The nurse practitioner (NP) career is one that offers registered nurses the chance to be more autonomous in their practice and offer a wider range of services. Regulations for nurse practitioners are regulated by individual states, so the requirements for an NP in Ohio may be different than they would be in another state.
Overall, Ohio nurse practitioners have a unique opportunity to study online in order to further their careers. A number of programs across the state offer accredited courses that allow RNs to earn Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees as well as Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees. These programs allow working nurses to further their education and their careers without disrupting their current professional and personal lives.
While beginning an NP program is more efficient for those RNs that already have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, there are also options available for RN to MSN candidates who have not yet earned their BSN.
Keep reading to learn how to become a nurse practitioner in Ohio as well as what you can expect from an online NP program.
Nurse practitioners are highly skilled and have a great deal of autonomy and responsibility as healthcare providers. In order to ensure that all nurse practitioners are able to meet the requirements of this critical role, stringent academic requirements have been put in place.
Graduating high school students who hope to become nurse practitioners should expect to spend at least 6 years on their education, in addition to the years (anywhere between 1 and 10 years on average) they spend as RNs prior to obtaining NP certification.
Keep reading to learn more about the steps to become a nurse practitioner in Ohio.
An undergraduate degree is a prerequisite to becoming a nurse practitioner in Ohio. Students should apply for undergraduate programs in nursing in during their senior year of high school. The most efficient route for NPs is to earn a bachelor of science degree as soon as possible following high school, which generally takes 4 years (or less, depending on any transferrable credits from high school).
For some students a bachelor’s program is not immediately possible. In these cases, students should pursue an Associate of Science degree in nursing from a community or junior college, which takes just 2 years. However, AS students should be advised that further undergraduate education will be necessary before an NP license can be obtained (in fact, ADN-to-MSN bridge nurse practitioner programs are designed specifically for licensed registered nurses with associate degrees to obtain this additional education en route to a graduate degree).
Both BS and AS students should verify that the program they choose is on the list of approved RN programs from the Ohio Board of Nursing.
Upon completion of an undergraduate degree, nurses are eligible to apply for RN licensure in Ohio. Applicants should expect to schedule and sit for the NCLEX-RN exam, which is a computer based exam that tests a prospective nurse’s aptitude. RN applicants will also submit to a criminal background check and register their fingerprints with the state.
Most RNs who go on to become NPs spend a number of years working as RNs first. This is the best way to not only learn the specific day to day tasks of being a nurse but also for nurses to determine what specialty they will pursue. However, it is important to note that working as a nurse is not strictly required to apply to graduate nursing programs.
In order to become a nurse practitioner in Ohio, a registered nurse in good standing with the board of nursing must apply to either a Master of Science or Doctor of Nursing Practice program. A full time master’s program takes two years while a DNP program may take longer – up to 4 years – depending on the nurse’s dissertation timeline.
Nurse practitioners in Ohio must have a specialty certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or similar credentialing body, such as the National Certification Corporation. In order to earn the credential, nurses who have earned their graduate degree must submit proof of completion of an accredited program and application fee, in addition to sitting for a credentialing exam.
Once a prospective nurse practitioner has earned his or her specialty credential, they must submit an application for a Nurse Practitioner Certificate of Authority (COA) with the Ohio Board of Nursing. This process includes an application packet along with a $100 application fee.
Nurse practitioners in Ohio must apply for prescriptive authority separate from the COA. This involves another application that includes the name and license of your collaborating physician along with an application fee and proof of recently completed pharmacology coursework.
Online nurse practitioner programs have requirements similar to those of any offline graduate program. Applicants must already have an RN license in good standing, which means completing the education and experiential learning that the RN license entails.
The actual application process involves submitting an online application that includes proof of undergraduate studies along with an application fee. Some programs in Ohio require that applicants also submit GRE scores, particularly if the applicant has a GPA below 3.0.
Most online NP programs begin in the fall, though some have both fall and spring start dates. Students should expect to submit their application approximately 6 months prior to the start of the term they wish to enroll, but since deadlines vary from school to school, it is important to verify when applications are due for any one specific program. Applicants should be prepared to submit letters of recommendation from professors and/or nursing supervisors and a personal statement or essay.
It is essential that nurse practitioners attend a program that has earned nationally recognized accreditation.
Accreditation is essential for online and campus based programs. Recognized accreditation indicates that a program has been thoroughly assessed for its curriculum and faculty. Online Ohio programs must be accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in order for graduates to be eligible for Michigan licensure. This is true for both RN licensure and NP certification.
Dr. Mary Lou Gemma Ferranto is an Associate Professor at Kent State University. Dr. Ferranto has been the Kent State recipient of the Performance-based Non-tenure Track Teaching Award 6 times, as well as the Innovation in Teaching Award.
Dr. Megan Arbour is the Program Coordinator for the nurse midwifery program at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Nursing. In addition to her teaching duties, she works with underserved populations as a midwife in central Ohio.
The University of Cincinnati offers three different nurse practitioner programs. The Women's Health Nurse Practitioner specialty and the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner programs are 100% online while the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program has a two-day on-campus component during the first semester of attendance. The schools programs have been accredited by the CCNE and has been ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report for both online nursing programs and online master of science in nursing programs and in the top 20 for online nursing degrees and online nursing graduate programs.
Dr. Cynthia Nypaver, PhD, CNM, WHNP-BC is the Director and Coordinator of the Nurse Midwifery and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing. In addition to Dr. Nypaver's work with urban, resource-challenged women, she continues to practice midwifery in the community and is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health.
Christine Colella, MSN, CNP, CS, RN is an Associate Professor, Director of all Masters Specialties, and Program Director for the Adult Nurse Practitioner distance learning program at the University of Cincinnati. Nurse Colella has published numerous peer reviewed articles and published one book, Clinical Decision Making: A Case Study Approach.
Kent State University, located in Kent, Ohio, offers two online programs for nurse practitioners who hold an MSN and are looking to earn a PhD. The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program is 100% online with no campus visit requirements while the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program require students to visit campus once. The school is accredited by the CCNE.
Dr. Vermeersch, PhD, RN, CNP is an Associate Professor at Kent State University where she has her expertise in gerontology. Dr. Vermeersch has contributed to numerous publications, including the Journal of Nursing Administration, Geriatric Nursing, and Telemedicine and e-Health. She has a particular interest in telemedicine.
Dr. Lisa Echeverry, DNP, RN, AGNP-BC is the Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs at the Kent State University College of Nursing. She herself is an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and is the two time recipient of the Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award.
Ohio University, located in Athens, offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program, accredited by the CCNE. The program is focused on Family Nurse Practitioner studies. The school is ranked in the top 100 for the online graduate education programs.
Online nurse practitioner programs do not uniformly report their campus visitation requirements, therefore it can be difficult to definitively give the visitation statistics. In fact, visitation requirements can even change from year to year depending on course offerings and professors. In the table below, note that where the word "limited" is used, there is no readily available concrete data about how many campus visits are required, outside of the occasional suggestion that those visits are indeed limited in some way.
|School Name||Program Name||Degree Offered
|Accreditor||Campus Visits Required (Yearly)||Requires RN?||Requires BSN?||Requires MSN?|
|Ohio State UniversityColumbus , OH||Adult Gerontology Primary Care Post-Master's Study Option||Post-Graduate Certificate||AG-PCNP||CCNE||>3||yes||no||yes|
|Ohio State UniversityColumbus , OH||Family Nurse Practitioner||MSN||FNP||CCNE||limited||yes||no||no|
|Ohio State UniversityColumbus , OH||Family Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Study Option||Post-Graduate Certificate||FNP||CCNE||limited||yes||no||yes|
|Ohio State UniversityColumbus , OH||Neonatal Nurse Practitioner||MSN||NNP||CCNE||>3||no||no||no|
|Ohio State UniversityColumbus , OH||Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Study Option||Post-Graduate Certificate||NNP||CCNE||>3||yes||no||yes|
|Ohio State UniversityColumbus , OH||Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner||MSN||PMHNP||CCNE||>3||no||no||no|
|Ohio State UniversityColumbus , OH||Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Study Option||Post-Graduate Certificate||PMHNP||CCNE||>3||yes||no||yes|
|Ohio State UniversityColumbus , OH||Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner||MSN||PNP-AC||CCNE||>3||no||no||no|
|Ohio State UniversityColumbus , OH||Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Study Option||Post-Graduate Certificate||PNP-AC||CCNE||>3||yes||no||yes|
|Ohio State UniversityColumbus , OH||Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner||MSN||PNP-PC||CCNE||>3||no||no||no|
|Ohio State UniversityColumbus , OH||Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Study Option||Post-Graduate Certificate||PNP-PC||CCNE||>3||yes||no||yes|
|Ohio State UniversityColumbus , OH||Women's Health Nurse Practitioner||MSN||WHNP||CCNE||>3||yes||yes||no|
|Ohio State UniversityColumbus , OH||Women's Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Study Option||Post-Graduate Certificate||WHNP||CCNE||>3||yes||no||yes|
|Ohio UniversityAthens , OH||Master's in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration||MSN||FNP||CCNE||0||yes||yes||no|
|University of CincinnatiCincinnati , OH||Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner||MSN||AG-PCNP||CCNE||0||yes||yes||no|
|University of CincinnatiCincinnati , OH||Family Nurse Practitioner||MSN||FNP||CCNE||0||yes||yes||no|
|University of CincinnatiCincinnati , OH||Online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner||Post-Graduate Certificate||PMHNP||CCNE||1||yes||no||yes|
|University of CincinnatiCincinnati , OH||Women's Health Nurse Practitioner||MSN||WHNP||CCNE||0||yes||yes||no|
|Wright State UniversityDayton , OH||Family Nurse Practitioner||MSN||FNP||CCNE||>3||yes||yes||no|
|Wright State UniversityDayton , OH||Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program||Post-Graduate Certificate||FNP||CCNE||>3||yes||no||yes|
|Wright State UniversityDayton , OH||Neonatal Nurse Practitioner||MSN||NNP||CCNE||>3||yes||yes||no|
|Wright State UniversityDayton , OH||Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care||MSN||PNP-AC||CCNE||>3||yes||yes||no|
|Wright State UniversityDayton , OH||Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care Certificate Program||Post-Graduate Certificate||PNP-AC||CCNE||>3||yes||no||yes|
|Wright State UniversityDayton , OH||Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care||MSN||PNP-PC||CCNE||>3||yes||yes||no|
|Wright State UniversityDayton , OH||Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care Certificate Program||Post-Graduate Certificate||PNP-PC||CCNE||>3||yes||no||yes|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Adult/Geronology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner||MSN||AG-ACNP||CCNE||limited||yes||yes||no|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Adult/Geronology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate||Post-Graduate Certificate||AG-ACNP||CCNE||limited||yes||no||yes|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Adult/Geronology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner||DNP||AG-ACNP||CCNE||0||yes||yes||no|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Adult/Geronology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner||MSN||AG-PCNP||CCNE||limited||yes||yes||no|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Adult/Geronology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate||Post-Graduate Certificate||AG-PCNP||CCNE||limited||yes||no||yes|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Adult/Geronology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner||DNP||AG-PCNP||CCNE||1||yes||yes||no|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Family Nurse Practitioner||MSN||FNP||CCNE||limited||yes||yes||no|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate||Post-Graduate Certificate||FNP||CCNE||limited||yes||no||yes|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Family Nurse Practitioner||DNP||FNP||CCNE||>3||yes||yes||yes|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Psychiatric/Mental Health - Family Nurse Practitioner||MSN||FPMHNP||CCNE||limited||yes||yes||no|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Psychiatric Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner for Adult PMHNP or Adult PMHCNS||Post-Graduate Certificate||FPMHNP||CCNE||limited||yes||no||yes|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Psychiatric Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner for non-Psychiatric Mental Health APRN||Post-Graduate Certificate||FPMHNP||CCNE||limited||yes||no||yes|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Psychiatric Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner for PMH Adolescent/Child CNS||Post-Graduate Certificate||FPMHNP||CCNE||limited||yes||no||yes|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||DNP: Psychiatric/Mental Health - Family Nurse Practitioner||DNP||FPMHNP||CCNE||>3||yes||yes||yes|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner||MSN||PNP-PC||CCNE||limited||yes||yes||no|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate||Post-Graduate Certificate||PNP-PC||CCNE||limited||yes||no||yes|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner||DNP||PNP-PC||CCNE||>3||yes||yes||yes|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Women's Health Nurse Practitioner||Post-Graduate Certificate||WHNP||CCNE||limited||yes||yes||yes|
|Kent State UniversityKent , OH||Women's Health Nurse Practitioner||DNP||WHNP||CCNE||>3||yes||yes||yes|
|Ohio State UniversityColumbus , OH||Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner||MSN||AG-ACNP||CCNE||>3||yes||yes||no|
|Ohio State UniversityColumbus , OH||Adult Gerontology Acute Care Post-Master's Study Option||Post-Graduate Certificate||AG-ACNP||CCNE||>3||yes||no||yes|
|Ohio State UniversityColumbus , OH||Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner||MSN||AG-PCNP||CCNE||>3||yes||yes||no|
Nurse practitioners must have clinical preparation before beginning work,which means working under the supervision of a licensed nurse practitioner. This clinical training period is known as a preceptorship wherein the nurse in training is a precept. While online programs may have some resources available to help students find a nurse with whom they can train, this responsibility often falls to the student.
Nurses who graduate from an accredited NP program will require this clinical experience as part of their curriculum.
After graduating from an NP program and completing a national certification exam, nurse practitioners are eligible to apply for nurse practitioner certification in Ohio. The scope of practice for nurse practitioners in Ohio is such that they are not able to work entirely with autonomy, they must have a collaborative agreement with a physician. This agreement must also be in place in order to nurse practitioners to provide prescription medication to their patients. Ohio NPs are able to prescribe physical therapy, work as primary care providers, sign handicap permits, and worker’s compensation claims but they are unable to sign death certificates.
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