The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program provides a professional practice doctorate in nursing that is designed for applicants to matriculate at two entry points: post baccalaureate or post master’s degree with a major in nursing. The degree prepares you for a career with a focus on one of the following advanced professional practice specialties:

  • Community Behavior
  • Direct Practice
  • Leadership/Administration
  • Practitioner/Educator

The sequence of courses provides the DNP graduate with the skills to assume leadership in meeting the healthcare needs of clients in a variety of settings; the program has an emphasis on the care of vulnerable populations.

Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice is competitive; only a limited number of applicants will be admitted to the program.

Approval to grant the degree was granted by the Illinois Board of Higher Education in December, 2007. Approval for the Doctor of Nursing Practice has also been awarded by the Higher Learning Commission. As a new doctoral level program, the DNP will be eligible for Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education  Accreditation and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., accreditation when available.

Application Deadline

Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is competitive. DNP applications are accepted to NursingCAS,, by May 1 only.  However, the application deadline for this current admission period has been extended to June 15, 2014.  We do not admit DNP students in the spring or summer.

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Calling All Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Students:
Nurse Faculty Loan Application Deadline: August 1, 2014

The Department of Nursing at Governors State University has received federal funding from the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). The loans are available for beginning and continuing Doctor of Nursing Practice students who have not previously received an NFLP loan. The application period for this funding opens July 1, 2014. Deadline for applications is August 1, 2014.   

In order to be eligible for the loan you must provide proof of:  

1.       Being a US citizen or national of the US or lawful permanent resident of the U .S. and its territories;
 2.       Being enrolled as a student in good standing  (GPA=3.0) while enrolled in the advanced nurse education program at GSU;  

3.       Maintaining good academic standing (GPA=3.0) while enrolled in the advanced nurse education program and

4.       Having no judgment liens entered against him/her based on the default on a Federal debt, 28,U.S.C. 3201 (e)    

For a copy of the Nurse Faculty Loan Program application, click on the link below: 

Please return your completed application to Kelly Robinson at or fax it to 708-235-2197.  After your application is submitted, if you meet the criteria for the loan, you will be contacted by Dr. Nancy MacMullen to set up an appointment for a personal interview as required by the federal government.  Applications must be received by Friday, August 1, 2014.