School of Nursing Graduate Level Programs

School of Nursing Graduate Level Programs

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


DNP Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice places emphasis on clinical practice and leadership training. The DNP is instrumental in advancing a clinical nursing career. Cleveland State University’s DNP program uniquely prepares graduates to obtain the doctorate degree through post masters degree.  A Health Systems Leadership track is available for students with an post masters in nursing degree.

Program Goals

  1. Synthesize knowledge derived from nursing science from other scientific disciplines as the basis for advanced nursing practice and innovative approaches to improve the health of individuals, aggregates and populations. (AACN Essential 1: Scientific Underpinnings for Practice; Essential #7: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health; Essential #8: Advanced Nursing Practice.) 
  2. Employ organizational and systems leadership to improve the quality and safety of individuals, aggregates, and populations. (AACN Essential 2: Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking.) 
  3. Integrate clinical scholarship and utilization of analytical methods to identify best nursing practices. (AACN Essential 3: Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice.) 
  4. Demonstrate leadership in the systems level evaluation, development, and implementation of information systems and related technologies for healthcare delivery that optimize outcomes for individuals, aggregates, and populations. (AACN Essential 4: Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care.) 
  5. Engage in advocacy by influencing policy throughout the various stages of the policy-making process at the institutional, local, state, national and/or global levels. (AACN Essential 5: Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care.) 
  6. Facilitate collaboration among inter-professional teams to ensure high-quality patient, system or population health outcomes. (AACN Essential 6: Inter-professional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes.)

The NOPF and AONE standards that apply to the MSN-DNP Health Systems leadership track are integrated throughout the curriculum and course objectives.

Specialization Tracks for the Doctor of Nursing Practice

Post Masters to DNP : Health Systems Leadership

MSN Program Overview

The Online Master of Science in Nursing program in Cleveland State University’s School of Nursing has been ranked number 3 in the state of Ohio and 47th nationally according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 list of the Best Online Degree Programs.  The MSN @ CSU is based on the principles of population health and is designed to prepare graduates with advanced knowledge, competencies, and skills in the nursing care of populations (aggregates). The graduate will have in-depth skills in population assessment, demography, epidemiological assessment and data analysis, evaluation of research, survey research, data projections, cost-benefit analysis, and the ability to apply nursing theory, population theory, ethics, cultural awareness, and political strategies to design, implement, and evaluate population health programs. Students may select from four tracks available, according to their interests and professional goals.

    Specialization Tracks for the MSN program

    Specialized Population
    Forensic Nursing
    Clinical Nurse Leader
    Nursing Education

    Out of State Students - Important Information

    Please click here for a list of states where CSU School of Nursing cannot accept students into our online programs. This list is updated as new information is available.

    Graduate Assistantship Postitions Available!

    Contact Dr. Adedipe for more information:


    Phone: (216) 687-3598