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Dual Degree Program

Senior Year in Professional Studies Program (SYPS) with the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University  

The College of Wooster entered into a dual degree agreement with the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University to allow for a Senior Year in Professional Studies (SYPS) option for the Graduate-Entry Program.  Students apply to graduate in absentia at The College of Wooster by the end of their sophomore year and apply directly to the Graduate-Entry Program (GEP) in their junior year.   

GEP is a gateway for students without a nursing degree to enter nursing at the advanced practice level. The SYPS option is for students intent on accelerating their graduate education. Students/graduates who do not want the accelerated option can still apply to the GEP program and follow the standard timeline as they would any graduate program.  

About the Program

Students attend The College of Wooster for three years and must meet the requirements for pursuing a dual degree, professional training program as outlined in the College catalogue and meet the requirements for admission into the GEP program.

Upon completion of their first two semesters in the nursing program at Case, the student will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wooster.

The GEP program has three phases:

Pre-Licensure - MN: (full-time) The first segment of the GEP program is a two-year, pre-licensure component leading to the Master of Nursing (MN), which is a generalist degree, and registered nurse (RN) licensure. Upon successful completion of the MN phase, the student is prepared to practice as a novice, generalist Registered Nurse and continue on to the advanced nursing phase. Students may opt to gain practical clinical experience at this point or proceed directly to the second phase of the program.

Advanced specialty - MSN: (full- or part-time) Students study an advanced specialty, such as Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife, Certified Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Informaticist or others. Up to 14 hours of coursework completed in the pre-licensure phase may transfer/count towards the advanced specialty. Successful completion of this phase leads to the MSN degree and eligibility for certification in the specialty area. The advanced phase can take 1.5 to 3.5 years depending on the specialty.

Professional doctorate - DNP: (part-time) A distance-friendly format leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Upon successful completion of the DNP degree, the student is prepared to develop as a leader in clinical practice or nursing. The PhD and combined DNP/PhD programs are also available for students interested in advancing the science of nursing practice. Students may start DNP or PhD courses during the MSN phase.

Course Requirements

As early as possible, it is highly recommended to make sure the courses you have taken or are planning to take will satisfy their requirements.  Communicate frequently with the Graduate Entry Program representative from Case and get verification of course acceptance prior to applying.

  • English Composition:  one course or integrated equivalent
  • Chemistry:  one course in general or inorganic chemistry plus one course in organic chemistry or biochemistry.
  • Microbiology:  one course with lab
  • Sociology or Anthropology:  one course
  • Psychology:  one course
  • Statistics:  one course (either MATH 102 or PSY 250; must include ANOVA – Analysis of Variants between Groups)
  • * Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs:  equivalent to six credits total
  • ** Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan:  one course  

 *The College of Wooster does not currently offer Human Anatomy and Physiology.  Wooster students who have successfully applied to the Graduate Entry Program at the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University have taken this course either during the summer or some have taken Human Anatomy and Physiology at Wayne College (affiliated with The University of Akron) in Orrville in the evenings during Fall semester.  

**The College of Wooster does not offer a one-semester Human Growth and Development course. Psychology 110 (Child and Adolescent Development) and Psychology 211 (Maturity and Old Age) may meet this requirement. Check with the program director. 

How to Apply

  • Before applying, students should have a good understanding of Advanced Practice Nursing and how it differs from practice as a Registered Nurse.
  • Students interested in the Senior Year in Professional Studies are strongly encouraged to contact the Chair of the Pre-Health Advising Committee or the Pre-Health Advising Coordinator as early as possible.  Students should also contact the Graduate-Entry representative at Case early on to discuss course requirements and planning.
  • Students must apply in writing to the Dean of The College of Wooster to graduate “in absentia” by the end of their sophomore year. This permission, which is given in writing, is required to be able to apply directly to Case.
  • Students must complete the formal application for the GEP Program at Case and take the GRE (preferred) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).  GPA requirements: overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0; at least 2.75 in natural science and behavioral science courses; a grade of C or higher for all prerequisite courses. For the GRE, the minimum required scores are: Verbal-500, Quantitative-500, and either Analytical-500 OR Analytic Writing 4.0. For the MAT, a minimum sore of 400.    

Contact at Case 

Dr. Deborah Lindell
Phone: 216-368-3740