College of Nursing Graduate Programs

Nursing (Graduate) - Dual Degree Program - MSN/MSCJ

The MSN/MSCJ program at Xavier University is an integrated program consisting of 46 semester credit hours. The student will receive two separate degrees, the Master of Science in Nursing (forensic track) and the Master of Science in Criminal Justice. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Xavier University provides nurses with 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 in response to current health care policy changes.

This integrated MSN/MSCJ program was developed to compliment the forensic track of the MSN program. Graduates are prepared to function in non-traditional roles within the criminal justice system and address the changing needs of the nation to prepare nurses in bioterrorism and disaster planning.

According to the American Board of Forensic Nursing, forensic nursing is the application of science and the art of nursing to both criminal and civil investigations and legal matters. The forensics track is intended to prepare nursing graduate students for further studies in various clinical roles such as sexual assault nurse examiner, forensic psychiatric nurse, legal nurse consultant, forensic nursing death investigator and/or nurse coroner.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is multidisciplinary and designed for those persons who wish to search for new answers, be part of an ever-developing knowledge base, adjust attitudes or sharpen skills required to address the complex issues in the criminal justice system in a free society.

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MSN/MSCJ dual degree objectives include:

  • Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the humanities and the sciences, including nursing, and evaluate it for its use in guiding nursing research and practice.
  • Exhibit competence and confidence when assuming role responsibilities as a graduate with advanced level preparation.
  • Exemplify moral and ethical leadership through a concern for others, the management of nursing care, and a commitment to professional excellence in the delivery of health care and the profession.
  • Evaluate issues and opportunities in health care delivery from ethical, sociopolitical, technological, and historical frameworks while providing leadership for change.
  • Validate and extend nursing knowledge through interpretation of and collaboration in nursing research.
  • Apply forensic nursing principles to the promotion of health care and safety in the community.
  • Promote early identification and prevent potential abuse of children, adults, and the elderly.
  • Discuss trauma and death and the collection, preservation and documentation of related evidence.
  • Apply expert witness skills and legal consultation in investigations related to violence and trauma.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for understanding the dynamics of criminal and delinquent behavior, the nature and scope of the crime and delinquency complex in contemporary society, and the current efforts by the criminal justice system to address these issues.
  • Comprehend important questions. Present "state of the art" conceptual information and impact upon attitudes and "human skills".