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CSU School of Nursing to Release New Flexible Learning Options for Nursing Students Looking to Get Ahead

The Cleveland State University School of Nursing in the College of Health is excited to announce the launch of several online nursing programs for the Fall 2024 semester. 

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will be a 16-month, full-time program with online coursework and two campus residencies. Preparation support for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a nationwide exam to determine if students are ready to practice, will also be integrated throughout the program. Accelerated BSN programs can be completed over four semesters. 

The School of Nursing will also launch two new MSN and post-graduate certificates for Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs. They will all be full-time. The MSN degrees can be completed in as few as two years. They will join the Nursing Education, Forensic Nursing, Clinical Science Leader and Specialized Populations MSN degree programs. The four part-time programs allow students to further enhance their skills and overall competencies with 100% online coursework. 

The University’s Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner post-graduate certificates will be full-time programs that can be completed in one year and three months. Students who wish to go the extra mile to make a difference in their communities will have the opportunity to be better prepared for the FNP and PMHNP certification exams. The FNP program further connects students to the Cleveland and CSU community with one on-site residency. 

Cleveland State’s BSN and MSN programs can further prepare students for the rigors of an ever-evolving and highly specialized field and ensure they have the skills needed to excel in their nursing careers. 47.2% of Registered Nurses surveyed in the 2022 National Nursing Workforce Study credited a BSN as the degree that qualified them for their first nursing license in the United States, a spike from 41.8% in 2020 and 39% in 2015. The 2022 median pay for registered nurses was just above $81,000 per year and $39 per hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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Founded in 1973, Cleveland State’s School of Nursing prides itself on several core values, including accountability, civility, collaboration, diversity and inclusivity. The school has partnered with University Hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth to offer clinical placements for its students. It provides a handful of undergraduate programs that fit a variety of student needs and flexibilities, including a traditional and accelerated path toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. An RN to BSN program is offered to students who hold an active Ohio Registered Nurse License.