Nursing (MSN)

Increase your professional opportunities and become a leader in your field.

Designed for the convenience of the professional registered nurse, Lewis University's rigorous and patient-focused Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is the perfect preparation to learn how to design and execute complex healthcare strategies for a rapidly changing healthcare environment, and take the next step in your career.

Nursing Education (also available online)
Become a nurse educator within an academic, healthcare or community setting. Develop skills in curricular design, instructional methodology, program evaluation and educational research and become a highly marketable player within nursing education through courses such as:
  • Educational Theory and the Scholarship of Teaching
  • Curriculum Development and Evaluation
  • Teaching Methodology and Delivery Systems


Healthcare Systems Leadership (also available online)
Lead the administration of nursing and patient care services, improving the delivery of healthcare and nursing at large. You will develop skills in finance, economics, human resources and organizational management and be prepared to help transform nursing providers for the better with courses such as:
  • Organizational Theory in Healthcare Organizations
  • Human Resource Management in Healthcare
  • The Business of Healthcare


Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Prepare to provide direct management of acutely ill patients in collaboration with physicians and other members of the healthcare team. You will develop analytical skills in biostatistics and informatics, and an understanding of the epidemiology and nursing management in special populations by taking courses such as:
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Epidemiology
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Management: Acute Care for Adult/Gerontology


Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Prepare to provide primary healthcare for adolescents and adults in a wide variety of settings, possessing advanced skills in patient education, health promotion, diagnostics, testing and disease prevention, gained through courses such as:
  • Applied Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Adult Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice

Nurse Practitioner specialization courses are offered in a traditional 16-week format.



Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Graduates of the CNS specialization are prepared to implement the teaching, mentoring, consulting, research, management and systems improvement roles of the clinical nurse specialist.

You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the clinical nurse specialist role through such courses as:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Development
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Management: Special Populations


Family Nurse Practitioner
Prepare to provide primary healthcare for infants, children, adolescents, adults and women in a wide variety of settings, with advanced skills in patient education, health promotion, diagnostics, testing and disease prevention, gained through courses such as:

  • Applied Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Adult Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Epidemiology

Family Nurse Practitioner specialization courses are offered in a traditional 16-week format.



School Nurse
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well- being, academic success, and lifelong achievement of students. MSN candidates with a concentration in School Nursing will be prepared to serve as the only professional in the school who has a background and preparation in both the field of education and the field of nursing, provides leadership in advancing the practice of school nursing, applies advanced nursing theory to improve school wellness and improves the educational process, is qualified to identify concerns that interfere with the student’s learning, proposes accommodations and implements interventions to allow the student full access to his or her education. In this specialization, you will take courses on topics such as:

  • Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities
  • Learning Theories and Schooling
  • Literacy for Other School Personnel
  • Issues in School Nursing
  • School Nurse Internship



Have your bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field?
Fast-track your master's degree with our RN to MSN program.

MSN/MBA Program
Fast-track your MBA with this dual degree MSN/MBA program.

For more information, contact our Office of Graduate Admission at grad@lewisu.edu or (815) 836-5610.



Student Talk

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    "Lewis' MSN program was transforma-tional for me. It changed who I am as a person as well as an RN. I am a better writer. I think more critically. And I look at research now with an analytical and informed viewpoint."

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    Information Systems Analyst, Central DuPage Hospital

    "My cohort experience has been simply invaluable. The experience of developing professionally alongside your co-workers and peers is one that can never be substituted."

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    Clinical Educator, Edward Hospital

    "The spiritual side of nursing is very important to me. In Lewis' rich environment, we were able to openly discuss the spiritual dimensions of both ourselves and our patients."

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    Staff Development Specialist, Advocate Health Centers

    "Lewis' MSN program was truly created for the nurse who has a life and a family. It's as rewarding as it flexible. And the instructors were inspiring and helpful - true nurses at heart."

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    OR Clinical Educator, Rush-Copley Medical Center

    "Lewis' cohort schedule with my hospital lets me obtain an advanced degree at our facility - while working as a full-time practicing nurse - and with little 'life' interruption."

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    Director of Perioperative Services, Rush-Copley Medical Center

    "I experienced firsthand the Lewis faculty's passion, dedication and commitment to helping students grow professionally, intellectually and spiritually."

  • Family Nurse Practitioner program; Clinical Nurse Specialist program; Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program; masters in nursing program; Online master's healthcare systems nursing; Healthcare systems nursing master's degree;   Online master's healthcare systems nursing; Healthcare systems nursing master's degree; msn programs; nursing msn; Lewis University nurse practitione; Family nurse practitioner programs Frank Schneider
    Critical Care Nurse Manager, Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

    "I was able to apply everything I learned throughout Lewis' program to the real healthcare issues I deal with every day in my professional career."