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Here, you are the heartbeat of the healthcare community.

OpenHouseRegisterButtonIn 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. Governors State University’s Master of Science in Nursing offers an outstanding post-baccalaureate program that will prepare you for your future as a highly educated advanced practice nurse. Our nursing programs focus on providing quality, holistic care; creating healing environments; and building caring communities. The GSU nursing faculty includes Advanced Practice Nurses, nurse executives, seasoned educators, and doctorally-prepared researchers who provide students with an exceptional education.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) meets your needs as a working nurse through flexible evening, online, and hybrid courses. Choose from four concentrations to tailor your academic interests to your professional goals: Nursing Executive and Innovative Leadership, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, or the post-masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate. The MSN and BSN nursing programs in the College of Health and Human Services are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Reach your career goals.

Keep up with the rapidly changing healthcare system as you pursue an education in advanced practice nursing and nursing executive leadership. Advanced practice nurses and nurse executives work individually or in collaboration with doctors to provide quality health treatment and management—and to provide innovations in the ever-growing and reforming healthcare industry.

Why get a Master of Science in Nursing?

In addition to—on average—doubling your salary, an MSN will open doors to career opportunities only available to nurses with advanced degrees. As you choose a concentration, consider your ultimate career goals: nurses with aspirations to reach executive levels in healthcare can achieve their goals through the Nursing Executive and Innovative Leadership concentration, while those who wish to advance in clinical work may pursue Clinical Nurse Specialist or Family Nurse Practitioner concentrations.

Data collected in 2017 reflected the median annual salary for Advanced Practice Nurses at $107,460 with an average range of $86,970 – $120,450 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Chicago’s median salary for Advanced Practice Nurses is $101,930.

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Governors State’s Master of Science in Nursing concentrations range from 42 – 47 credit hours—allowing you to advance your career in less than two years. 

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    Nancy MacMullen, Chair and Director of the Department of Nursing

    Our nursing students typically are nontraditional, juggling job and family responsibilities on top of school—and they work hard and collaborate with faculty to achieve their career goals. Upon graduation, our nursing students are prepared at to advance in their profession and provide excellent nursing care to local, regional, national, and international communities.

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    Delcenia Kelly, MSN, University of Chicago

    Earning an MSN allowed me to gain greater fluency in the language of nursing: I can discuss my research, and present solutions, with greater ease and confidence to others knowledgeable in the field. GSU’s flexible course offerings also made it possible for me to work full time and take care of my family, all while earning my master’s degree.

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