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3+2 Nursing Program with Case Western Reserve University

Our 3+2 Nursing Program gives you the richness of a liberal arts education and the highly-focused training of a Master’s in Nursing degree. It’s a combination that brings greater compassion and understanding to one of today’s most in-demand careers.

Earn Your Bachelor and Master’s Degree in 5 Years.

This accelerated program—and your future—begins with a biology degree at John Carroll.

Here, you’ll experience the engagement and camaraderie that comes with smaller class sizes, and the deeper connections of hands-on research.

Our expert faculty will encourage you every step of the way, sharing their real-world experience and helping you build a strong foundation for your nursing program.

Because a balanced experience produces more successful graduates, you’ll also receive the hallmarks of a liberal arts education—proficiency in writing and communications, and a true commitment to diversity.

Then, after successfully completing your junior year, you’ll enter the Masters of Nursing Program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPBSN) at Case Western Reserve University. This school is globally recognized for its leadership in nursing, education, and research.

Graduating with an MN degree increases your earning potential, creates greater opportunities for higher-level positions, and gives you the ability to teach the next generation of nurses.

    3+2 Accelerated Nursing Program at John Carroll University

    By earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master’s of Nursing in just five years, you’ll accelerate your future and broaden your options. This degree qualifies you to work as an RN, a research nurse, nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse administrator. It also puts you on a direct path to career advancement through certification in a number of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) specialties.

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    BS/MSN in 3+2 Nursing Program Highlights


    Master of Nursing students complete 1,000 clinical hours in four semesters at prominent health care organizations and world-class hospitals, including Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and MetroHealth Medical Center.

    Research Strong

    The 3+2 Nursing program unites two degrees and two research-focused schools. At John Carroll, all biology students have the opportunity to participate in research. Our faculty consider this key to developing mentoring relationships and honing laboratory skills. This makes for a smoother transition to the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, which is globally recognized for its leadership in research.

    Medical Immersion Trip

    During our annual trip to Honduras, our pre-health students offer medical services to the very poor. Medical professionals from the Cleveland community join us, providing care and acting as mentors to students. On this week-long trip, you’ll participate in a number of medical brigades where simple diagnoses are made and medicines are distributed. We also work on public health mapping projects.

    Program Eligibility

    To be eligible for this program, students must:

    • Complete at least 60 credit hours at John Carroll
    • Have a minimum 3.00 GPA
    • Apply in writing to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences by the end of the first semester of the junior year
    • Be accepted by the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

    Students planning to follow this course of study should contact the director of the Pre-Health Professions Program during the first semester of their sophomore year.

    Students in this program normally attend John Carroll for three academic years and complete all university core requirements, biology major requirements, and additional pre-requisite courses, including:

    • BL 155-160: Principles of Biology & Labs
    • BL 213: Genetics
    • BL 230-231: Human Anatomy & Physiology & Lab
    • BL 310/310L: Microbiology & Lab
    • CH 141- 144: General Chemistry & Labs
    • CH 221-224: Organic Chemistry & Labs
    • MT 135: Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
    • MT 228/DATA 228: Statistics for Biological Sciences 
    • EPA 229: Human Nutrition
    • PS 268: Life Span Development
    • BL XXX: organism-to-biosphere course (refer to current undergraduate bulletin for listing)

    Two upper-level electives in the first year at Case Western Reserve University complete the major requirements:

    • NUMN 402: Introduction to the Discipline and Practice of Nursing
    • NUMN 405: Pathophysiology for the Advanced Generalist Nurse

    After successful completion of one year of the Graduate Entry Program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, the student will be awarded the Bachelor of Science with a biology major by John Carroll University.

    Featured Faculty

    “Research is front and center at John Carroll, and it’s not restricted to upper classes. An ongoing relationship with research fosters greater curiosity and understanding; it better prepares students for the path ahead.”
    —Erin Johnson, Professor of Biology, John Carroll

    Angela Medved

    Angela Medved ‘18

    Status: Neonatal Intensive Care Registered Nurse at Cleveland Clinic

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    Nursing Program Alumni Across the Region

    John Carroll University alumni live, work, teach and support communities throughout the region from Northeast Ohio to Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Columbus, Buffalo, Rochester, Pittsburgh, New York City, Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.