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Is the online ABSN program at Cleveland State University accredited?

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Cleveland State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Cleveland State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). 

Law

What is the difference between a lawyer and an attorney?

All attorneys are lawyers, but not all lawyers are attorneys. Attorneys who have passed the bar exam can act as legal representatives for their clients in a court of law. Lawyers have been educated in the law but have not taken the bar exam. They can provide legal advice and consult on the law, but they cannot represent clients in court.

Is CSU College of Law’s Online J.D. faculty experienced?

Yes. Our faculty come from distinguished academic and professional backgrounds. As scholars, they represent many points of view, publish widely and are held in esteem nationally and internationally for the quality of their scholarship and as expert commentators. We have faculty at the forefront of emerging and rapidly growing legal disciplines and in areas of practical scholarship that continually advance the legal profession.

Can I apply to the Online J.D. program if I live outside of Ohio?

Students from a number of states are welcome to apply to CSU College of Law’s Online J.D. program. Please see our State Authorization page for more detailed information.

What are externships, and how do they help me?

CSU College of Law’s externship program provides real-world experiential learning. Under the close supervision of an attorney or judge and with a faculty mentor, you will contribute to the ongoing work of a specific externship site. Externships give you the chance to learn the law by being an active participant in the legal process while earning academic credit.

Where will I be placed for my externship?

The CSU College of Law currently has more than 40 externship placement locations, including government agencies at the federal, state and local levels, judicial chambers, nonprofit and public interest organizations and corporations.

Will you help me find my externship site?

Yes. CSU College of Law has a long tradition of providing externship opportunities for our law students. For more than two decades, we have placed students with some of the leading government, judicial, corporate counsel and nonprofit legal offices in the region. These placements provide you with a unique opportunity to improve your writing, research and oral communication skills, to appreciate the significant ethical issues facing the profession and to integrate what you learn in the classroom with the actual practice of law.

Can I choose my own externship site?

The CSU College of Law encourages students to pursue externships that relate closely to their professional goals. Frequently, this can be achieved through placement in an existing externship. From time to time, however, students seek a more particularized experience. We support our students in their exploration of alternative placements by permitting them to select independent externship placements, subject to faculty review and approval.

Can I participate in my externship at a private law firm?

No. Externships at private law firms are not permitted.

Are there additional fees for externship placement?

No. The cost to help you find and secure an externship is built into the cost of the program.

What are clinics, and how do they help me?

Under the close supervision of experienced attorneys, you will put what you learn in the classroom to work in the service of real clients with real legal problems. Whether or not you intend to practice public interest law, the clinics allow you to participate in a case from intake to resolution with full mentoring by clinic professors.

Is the Online J.D. program at the CSU College of Law accredited?

The CSU College of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). Cleveland State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the largest regional accreditor in the U.S. 

ABA: 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-5000

When will I participate in clinics?

Students participate in clinics after completing the required coursework, usually in the third or fourth year of the part-time program. Some clinics are available in the evenings or on weekends and can be completed through remote participation.

How much does the Online J.D. program at CSU College of Law cost?

The Online J.D. program costs $1,178.75* per credit hour for in-state students ($106,087.50 total* + fees) and $1,179.75* for out-of-state students ($106,177.50 total* + fees). Financial aid may be available to our online students. 

*Tuition rates as of 01/22/2024. Rates are subject to change. Visit csuohio.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees for current rates.

Which clinics are available to me?

You can choose from six clinics as well as pro bono work and Pop-Up Practicums.

  • Appellate Practice Clinic
  • Civil Litigation Clinic
  • Community Advocacy Clinic
  • Pardon, Clemency and Expungement Clinic
  • Pretrial Justice Clinic
  • Transactional Law Clinic
How long will it take for me to complete CSU College of Law’s Online J.D. program?

The Online J.D. can be completed part-time in as little as 3 years and 3 months (10 semesters).

What is a Pop-Up Practicum?

Pop-Up Practicums are short-term practical legal work in an area that’s meaningful to you. Sometimes faculty initiate these practicums in areas of their research, but you may also propose practicums in other areas. Recent pop-up practicums have involved bail reform, civilian oversight of police, criminal rules amendments, mental health courts, domestic violence policy reform, regulatory compliance for a proposed wind farm, and assisting a client seeking release on parole.

How many start dates does CSU College of Law’s Online J.D. program have per year?

Cleveland State University intakes its Online J.D. students each year in the Fall.

What are the admission requirements to apply for CSU College of Law’s Online J.D. program?
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Final transcript showing degree conferral to the Law School Admissions Council’s Credential Assembly Service (LCAS)
  • LSAT or GRE score 
  • Personal statement
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume
How many credit hours are required for CSU College of Law’s Online J.D. program?

This program requires 90 credit hours of online coursework (synchronous and asynchronous) as well as practical, experiential learning hours to graduate.

Where can I find more information about applying to Cleveland State University?

You can find more information on our application page.

Is CSU College of Law’s J.D. program 100% online?

The coursework is delivered 100% online, both synchronously and asynchronously. You are also required to complete practical, experiential learning hours via externships, clinics and on-campus residencies to practice what you learn in theory in the virtual classroom.

Nursing

Can I apply to the MSN program if I live outside of Ohio?

Students from a number of states are welcome to apply to Cleveland State University’s online MSN program. Please see our State Authorization page for more detailed information.

Is the online ABSN program at Cleveland State University accredited?

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Cleveland State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Cleveland State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). 

Where do Family Nurse Practitioners practice?  

Family Nurse Practitioners practice in diverse environments including private practice, community health centers, health care systems and universities.  

How long will it take for me to complete CSU’s online MSN-PMHNP program?  

This six-semester program can be completed in two years. It requires 48 credits of online coursework and 780 clinical hours.   

What are the admission requirements to apply for Cleveland State’s MSN program?
  • BSN
  • 3.0 GPA 
  • Undergraduate statistics course (C or better)
  • Essay
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Active RN license
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
What is an online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program?  

An online ABSN program is a fast-track degree that allows students with a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in any discipline to transition into the nursing profession.  

Is the online MSN-FNP program at Cleveland State University accredited?  

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Cleveland State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Cleveland State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).   

How much does the online MSN-PMHNP program at CSU cost?  

The online MSN-PMHNP costs $614.25* per credit hour for in-state students ($29,484.00 total* + fees) and $615.25* for out-of-state students ($29,532.00 total* + fees). Financial aid may be available to our online students. 

*Tuition rates as of 01/22/2024. Rates are subject to change. Visit csuohio.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees for current rates.   

Where can I find more information about applying to Cleveland State University?

You can find more information on our application page.

What are the admission requirements to apply to CSU’s ABSN program?
  • BSN degree 
  • 3.0 GPA 
  • Resume 
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (no personal references) 
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended 
  • Prerequisite courses 
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II w/lab 
    • Chemistry I & II w/lab 
    • Microbiology w/lab 
    • Principles of Psychology 
    • Statistics 
    • Health Care Ethics 
How does the clinical placement process work?  

You’ll work directly with your dedicated clinical placement team who will help identify a suitable clinical placement site within a reasonable distance from your home and coordinate the preceptor details.  

What are the admission requirements to apply to CSU’s MSN-PMHNP program?
  • BSN degree 
  • 2.50 Cumulative GPA, 3.0 Prerequisites GPA 
  • Active RN license – unencumbered 
  • Statistics – undergraduate or graduate level 
  • Resume 
  • Personal essay (2-3 pages) 
  • Letter of Recommendation (professional) 
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended 
Can I apply to CSU’s online ABSN program if I live outside of the state of Ohio?

Students from a number of states are welcome to apply to Cleveland State University’s online nursing programs. Please see our State Authorization page for more detailed information. 

How long will it take for me to complete CSU’s online MSN-FNP program?  

This six-semester program requires 47 credits of online coursework, 780 clinical hours and one on-site immersion at our dynamic campus. It can be completed full-time in two years.  

Can I apply to CSU’s online MSN-PMHNP program if I live outside of the state of Ohio?

Students from a number of states are welcome to apply to Cleveland State University’s online MSN programs. Please see our State Authorization page for more detailed information. 

How many start dates does CSU’s online ABSN program have per year?

Our online ABSN program offers two start dates per year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall.

How much does the online MSN-FNP program at CSU cost?  

The online MSN-FNP costs $614.25* per credit hour for in-state students ($28,869.75 total* + fees) and $615.25* for out-of-state students ($28,916.75 total* + fees). Financial aid may be available to our online students.     

*Tuition rates as of 01/22/2024. Rates are subject to change. Visit csuohio.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees for current rates.   

How many start dates does CSU’s online MSN-PMHNP program have per year?

Our online MSN-PMHNP program offers three start dates per year, one each in the Fall, Spring and Summer.

What does a registered nurse do?  

A registered nurse (RN) is a licensed healthcare professional who provides care to patients across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings.  

What are the admission requirements to apply to CSU’s MSN-FNP program?
  • BSN degree 
  • 2.50 Cumulative GPA, 3.0 Prerequisites GPA 
  • Active RN license – unencumbered 
  • Statistics – undergraduate or graduate level 
  • Resume 
  • Personal essay (2-3 pages) 
  • Letter of Recommendation (professional) 
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended 
Is the online MSN-PMHNP faculty experienced?  

Yes. You’ll learn alongside faculty who conduct cutting-edge research across a range of areas. Our faculty members are dedicated, caring and experienced professionals who are committed to excellence in nursing education, research and service.  

How much do registered nurses make?  

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median total annual wage for registered nurses is $81,220.  

Can I apply to CSU’s online MSN-FNP program if I live outside of the state of Ohio?

Students from a number of states are welcome to apply to Cleveland State University’s online MSN programs. Please see our State Authorization page for more detailed information. 

What are the admission requirements to apply to CSU’s Post-Graduate PMHNP program?
  • MSN degree 
  • 2.50 Cumulative GPA, 3.0 Prerequisites GPA 
  • Active RN license – unencumbered 
  • Statistics – undergraduate or graduate level 
  • Resume 
  • Personal essay (2-3 pages) 
  • Letter of Recommendation (professional) 
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended 
What is the demand for nurses with a BSN degree?  

177,400 new registered nurse jobs are expected to be created between 2022 and 2032 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

How many start dates does CSU’s online MSN-FNP program have per year?

Our online MSN-FNP program offers three start dates per year, one each in the Fall, Spring and Summer.

How long will it take for me to complete CSU’s online ABSN program?  

This four-semester (16 month) program requires 69 credits of coursework and 778 clinical hours and 145 lab hours.   

Is the online MSN-FNP faculty experienced?  

Yes. You’ll learn alongside faculty who conduct cutting-edge research across a range of areas. Our faculty members are dedicated, caring and experienced professionals who are committed to excellence in nursing education, research and service.  

Will I receive student support as part of CSU’s online ABSN program?  

Yes. You’ll work directly with a dedicated nursing faculty advisor and an online student experience coach and will have access to University resources such as tutoring, writing support, counseling and more.  

What are the admission requirements to apply to CSU’s Post-Graduate FNP program?
  • MSN degree 
  • 2.50 Cumulative GPA, 3.0 Prerequisites GPA 
  • Active RN license – unencumbered 
  • Statistics – undergraduate or graduate level 
  • Resume 
  • Personal essay (2-3 pages) 
  • Letter of Recommendation (professional) 
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
Is the online MSN program at Cleveland State University accredited?

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Cleveland State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)

Will I receive clinical placement support as part of CSU’s online ABSN program?  

Yes. Clinical placement services are included as part of your program so you can focus on learning and your nursing education.  

How do I become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner? 

To become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, you must first earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and pass the NCLEX-RN to become a licensed RN. The next step is to earn your MSN with a concentration in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner course and clinical experience work. Upon degree completion, the graduate must take and successfully pass a national certification exam to become a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. 

How much does the online MSN program at Cleveland State University cost?

The online MSN program costs $614.25* per credit hour for in-state students and $615.25* per credit hour for out-of-state students. Total program costs are as follows: 

Financial aid may be available to our online students. 

*Tuition rates as of 01/22/2024. Rates are subject to change. Visit csuohio.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees for current rates.

How much does the online ABSN program at CSU cost?  

The online ABSN costs $434.60* per credit hour for in-state students ($20,860.80 total* + fees) and $619.70* for out-of-state students (29,745.60 total* + fees). Financial aid may be available to our online students.     

*Tuition rates as of 01/22/2024. Rates are subject to change. Visit csuohio.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees for current rates.   

How much does an MSN-PMHNP professional make?  

The total annual median income for full-time PMHNP professionals is $137,000.   

Source: https://www.aanp.org/news-feed/are-you-considering-a-career-as-psychiatric-mental-health-nurse-practitioner   

  

How long will it take for me to complete Cleveland State’s online MSN program?

The MSN Clinical Nurse Leader program can be completed part-time in 1 year and 7 months (5 semesters). The MSN in Forensic Nursing, Nursing Education and Specialized Populations can be completed part-time in 2 years (6 semesters).

Is the online ABSN faculty experienced?  

Yes. Our faculty members are dedicated, caring and experienced professionals who want you to succeed. They are tenure-track professors who are active in initiatives and research addressing issues such as maternal health, informatics, palliative and early stage of life care, chronic pain management and eliminating barriers to care for underserved communities.   

What does a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner do?  

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners deliver holistic mental health care and work with clients across the lifespan with mental health disorders or substance abuse problems.  

How many start dates does Cleveland State’s online MSN program have per year?

Cleveland State University intakes its online MSN students once a year in the Fall.

How do I become a Family Nurse Practitioner? 

To become a Family Nurse Practitioner, you must first earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and pass the NCLEX-RN to become a licensed RN. The next step is to earn your MSN with a concentration in family nurse practitioner course and clinical experience work. Upon degree completion, the graduate must take and successfully pass a national certification exam to become a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. 

Where do Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners practice?  

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners practice in hospitals, community health centers, primary care facilities, private practices, schools/universities and more.  

How many credit hours are required for Cleveland State’s online MSN program?

All four MSN tracks require online didactic coursework and practicum hours to graduate. The specifics of each program are as follows:

How much does a Family Nurse Practitioner make?  

The total annual median income for full-time Family Nurse Practitioners is $115,000.   

Source: https://www.aanp.org/news-feed/are-you-considering-a-career-as-a-family-nurse-practitioner  

  

Is the online MSN-PMHNP program at Cleveland State University accredited?  

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Cleveland State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Cleveland State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).   

Are Cleveland State’s MSN programs 100% online?

The didactic coursework is delivered 100% online asynchronously. You are also required to complete 500 practicum hours of experiential learning to practice what you learn in theory in the virtual classroom.

How much does a Family Nurse Practitioner make?  

The total annual median income for full-time Family Nurse Practitioners is $115,000.   

Source: https://www.aanp.org/news-feed/are-you-considering-a-career-as-a-family-nurse-practitioner  

  

How does the clinical placement process work?  

You’ll work directly with your dedicated clinical placement team who will help identify a suitable clinical placement site within a reasonable distance from your home and coordinate the preceptor details.  

Is Cleveland State’s MSN faculty experienced?

Yes. Our faculty members are dedicated, caring and experienced professionals who want you to succeed. Our faculty are full-time professors and/or Certified Nurse Educators. Classes are small you can quickly get the feedback you need.

Social Work

How do field placement services help me?

Concurrent coursework and field experiences connect theory with practice. Field placement provides 900 hours of real-world, hands-on social work experience. Your field placement team helps coordinate required paperwork and can assist with identifying placement sites that meet program requirements as needed so you can focus on your coursework and build your skills.

Do I have to pay extra for Field Placement Services?

No. Support to find field placement sites in your community that align with your career goals is integrated into the program cost.

How should I prepare for my field placement?

Your Student Online Experience Coach and faculty guide you through the entire process. They give you a realistic idea of the field experience to ensure you are ready to work independently in a fast-paced environment.

Is the online MSW program at Cleveland State University accredited?

The Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education* (CSWE). Cleveland State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the largest regional accreditor in the U.S. 

*In 2019, the Master of Social Work and Baccalaureate Social Work programs were reaffirmed for accreditation for the next eight years by the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation.
CSWE: 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-683-8080

Can I arrange my own field experiences?

Students are strongly encouraged to conduct outreach to secure a placement site and are responsible for key parts of the placement process. However, the University is required to review and approve the agency before the start of any fieldwork.

How much does the online MSW program at Cleveland State University cost?

The online MSW program costs $614.25* per credit hour for in-state students and $615.25* for out-of-state students. Total program costs are as follows: 

Financial aid may be available to our online students. 

*Tuition rates as of 01/22/2024. Rates are subject to change. Visit csuohio.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees for current rates.

What am I responsible for to ensure a timely field experience?

Completing the field placement intake form initiates the field placement search process. Upon completion of the form, you will be required to complete all field clearance requirements (by the University and agency) prior to the start of your first field experience. Most agencies have additional requirements for the University and/or interviews that students must complete prior to starting field hours. As active participants in the placement process and to help focus the placement team’s search, students are encouraged to provide any local sites where they would prefer to complete their field hours.

How long will it take for me to complete Cleveland State’s online MSW program?

The MSW Advanced Standing program can be completed part-time in 1 year and 3 months to 1 year and 7 months (4 to 5 semesters) or full-time in 7 months to 1 year and 3 months (2 to 4 semesters). The Traditional Track can be completed part-time in 1 year and 7 months to 2 years (5 to 6 semesters) or full-time in 2 years and 7 months to 3 years and 3 months (8 to 10 semesters).

In what types of agencies do students complete their fieldwork?

Typically, students complete their field hours at: 

  • Community centers/organizations 
  • Human service agencies 
  • Counseling and therapy centers 
  • Addiction and mental health treatment facilities 
  • Adoption agencies 
  • Senior care facilities, such as nursing homes 
  • Correctional facilities 
  • Hospitals/clinics
How many start dates does Cleveland State’s online MSW program have per year?

Cleveland State University intakes its online MSW students three times per year in the Spring, Summer and Fall.

When will I be informed of field placement details?

You will receive a notification from your dedicated field placement team before each field experience start date.

How many credit hours are required for Cleveland State’s online MSW program?

The Advanced Standing MSW requires 30 credit hours of didactic coursework and 500 field practicum hours to graduate. The Traditional Track requires 60 credit hours of didactic coursework and 900 field practicum hours.

Do I get paid or reimbursed for my travel expenses during my fieldwork experience?

No. Due to the educational nature of the fieldwork, sites do not pay students. You are responsible for your transportation and travel expenses.

Is Cleveland State’s MSW program 100% online?

The didactic coursework is delivered asynchronously 100% online. You are also required to complete practicum hours of experiential learning in the field to practice what you learn in theory in the virtual classroom.

Can I complete my fieldwork at my current place of employment?

If you currently work in a social service setting and have a licensed social worker who supervises you, then yes. As of 2022, the Council on Social Work Accreditation now supports the use of employment hours as fieldwork hours, though there are field placement learning contracts and related follow-up required to make sure that CSWE education competencies are incorporated and part of the employment.

What specializations are available in Cleveland State’s online MSW program?

Whether you’re enrolled in the Traditional Track or Advanced Standing MSW, you can choose between clinical social work practice or advanced generalist practice.

What are the admission requirements to apply for Cleveland State’s MSW program?

Traditional Track

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2.75 GPA
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework 
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Essay
  • No GRE required

Advanced Standing

  • Bachelor of Social Work (from a CSWE-accredited program within the last 7 years)
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA 
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework 
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Essay
  • Copies of BSW field evaluations 

Where can I find more information about applying to Cleveland State University? 

You can find more information on our application page.

What is the difference between clinical and advanced generalist social work?

Clinical social work focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness and emotional and other behavioral disturbances. Advanced generalist social work has a range of applications within organizations, initiatives, agencies, advocacy groups, community organizations, health care and more.

What certificates are available for Cleveland State’s online MSW program?

Students within the clinical social work specialization may earn certificates in Chemical Dependency, Gerontology, or School Social Work. Those enrolled in the Advanced Generalist specialization are eligible to earn a certificate in Gerontology.

Is Cleveland State’s MSW faculty experienced?

Yes. CSU’s social work faculty are highly productive educators and researchers who have published books and numerous articles. You will gain insight and inspiration from educators at the cutting edge of social research and emerging theories of practice.

Can I apply to the online MSW program if I live outside of Ohio?

Students from a number of states are welcome to apply to Cleveland State University’s online MSW program. Please see our State Authorization page for more detailed information.

What is field placement?

Field placement is the required experiential learning component of Cleveland State University’s online MSW program. Whether you follow the Traditional or Advanced Standing track, you will apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations to prepare you for your future in social work.

How does the field placement process work?

Your dedicated CSU field placement team collaborates with you to secure quality experiential learning sites that reflect your educational goals and desired practice specialty. They ensure all experiences meet CSWE accreditation standards and that the agencies and field instructors are approved before you start your fieldwork.