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Master of Science in Nursing

Cleveland State University's Master of Science in Nursing program is based on the principles of population health and is designed to prepare graduates with advanced knowledge, competencies, and skills in the nursing care of populations (aggregates). The graduate will have in-depth skills in population assessment, demography, epidemiological assessment and data analysis, evaluation of research, survey research, data projections, cost-benefit analysis, and the ability to apply nursing theory, population theory, ethics, cultural awareness, and political strategies to design, implement, and evaluate population health programs.

Students may select from four tracks available: clinical nurse leader, forensic nursing, nursing education, or specialized population, according to their interests and professional goals. In keeping with the rules and regulations of the Ohio Nurse Practice Act, the program does not prepare nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists; graduates are not eligible to apply for a certificate of authority in the State of Ohio.

The School of Nursing is a member of the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The graduate program in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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Phone: 216.687.3598
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Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
    • Minimum 3.00 Undergraduate GPA 
  • Two Professional Letters of Recommendation
  • Essay 
    • Submit a 2-3 page essay identifying your population of interest; how to you plan to use your MSN degree to enhance your professional growth and development; and skills you hope to acquire during the program
  • Resume
  • Students applying to the program must hold a valid, active license as an RN in the United States, a baccalaureate degree in Nursing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and have completed an undergraduate or graduate-level statistics course.

-International students are required to have met at least one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 (including at least 20 in reading, 21 in listening, 17 in writing, and 20 in speaking)
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550
  • IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): 50
  • iTEP: 5.0

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates:

  • Domestic Students
    • Rolling
  • International Students
    • Fall Semester – May 15th
    • Spring Semester – October 15h
    • Summer Semester – March 15th

Program Requirements

 

32 credit hours leading to the Master of Science in Nursing degree.

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) track is designed to meet the Ten Assumptions for Preparing Clinical Nurse Leaders (AACN, 2007). This track prepares nurses to be leaders in the healthcare delivery system across all settings in which health care is delivered. Courses prepare students to design, implement, and evaluate client care by coordinating, delegating, and supervising direct care provided by the healthcare team. 

Note: The CNL role is not one of administration, but rather a provider and manager of care to individuals or cohorts within a unit or healthcare setting.

Advanced Nursing Knowledge Courses

  • NUR 503 - Evidence-Based Practice
  • NUR 506 - Theoretical Foundations of Population Health
  • NUR 508 - Advanced Assessment, Pathphysiology, and Pharmacology
  • NUR 510 - Ethics for Nurses
  • NUR 600 - Information Systems in Healthcare
  • NUR 602 - Health Care Policy
  • NUR 603 - Health Care Financing for Nursing Practices

Population Health Courses

  • NUR 505 - Introduction to Demography & Epidemiology: A Nursing Perspective
  • NUR 605 - Population Assessment & Intervention
  • NUR 606 - Capstone Practicum

38 credit hours leading to the Master of Science in Nursing degree

The forensic track allows students to choose victims or perpetrators of crime or traumatic events as their population of interest.  Students will apply the principles of population health to nursing strategies required for the scientific investigation, treatment, and health care of victims/perpetrators due to violence, criminal activity, or traumatic events across care settings.  Students will acquire the in-depth knowledge and skills required to interface the law, forensic science, law enforcement, mental health, and the health care and judicial systems.

Advanced Nursing Knowledge Courses

  • NUR 503 - Evidence-Based Practice
  • NUR 506 - Theoretical Foundations of Population Health
  • NUR 508 - Advanced Assessment, Pathphysiology, and Pharmacology
  • NUR 510 - Ethics for Nurses
  • NUR 600 - Information Systems in Healthcare
  • NUR 602 - Health Care Policy

Population Health Courses

  • NUR 505 - Introduction to Demography & Epidemiology: A Nursing Perspective
  • NUR 605 - Population Assessment & Intervention
  • NUR 606 - Capstone Practicum

Area of Concentration Courses

  • NUR 511 - Introduction to Forensic Nursing
  • NUR 512 - Forensics Methodologies
  • NUR 617 - The Legal System

38 credit hours leading to the Master of Science in Nursing Degree

The nursing education track prepares Registered Nurses to teach and supervise nursing students and professional nurses in clinical settings, with a focus on the care of specificially identified populations or a cognate area. Coursework focuses on curriculum development and implementation, faculty and student roles, and the evaluation and supervision of nursing students. Graduates of this program may seek employment in schools of nursing, continuing education programs, and in organizational and leadership education programs in health care facilities. Graduates may also choose to pursue doctoral studies in Nursing Education.

Students who complete the MSN in Nursing Education have completed the educational requirements required to apply for the National League for Nursing's Certification for Nurse Educators.

Advanced Nursing Knowledge Courses

  • NUR 503 - Evidence-Based Practice
  • NUR 506 - Theoretical Foundations of Population Health
  • NUR 508 - Advanced Assessment, Pathphysiology, and Pharmacology
  • NUR 510 - Ethics for Nurses
  • NUR 600 - Information Systems in Healthcare
  • NUR 602 - Health Care Policy

Population Health Courses

  • NUR 605 - Population Assessment & Intervention
  • NUR 505 - Introduction to Demography & Epidemiology: A Nursing Perspective

Area of Concentration Courses

  • NUR 518 - Nursing Education Leadership
  • NUR 519 - Educational Evaluation Methods
  • NUR 520 - Curriculum Development in Nursing
  • NUR 606 - Capstone Practicum

35 credit hours leading to the Master of Science in Nursing Degree.

The focus in population health prepares graduates to practice in the evolving health care delivery system. Currently, managed care puts all decisions in the context of population-based data. Nursing activities-designed and implemented according to care maps and critical pathways-are grounded in aggregate data analysis. Graduates are prepared to function collaboratively in acute care settings or community-based settings, to manage the health care of population groups, and to work with populations to plan programs to address health concerns. The program enables graduates to practice with populations across care settings, to assume leadership roles in the healthcare delivery system, and to pursue doctoral education.

Advanced Nursing Knowledge Courses

  • NUR 503 - Evidence-Based Practice
  • NUR 506 - Theoretical Foundations of Population Health
  • NUR 508 - Advanced Assessment, Pathphysiology, and Pharmacology
  • NUR 510 - Ethics for Nurses
  • NUR 600 - Information Systems in Healthcare
  • NUR 602 - Health Care Policy
  • NUR 603 - Health Care Financing for Nursing Practices

Population Health Courses

  • NUR 505 - Introduction to Demography & Epidemiology: A Nursing Perspective
  • NUR 605 - Population Assessment & Intervention
  • NUR 606 - Capstone Practicum

Area of Concentration Courses

  • Required elective (3 credit hours)
Did You Know?

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026.

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Career Outcomes

  • The Clinical Nurse Leader oversees the lateral integration of care for a distinct group of patients and may actively provide direct patient care in complex situations. The CNL puts evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery. 
  • The Clinical Forensic Nurse track prepares students for a wide range of positions, including: legal nurse consultant, death investigator, correctional nurse, psychiatric nurse, and clinical forensic nurse. 
  • The Nursing Education Track helps graduates practice in specializated areas listed including: clinical and didactic faculty at the undergraduate and graduate level, staff development specialists in some of the nation’s most prestigious health care systems, and community-based health promotion and education programs.
  • The Specialized Populations track prepares graduates to identify, plan, deliver and evaluate the health care needs of individuals with similar health alternations, diseases, or disabilities. 
  • These are some of the local companies that are hiring CSU grads: Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Cuyahoga County, FrontLine Service, Lake Hospital System, Lake Health, and The Metro Health System.