Welcome MSN Students

Welcome to the MSN Program!

Orientation Information

Along with the information you should be provided on parking, IDs, etc., there are a few additional items that you need to pay attention to as you proceed in the program (see below). Important information regarding policies and procedures are located in the following places: The School of Nursing Bulletin and Student Handbook. View the five year academic calendar . If you have any questions, contact the clinical preceptor coordinator or Dr. Latina Brooks, MSN & DNP Program Director.

Please refer to the MSN Student Community Canvas site for the latest information. Every MSN student should have access. If you don't have access, please contact preceptor-coordinator@case.edu.

Orientation is a requirement and you can RSVP through this form.


All students must maintain current CPR certification while enrolled in clinical courses. Proof of CPR certification must be uploaded to Typhon, and Program Assistant notified.

Drug Screen

All students must provide documentation of a negative 10-panel urine drug screen annually, and upload into Typhon. Drug screens must only be arranged through CastleBranch for $42.

Preparation for Clinical


Before you start clinicals you must provide proof of immunization status for the following:

  • MMR or positive titer
  • Varicella or positive titer
  • Hepatitis B or positive titer
  • Negative PPD within the past year (or negative chest x-ray if unable to have PPD)
  • TDAP
  • Influenza vaccine by November 1 each year
  • COVID-19 vaccine and booster

Documentation of all of the above must be uploaded to Typhon, and you must notify the Program Assistant once you've uploaded your documents so they may be reviewed prior to beginning in the clinical area.


We need to have a copy of your official report from BCI/FBI regarding criminal background check (fingerprinting).

Fingerprinting can be arranged on an individual basis at Police & Security Services. Contact Detective Sergeant Schemmel, CWRU Police at 216.368.5993 or djs49@case.edu.

  • Fees: Ohio BCI $35, FBI $35.
  • To help complete the fingerprint process quickly, please bring your CWRU ID, any documentation requesting fingerprinting, and a driver’s license or state-issued ID.

Fingerprinting can also be arranged through National Webcheck Community; view locations and prices at ohioattorneygeneral.gov/webcheck.

Advanced Certifications

Advanced Certifications are required for some MSN majors. It is expected that these advanced certifications will be obtained outside of course and clinical hours and at the student’s expense. Examples of Advanced Certifications include:

  • ACLS for adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner
  • PALS for pediatric acute care nurse practitioner
  • NRP for neonatal nurse practitioner and midwifery
  • Labor support course for midwifery
  • Fetal monitor interpretation course for midwifery
  • CCRN for anesthesia

This list is not exhaustive, and requirements can change. Contact the program director for your major for the most current list of required advanced certifications.

Lab Coats

There is not a standard lab coat or lab coat patch for the MSN program. Some clinical sites will require a lab coat and others will not. To see if a lab coat is required, check with your preceptor.