Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Lead the next generation of nurses.
We care about you.
We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a physical and emotional toll on nurses everywhere. We see you and are so grateful for your service.
In the midst of this significant personal and professional challenge, we understand that graduate school may feel daunting. We care for our students and have designed our Master of Science in Nursing program to meet the unique needs of working students in this new healthcare reality. Let us help craft a program and schedule that meets your needs and enables you to make your professional goals a reality.
Before you begin your application, contact the Office of Student Services for your personalized program plan and to discuss how we can support you through your academic journey.
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares professional nurses as advanced generalists to serve as leaders within the health care system. Students have the option of choosing a specialty focus that aligns with their professional goals. Those who choose the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) specialty are eligible to take the exam for the CNL certification after graduation.
The MSN program is made 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 who create tailored program plans for each student. Choose from full-time and part-time schedules to integrate graduate school into your busy life.
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.
Advanced Nursing Specialties:
- Palliative and Hospice Care
- Clinical Nurse Leader
Join the Fall 2023 Cohort
Applications are open for the Master of Science in Nursing program.
Submit your materials by May 1, 2023, to get started in the Fall 2023 semester.
Do you have questions about the program or the application process? Contact Kristin Norton, Office of Student Services Director, at [email protected].
MSN Course Progression Plan
Clinical Immersion MSN hours:
- NUR 615 (150 hours) **
- NUR 616 (150 hours) **
- NUR 607 (25 hours)
- NUR 608 (25 hours)
- NUR 643 (25 hours)***
- NUR 703 (25 hours)
- NUR 704 (25 hours)
Total clinical hours: 400-425** based on recommended credits sequencing and if ***NUR 643 is a chosen elective
**Variable credits (Choose practicum credits with approval by faculty):
- NUR 615: 2-4 (minimum 2, recommend 3)
- NUR 616: 2-4 (minimum 2, recommend 3) must total 6 credits by end of Winter 2nd year (2 credits are didactic and 4 credits are clinical hours)
Students interested in Nursing Education can now take the elective NUR 643 - Adult Learning Principles for Health Professionals, and NUR 641 - Advanced Human Sciences, to enhance nursing education skills and competencies.
GVSU is a great place for students to invest in their futures. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships can help you maximize your investment by working with you to determine how to most effectively meet your unique needs.
The Kirkhof College of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate programs prepare registered nurses to take the national certification exam in their area of specialty (clinical nurse leader, primary care adult/gerontology nurse practitioner, primary care pediatric nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, or nurse executive). Graduates seeking to practice in a state other than Michigan must meet the requirements of that state. For more information regarding state licensure/certification requirements, please visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website at https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm.