About the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Ground Floor Entrance


Of the nation's top nursing schools ranked by U.S. News and World Report, CWRU is one of the few private research universities with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students.

A Globally Recognized Leader in Nursing Education & Research

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB) at Case Western Reserve University is a globally recognized leader in nursing education and research. We produce confident, dynamic health care professionals and are committed to the success of our students.

Students choose our accredited nursing programs in Ohio because we produce national and international leaders. Our nursing school is top-ranked and includes unique nursing curriculum and dedicated faculty. This, combined with our clinical partnerships, experiential learning and research opportunities, makes FPB second to none.

Leaders in Leadership

Almost every major nursing organization has been led by an FPB graduate, including

  • International Council of Nurses
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • American Academy of Nursing
  • National Black Nurses Association, Inc.
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Canadian Nurses Association

Plus, our graduates help shape the future of nursing. More than 40 former and current deans of nursing worldwide are alumni. They lead nursing programs at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Mount Sinai Medical Center and North Shore University – LIJ, to name a few.

Many of our faculty members are fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, as well as Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The School of Nursing is proud to have 15 Endowed Professorships—the highest honor in academia—more than any other nursing school in the country.

Home to Innovation

From the start, FPB has been a leader in nursing education and research. We are home to a number of firsts, including the nation’s first:

  • Practice doctorate in nursing, 
  • Acute care nurse practitioner program, 
  • Gerontological nursing program, 
  • BSN perioperative requirement, 
  • BSN with informatics in all four years 
  • Advanced practice flight nursing program