About Nursing at Xavier

Nursing faculty member and students

The School of Nursing at Xavier University has as its goal the preparation of professional nurses educated to meet the health care needs of diverse populations in an ever-changing highly technical health care environment. Graduates are prepared to practice nursing today and to be tomorrow's leaders in holistic healthcare delivery with an educational foundation grounded in Jesuit values.

The School of Nursing is proud of the innovative programs developed over the years that creatively address changes in the current health care arena.

Graduates practice nursing throughout the tri-state area and throughout the United States. Our graduates are well-respected in the health care community as knowledgeable, professional, and ethical and prepared to excel in meeting current and future challenges in health care delivery.

Undergraduate Nursing

In 1995, Xavier admitted the first group of students to a newly designed Bachelor of Science in nursing program. This community-based program is focused on a health and wellness model and educates future nurses in the skills of communication, coordination and cooperation with other health care professionals so as to give a holistic approach to health care delivery with multiple community settings.

Students in the BSN program have the opportunity to complete a master's degree with a concentration in Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) within one calendar year and one practicum semester following graduation from the BSN program.

Students may apply for admission to the Honors option in the fall semester of senior year. Accepted students then begin the program in the spring semester and continue full-time graduate study in the following summer, fall and spring semesters. Then in the summer semester, a 300 hour residency is required to complete the program.

Graduate Nursing

Graduate nursing programs are open to master's, baccalaureate, associate, or diploma prepared registered nurses and since 2005, to individuals with a bachelor's degree in another field who wish to prepare for a career as a registered nurse (MSN MIDAS program). 

Registered nurses may specialize their study in administration, clinical nurse leader, education, family nurse practitioner, forensics, healthcare law, or informatics. Registered nurses have the option of a dual degree by coupling the MSN with the MEd, MBA or MSCJ degree. Registered nurses who have already obtained an MSN may choose one of two post-master's certificate tracks: clinical nurse leader or family nurse practitioner.
NEW in Fall 2014 is the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Population Health Leadership program for registered nurses.

Nursing Major (BSN)

Students are able to complete a program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in four years. Students will be qualified to sit for the registered nurse licensure examination following their successful completion of the program as well as holistic nurses certification examination.

Xavier's core curriculum requirements complement the innovative nursing curriculum. This well-rounded approach to education enables students to develop critical thinking and communication skills - two qualities essential in today's unpredictable and increasingly complex health care environment.