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Why pursue another undergraduate degree when you already have one? Nursing is increasingly the profession of choice for graduate students pursuing a career in health care.

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A New Career in Nursing

Nurses serve as primary and acute care specialists, midwives, clinical administrators and leaders, managers of information systems, public health specialists, faculty, and dozens of other highly-responsible, independent, professional positions. No matter their role, all nurses are focused on patient care and are prepared to be leaders who work to improve health care for people across the lifespan and around the world.

A Growing, Trusted, and Lucrative Profession

And, now more than ever, nurses are in demand. Employment of registered nurses (RNs) is expected to grow 23 percent by 2016—much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And for eight years straight, the annual Honesty and Ethics poll by the Gallup Organization has placed nurses at the top of the list of most trusted professionals.

Not only is nursing a highly regarded field, it’s a high-paying one. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the median wage of an RN is $63,750, and, according to a 2009 study by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the average full-time total salary of nurse practitioners (specialists with advanced graduate degrees) is $87,400.

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing's (FPB) Graduate Entry Nursing Program is your gateway to the exciting, challenging, and fulfilling field of nursing.

Highlights of FPB's Graduate Entry Nursing Program

  • All students admitted into the Graduate Entry Nursing Program are also admitted into FPB's MSN and DNP programs, making advanced education easily attainable. During the pre-licensure stage, students earn up to 15 credits applicable to most MSN majors.

  • The three stages of the program:

    • Pre-licensure stage leading to the Master of Nursing (MN) degree and preparation for licensure and practice as a Registered Nurse. The MN is an advanced generalist nursing degree.

    • Advanced nursing practice stage leading to the MSN degree and preparation in an advanced practice specialty

    • Practice doctorate stage leading to the DNP degree

  • Graduate Entry Nursing students may apply for the PhD program following the pre-licensure (MN) program.

  • The Graduate Entry Nursing program has an innovative quality and safety component woven throughout the curriculum, emphasizing the importance of the patient experience. Interprofessional learning experiences and the opportunity to volunteer in the CWRU Student Run Free Clinic help prepare students for interprofessional leadership, teamwork, and communication.

  • 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. Students receive individualized support and advising from initial contact through graduation.

  • As part of Case Western Reserve University, FPB is both a research-intensive environment and a leader in clinical education. Graduate Entry Nursing students fulfill their clinical hours at premier, world-class hospitals and other prominent healthcare organizations.

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Certificate of Professional Nursing to MN Degree Option

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Grad Entry Contacts

Graduate Entry Nursing Program Director:

Deborah Lindell

Department Assistant:

Anne Watson

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