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Cleveland State University (CSU) is nationally recognized by esteemed organizations. Our online programs provide the flexibility you need with curriculum rigor and ongoing support in tandem with dedicated faculty and experiential learning opportunities. Our online programs are offered primarily in asynchronous formats, so you don't have to put your personal and professional life on hold while developing your career to its fullest potential. With world-class partners in healthcare, the arts and other industries, CSU shares knowledge, research and resources to make a positive and meaningful difference.

Nursing Programs

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ABSN
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Make a Difference as an RN

Leverage your bachelor’s degree in any field and prepare to become a nurse through our affordable, fast-paced degree pathway.

  • 69 credit hours 
  • 778 clinical hours and 145 lab hours
  • Two residencies 
  • Two intakes per year (Spring & Fall) 
  • 16 months/four semesters (full-time) 
  • CCNE accredited 
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • 2.50 cumulative GPA, 3.0 prerequisite GPA 
  • Prerequisite courses 
  • Essay 
  • Interview 
  • Two letters of recommendation  
  • Resume 
  • Transcripts

Next application deadline: July 30, 2024 

Next start date: August 24, 2024 

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MSN FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner

Provide Compassionate Primary Care

Prepare as an advanced practice registered nurse to provide care across the lifespan.

  • 47 credit hours 
  • 780 clinical hours 
  • One residency 
  • Three intakes per year (Fall, Spring, Summer) 
  • Two years/six semesters (full-time) 
  • CCNE accredited 
  • BSN degree 
  • 3.0 GPA 
  • Statistics – Grade of C or better, undergraduate or graduate level 
  • Active RN license – unencumbered  
  • Resume 
  • Personal essay 
  • Letter of recommendation (no personal references) 
  • Transcripts  

Next application deadline: July 30, 2024 

Next start date: August 24, 2024 

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MSN PMHNP
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Advocate for Populations in Need

Expand your nursing skills to specialize in the mental health care and well-being of patients of all ages.

  • 48 credit hours 
  • 780 clinical hours 
  • Three intakes per year (Fall, Spring, Summer) 
  • Two years/six semesters (full-time) 
  • CCNE accredited 
  • BSN degree 
  • 3.0 GPA 
  • Statistics – Grade of C or better, undergraduate or graduate level 
  • Active RN license – unencumbered  
  • Resume 
  • Personal essay  
  • Letter of recommendation (no personal references)
  • Transcripts 

Next application deadline: July 30, 2024 

Next start date: August 24, 2024 

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MSN-CNL
Clinical Nurse Leader

Influence Patient Outcomes

Become an effective leader in clinical settings and ensure patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery across the continuum.

  • 32 online credit hours
  • 500 practicum hours
  • Fall intake
  • 1 year and 7 months/5 semesters (part-time)
  • CCNE accredited
  • BSN
  • 3.0 GPA 
  • Undergraduate statistics course (C or better)
  • Essay
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Active RN license
  • Transcripts  

Next application deadline: July 30, 2024

Next start date: August 24, 2024

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MSN-FN
Forensic Nursing

Advocate in Medico-Legal Cases

Combine your nursing skills with forensic science to promote recovery, health and justice in a caring and compassionate way.

  • 38 online credit hours
  • 500 practicum hours
  • Fall intake
  • 2 years/6 semesters (part-time)
  • CCNE accredited
  • BSN
  • 3.0 GPA 
  • Undergraduate statistics course (C or better)
  • Essay
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Active RN license
  • Transcripts  

Next application deadline: July 30, 2024

Next start date: August 24, 2024

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MSN-NE
Nurse Educator

Lead Beyond the Bedside

Establish yourself as an accomplished educator and influence new generations of nurses through effective teaching methods.

  • 38 online credit hours
  • 500 practicum hours
  • Fall intake
  • 2 years/6 semesters (part-time)
  • CCNE accredited
  • BSN
  • 3.0 GPA 
  • Undergraduate statistics course (C or better)
  • Essay
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Active RN license
  • Transcripts

Next application deadline: July 30, 2024

Next start date: August 24, 2024

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MSN-SP
Special Populations

Care for Diverse Populations

Concentrate your career on the health needs of a defined population and use best practices and evidence-based research to improve outcomes.

  • 35 online credit hours
  • 500 practicum hours
  • Fall intake
  • 2 years/6 semesters (part-time)
  • CCNE accredited
  • BSN
  • 3.0 GPA 
  • Undergraduate statistics course (C or better)
  • Essay
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Active RN license
  • Transcripts

Next application deadline: July 30, 2024

Next start date: August 24, 2024

Social Work Programs

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MSW-Advanced
MSW – Advanced Standing

Shortest Advanced Standing Pathway in Ohio

Balance your professional and personal life as you earn your degree part-time. Choose from clinical or advanced generalist specializations.

  • 30 online credit hours
  • 500 field practicum hours
  • 3 intakes per year
  • 4 to 5 semesters/1 year and 3 months to 1 year and 7 months (part-time)
  • 2 to 4 semesters/7 months to 1 year and 3 months (full-time)
  • CSWE accredited
  • Bachelor of Social Work (from a CSWE-accredited program within the last 7 years)
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA 
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework 
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Essay
  • Copies of BSW field evaluations

Next application deadline: July 30, 2024

Next start date: August 24, 2024

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MSW-Traditional
MSW – Traditional Track

Serve Your Community

Start a rewarding new career in social work. Choose from clinical or advanced generalist specializations.

  • 60 online credit hours 
  • 900 field practicum hours
  • 3 intakes per year
  • 5 to 6 semesters/1 year and 7 months to 2 years (full-time)
  • 8 to 10 semesters/2 years and 7 months to 3 years and 3 months (part-time)
  • CSWE accredited
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2.75 GPA
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework 
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Essay

Next application deadline: July 30, 2024

Next start date: August 24, 2024

Law Program

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OJD
Online J.D. (Juris Doctor)

Learn Law. Live Justice.

Expand your skill set as a lawyer or fulfill your goal of becoming an attorney to advocate for others with this affordable part-time program.

  • 90 online credit hours
  • Ample experiential learning opportunities
  • Fall intake
  • In as little as 3 years and 3 months/10 semesters (part-time)
  • ABA accredited
  • 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

Accepting applications for Fall 2024
Start date: August 14, 2024

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