Cleveland State University will offer bachelor's and master's of science degrees in nursing for registered nurses through a new partnership with MetroHealth.
The blended-delivery approach will include some classes taught at MetroHealth, and in-person and online coursework taught by Cleveland State professors.
The goal is to enable working nurses to affordably and conveniently enhance their education in a time when Northeast Ohio has an increasing need for highly educated nurse managers, according to a news release.
"CSU and MetroHealth both recognize the importance of expanding the number of qualified nursing professionals who can meet growing demand for quality care," said Dr. Timothy Gaspar, dean of the School of Nursing at Cleveland State, in a statement. "This partnership seeks to provide a pathway for current nurses to augment their credentials and clinical expertise as an added value to MetroHealth and the community as a whole."
The programs will be eligible for employee reimbursement by MetroHealth and will have some openings to nurses at other health systems in the area. The two institutions plan to enroll up to 30 nurses in the master's program and up to 30 in the bachelor's program each year.
"Our nurses are compassionate caregivers and patient care is their top priority," said Melissa Kline, vice president and chief nursing officer at MetroHealth, in a prepared statement. "Advancing their education will ultimately lead to better outcomes for our patients."
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