Xavier's graduate nursing program is for nurses who not only want to serve — they want to lead. Graduates are prepared as holistic healers and leaders in the delivery of health care with an educational foundation grounded in Jesuit ethics and value. Be the best provider of nursing care today and a health care leader forever. Note: The Master of Science in Nursing is available for pre- and post-licensure students.
The second-degree pre-licensure MSN (MIDAS program) is designed for the individual with a bachelor degree in another discipline who wishes to be a registered nurse.
The MSN curriculum for registered nurses consists of core, track, synthesis and application courses for a minimum of 36 semester credit hours
The core MSN courses include theoretical and practical knowledge, which serve as the foundation for advanced nursing education in a variety of roles. Core courses focus on three major themes which are consistent with the philosophy for the graduate program: critical systematic inquiry, professional and personal development, and management of information and resources in a rapidly changing health care environment.
The MSN MIDAS pre-licensure curriculum consists of the Nursing Core (except for NURS 690) and courses designed specifically for MIDAS students.
Nursing Core (20 semester hours, 11 semester hours FNP, MIDAS)
- NURS 500 Health Care Ethics for Nursing Leaders (3)
- NURS 501 Theoretical Bases for Nursing Practice (3)
- NURS 502 Nursing Research (3)
- NURS 505 Health Care Informatics (3) OR
- NURS 854 Advanced Informatics (MIDAS students)
- NURS 690 Health Care Policy for Nursing Leaders (2) - (not required for MIDAS)
- NURS 754 Nursing Leadership & Management Concepts (3) - (not required for FNP - covered in NURS 532)
- NURS 864 Epidemiologic Methods in Health Care (3)
Tracks (Minimum of 10 semester hours)
- Education - 11 semester hours
- Family Nurse Practitioner - 28 semester hours/600 clinical hours
- Forensics - 10 semester hours (includes NURS 779 in track courses)
- MSN MIDAS pre-licensure incorporates CNL track - see curriculum
Synthesis and Application
Synthesis and Application (6 semester hours )
- NURS 703 Graduate Nursing Practicum I (2)
- NURS 705 Graduate Nursing Practicum II (2)
- NURS 797 Scholarly Project (2)
Synthesis and Application Variations
Synthesis and Application Variations
- FNP: NURS 777 & NURS 778 are required instead of NURS 703 & NURS 705
- MSN MIDAS: See curriculum (do not take NURS 703, 705, 797)
NURS 500: Health Care Ethics for Nursing Leaders (3 Credit Hours): This is a foundational course that examines ethical frameworks, such as, the theories of justice, rights-based ethics, and virtue ethics and their significance to the delivery of health care. Analysis of ethical dilemmas will focus on differentiating what are called traditional and modern ethical frameworks for decision-making. Application will be made within the parameters of nursing’s metaparadigm (person, nursing, health, environment) using personal and professional processes of valuing and deciding.
NURS 501: Theoretical Bases for Nursing Practice (3 Credit Hours): Preparation for professional nursing practice requires more than a basic understanding of theory—what it is and how it is used in nursing. Professional nursing practice requires familiarization with the historical development of the discipline, the science of nursing, as well as how disciplinary knowledge evolves. Further, to enhance advanced education, it is necessary to become familiar with tools and techniques used to develop, analyze, and evaluate concepts, models, and theories so that they can be applied in nursing practice, research, management/administration, and education.
NURS 854: Advanced Informatics (3 Credit Hours): The focus is to improve clinical and administrative decision making through an in-depth understanding of healthcare informatics. Emphasis is on technology-based health applications which support clinical, administrative, research, and educational decision making enhancing the efficacy of nursing endeavors. Current trends and issues in using, designing, and managing heath care information systems will be examined.
NURS 690: Healthcare Policy-Nurse Leader (2 Credit Hours): This course provides an overview of processes and issues in health care formulation in the private sector, and at local, state, and federal levels. Consideration will be given to selected issues in nursing and health care as they influence health policy within socio-cultural, economic, political, ethical, and historical context. Attention is given to the role of advance practice nurses in policy decisions in the public and private sectors with the intentionality of improving health care delivery.
NURS 754: Leadership/Management Concepts (3 Credit Hours): This course focuses on leadership and management concepts that are essential for holistic nurse leaders at various levels throughout the healthcare organization. The focus is to prepare holistic nurse leaders for collaborative practice in complex healthcare organizations through examination and application of effective leader behaviors.
Tuition and Fees
All for one
Keeping People Healthy
Students in the master’s program are steeped in the emerging health care concept of Population Health, a wellness-based approach that reimburses providers and hospitals for keeping people—and populations—healthy in order to improve the country’s health outcomes at a lower overall cost.
A New College
At its May 2019 meeting, the Xavier University Board of Trustees unanimously voted to establish an independent College of Nursing. It is Xavier’s fourth college, joining the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Professional Sciences and the Williams College of Business.
Health United Building
The Health United Building embraces the health and well-being of all students on campus and is a significant advance for the College, whose academic departments are largely based within the $54 million structure.
Xavier Graduate Nursing Programs
Nursing (MSN) Program at Xavier University
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) for registered nurses provides the opportunity to obtain advanced level preparation in nursing science. Graduates of the program are prepared to assume professional leadership roles that encompass educational, consultative, and managerial functions. They are prepared to design and establish delivery services and practice in response to current health care policy changes. The MSN for registered nurses requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of which at least ten are elective credits. Students may customize their course of study or select their electives from a focused track of study.
Xavier University’s College of Nursing prepares undergraduate and graduate students as professional nurses to meet the needs of diverse populations in an ever-changing, highly technical health-care environment. Graduates have the skills to practice nursing today and to be nurse leaders tomorrow in holistic health-care delivery with an educational foundation grounded in Jesuit values. Our graduates are well-respected in the health-care community as knowledgeable, professional, and ethical and prepared to excel in meeting challenges in health-care delivery. Xavier’s Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation.
Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."