Lewis University

Lewis University is a private, not-for-profit Catholic and Lasallian-based university in Illinois.  Founded in 1932, the university claims the distinction of being Illinois’ largest bachelor’s degree program in nursing.  Furthermore, t he University claims recent nursing students received a 100% pass rate on their exams.  Over 80 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs of study are offered throughout the university.

With approximately 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students combined and a 13:1 student to faculty ratio, Lewis University strives to provide individualized attention and small classes for every student.  Popular programs include aviation, criminal justice, education, nursing, and business.  Lewis University is one of over 300 universities sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

Overview of Programs, Certificates, and Degrees

  • 1 online master’s degree offered
  • Option to complete the program in combined online and campus-based format
  • Additional campus-based nursing degree programs are available from certificate to doctoral degrees including a bachelor’s degree program (BSN) for pre-licensed nurses.
  • Transfer students are accepted

Online Nursing and Health Care Degrees Review

Lewis University offers an online master’s degree program for nurses whose personal and professional commitments prevent them from completing a traditional full-time program. Nursing programs at Lewis University employ Catholic and Lasallian values, including critical thinking, compassion, critical thinking, and teaching.  The program practice is based on standards set by the American Nurses Association.  Small class sizes, interaction with faculty, discussion, and sharing of experiences among students are key characteristics of the nursing program.

Online Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN)

Lewis University offers an online master’s degree in nursing with specializations in Nursing Management and Nursing Education.  The core courses for the program are:

Strategic Directions in Healthcare
Organization, Policy, and Financing in Healthcare
Human Diversity and Social Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing
Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
Advanced Nursing Research
Healthcare Fiscal Integrity
Healthcare Information Management
Program Planning and Evaluation

Nursing Administration courses include Dimensions in Healthcare Leadership, Dynamics in Healthcare Organizations, and Business Skills for Healthcare Organizations.  Nursing Education core courses include Educational Theory, Curriculum Development, and Evaluation and Teaching Methodology and delivery systems.  Students have the option of completing a practicum or thesis to culminate their degree program.  The thesis involves a formal research study conducted over two semesters.  The practicum can be a field experience or scholarly project completed over 1-2 semesters under the supervision of a site facilitator.

Duration and Cost

The online master’s degree in nursing program at Lewis University is 42-45 credits. The tuition for the program is approximately $31,000 to $33,000.


Nursing faculty at Lewis University hold advanced degrees including doctoral qualifications (Ph.D., EdD, and JD).

Things to consider:

  • Program cost above is for tuition only
  • Students must hold a 3.2 GPA  in all core and specialization courses in order to participate in the thesis and practicum


Lewis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association Nursing programs at Lewis University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Lewis University
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446-2200