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Online Master of Science in Nursing

Specialized Populations

  • Two Year, Part-Time Program
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  • Competitive Tuition Rates

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Care for Defined Populations

Cleveland State University’s online Master of Science in Nursing – Specialized Populations (MSN in Specialized Populations) program prepares you to identify, plan, deliver and evaluate the healthcare needs of individuals and groups with similar health alterations, diseases or disabilities. This degree is for you if you’re interested in concentrating your career on the health needs of a defined population. Graduates of this program may work in a health system managing patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease or those recovering from a transplant. Other work environments may include positions in community or public health, school nursing or insurance companies.

Accredited by the CCNE

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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This advanced nursing degree provides you with in-depth knowledge to improve the health of specific individuals and groups with similar needs. You will use best practices and evidence-based research to design healthcare services and community programming to improve health outcomes and enhance the level of function and quality of life for aggregate patient populations.

  • 100% online didactic coursework is asynchronous.
  • There are no on-campus residencies to attend.
  • You will complete 500 experiential learning hours in your community.
  • You can complete this program in 2 years part-time.

MSN in Specialized Populations

Curriculum Sample

The goal of this course is to review the theoretical foundations of the nursing profession and acquaint the graduate nursing student with the concept of population health. Population health, with the concomitant shift in focus from disease management to health promotion and prevention, is a perspective of healthcare leadership and an evolution from traditional nursing roles as experienced in the last half of the twentieth century. Students are introduced to the competencies for population health and the scope of a population health practice. (3 credits)

This course examines the assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology of select health conditions. The focus is on the development of clinical decision-making skills and diagnostic reasoning. The collection of subjective and objective data and the analytical process of working through a differential diagnosis give the student the opportunity to consider various etiologies, weigh the likelihood of the possibilities and make accurate, evidence-supported diagnoses and treatment plans. Students in all tracks find these skills useful, and they are mandated by the CCNE Essentials. (3 credits)

The focus of this course is to expand the graduate nursing student’s ability to recognize and address ethical issues that emerge with advanced practice roles. The course provides a review of ethical principles and reasoning. Specific practice issues the master’s prepared nurse is likely to encounter are discussed. (3 credits)

This course examines psychosocial, behavioral, educational, cultural, political and ethical factors that frame nursing interventions at the population level. In the laboratory component, students design and implement evidence-based nursing interventions and evaluate the outcomes of these interventions on populations. Requirements: 200 clinical hours over an average of 12-15 weeks. (4 credits)

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Hands-on practice complements online coursework.

Engaged learning provides real-world opportunities to immerse yourself in your field and apply your growing knowledge to enhance the healthcare outcomes of specialized populations. Engaged learning relies heavily on teamwork skills and provides an arena where you work professionally with community partners, your peers and CSU faculty members. Engaged learning combines civic involvement with academic coursework in a way that benefits you and the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. 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 ( Cleveland State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

This six-semester program requires 35 credits of online coursework and 500 practicum hours. It can be completed part-time in 2 years.

The MSN in Specialized Populations costs $614.25* per credit hour for in-state students ($21,498.75 total* + fees) and $615.25* for out-of-state students ($21,533.75 total* + fees). Financial aid may be available to our online students.

*Tuition rates as of 01/22/2024. Rates are subject to change. Visit for current rates.

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.


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