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PRE-LICENSURE STAGE

Degree earned: MN

  • Begin your Graduate Entry studies with courses to prepare you for licensure as an RN
  • Full-time, four-semester graduate degree program focusing on quality and safety
  • Successful completion provides you:
    • A generalist Master of Nursing (MN)
    • Eligibility to apply for licensure as a registered nurse

Note: Students earn about 15 credits applicable to most MSN majors.

ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE STAGE

Degree earned: MSN

  • Take your education and career to a higher level with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), a specialist master's degree allowing you to work as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, midwife, or clinical nurse specialist
  • Courses available in part-time, distance-friendly (online and intensive) formats to accommodate working professionals
  • Length of study ranges from 1.5 to 3.5 years, depending on your major
  • Students can begin taking DNP courses to apply for the next and final stage

PRACTICE DOCTORATE STAGE

Degree earned: DNP

  • The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is the terminal degree that prepares nurses to serve as leaders in nursing practice
  • Students take 34 credits in a flexible distance-friendly format
  • Length of study lasts at least 2 years, depending on full-time or part-time status

Note: Alternatively, students have the option to apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) program upon completion of the MN, should they desire a career in academia and research. A joint DNP/PhD program is also available.

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Certificate of Professional Nursing to MN Degree Option

Grad Entry Nursing Info

View the Brochure (PDF)

Graduate Entry Nursing Program brochure

Grad Entry Contacts

Graduate Entry Nursing Program Director:

Deborah Lindell
216-368-3740
dxl41@case.edu

Department Assistant:

Anne Watson
216-368-8858
acw@case.edu

Recruitment Specialists:

Meet Our Staff
216-368-2521
admissionsfpb@case.edu


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