This entry point to the MSN is designed for experienced registered nurses without a bachelor's degree in any field who wish to obtain a high quality MSN in a timely manner. Applicants must have two years of full-time work experience as a registered nurse, must have an excellent academic record, and must demonstrate leadership potential, motivation, and specific career goals. These criteria are evaluated as part of the admission process, one component of which is the portfolio (instructions provided at the time of application).
It is expected applicants will already have completed foundational courses in their basic training prior to entering the program. These courses would include content in the following areas: anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry, sociology, general psychology, developmental psychology, English composition and health assessment skills.
Students in this program complete twelve (12) semester hours in statistics and English composition and, in accordance with Xavier's mission, philosophy and theology, and also six (6) semester hours of baccalaureate nursing bridge courses as further preparation for the master's program (see below).
Admission to the courses is contingent upon completion of all prerequisite courses and a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average in courses completed at Xavier.
The graduate program consists of a minimum of 36 semester hours. See MSN for Registered Nurses »
See also: Baccalaureate Equivalency Statement
RN to MSN Bridge Courses
|Pre-requisites required for matriculation into MSN Program|
NOTE: STUDENTS USUALLY TAKE ONE OR TWO COURSES EACH SEMESTER. SEE SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE SHEET. ACTUAL
|Statistics* (MATH 116, MATH 156 or NURS 490)||3|
|PHIL 100||Ethics as Introduction to Philosophy||3|
|THEO 111||Theological Foundations||3|
|ENGL 101||English Composition**||3|
|NURS 442||The Community as Partner: A Transcultural Approach||3|
|NURS 496||Professional Development II||3|
*NURS 490 does not require a math placement test. Xavier does require a placement test prior to enrollment in MATH 116 or MATH 156. Depending on the placement score, MATH 105 Fundamentals of Math (3 credits) may be required prior to enrollment in MATH 116 or MATH 156.
**Engl 101 may be waived based on review of the student's writing skills and/or completion of an English composition course within the last five years.