Undergraduate Programs

Basic BSN Program

Why a Bachelor's Degree?

The health care field in general and the nursing profession in particular are undergoing rapid transition. Nurses today must be able to deliver care to individuals and groups across the lifespan. The Cleveland State University School of Nursing prepares graduates of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program with a strong theoretical and clinical foundation which is necessary for them to function as professional nurses. Our community-based nursing program prepares students to deliver care in primary, secondary and tertiary settings, to take a leading role in responding to the challenges of our changing health care environment, and to continue expanding their scope of practice through continuing and graduate nursing education. Our nursing program prepares students with the necessary skills to perform their new role in the reordered and restructured health care system or to pursue graduate education in nursing or another field.

How to Get Started:

Attend an information session or schedule an appointment with a Recruiter/Advisor at (216) 687- 3598. Bring copies of your academic transcripts for all universities attended for evaluation of the prerequisite coursework. Transcript evaluations can be done through email, fax, or in person.

Students must complete prerequisites for the nursing major (usually taken in one academic year) and apply for acceptance into the nursing major classes. The major nursing classes are full-time and completed in three years. Thus, the expected plan for the entire program is four years.

Prerequisite Coursework

  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Chemistry I & II
  • Microbiology
  • English I & II
  • College Level Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Applicants must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point

These courses must be completed prior to beginning the Nursing sequence in the fall semester. Please schedule an appointment with the advisor for individual guidelines. You may only complete one science course once for a better grade. Two less than C grades in the above listed prerequisites are not permitted.

Admission Guidelines

Begin the admission process by attending an information session. Details and a schedule can be found on our website (www.csuohio.edu/nursing/advising). You may also call the School of Nursing and schedule and appointment with an Advisor (phone 216.687.3598).

Requirements for admission include:

  1. Apply for admission to CSU at least six weeks prior to any School of Nursing deadlines.
  2. Complete all prerequisite coursework with a grade of “C” or higher. Maintain an overall prerequisite GPA of at least 3.00.
  3. Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
  4. Apply for admission to the School of Nursing. Deadlines are January 1st for early decision and March 1st final deadline for the fall class. Must have successfully completed two of the science prerequisites at the time of application submission.
  5. Submit two letters of reference and a current resume with your application.

Selection Criteria

Selection of students is based on a number of criteria including prerequisite course grade point average, cumulative grade point average, references, resumes, interviews, an essay (written at the time of the interview) and identified related health care experience. The program is very competitive and the number of spaces in the program is limited. Students not admitted or who do not accept an admission slot must reapply. There is no ongoing waiting list.


English as a Second Language (ESL) students are required to contact the English as a Second Language Department to arrange an assessment of their English language skills. The assessment may outline additional coursework that must be completed before admission to the nursing major.