Illinois Master's Degree in Nursing

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Illinois MSN Programs

MSN programs in Illinois are graduate degree programs that help students reach the most advanced levels of the nursing profession. There are specific skills needed for education, research, and management that are simply not covered at the baccalaureate level.

Online vs. Traditional MSN Programs

Students in Illinois have the choice between taking an online MSN program and enrolling in a traditional on-campus program. There are many factors that contribute to one type of program being a better fit than another for a particular individual.

Traditional on-campus MSN programs are best for students who live near a campus that offers an MSN program and who are able to attend class on a rigid schedule. These students also have direct contact with their instructors and classmates, which many students view as a benefit. Online programs can allow students to complete assignments on a more flexible schedule. These programs are often preferred by students who need to make their own schedules, or who cannot commute to a traditional on-campus program.

Admission Requirements

The requirements to get into an MSN program vary depending on the school that an individual wants to go to. Many schools require students to:

  • Complete and submit an application
  • Pay an application fee
  • Have graduated from a BSN program with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Submit letters of recommendation
  • Produce a writing sample or essay
  • Submit his or her GRE scores
  • Submit proof that he or she is a licensed RN
  • Submit a resume or CV

Specific Program Examples

The number of credits that a student must completed in order to get an MSN degree is determined by the school and program that the student chooses. For example, at Indiana Wesleyan University, a student must take 60 credits to complete the MSN/MBA Cappella University's Nurse Educator program is a 56 credit course. Additionally, a student must complete between 65-100 credits at Kaplan University throughout the MSN program.

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Other Schools with MSN Programs in Illinois

Olivet Nazarene University
One University Avenue
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Chicago State University
9501 South King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628
North Park College
3225 W Foster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Rush University
1653 W. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612
University of Illinois at Chicago
601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607
McKendree College
701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254
Resurrection University
3 Erie Court
Oak Park, IL 60302
Blessing - Rieman College
PO Box 7007
Quincy, IL 62305

Illinois MSN Degree Prerequisites

Illinois nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by Illinois Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in Illinois, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in Illinois and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of The Illinois RN to MSN programs

Those holding Illinois RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

Illinois MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In Illinois, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the Illinois Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of Illinois grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Illinois, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of Illinois.

Illinois MSN Degree Resources

Here are a few examples of MSN degree programs in Illinois.

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