Grand Valley State University's Master of Science in nursing (MSN) is offered through the university's Kirkhof College of Nursing. The M.S.N. program prepares professional nurses as advanced generalists to serve as leaders within clinical microsystems (patient care units/settings) in a reformed health care system. Students who complete the MSN are eligible to take the Clinical Nurse Leader Examination.

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 care delivery process that will improve client outcomes in a cost-effective, fiscally responsible manner.

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West Michigan Job Growth by 2024
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GVSU Ranking as a West Michigan Talent Provider
9%
National Job Growth by 2024

Source: EMSI, 2020


Career Outlook and Opportunities

According to EMSI, registered nursing and health management jobs are expected to grow 11% in West Michigan and 9% in the U.S. by 2024. In 2020, the median annual wage for registered nurses with a masters degree was $73,632 in the U.S. Medical and health services managers made a median annual wage of $95,056 in 2020. 

Source: EMSI, 2020


The Skills Employers Want

The Master of Science in Nursing degree at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings in the nursing field.

Advanced Skills

  • Nursing
  • Clinical Nursing
  • Acute Care
  • Nursing Practices
  • Health Administration
  • Rehabilitation

Common Skills

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Operations
  • Coordinating
  • Communications
  • Research
  • Decision Making

Source: EMSI, 2020


Other Reasons to Study Nursing at Grand Valley

  • Flexibility. Many nursing classes are offered in a hybrid format to accommodate working professionals.
  • Versatility. Graduates will be prepared to provide care in a practice setting, applying advanced knowledge from nursing and related disciplines, improving health care by assuming leadership roles, and contributing to the advancement of the profession.
  • Practicality. Graduates will have an exceptional blend of clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills and be prepared to contribute to health care reform.
  • Convenience. Courses are offered primarily at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences (CHS) in downtown Grand Rapids. The M.S.N. degree requires approximately 37 credit hours.


Courses Offered

The M.S.N. curriculum for an advanced generalist consists of 37 credits completed in as few as 20 months. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the clinical leadership skills essential for the integration of evidence-based practice at the patient-provider interface and coordination of care delivery processes that will improve client outcomes in a cost-effective, fiscally responsible manner.

Visit the Kirkhof College of Nursing website for course offerings and degree requirements for this program.

Course Offerings


Admission

Visit our M.S.N. admission requirements page to find out more about getting started. The $30 application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University.

Admission Requirements


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Cost

For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll. 


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