Program Overview

The online MSN degree program from Cleveland State University prepares RNs for specialized practice in population health care. The curriculum examines the health status of people in defined groups, taking into account attributes thought to influence health (lifestyle, ethnicity, disease, gender, age, environment, and social/economic/political conditions). Additionally, students may choose one of four tracks to suit their personal interests and professional goals:

  • ​Specialized Populations
  • Nursing Education
  • Forensic Nursing
  • ​Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


    • Students entering the program must have a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, a license to practice nursing in the state where they conduct their clinical practicum, and an undergraduate statistics course.


    Cleveland State University currently is not authorized in the following state: Massachusetts.

    School Overview

    Established as a state-assisted university in 1964, Cleveland State University assumed a tradition of excellence when it adopted the buildings, faculty, staff, and curriculum of the former Fenn College, a private institution of 2,500 students that was founded in 1929.

    Cleveland State is a student-focused center of scholarly excellence that provides an accessible and exceptional education. CSU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the following colleges and schools:

    • Monte Ahuja College of Business
    • College of Education and Human Services
    • Washkewicz College of Engineering
    • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
    • School of Nursing
    • College of Sciences and Health Professions
    • Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
    • College of Graduate Studies
    • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
    • Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel Honors College

    CSU offers over 250 online courses each semester. Students can take online courses along with traditional, face-to-face courses, or apply to a fully online program awarding bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, certificates, or licenses. All online courses and programs at CSU are taught by the same faculty as traditional courses.



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