At the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, you’ll gain nearly double the national average for clinical hours, graduating as a confident and capable healthcare professional. You’ll be equally prepared to provide top-notch patient care; enroll in a graduate nursing program; conduct research; or effect change as a healthcare policymaker, educator or executive.
BSN program in the U.S.
U.S. News & World Report
hours of clinical experience
among nursing schools for National Institutes of Health funding
direct-admit nursing program among top 8 private research universities
major medical centers within 1 mile of first-year residence halls
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Areas of concentrated study
- Adult/Gerontology Nursing
- Acute Care Nursing
- Medical Surgical Nursing
- Nursing Research
- Perioperative Nursing
- Pediatric Nursing
- Psych/Mental Health Nursing
CWRU nursing students receive almost two times more clinical training than the national average.
First-year clinical experience
- Begins during the first semester
Junior specialty nursing courses
- Clinical experience in pediatrics, obstetrics, intensive care units and an operating room to hone skills, including sterile techniques and infection control
Fourth-year clinical preceptor
- Pair with an RN for nearly 300 hours of one-on-one clinical training in a specialty such as emergency room, medical ICU, neuro ICU, neonatal or pediatric ICU, labor & delivery, and pediatric hematology/oncology, among others
Senior Capstone Community Project
- Take part in a 10-week, community-immersion experience, during which students analyze and publicly present findings on topics such as health care policy and finance, culture and ethics
- Provide health screenings and education to local schools and underserved neighborhoods while practicing clinical skills and learning how cultural and socioeconomic factors can impact health
Each Case Western Reserve University student brings their own background and interests to our campus, creating a culture that’s dynamic, diverse and inclusive.
Clubs and organizations for nursing students
With clubs and organizations ranging from Acts of Random Kindness to IMPROVment to the Scuba Club, you’ll find all kinds of ways to pursue your academic goals and personal interests.
A few to check out
- American Mock World Health Organization
- Craniofacial Club
- CWRU Public Health Association
- Global Medical Brigades (taking health care to economically disadvantaged countries)
- Horizons at CWRU (mentor inner-city teens)
- Love Your Melon (helping pediatric cancer patients; raises research money)
- Medicine, Education, Development for Low Income Families Everywhere
- Partners In Health Engage (advocate for quality healthcare)
- Pre-Physician Assistant Club
- Pre-Veterinary Medical Association
- Project Sunshine (helping kids with cancer, AIDS and other serious illnesses)
- Student Dietetic Association
- The Student-Run Health Clinic
- Undergraduate Student Nurses Association
- ...and dozens more!
Case Western Reserve University is home to one of the most resource-rich environments for studying nursing anywhere. Nursing students can easily walk to and access some of the nation's top medical facilities in our University Circle neighborhood.
- Consistently ranked a top-5 best hospital by U.S. News & World Report
- The second-largest medical group practice in the world
- The largest hospital in Ohio
- A nationally ranked biomedical research center
- Among the nation’s leading academic hospitals
- Includes Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, nationally ranked in nine pediatric specialties, including neonatology and pediatric orthopedics
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
- The third-largest VA hospital in the country
- Recognized for more programs of clinical excellence than any other VA medical center in the U.S.
Also close by and used for clinicals:
MetroHealth Medical Center
- A Level 1 trauma center with a burn unit
- One of the largest and most comprehensive healthcare providers in northeast Ohio
Our Health Education Campus—a collaboration of CWRU and Cleveland Clinic—is one of the most technologically advanced training facilities in the nation.
- Cutting-edge, team-based healthcare training brings nursing students together with medical, dental, social work and other healthcare students to study collaborative care in foundational courses
The Center for Nursing Education, Simulation and Innovation
- Utilizing advanced manikin technology to simulate real-life aspects of nursing along with a physical assessment lab, a bed lab and a medication room to provide hands-on training with little risk
Events nursing students love
Camp Kesem fundraisers: throughout the year
This free week-long camp is run by CWRU students for children whose parents have cancer. It’s a place for kids to be kids and student-run fundraisers make it happen.
- Annual Brinner: It’s breakfast and dinner—buy waffles.
- Make the Magic benefit dinner: Enjoy a snazzy dinner and help with the silent and live auctions.
SpartanTHON events: throughout the year
- This fundraising and service organization culminates each year with a festive 12-hour dance marathon that raises money for Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Another one of their popular events: the Fall 5K Color Run.
Anatomy Fashion Show: November
- As student models hit the runway in bodysuits painted by fellow students depicting various systems and organs of the human body, emcees provide important lessons in physiology. Funds raised are donated to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
Nightingala & Nurse Prom: April
- Dinner, dancing and entertainment! Everyone enjoys Nightingala, a semi-formal event sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Nurses Association. Students then head to Nurse Prom, held at The Spot, where free food and fun continues.
Learn more from our student's stories
Case Western Reserve University nursing student Rachel Shen discusses what she learned during her internship with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service in San Francisco.