MSN Direct Entry as Second Degree: MIDAS Program

Frequently Asked Questions

 


GENERAL QUESTIONS

Who are MIDAS students?
MIDAS students are individuals with a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing who desire to be a licensed registered nurse (RN). These students come from a variety of backgrounds including biology, business, chemistry, criminal justice, education, liberal arts, psychology, and theology. Common characteristics of MIDAS students include a strong desire to work with others, critical thinking skills, leadership ability, maturity, as well as a desire to learn and meet new challenges in a rigorous, fast paced program of study. The variety of majors and educational backgrounds provides for interesting perspectives and dialogue within the MIDAS curriculum. MIDAS students may be recent college graduates or may have well established careers in other fields. Some individuals have advanced degrees.

How does the MIDAS program differ from other types of accelerated programs?
The MIDAS program is unique in that it prepares students for the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role. The CNL is an advanced generalist prepared at the master's level (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/CNl/faq.htm). Students who successfully complete the MIDAS program graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurse (NCLEX-RN). In addition, graduates are also eligible to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam as well as the holistic nurse certification exam. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is not offered within the MIDAS program.

How long will it take to complete the MIDAS program? Is it possible to attend part-time?
The MIDAS program requires 20 months of full-time study (five semesters  fall/spring/summer/fall/spring).
Part-time study is not an option for the program. The fall semester begins in late August. For the specific start date for the upcoming academic year, consult the Xavier University academic calendar at www.xavier.edu/registrar/calendars.html.

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When are classes scheduled?
Didactic courses are scheduled during the days, Monday through Friday, generally between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Clinical times will vary and begin as early as 6:30 to 7:00 a.m. Some clinical experiences may be scheduled in the evenings, depending upon the semester and the clinical site.

Does the MIDAS program offer advanced practice preparation?
No, the MIDAS program does not prepare individuals for advanced practice roles such as nurse practitioners, midwives, or nurse anesthetists. The MIDAS graduate is considered an advanced generalist. If you then wish to obtain additional education here at Xavier to become a family nurse practitioner, you will be required to have one year of experience as a registered nurse (required of all FNP applicants) and then can apply for the post-master's FNP program. MIDAS graduates in the program take 19 credit hours plus a physical assessment course. The FNP program requires 600 clinical contact hours.

How much time is expected for study outside of the classroom?
In addition to didactic and clinical experiences, students should be prepared to devote significant time outside of the structured learning environment for reading assignments, studying, writing scholarly papers and working on group projects.

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ADMISSION/ACCEPTANCE QUESTIONS

How and when may I apply for the program?
Applicants may apply online at https://admit.xavier.edu/apply/ for each fall semester entry. Links to additional application items including instructions and reference forms will be emailed upon submission. Students may apply year-round, but it is advisable to apply early, particularly if evaluation and guidance for prerequisite coursework is necessary.

Is there a deadline for application?
There is no application deadline. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. The admission committee begins review of complete applications in late January and continues to admit students on a rolling basis for the fall class. If all thirty-five seats fill, a wait list is established.

Students may apply prior to completion of prerequisite courses. Applicants who have completed all application requirements other than prerequisite courses are eligible for provisional admission consideration. If provisionally admitted, courses must be completed and grades reported by the week prior to the mid-late August semester start date.

Must I submit all of my application materials at the same time?
No, applicants can send materials in separately. Any documents received in advance of an application are held until application is made.

What are the prerequisite course requirements?
Two semesters or three quarters of anatomy and physiology, lectures and labs (online labs are strongly discouraged): one semester or quarter of microbiology, lecture only; and a statistics course are required. Prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited college/university, must meet certain content requirements, and must be completed prior to the start of Xavier's fall semester. For the specific start date for the upcoming academic year, consult the Xavier University academic calendar at www.xavier.edu/registrar/calendars/. Science prerequisites (anatomy and physiology and microbiology) must be completed within the last five years. A statistics course that is over five years old will be evaluated on an individual basis. The School of Nursing can offer advice regarding the applicant's prerequisite status for courses completed and provide guidance in the selection of prerequisite courses needed.

      Other programs require many more prerequisite courses. Why does MIDAS require so few prerequisite courses?

Pharmacology, nutrition, chemistry and sociology content are integrated within the MIDAS curriculum. This greatly reduces the number of prerequisite courses required.

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May I be considered for admission prior to completing the prerequisite courses?
Strong applicants who have not yet completed prerequisite courses may be considered for provisional admission at the discretion of the admission committee if all application materials other than prerequisite grades have been submitted. If admitted, prerequisite course grades must be submitted the Friday prior to the first day of the fall semester. A student may not begin the MIDAS program without completion of all prerequisite courses.

Provisionally admitted students who plan to complete the anatomy and physiology sequence in the summer at a college or university on the quarter system should be sure to verify that the end date of the final anatomy and physiology course will not overlap with the required deadline for submission of prerequisite grades (the Friday prior to the first day of the fall semester).

When will my file be reviewed for admission?
Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, usually beginning in late January of each year and continuing until the class is filled. An application is complete when the following items have been received: application, official GRE scores (www.ets.org), essay, resume, three references, and all official college/university transcripts.

How do I reserve a seat in the program?
Upon acceptance, a $300 non-refundable tuition deposit is required to secure a seat in the fall class. The deposit is applied to the student's fall semester tuition. Once thirty-five deposits are received, a wait list is established.

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FINANCIAL AID QUESTIONS

What does the MIDAS program cost and what financial aid is available?
The MIDAS program requires 79 semester hours and rates are charged at the MS (Master of Science) per credit hour tuition rate posted on the bursar web site www.xavier.edu/bursar/. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA as the overwhelming majority of MIDAS students qualify for Stafford Loans, grants and/or scholarships from various funding sources. Visit www.xavier.edu/financial-aid/ for more information about financial aid opportunities. The School of Nursing has limited scholarship money available.

Are students able to work while enrolled in the MIDAS program?
Part-time work may be possible for some MIDAS students, depending upon other commitments and personal study needs. To ensure success in the program, part-time work should be minimal (maximum of 20 hours per week), if at all.