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2021 Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in Ohio

48 Schools Ranked
$24,071 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$25,600 Avg Student Debt

With all the nursing programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools and bootcamp that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Nursing Degree Search has developed this Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in Ohio ranking. This report analyzed 48 schools in Ohio to see which ones offered the best bachelor's degree programs for nursing students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school us, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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929 Total Awards
$33,530 Average Tuition & Fees
$27,266 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named Baldwin Wallace University the best school in Ohio for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Berea, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 929 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $33,530 to cover tuition and fees at Baldwin Wallace College. The school does not offer an in-state discount. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Baldwin Wallace College accumulate an average of $27,266 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Baldwin Wallace College. In fact, around 7% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#2

Defiance College

Defiance, Ohio
147 Total Awards
$33,260 Average Tuition & Fees
$28,048 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Defiance College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Ohio list. Defiance College is a very small private not-for-profit school located in Defiance, Ohio that handed out 147 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Defiance College does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $33,260. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $28,048 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Defiance College does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. During the 2017-2018 year, about 19% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#2

Kettering College

Kettering, Ohio
144 Total Awards
$13,392 Average Tuition & Fees
$32,553 Avg Student Debt

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Kettering College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in Ohio. This very small private not-for-profit school is located in Kettering, Ohio, and it awarded 144 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Kettering College is $13,392. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $32,553 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Kettering College does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In 2017-2018 about 31% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#3

Wittenberg University

Springfield, Ohio
434 Total Awards
$40,280 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,124 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Wittenberg University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Ohio list. Springfield, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 434 students in 2018-2019.

Wittenberg does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $40,280. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Wittenberg accumulate an average of $25,124 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Wittenberg does offer online classes in some areas. In 2017-2018 about 0% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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333 Total Awards
$22,062 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,805 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Mount Carmel College of Nursing. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Ohio list. Mount Carmel College of Nursing is a very small private not-for-profit school located in Columbus, Ohio that handed out 333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Mount Carmel College of Nursing is $22,062. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $23,805 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Online courses are available at Mount Carmel College of Nursing, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 31% took at least some of their classes online.

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#4

University of Mount Union

Alliance, Ohio
511 Total Awards
$31,700 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,735 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 48 schools in Ohio that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Mount Union landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in Alliance, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 511 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $31,700 to cover tuition and fees at Mount Union. The school does not offer an in-state discount. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Mount Union accumulate an average of $25,735 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Mount Union. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 5% took at least some of their classes online.

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11,596 Total Awards
$11,084 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,706 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ohio State University - Main Campus. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Ohio list. Ohio State is a public institution located in Columbus, Ohio. The school has a large population, and it awarded 11,596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from Ohio who attend Ohio State full time pay an average of $11,084 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $32,061. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,706 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Ohio State does offer online classes for certain majors. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 38% took at least some of their classes online.

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179 Total Awards
$19,780 Average Tuition & Fees
$26,148 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #6, Chamberlain University - Ohio did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Chamberlain - Ohio is a very small private for-profit school situated in Columbus, Ohio. It awarded 179 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Chamberlain - Ohio does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $19,780. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $26,148 in loans while pursuing their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Chamberlain - Ohio. In 2017-2018 about 58% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#7

Mercy College of Ohio

Toledo, Ohio
211 Total Awards
$15,900 Average Tuition & Fees
$26,063 Avg Student Debt

Mercy College of Ohio came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Ohio ranking. Mercy College of Ohio is a small private not-for-profit school located in Toledo, Ohio that handed out 211 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Mercy College does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $15,900. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Mercy College accumulate an average of $26,063 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Mercy College. In 2017-2018 about 57% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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242 Total Awards
$15,181 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,740 Avg Student Debt

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree nursing programs. The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences is a very small private not-for-profit school situated in Cincinnati, Ohio. It awarded 242 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $15,181 to cover tuition and fees at The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The school does not offer an in-state discount. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,740 in student loans.

Some students may be able to take online classes at The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences. During the 2017-2018 year, about 59% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#9

Xavier University

Cincinnati, Ohio
1,253 Total Awards
$40,450 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,791 Avg Student Debt

Xavier University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Xavier is located in Cincinnati, Ohio and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,253 bachelor’s degrees to qualified students.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $40,450 to cover tuition and fees at Xavier. The school does not offer an in-state discount. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $23,791 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Some students may be able to take online classes at Xavier. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 26% took at least some of their classes online.

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#10

Bluffton University

Bluffton, Ohio
193 Total Awards
$33,736 Average Tuition & Fees
$24,940 Avg Student Debt

Bluffton University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Bluffton is a very small private not-for-profit school situated in Bluffton, Ohio. It awarded 193 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $33,736 to cover tuition and fees at Bluffton. The school does not offer an in-state discount. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $24,940 in student loans.

Online courses are available at Bluffton, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In fact, around 5% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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7,349 Total Awards
$12,612 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,751 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #10, Ohio University - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Ohio University - Main Campus is a large public school located in Athens, Ohio that handed out 7,349 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at Ohio U is $12,612. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $22,406. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Ohio U accumulate an average of $22,751 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Ohio U does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In fact, around 46% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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17 Total Awards
$18,950 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,168 Avg Student Debt

Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Ohio ranking. Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences is a very small private not-for-profit school located in Canton, Ohio that handed out 17 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend Aultman College, expect to pay an average of $18,950 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Aultman College accumulate an average of $23,168 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Online courses are available at Aultman College, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2017-2018 year, about 26% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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415 Total Awards
$33,440 Average Tuition & Fees
$24,979 Avg Student Debt

Ohio Northern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in Ada, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 415 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $33,440 to cover tuition and fees at ONU. The school does not offer an in-state discount. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $24,979 in student loans.

One thing to take note of is that ONU does offer online classes in some areas. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 1% took at least some of their classes online.

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6,175 Total Awards
$11,154 Average Tuition & Fees
$24,401 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #13, University of Cincinnati - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Cincinnati is a large public school situated in Cincinnati, Ohio. It awarded 6,175 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at Cincinnati is $11,154. Out-of-state students pay an average of $26,488. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $24,401 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at Cincinnati. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 43% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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1,372 Total Awards
$50,924 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,306 Avg Student Debt

Case Western Reserve University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Case Western is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cleveland, Ohio. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,372 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Case Western does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $50,924. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $21,306 in loans while pursuing their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Case Western. In fact, around 1% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#15

Ashland University

Ashland, Ohio
801 Total Awards
$21,965 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,244 Avg Student Debt

Ashland University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Ohio list. Located in Ashland, Ohio, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 801 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend Ashland, expect to pay an average of $21,965 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $25,244 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Some students may be able to take online classes at Ashland. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 61% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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2,315 Total Awards
$9,073 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,818 Avg Student Debt

Wright State University - Main Campus came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Ohio ranking. Located in Dayton, Ohio, the fairly large public school handed out 2,315 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $9,073 in tuition and fees if they attend Wright State University - Main Campus full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $18,286. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $25,818 in student loans.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Wright State University - Main Campus. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 30% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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3,167 Total Awards
$11,316 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,804 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #17, Bowling Green State University - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, the fairly large public school handed out 3,167 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $11,316 in tuition and fees if they attend BGSU full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $19,305. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $25,804 in student loans.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at BGSU. In 2017-2018 about 28% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#18

Otterbein University

Westerville, Ohio
579 Total Awards
$32,474 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,685 Avg Student Debt

Otterbein University landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Otterbein is located in Westerville, Ohio and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 579 bachelor’s degrees to qualified students.

Otterbein does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $32,474. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $25,685 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Some students may be able to take online classes at Otterbein. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 3% took at least some of their classes online.

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Ursuline College

Pepper Pike, Ohio
165 Total Awards
$33,440 Average Tuition & Fees
$32,171 Avg Student Debt

Ursuline College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. Ursuline College is located in Pepper Pike, Ohio and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 165 bachelor’s degrees to qualified students.

Ursuline College does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $33,440. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Ursuline College accumulate an average of $32,171 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Ursuline College does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. During the 2017-2018 year, about 42% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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5,465 Total Awards
$10,602 Average Tuition & Fees
$26,861 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #20, Kent State University at Kent did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Kent, Ohio is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,465 students in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $10,602 in tuition and fees if they attend Kent State full time. Out-of-state students pay an average of $19,478. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $26,861 in student loans.

Online courses are available at Kent State, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In fact, around 54% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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Hondros College of Nursing

Westerville, Ohio
27 Total Awards
$15,299 Average Tuition & Fees
$36,934 Avg Student Debt

Hondros College of Nursing ranked #21 on this year’s Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Ohio list. Westerville, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 27 students in 2018-2019.

Hondros College of Nursing does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $15,299. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $36,934 in loans while pursuing their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Hondros College of Nursing. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 28% took at least some of their classes online.

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Notre Dame College

Cleveland, Ohio
301 Total Awards
$30,160 Average Tuition & Fees
$28,617 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #22, Notre Dame College did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Notre Dame College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Cleveland, Ohio that handed out 301 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Notre Dame College is $30,160. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $28,617 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at Notre Dame College. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 21% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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