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.
The Master of Science in Nursing program is open to nurses with bachelor's or associate degrees or diplomas at an entry point customized to your particular level of preparation. RN with BSN, RN with BA/BS (Educational Mobility Option), or RN with ADN/Nursing Diploma (RN to MSN).
Even if you are not a Registered Nurse and don't have a nursing degree, you can earn your Masters' in Nursing, no matter what kind of bachelor's degree you have. The MSN: Direct Entry as Second Degree—MIDAS Program is a 20-month full-time pre-licensure MSN program offered on site.
The MSN program offers a total of eight tracks. Applicants who are registered nurses can choose from seven of those tracks: administration, Clinical Nurse Leader, education, family nurse practitioner, forensics, health care law and informatics or they may customize their course of study to suit their particular interests via general studies.
Applicants with a bachelor degree in another field can choose the eighth track which is the Master of Science in Nursing: Direct Entry as Second Degree (MIDAS) program.
Xavier University has received $1,387,156.00 from HRSA to prepare Family Nurse Practitioners living in rural Ohio through their Master of Science in Nursing degree program. Included in the grant are traineeships for nurses living in the following areas: Lima, St. Mary's, Marietta, and Urbana, Ohio, or work in a FQHC in the Cincinnati area.
All courses are taught through synchronized video-conferencing from Xavier University supporting real-time faculty-time while students attend classes at local hospital partners located in those areas.
Traineeship funds cover full tuition, books and fees, and provide $11,730.00 per year for two years.
Please contact Dr. Susan M. Schmidt or call 513-745-3814.
Learn more about the FNP program.
Xavier nursing graduates practice nursing throughout the Greater Cincinnati region and across the country. 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.
Faculty members are outstanding practitioners with years of experience in nursing and education. Their doctoral areas of study include nursing, epidemiology, natural health and psychology. Several also hold specialized certificates in community health, gerontology and occupational health as well as certificates of authority in the state of Ohio.
Xavier's new, state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratory provides a futuristic simulated learning environment. Using a human patient simulator, students have the opportunity to participate in challenging, real-life scenarios. Xavier's life-sized, computer-driven human simulation mannequin blinks, speaks and breathes, while also mirroring accurate human reactions to procedures such as CPR, ventilation, catheterization and intubation.
Renea Ball had confronted the challenges of rural health care in emergency rooms and area schools, but the school experience was, in some ways, more gut-wrenching. Like the third-grade boy who was labeled learning-disabled. As the school nurse, she discovered the real problem was medical—he had such serious ear problems that he was functionally deaf.
When she was studying for her Master of Science in Nursing, Angela Fraiz focused her research project on an area of nursing that intrigued her—the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Cindi Bedinghaus holds an MSN from Xavier. Now she is the Assistant Vice President of Patient Services for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
We offer several entry points to help you find the right program:
First, the prognosis: the demand for skilled, well-trained nurses is expected to increase at a nearly 20% level through 2022. Plus nurses continue to be the largest single component of hospital staff as the primary providers of patient care. But beyond the numbers, our unique Jesuit philosophy of caring for the whole person not only develops your intellect but also your sense of empathy—a quality that goes beyond a resumé.
MSN: Direct Entry as Second Degree - MIDAS Program - This is a 20-month full-time pre-licensure MSN program offered onsite at the main campus.
Accelerated BSN - Connect with your true calling in as little as 16 months.
Graduates are prepared to be leaders in addressing the complexity of 21st-century health care and health care outcomes.
Offered at main campus and video-conferencing at partner sites for: