MSN Programs

MSN Programs Designed for Working Nurses


In view of recent healthcare reforms, it is estimated that an additional 31 million people will seek access to primary care, and the U.S. Dept. of Labor projects there will be a need for an additional 34,837 nurse practitioners by the year 2018*.   To help address the demand, Governors State University offers exceptional MSN programs to train highly educated advance practice nurses.  In addition our MSN programs are adaptable to serve the needs of working nurses by offering a hybrid of classes on-campus and online.  The highly experienced GSU Nursing faculty is comprised of Advanced Practice Nurses, seasoned educators and doctorally-prepared researchers.  

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2011-2012 Edition, U.S. Department of Labor


MSN Programs Allow You to Advance Professionally


One of GSU’s MSN programs is the Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Adult Healthcare.  The program accepts applications year-round through the NursingCAS system, but students admitted into the concentration will begin their course of study in Fall or Spring semesters.  The Master of Science in Nursing CNS in Adult Healthcare Concentration program enhances your qualifications and skills to prepare for a leadership position as an Advanced Practice Nurse.  Once you have earned a CNS, you will have the opportunity to set standards for the care of adults.

The research regarding the significant contributions of the Clinical Nurse Specialist validates outcomes such as: reduced hospital costs and length of stay; reduced frequency of emergency room visits; improved pain management practices; increased patient satisfaction with nursing care; and reduced medical complications in hospitalized patients.

Source: http://www.nacns.org National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Another one of our excellent MSN programs is a certificate that prepares Advanced Practice Nurses who already have a MSN degree to attain licensure as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Our program offers nurses with a master’s or doctoral degree in a clinical specialty to take on the challenges of a Family Nurse Practitioner in an advanced practice setting.

Check our Department of Nursing web pages for the complete requirements as well as to take a look at our other MSN programs.

We invite you to explore our many degree, certificate and individual course offerings listed on our website.  You will find we have a highly diverse student body made up of individuals of all ages and backgrounds and our courses are taught by gifted professors.  To further your career opportunities in nursing, please see a complete list of the Department of Nursing’s MSN programs.

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