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Graduate Nursing Program
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The demand for Advanced Practice Nurses is ever-increasing in the Cleveland Area. Advanced Practice Nurses will play a critical role in healthcare reform. Ursuline College’s Graduate Nursing Program provide students the opportunity to become leaders in the nursing field. In fact, CNBC ranks the nurse practitioner as number 1 of fastest-growing careers for college graduates based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth of 35% is expected for NPs and other advanced practice registered nurses from 2014 to 2024.

The Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline College offers a Master of Science degree in Nursing. The program’s mission is to transform the health of the community through reflection and healing interaction with individuals and organizations. Nurses may select from the following areas of study:
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Master
  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Palliative Care Subspecialty Concentration
  • Nursing Education Subspecialty Concentration
A student may bridge directly into the DNP program after completing his or her MSN degree or obtain a post master’s certificate. Post Master's Certificates include:
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology 
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Educator or Palliative Care Practitioner.

To obtain a post master’s certificate, a student must take the associated specialty courses. In addition, a student must document completion of advanced practice core courses (Advanced Physiology, Advanced Health Assessment and Advanced Pharmacology) and demonstrate course work completion as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner.

A GAP analysis is completed for all post MSN applicants.

Gainful Employment Certificate Programs

Federal regulations require institutions to disclose to prospective and current students certain information about Gainful Employment Programs. A "Gainful Employment" program is a certificate program that leads to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Ursuline College currently offers some certificate programs that meet the Gainful Employment definition – the programs listed below are currently the only certificate programs in which students would be eligible for federal student loans. Information about the certificate programs, including related occupations, graduation rates, median loan debt for program completers, on-time completion rates and other pertinent facts is available on the following documents and on the specific academic program’s web page.

The following post master's certificate programs are not yet approved to award federal student loans. Application has been made to the Department of Education for approval to award aid.

AACN Guide To Graduate Nursing Programs
Graduate Student Accomplishments

Current Students
CWRU Nurse Bridges Program
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The MSN program at the Breen School of Nursing of Ursuline Collegeis accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). (http//www.ccneaccreditation.org)   Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 655 K Street, NW Suite 750 Washington, DC 20001 202.887.6791