In an evolving profession like nursing, and in a nation making its way through complex healthcare reform, it's more important than ever for nurses to pursue advanced education.

Nursing Department ChairThe Department of Nursing offers an outstanding post-baccalaureate program that will prepare you for your future as a highly educated, advanced practice nurse.

We're keeping pace with your needs and the rapidly changing healthcare system by establishing new advanced practice nursing tracks. These tracks are designed to open new doors and present the flexibility you need to take your career where you want to go.

We help you every step of the way.

We know most of our students are working nurses. They have lives and careers that demand nearly all of their time. So we make our MSN programs flexible. We integrate online coursework into our curriculum. We offer full and part-time options. And we offer convenient scheduling.

We also match our students up with a faculty mentor — experienced educators and nurses who help our students assess their career goals and take the right steps to meet those goals. 

Application Deadlines for MSN and Certificate Programs:

The Nursing Department of Governors State University is now receiving all applications. MSN and Certificate applications are due May 1st for the Fall term and October 1st for the Spring term. 


                         MSN in Nursing -- Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Fact Sheet 

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    MSN Accreditation

    The graduate and undergraduate nursing programs in the College of Health and Human Services are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
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    Learn More!

    For more information about any of our Master of Science in Nursing programs, please contact Julie Anderson at 708.534.4086, or via e-mail at You may also visit the Department of Nursing website,  or email the Department of Nursing at Nursing courses begin in the Fall and Spring semesters.

      Choose from Four Nursing Concentrations.

      To view fact sheets for each of the four master's-level nursing concentration, click on the tabs below:


      • Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health


        •  Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health

        The Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health track will give you a thorough understanding of evidence-based practice. Students learn how to integrate research into real-world, real-time applications to improve the level of care their patients receive.

        Our curriculum is comprehensive, preparing you for the full range of challenges that come with patient care — and more. Our curriculum will empower you to put your knowledge, experience and education to use preparing the future of nursing. You'll be ready to teach the next generation of nurses — in the community college classroom or as a leader in the world of healthcare.

        Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health Fact Sheet 

      • Nurse Executive-Innovative Leadership


        • Nursing Executive-Innovative Leadership

        The MSN concentration in Nursing Executive - Innovative Leadership draws upon the expertise of the College's Nursing and Health Administration departments to provide superior preparation for nurses who want to manage the profession for the best and most efficient care of patients — and institutional resources.

        The Nursing Executive-Innovative Leadership combines a proven core curriculum in Nursing with a powerful specialty curriculum that covers all aspects of management, from marketing and negotiation strategies to informatics and outcomes management.


        MSN Nursing Executive-Innovative Leadership Program Fact Sheet (pending)

      • Family Nurse Practitioner


        Currently more than 65 million Americans live in areas experiencing a severe shortage of primary health care providers. This physician shortage has led to the need for Family Nurse Practitioners. This sequence will prepare the advanced practice nurse to serve the health needs of clients across the life span in a variety of primary care settings.

         FNP Fact Sheet

      • Family Nurse Practitioner - Certificate


          For nurses who have already attained a master's or a doctoral degree in a clinical specialty, we now offer a Certificate option for those nurses who aspire to work as a nurse practitioner in an advanced practice setting.