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3+2 Nursing Program with Case Western Reserve University

Graduate Entry Nursing Program

Biology majors interested in nursing as a career may choose to enter a cooperative program in pre-nursing/nursing and earn the Bachelor of Science from John Carroll University and the Master of Nursing from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

    Earn an MSN in 5 Years

    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.