Lake Erie College announces new partnership with Cleveland State University’s School of Nursing


Lake Erie College has entered into an agreement with Cleveland State University’s School of Nursing to afford LEC undergraduate students an opportunity to enroll in CSU’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program.

The agreement guarantees six seats in each class of the CSU accelerated BSN program for Lake Erie College students who complete their LEC degree and who qualify for admission to the CSU program.

With the goal of enhancing higher education opportunities in nursing for students of LEC and CSU, this agreement will enable an annual cohort of six LEC students to graduate with two degrees, including a BSN degree from CSU, in the same amount of time it takes for most undergraduate students to earn one degree. “Students who acquire the diverse skills offered by the experiences in these two degrees should be highly marketable to employers,” said Dr. Bryan DePoy, vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at LEC.

By helping to dramatically shorten the amount of time it takes for students to earn their BSN degrees, the new partnership exemplifies LEC’s continued efforts to make college affordable. Partnering with a public institution such as CSU allows LEC to provide more options at a very competitive tuition.

“This is an extraordinary example of how a private and public institution can collaborate to serve the healthcare education needs of the region,” said Dr. DePoy. “This is a mutually beneficial agreement for Lake Erie College, Cleveland State University, and the students we serve.”

Students at LEC who intend to apply for the accelerated nursing program at CSU must file a letter of intent with the CSU School of Nursing while they are enrolled at LEC. This process ensures that the student will be considered for one of the six places in the guaranteed group of LEC graduates attending CSU, so long as they have met all of the requirements for admission.

For more information on this new partnership, contact Dr. DePoy at More information on the accelerated BSN program at CSU can be found at

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