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Ohio Nurse Practitioner Certification

CNPs in Ohio fall into the category of APNs. Other APNs include CRNA, CNS, and CNM. Ohio NPs are RNs who have completed additional schooling and earned certification. The Ohio Board of Nursing regulates Ohio NPs.

Nurse practitioners in Ohio may work in a variety of venues, including rural health clinics, collaborative clinics, migrant clinics, nurse-managed clinics, parish clinics, specialty practices, HMOs, hospitals, doctor’s offices, hospices, and research facilities. The NP may perform many duties, including assessing and diagnosing patients; providing care for acute and chronic health issues; managing prenatal care at the time of delivery; counseling patients regarding disease prevention and health promotion; and clinical research.

If you would like to become a CNP in Ohio, you must first hold a valid RN license to practice in the state of Ohio. In addition, you must complete a graduate-level program designated to prepare an APN. Your program must be in an area of nursing specialty or in a related field that qualifies you to take the certification examination of a national certifying organization. Your program must be accredited or approved by an organization approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. It must include coursework on the assessment of the health of patients, pathophysiology, and preparing for practice as an advanced practitioner of nursing. Your coursework must also include a concentration in at least one medical specialty as well as clinical experience, so that you can integrate the knowledge and skills you are learning.


Some schools in Ohio that offer accredited nurse practitioner programs are: Wright State University, University of AkronOtterbein College, Capital University, Kent State University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Case Western Reserve University, Malone College—School of Nursing, Ursuline College, Ohio State University, Mount Carmel College of Nursing, and Medical College of Ohio.

You may also pursue your master’s degree through an accredited online college or university. Some of the programs are provided at: South University, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, and University of Cincinnati. Check with the Ohio Board of Nursing to find out which online programs are approved in the state.

After you have earned your master’s degree, you must take an exam and be certified by one of the national certifying organizations that is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. By January 30th every year, the Board publishes a list of currently approved organizations. Check with the Ohio Board of Nursing to obtain the current list. Once you have passed the national certification exam, you must submit documentation of this achievement to the Board. You will then be approved to practice in Ohio. You will be permitted to prescribe most medications and devices; however, in order to prescribe controlled substances, you will need to have a collaborative relationship with a physician. Every Ohio NP must practice under the supervision of a state-licensed physician. The NP must have the ability to contact the physician at any time with any medical question.

Nurse practitioners in Ohio earn an average of $82,000 per year. Salary rates are variable based on experience, specialization, location, facility, education, and other factors.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014