School of Nursing
Degree granted: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Overview: The program is available to men and women who have been admitted to Cleveland State University and the School of Nursing. High-school graduates and licensed practical nurses who fulfill admission requirements are considered for admission to the program. The RN to BSN track is designed for registered nurses. The accelerated track is open only to students who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field. This track permits qualified students to take nursing major courses at a fast pace to obtain a second bachelor's degree.
The baccalaureate nursing curriculum includes courses from the liberal arts and sciences and the professional Nursing major. The liberal arts component provides a foundation of knowledge from the natural and behavioral sciences and the humanities. The Nursing major provides students with the opportunity to develop attitudes, values, and skills essential for the practice of professional nursing.
Students develop the ability to use a conceptual framework to implement the nursing process with clients. The baccalaureate nursing program prepares graduates to use critical thinking and therapeutic nursing interventions to provide direct and indirect care to individuals, families, groups, and communities. Clinical experience is provided in a variety of community-based settings: hospitals, ambulatory and long-term care facilities, and community health agencies in the Greater Cleveland area.
The purposes of the program are to prepare graduates for professional nursing practice, for undertaking graduate study in nursing, and for leadership in health care. Graduates are committed to the health and well-being of people and demonstrate respect for their dignity, worth, cultural diversity, and autonomy. The baccalaureate nursing curriculum provides learning opportunities that foster the development of self-direction, creativity, analytical thinking, and discriminative judgment.
Admission to major, Basic Track: Admission is selective and will be granted only after successful completion of prerequisite courses. The application process uses multiple methods to evaluate candidates including, but not limited to, essays, references and interviews. A minimum overall GPA of 2.50 and a 2.75 average in prerequite courses are required to apply. Applications to the School of Nursing for fall semester must be submitted by March 1. (Students should apply for admission to the university four to six weeks prior to application to the School of Nursing.)
For early admission:
Those students with an overall GPA of 3.25 and prerequisite GPA of at least 3.25 with no grade lower than a B may apply for consideration of early admission status. Deadline for receipt of applications for early admission is January 1.
RN to BSN Track: Three semester program for registered nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing. All theory nursing courses for the RN are online. There are two courses with field experience and the preceptor based clinical in the last semester, which requires a total of 90 hours over a 12 week period.
Accelerated Track: Admission is selective and is granted to persons who hold at least a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field and who have completed the prerequisite courses. These students follow the same nursing sequence as the basic track students.