University creates dual nursing/criminal justice master's degree

This is the first dual degree of its kind offered throughout the United States | May 1, 2008

The University has created a new dual degree program. The Master of Science in Nursing (forensic concentration) and Master of Science in Criminal Justice is an integrated program consisting of 46 semester credit hours. Students receive two separate degrees.  Graduates are prepared to function in non-traditional roles within the criminal justice system and are prepared in a variety of roles, including bioterrorism and disaster planning.
"We started the program in response to a request from students in the forensic MSN concentration, as additional help for them when they seek employment, in response to the changing needs of the nation, and our belief that nurses with this dual preparation will make excellent leaders of organizations such as the American Red Cross, FEMA and other disaster-relief agencies,” says Susan Schmidt, chair of the Department of Nursing.
Core courses focus on three major themes which are consistent with the philosophy for Xavier’s graduate programs: critical systematic inquiry, professional and personal development, and management of information and resources in a rapidly changing health care environment. Additional courses in the MSN/MSCJ dual-degree program emphasize forensic and criminal justice principles and skills that enhance the variety of roles in nursing forensics and criminal justice in which graduates may be employed.

“Police and nursing have more in common – as service industries, as helping professions, as first responders and as crisis managers – than many realize,” says Kam Wong, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice. “In order for both of these groups to work together better, they must start to learn from each other.”