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Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

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Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

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Nursing students at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing graduate as confident and capable health care professionals. Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and genuine health care know-how, they are equally prepared to provide top-notch patient care; enroll in graduate nursing programs; conduct research; or effect change as health care policymakers, educators and executives.

Build Skill and Confidence

Experience is the best teacher, and Case Western Reserve students get more nursing experience than just about anyone in the nation.

  • The nursing school is a direct-admission program, so students begin nursing classes in their first year.
  • Clinical placements begin just three weeks after nursing students arrive on campus.
  • Graduates amass more than 1,300 hours of practical clinical experience, nearly twice the hands-on time as their peers at other nursing schools.
  • All nursing students complete a seven-week course that gives them exposure to acute care in the operating room, a venue other nursing students may never even enter.
  • Students take part in civic engagement projects to provide care and education to children and families in Cleveland and around the world.
  • Students' 10-week Senior Capstone is an intensive experience in community-based health care with vulnerable populations, such as Native Americans, migrant workers and the urban poor

With the power of experience on their side, CWRU students enter the job market and approach grad school applications with the clinical skills of accomplished practitioners and the conviction and zeal of inspired health care leaders.

Learn from the Best

There is perhaps no better city in America for aspiring health care professionals than Cleveland, and nursing students at CWRU take full advantage of the university’s prime location in the heart of one of the nation’s most sophisticated health care cities.

Case Western Reserve is within one mile of three major medical institutions:

  • University Hospitals Case Medical Center, home to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, recognized nationally for nursing excellence
  • Cleveland Clinic, ranked #2 in the country and #1 in cardiology by U.S. News & World Report
  • Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, which provides care to more than 105,000 veterans each year
  • Just eight miles from campus—and easily accessible via public transportation—is MetroHealth Medical Center, the region's leader in critical care

Case Western Reserve’s close ties with these heavy-hitters gives our nursing students unparalleled access to health care professionals, top-rate facilities, and research and volunteer opportunities.

Rise to the Challenge

Estimates show that by 2020, the United States will face an extreme shortage of nurses: 1.2 million. Particularly of need will be nurses holding at least a bachelor’s degree in the field. Graduates of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing are well positioned to meet this growing need.

  • Within just three months of graduation, 90 percent of recent graduates were working full time, enrolled in graduate school or pursuing personal or professional goals, like community service or travel
  • Median starting salary: $50,000 to $55,000