Nursing Continuing Education

RN Refresher Program

The CSU RN Refresher program is designed for RNs who wish to update their knowledge and clinical understanding,  whether it be to move to a new position or return to employment in nursing. The program, now in its 41st year, has been taken by thousands of nurses in Ohio and beyond.  While the main focus of the course is adult medical-surgical nursing, sessions also cover a review of nursing process, clinical decision-making, basics of electronic health records, wound/ostomy care, and specific considerations for care of the elderly.  Topics covered include care of patients with respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, orthopedic, endocrine, and neurologic problems.  A special session will cover Ohio Law and Rules pertaining to nursing practice (Category A).


The course is an intensive learning experience consisting of classroom instruction, outside reading, and skills lab experience. Weekly quizzes and a comprehensive final examination facilitate learning. Additional resources are available through the Blackboard online learning system. To successfully complete the course you must attend at least 80% of the class sessions and all lab sessions, complete all quizzes/exams, complete online modules and an evaluation form. Those who successfully complete the course will earn 78 contact hours*, including two (2) hours of Category A. The course content exceeds the requirements for nursing license reactivation through the Ohio Board of Nursing. Lab sessions are included in the program. These hands-on simulation experiences are held in our new Nursing Resource Lab (NRL). The laboratory content reflects evidence-based practice and instructor analysis of nursing interventions in specific patient care situations.

12 Class Sessions - September 1 - December 15, 2017
Fridays, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (lunch on your own each day for one hour)
Lab Sessions - December 11-15, 2017
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

LOCATION: Julka Hall (JH), Room 235      

TUITION: $1895
Tuition includes instruction, materials, lab supplies, textbooks, and access to online resources.
Credit or Debit Card payment ONLY. No check, cash, or money orders accepted.

We highly recommend attending an information session if you are interested in the program!

Please click here for more detailed program information and to register for an information session

PLEASE NOTE: Satisfactory completion of the Refresher Course may be an asset in seeking employment in nursing, particularly in those institutions that require the course for re‑entry into nursing practice.  However, you are responsible for your own job placement and completion of the course does not guarantee a nursing position.

* Cleveland State University (OH-012/8-1-18) is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91). The instructor and planners of this activity have declared no unresolved conflicts of interest. No commercial support or sponsorship has been received.

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Registration and Payment

All registration and payment for CSU Continuing Education programs must be processed through CSU’s secure online system. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Corporate Checks are the only forms of payment accepted, and they must be processed through the online payment system. No payments are accepted by phone or through USPS mail, as these are not secure methods to transfer payment information. Money Orders, Purchase Orders, American Express, Personal Checks, and Cash are NOT accepted forms of payment for any CSU Continuing Education program.


Refund Policy

Intent to withdraw or transfer must be made two full business days before the start of the program for a refund or transfer to be processed. Call (216) 687-3867 or email to withdraw or transfer. No refunds will be issued or transfers processed for requests received less than two full business days before the program.