Jobs in health care are booming all over the country, and Ohio is no exception. Online nursing programs in Ohio can prepare you for a number of growing health care careers in the state, including registered nursing or licensed practical/licensed vocational nursing. For those who want quicker entry into the workforce, Ohio nursing schools also offer certificate and diploma programs for medical assistants, nursing assistants and nursing aides.
An aging population in Ohio is expected to contribute to this already huge industry. The following nursing careers employed a large number of Ohio residents in 2015:
- Registered Nurses: 126,270
- Nurse Practitioners: 6,300
- Nurse Anesthetists: 2,330
- Nurse Midwives: 200
- Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses: 40,160
- Nursing Assistants: 67,900
- Home Health Aides: 65,010
Online Nursing Programs in Ohio
Ohio nursing schools can prepare students for any one of these health care careers, although educational requirements vary depending on the specific career you choose. For example, the basic educational requirement for registered nurses in Ohio is an associate degree in nursing. However, certain types of registered nurses may pursue a bachelor's degree or master's degree, which can increase one's job prospects and help you work your way into management or lead to increased pay.
- Nursing assistants often learn their skills on the job or through a certificate program that usually takes less than 12 months to complete.
- Licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses in Ohio typically start their careers with a certificate of completion, nursing diploma or associate degree.
- Registered nurses in Ohio can start their career with an associate degree or a bachelor's degree.
- Nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists are types of advanced practice nurses that require master's degrees.
Prerequisites for nursing students include courses that explain the function and utility of the human body. Courses in anatomy, physiology and biology are required, as are advanced courses in physics, microbiology and chemistry for advanced nursing students.
The following table includes the most common online nursing careers available, how long they usually take to complete and related careers.
|Degree||Timeline for Completion||Applicable Careers|
|Certificate program||Typically 12 months or less||Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, nursing assistants|
|Associate degree||Typically two years of full-time study||Registered nurses, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses|
|Bachelor's degree||Typically four years of full-time study||Registered nurses|
|Master's degree||Typically two years of full-time study after earning a bachelor's degree||Nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists|
Nursing Career Outlook in Ohio
The health care industry is growing. And Ohio's aging population will need various levels of care as they deal with age-related issues, recover from illnesses, transfer in and out of the hospital, and move into long-term care facilities. This bodes well for nursing as a profession because these workers will continue to be in demand. The following table illustrates some of the most popular careers in nursing along with the average salary and potential growth for each during the next decade.
|Career||Annual Mean Wage in Ohio, May 2015||Projected Growth in Ohio 2014-2024|
|Licensed Vocational and Licensed Practical Nurses||$41,060||20.1%|
|Home Health Aides||$20,980||39.6%|
Nursing Program Specializations
There are a number of ways to enter the nursing profession. If you want to gain quick entry into the workforce, you could consider a career as a nursing assistant. If you want to provide most of patient's hands-on care within a hospital, long-term care facility or clinic, you could pursue a degree that will lead to employment as a registered nurse or licensed practical/licensed vocational nurse.
A nursing specialization might be easier to come by than you think. Meanwhile, the field of health care also offers plenty of careers related to the nursing profession. Here are a few of the most popular nursing and health care degree options in Ohio -- and the careers they could lead to:
|Degree Option||Potential Careers|
|Medical and Dental Assistant||Medical assisting, dental assisting|
|Nursing||Registered nurse, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse|
|Physician Assistant Program||Physician assistant|
|Nursing Assistant Training||Nursing assistant|
|Medical Transcription||Medical transcriptionist|
|Massage Therapy||Massage therapist|
- Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm
- Long-Term Occupational Projections, Projections Central, http://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
- May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Ohio, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_oh.htm#29-0000
- Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm
- Nursing Assistants and Orderlies, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm
- Registered Nurses, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm