College of Nursing Graduate Programs

MSN Direct Entry As Second Degree: MIDAS Program

This is the entry point to a Master of Science in Nursing for the mature, goal-directed individual who has a bachelor's degree in another discipline who wishes to be a licensed registered nurse (RN).

The 20 month MIDAS program (two academic years with a summer in between) is a full-time program of study. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is awarded the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Exam-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).

The Xavier MIDAS program is unique in that it imbeds the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role. The MIDAS graduate, after obtaining RN licensure, is eligible to sit for the clinical nurse leader certification examination. The clinical nurse leader is a generalist clinician with education at the master's degree level who delivers nursing care at the point of care. The CNL role is a national initiative developed in 2004 by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to address fragmentation in health care delivery. It is a proactive, integrative and comprehensive role that assists direct care providers in bringing the best of health care science and practice to the point of care. For further information regarding the CNL role, visit the AACN website

The MIDAS student is also prepared as a holistic nurse. A holistic nurse and his/her client mutually plan goals that facilitate wellness, health, healing and well-being. After obtaining RN licensure, the MIDAS student is eligible to sit for the holistic nurse certification examination.

See also:

MIDAS, Master of Science in Nursing Direct Entry as a 2nd Degree Program

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Second-Degree Undergraduate Accelerated BSN

Xavier University also offers a 16 month undergraduate second-degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing for students with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field.

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Contact Information

Marilyn Gomez, M.Ed.
Assistant Dean
Xavier University College of Nursing
gomez@xavier.edu