Advance Your Career with a Master of Science in Nursing

With a Master of Science in Nursing degree, you can compete for top leadership positions such as chief nursing officer or vice president of nursing, pursue a role in higher education or provide primary care as an advanced-practice nurse. You can also develop your expertise to pursue a career in a key nursing area with nursing master's programs in public health or informatics.

Choose from Several MSN Emphases

The CCNE-accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is offered through the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions (CONHCP). The MSN provides a broad-based critical analysis of nursing and health care research as a foundation for exploring ethics, policy and finance in health care. Upon completion of the MSN core curriculum, you will focus on courses that develop essential knowledge in the emphasis of your choice:

Nursing Education

Prepare to meet the ever-changing and expanding educational needs of the nursing profession in roles such as a clinical educator or academic educator in both traditional and non-traditional settings.

Health Care Informatics

Help your organization adapt to the integration of technology and the continuous changes in patient-care systems. Learn to use using patient data to improve decision making, and working with teams on the collection and analysis of data for better patient care.

Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems

Learn how to effectively lead people and manage resources to achieve organizational goals in today's rapidly changing health care delivery systems. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the health care environment, and the communication and the inter-professional team skills necessary to maintain ethical and professional standards while cultivating business skills to manage the quality and cost of health care.

Public Health

Develop knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines including biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health policy management, social and behavioral sciences to define and address today's complex public health issues.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) and MSN with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Dual Degree)

Develop cross-functional business management and leadership skills necessary for advanced management or executive positions, or pursue your entrepreneurial business idea in the nursing and health care fields. This MBA and MSN dual degree program goes beyond patient care and studies the business side of health care by examining costs, how to set and maintain a budget and the management of workforce challenges.

Advance Practice Master of Science in Nursing

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology

Learn to provide advance-practice nursing care in complex, acute and critical care settings. Didactic and clinical experiences in this program focus on advanced health assessment, clinical diagnosis, procedural skill acquisition and care management of acutely- and chronically- ill adults. GCU's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) program meets the academic standards for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

Family Nurse Practitioner

Prepare for your advanced-practice role as a primary care provider by learning to perform focused and comprehensive health assessments, diagnosis and management of health and illnesses for patients across the lifespan. GCU's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program meets the academic standards for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). You are required to sit for an exam at the conclusion of your program to achieve certification, and apply through your state board of nursing to practice as a nurse practitioner.


MSN Program Features

  • Attend online, at our Phoenix campus or campus extensions
  • Share best-practices with nursing peers across the country
  • Engage in interactive classroom discussions and practicum assignments in your community
  • Develop an evidence-based practice project that addresses a problem, issue or concern in your professional practice
  • Frequent start dates and four-week classes allow completion in as few as 19 months, depending on emphasis
  • CCNE-accredited and aligned with AACN Essentials for Nursing Practice

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RN to MSN Bridge Program

If you are an RN with a bachelor's degree in another field, our RN to MSN nursing bridge program allows you to take six core courses from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program prior to entering your MSN. This ensures you have a solid foundation in nursing theory, research and conceptual models, as well as essential health assessment skills necessary for study and practice at the master's level.