Educational and Workforce Development Institutions

The Medical Capital is home to 25 universities and colleges that offer graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as training certificates and diplomas, serving the region’s healthcare, health IT and bioscience industries.

The Medical Capital institutions have graduated more than 23,000 bioscience workers from 2006 to the present. Northeast Ohio bioscience workers enjoy an average wage of $68,000 per year.


Research Universities

Research universities serving The Medical Capital’s healthcare, health IT and bioscience industries include:

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is particularly well known for its nationally ranked School of Medicine, its Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Department of Biomedical Engineering and its biomedical teaching and research capabilities. It also offers a Master’s of Science in Entrepreneurial Biotechnology, where students learn state-of-the-art biotechnology, practical business, and technology innovation while working on a real-world entrepreneurial project with an existing company or their own start-ups.

CWRU and Cleveland Clinic are partnering on a 485,000 sq. ft.  Health Education Campus. Students from the university’s schools of medicine, nursing and dental medicine—including those in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine—will learn and collaborate in a structure designed to encourage extensive interaction and meaningful innovation.

Cleveland State University (CSU) offers 14 master’s programs and 16 undergraduate programs focused on educating future researchers, clinicians and bioscience workers. CSU’s School of Health Sciences prepares students for careers in healthcare, and the College of Sciences and Health Professions has a wide variety of academic programs including Ph.D. programs in Regulatory Biology and in Clinical Bioanalytical Chemistry in collaboration with the Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. CSU also offers a Master’s of Education in Health Professions Education in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic.

Kent State University has active research programs in biology, nursing, liquid crystals and psychology. As the birthplace of liquid crystal displays, the Kent State Liquid Crystal Institute is the world’s first research center focused on the basic and applied science of liquid crystals.

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) offers doctorate degrees in medicine and pharmacy as well as graduate research programs. Specialties include skeletal biology, infectious diseases, cardiovascular medicine, neuroscience, and clinical outcomes. The NEOMED consortium includes its medical college campus, three state universities, and eight major hospitals in Northeast Ohio.

The University of Akron (UA) College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering focuses on innovations and applications of polymer research in science, technology, engineering and medicine. UA’s College of Health Professions provides health and wellness education, research, service and leadership in allied health technology, counseling, nursing, nutrition, social work, speech pathology and audiology, sport science and wellness. Its Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate programs in biomechanicsbiomaterials and tissue engineeringinstrumentation, signals and imaging.

Youngstown State University’s Bitonte College of Health and Human Services includes majors in allied health, medical laboratory science,  public  health, dietetic technology, emergency medical technology, exercise science,  health and human services, medical assisting technology, nursing, nursing home administration, and respiratory care.


Colleges and Universities

Baldwin Wallace University

Hiram College

John Carroll University

Lake Erie College

Malone University

Notre Dame College

Oberlin College

University of Mount Union

Ursuline College

Walsh University


Community Colleges

Cuyahoga Community College

Lakeland Community College

Lorain County Community College

Stark State College