This is an articulation agreement with the Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Students interested in pursuing a career in professional nursing spend three years at John Carroll University majoring in Biology. During the fall of the junior year the student begins the application process with the Bolton School. After successful transition to the Bolton School the student begins the process of completing course work and clinical work necessary to obtain the DNP. JCU students must fulfill requirements for a biology major, so the minimum requirements for entry are:

  • At least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (2.5 minimum science GPA and minimum behavioral science GPA).
  • Two semesters of English Composition.
  • Chemistry: Two semesters of general chemistry and two semesters of organic chemistry plus laboratories.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: two semesters with laboratory.
  • Microbiology: one course with laboratory.
  • Sociology or Anthropology: one course, at least three credits.
  • Psychology: one course, at least 3 credits.
  • Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan: one course, at least 3 credits.
  • Statistics: one course, at least 3 credits (must include ANOVA).
  • Admissions Test: two options – GRE General Test: Satisfactory scores required (minimum of: Verbal 500, Quantitative 500, and Analytical Writing 4.0 or Analytical 500); Miller Analogies Test (MAT): Satisfactory scores required (minimum of 400 after 10/04 or 45 before 10/04).

The program chair acts as advisor to those students interested in pursuing this option. The student is expected to complete all JCU core requirements and all of the biology degree requirements (except 8 BL credits) prior to entering the first year at the Bolton School. The student must also obtain a letter from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, addressed to the Graduate Entry Admissions Officer at the Bolton School, stating that upon successful completion of the first year at the Bolton School the student will be awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree from JCU.

Students earn JCU biology credit for the following nursing courses taken during the first year at the Bolton School:

  • NUND 402 Introduction to Pharmacology     3.0 credits
  • NUND 406 Aging in Health and Illness              2.0 credits
  • NUND 405 Altered Human Functioning           3.0 credits

At the Bolton School students spend two years on pre-licensure coursework, sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam, are awarded an MN degree, and then work to complete the requirements for the MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) and certification in Advanced Practice Nursing. Student may work full time while completing these requirements, depending on the speciality pursued. Continued course is required for completion of the DNP.

More information about the Bolton School program can be found at: