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's in nursing 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
Start customizing your Master's in Nursing Education program curriculum today!



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
Start customizing your Master's in Healthcare Systems Leadership program curriculum today!



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.

Start customizing your Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program curriculum today!



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.

Start customizing your Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist today!



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

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

Start customizing your Family Nurse Practitioner program curriculum today!



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 a Graduate Admission Advisor at grad@lewisu.edu or (815) 836-5610.


Student Talk

  • Family Nurse Practitioner program, Clinical Nurse Specialist program, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program Valeria Baldocchi

    "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."

  • Family Nurse Practitioner program, Clinical Nurse Specialist program, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program Lisa Coglianese Janeway
    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."

  • Family Nurse Practitioner program, Clinical Nurse Specialist program, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program Christy Rampton
    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."

  • Family Nurse Practitioner program, Clinical Nurse Specialist program, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program Ruthangeli Dantis-Naval
    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."

  • Family Nurse Practitioner program, Clinical Nurse Specialist program, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program Jodie Beverage
    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."

  • Family Nurse Practitioner program, Clinical Nurse Specialist program, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program Suzanne Sterchi
    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 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."