Chicago State University (CSU) has one of the flagship undergraduate nursing programs in the nation. In the last six years, the average pass rate of our nursing graduates on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) was 91 percent, which surpassed the state (89 percent) and national (87 percent) norm averages. With the approval of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, CSU has added a graduate program to its flagship undergraduate nursing program.
Dr. Joseph A. Balogun, dean of the College of Health Sciences asserted that “the underrepresentation of racial/ethnic minority nurses in leadership, clinical specialists and faculty ranks provides strong justification for the development of a graduate nursing program at CSU. Given our unique urban health mission and excellent track record in graduating African American students, CSU is an ideal institution to educate future African American nursing leaders, educators and clinical specialists.” The unique features of the MSN program are the interdisciplinary philosophy and sharing of human and physical resources with the Master of Public Health program.”
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at CSU is designed to prepare nurses for the challenges facing the profession in the 21st century by focusing on community health nursing, nursing administration and nursing education. Additional specialties in nursing will be developed in the future. The MSN program incorporates value-added curricula that focus on minority health and nursing informatics. The curricula are aligned with the National League of Nursing recommendation to improve the diversity of the nursing workforce, continuity of patient care and to reduce medical errors.