Master of Nursing

Embark on a New Career in Nursing

Year 2021 2022 2023
NCLEX First Time Pass Rate 95% 94% 100%

Are you prepared to make a transformational career change and become a Registered Nurse?

If you hold a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing discipline, you might be a perfect fit for Master of Nursing program at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Our full-time, in-person program offers an unparalleled learning experience at our state-of-the-future Health Education Campus. As a student, you'll have the unique opportunity to acquire over 1000 hours of invaluable clinical experience at some of the country's top-ranked hospitals, including The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth Medical Center, and the VA of Northeast Ohio – all located just minutes from our campus.

Master of Nursing Program Highlights

  • Complete over 1,000 clinical hours in our 20-month program, starting the first day of class.
  • Be prepared to enter the profession of nursing: our NCLEX pass rate for the last four graduating classes is over 97%.
  • Experience hands-on learning in our Clinical Skills Simulation Center, Virtual Simulation Lab, and Critical Care Transport Center, all housed within our unparalleled Health Education Campus and the Sheila & Eric Samson Pavilion.
  • Gain invaluable clinical experience at several world-class hospitals, including University Hospitals, The Cleveland Clinic, the MetroHealth Medical Center and the VA Medical Center.
  • Engage in interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration with medical, dental and physician assistant students in the classroom and around campus.
  • Make an immediate difference by volunteering at the CWRU Student Run Health Clinic, which provides care to underserved populations.
  • Discover your passion within nursing; as students can elect to choose a MSN Specialty track during or after completing the MN Program.
  • Benefit from a flat-rate charge for each semester you are in the program. Your 18 credit hour semesters are charged at a 12 credit flat rate.
  • Get a head start towards becoming an Advanced Practice Nursing with 15 credit hours of Masters of Nursing (MSN) coursework embedded in the MN Program curriculum.
  • Benefit from meaningful, future-oriented mentorship and advising; students are paired with the lead faculty of their MSN Specialty of choice as their academic advisor while enrolled in the MN program.
  • As part of Case Western Reserve University, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is both a research-intensive environment and a leader in clinical education. Students are provided endless opportunities for professional and personal growth, expert support in clinical and research fields, and pathways to success in the nursing profession.
  • Make an immediate difference by volunteering at the CWRU Student Run Health Clinic, which provides care to underserved populations.

Interested in learning more about the MN Program at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing?

Check out the Admissions Events tab on our Events page to see when the next virtual information session will be held.

Admissions Information for MN Program

Although the majority of our students hold a Bachelor's Degree in a non-nursing field, the School of Nursing offer two entry options for the MN program:

Students in their junior year may apply to the Master of Nursing Program through the Senior Year in Professional Studies option. Admitted students enter the MN Program during their senior year, earn their BA from CWRU and simultaneously complete the first year of the two year Master of Nursing Program. For more information about this option, visit the post-graduate planning and experiential education website or email

Applicants must also have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 cumulative (2.75 natural science; 2.75 behavioral sciences)

Prospective students must have at least two prerequisite science courses completed before admission review; Anatomy & Physiology I with lab, Anatomy & Physiology II with at least 6 credits, Microbiology with lab, or Chemistry. Admitted applicants must complete all prerequisite courses with a B- or higher grade before the admitted semester.

The School of Nursing also offers Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan, a 3-credit hour course taught each spring semester. More information about this course can be found on the MN Admissions requirements page.

Admissions Requirements and Application Information Available Here