A New Career in Nursing

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing's Graduate Entry Nursing Program is your gateway to the exciting, challenging, and fulfilling field of nursing. The Graduate Entry Nursing Program is for students who are ready for a career in nursing and to receive a Master of Nursing degree. This graduate degree prepares students for practice as an advanced generalist registered nurse and to lead interprofessional, evidence-based initiatives. The Master of Nursing degree also allows you to pursue an MSN, DNP, Ph.D., or DNP/Ph.D. degree.

Graduate Entry Nursing Program Highlights

  • The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has offered post-baccalaureate, graduate entry nursing education since 1979
  • MN students have over 1,000 hours of clinical experiences
  • Our students earn up to 15 credits toward most MSN majors
  • Student have the opportunity to volunteer in the CWRU Student-Run Free Clinic to receive interprofessional learning experiences
  • Our students routinely pass above the national average on the NCLEX, the RN licensure exam
  • Teaching and learning strategies are geared to the unique learning needs of individuals entering nursing at the graduate level
  • As part of Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is both a research-intensive environment and a leader in clinical education
  • MN students fulfill their clinical hours at prominent healthcare organizations and world-class hospitals, including University Hospitals Case Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

Admission Overview

  • Application information is available on our Graduate Entry Applications Instructions page.
  • Classes for the Master of Nursing Program (pre- RN licensure) begin in the fall semester only.
  • We do rolling admissions during the academic year (September through May). Applications are reviewed when they are complete (see below).
  • April 1 is the deadline to submit the complete application to be reviewed for enrollment in the following Fall semester – i.e. April 1, 2016, for enrollment in Fall 2016 semester.
  • A complete application includes all items on the checklist for applications; that is, the application form and all required supporting documents.

Admission Requirements

Option 1: Baccalaureate-Prepared Students

  • BA, BS or BFA with acceptable overall undergraduate GPAs (3.0 cumulative; 2.75 natural science; 2.75 behavioral sciences). A grade of C (2.0) or higher is required for individual pre-requisite courses.
  • English Composition: One course or approved equivalent; at least 3 credits.
  • Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology- one course, at least 3 credits.
  • Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan: One course; at least 3 credits.
  • Chemistry: Two courses; lab preferred. One course in general or inorganic chemistry, plus one course in organic chemistry or biochemistry comparable to Case Western Reserve's CHEM 119 and 121 within 5 years prior to enrollment. At least 6 credits total.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: With labs, at least 6 credits within 5 years prior to enrollment.
  • Microbiology: One course, at least 4 credits, with lab within 5 years prior to enrollment.
  • Nutrition, one course, 3 credits.
  • Statistics: One course, at least 3 credits, equivalent to Case Western Reserve’s STAT 201 (must include ANOVA) required within 5 years prior to enrollment in the program.

Admission Test: Submit scores for one of the following tests:

  • GRE General Test (preferred test): Satisfactory scores required (minimum of Verbal 150, Quantitative 150, and Analytical Writing 4.0 in the new scoring system or Verbal 500, Quantitative 500, and Analytical Writing 4.0 or Analytical 500 in the old scoring system.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): Satisfactory scores required (minimum of 400 after 10/04 or 45 before 10/04).
  • The Admissions Committee will review MCAT scores. Please contact the Office of Enrollment regarding submitting MCAT scores.
  • Applicants holding an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher may contact the Admission Office or Program Director to request a waiver of the admission test requirement.

International Applicants:

Contact the Office of Enrollment for additional requirements

Option 2: Senior Year Students in Professional Studies (SYPS)

Students currently enrolled in a four-year baccalaureate program at a participating accredited liberal arts college may apply to the Graduate Entry Nursing Program during their junior year. SYPS applicants must meet all admission requirements listed above.

The student enrolls in the Graduate Entry Nursing Program during what would be his/her senior year at the home college. The student earns a BA or BS from the liberal arts college upon successful completion of one year of the pre-licensure level (Senior Year in Professional Studies) and then proceeds in the Graduate Entry Nursing program to earn the MN, MSN and DNP degrees.

Students whose undergraduate institution does not have an agreement with the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing may arrange an SYPS on an individual basis. Information about arranging this program is available from the Office of Enrollment. Students earn a BA or BS from the participating college or university upon successful completion of the first year of the Graduate Entry program.

Students at Case Western Reserve University apply through the undergraduate dean of their respective schools at the beginning of their junior year. For the university to award a BS or BA degree at the end of the successful completion of the first year of the DNP program, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of the Case Western Reserve University Core Curriculum and two semesters of physical education, unless excused from the latter.
  • Completion of three quarters of the major and minor concentration requirements.
  • Completion of at least 90 semester hours of academic credit, with the final 60 hours being while in residence on campus with no more than 6 semester hours earned in courses taken in another institution, either by cross-registration or by approved transfer of credit.

Option 3: Recipients of the Certificate of Professional Nursing From FPB

  • Recipients of the Certificate of Professional Nursing from FPB may apply to earn the Master of Nursing (MN) degree.
  • Learn more from the policy, procedure, and application form.

Option 4: Advanced Standing in the MN Phase of the Graduate Entry Nursing Program

  • Admitted applicants, currently enrolled as graduate-level students in the pre-licensure phase of a graduate/direct entry masters nursing program, may apply for advanced standing in the MN phase of the Graduate Entry Nursing Program.
  • Please contact the Graduate Entry Nursing Program Director for more information on advanced standing.

Student Learning Outcomes

Quality Improvement

Leads interprofessional, culturally-sensitive, and evidence-based initiatives within organizations and systems to continuously improve the safety and quality of healthcare.

Research and Scholarship

Initiates use of theory and research to identify clinical problems or solutions, participates in scientific inquiry, and translates scholarship into practice.

Nature of Practice

Assumes the direct and indirect roles and functions of advanced nursing practice to promote health, prevent illness, and improve the health of patients and populations.


Promotes implementation of the full scope of nursing practice and assumes leadership positions in employer, professional, or community organizations at the local/state/national level.


Incorporates ethical principles in complex situations of advanced nursing practice and clinical inquiry.


Collaborates with other health care professionals to initiate intra- and/or interprofessional teams to enhance practice and patient/population health outcomes.


Integrates information, technology, and practice guidelines to promote effective communication among patients and colleagues within health care systems.

Advocacy and Policy Development

Advocates for the development of health and social policy to improve health and practice by community engagement and participating in employer and professional organizations.

Program taught in:
  • English

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