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

    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: 

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Plus, we offer certificate programs:

Nursing Program Outcome Data - 3 year Summary

Completion Rate:

Program completion rate will be at or above 70% (Percentages of students completing within 150% of program length).

BSN = 100%  (full time)  95% (part time)
MSN = 96.2%  FNP Certificate = 100%  
DNP = 96.6% 

  Certification Rates:

(Disaggregated Data) 

2015 = no first-time takers 
2016 first time pass rate = 100.0% 
2017 first time pass rate = 66.687%
(ANCC results)

Graduation Year Pass Rate FNP
2015 = 81%
2016 = 95%
2017 = 78%
(AANP results) 

MSN (CNS) 2015-2017 no first-time takers
MSN (NEIL/NA) 2015-2017 no first-time takers

Job Outlook: 

Employment for nurses is projected to grow by 15% over the next decade (Bureau of Labor Statistics). 90% of graduates will be placed in a nursing position within one year of graduation. 2018 100% job placement for GSU BSN graduates.

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


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

3343 Peachtree Road NE,
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020

  "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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