Nursing is an exciting profession that is responsive to changes in health care. An increasing focus on health promotion and maintenance, and technological advancements in the treatment of illness, has placed new demands on health care providers. Professional nurses are needed to provide evidence-based solutions to critical problems, improve patient safety through risk reduction, and illness and disease management at the point of care.
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The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares professional nurses as advanced generalists to serve as leaders within the health care system. The program courses are delivered fully online with clinical immersion in a health care setting. We now offer degrees for students outside of Michigan living in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Vermont, and Virginia.
Why Study Nursing at Grand Valley?
- The MSN program is designed for working nurses and all courses are delivered fully online.
- You will have access to a dedicated full-time placement coordinator who manages all of your clinical placements and academic advisors are prepared to advise students through all stages of their degree completion.
- Graduate assistantships, scholarships, financial aid, and Laker Lifetime Learning (L3) commitment available to those who qualify.
- Highly qualified faculty are invested in student success and relevant coursework.
- Grand Valley is highly respected by employers across the region, and the nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, ccneaccreditation.org.
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Location & Format
Classes for the program are fully online.Format:
The MSN curriculum is designed to provide students with the leadership skills essential for the integration of evidence-based practice at the patient-provider interface and coordination of the care delivery process that will improve client outcomes in a cost-effective, fiscally responsible manner. Graduates of the MSN program are eligible to take the CNL certification exam.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with the deadline for fall enrollment May 1. Applications received after that date are accepted based on space available.
Admission to the MSN program requires the following:
- Submit the GVSU graduate application specifying the M.S.N. option.
- Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs that verify completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CONE-, CCNE-, or NLN-accredited school. GPA will be calculated using all college coursework. 3.0/4.0 is required.
- Current curriculum vitae or résumé.
- Educational and professional goal statement. The statement must articulate an area of focus (advanced generalist) and describe how attaining a graduate nursing degree will facilitate goal achievement. The statement should be approximately two typed, double-spaced pages.
- Scholarly writing exercise submission using the guidelines in the online application.
- Qualifying interview with KCON faculty.
- Test scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic), or Duolingo Test for applicants whose native language is not English. Only original score reports will be accepted.
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“Grand Valley's M.S.N. program has enhanced my knowledge of nursing to a systems level by providing a curriculum with a wide range of topics, from nursing in politics to leadership. I look forward to future possibilities of professional growth in several areas in which the Advanced Generalist, with a clinical nurse leader certificate, has prepared me to enter.”