Today, more than ever, nurses play an increasingly important role in our dynamic healthcare environment.

COVID19 Department of Nursing Information



   Nursing Pathway The Department of Nursing is ready to help you meet your career goals.
At Governors State University, we prepare nurse leaders who:

  • Address the challenges of local, regional, national and global healthcare reform;
  • Continually draw upon a professional heritage of providing quality, holistic care and creating healing environments wherever they go.

Whether you want to increase your understanding of patient care or you want to earn the credentials you need for career advancement, the nursing programs at Governors State University offer the most affordable and accessible pathways to success.

When it’s time to take your career to the next level, come join us at Governors State University's  Department of Nursing. Let your experience and expertise become the career assets they should be. Earn your BSN, MSN, FNP or DNP at Governors State University:
  See our current Fact Sheets for each program below: 

  Click here for the Gainful Employment Disclosure for these Certificate Program

Plus, we offer certificate programs:

  •      Family Nursing Practitioner Certificate   

    Nursing Program Outcome Data

    Program Completion Rate

    Program Completion rate will be at or above 70%  (Percentages of students completing within 150% of program length)
    2018 Data
    BSN 86%
    MSN FNP 96.2%
    FNP Certificate 100%
    DNP 96.6%

    Certification Rates

    Certification rates will be at or above 80%

    American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Results:
    2018 MSN FNP first time pass rate 90%
    2018 FNP Certificate first time pass rate 100%
    2018 MSN CNS N/R
    2018 NEIL N/A
    2018 BSN N/A

    American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Results:
    Graduation Year Pass Rate
    2017 MSN 78%
    2017 FNP Certificate N/R
    2018 N/R

    Job Attainment Data 2018: 
    Source - Undergraduate/Graduate Employment Surveys:
    RN to BSN 100% Response Rate 23.5%
    MSN 100% Response Rate 40%
    DNP 100% Response Rate 33.3%

An estimated 31 million new individuals across the nation will need access to primary care. The U.S. Department of Labor projects the employment of nurse practitioners to grow 31 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. (Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Department of Labor).

“Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health professionals, in redesigning healthcare in the United States.” 

Source: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, Institute of Medicine, 2010

Note: Upon completion of the FNP program, graduates are eligible to obtain APRN Board Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center  or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.  Clinical Nurse Specialists after completing their program, are eligible to obtain board certification from ANCC.


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

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  "Governors State University, Master of Science in Nursing, FNP  
Most Affordable MSN-FNP Accredited Public School Program in the state of Illinois"    
Graduate Nursing Education publication . 

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