or two semesters at college to prove your worth could help you get into the nursing program.
However, if you think that you are not going to do as well and your first two semesters of college, then maybe you do want to just get directly into the program. This obviously should not be the only reason that you pick a certain program, but it can help you make the decision.
Another thing that you can look into is the hospitals that you will be having your clinicals at. As a nursing student, you were going to spend a lot of time in clinicals. This means that you’re going to spend a lot of time at these different hospitals.
You want to make sure that you are getting the best education and resources that you can. Having a school that has its own hospital is an amazing class and gives you amazing opportunities. Working at hospitals within cities is also a great opportunity to branch out and find places that you want to work. It just might not be as convenient for you.
These are just the types of things that you need to figure out depending on your own personal wants and needs research and look into these different aspects and maybe it’ll help you make a final decision.