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. See MIDAS information and curriculum at www.xavier.edu/msn/midas. See admission for MSN MIDAS at www.xavier.edu/msn/msn-midas-admission.cfm.
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 ten are elective credits. Students may customize their course of study or select their electives from a focused track of study.
Objectives of the MSN Program
Core nursing and graduate support courses provide a foundation and with the opportunity to obtain advanced level preparation in nursing science.
Graduates of the MSN program are prepared to assume professional leadership roles that encompass educational, consultative, and managerial functions. They are also prepared to design and establish delivery services in response to current health care policy changes.
The graduate of the program of study leading to the Master of Science in Nursing degree will:
- 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.
- Communicate orally and in writing in a scholarly manner.
- Develop in-depth knowledge in a concentrated area of study.
The point of entry into the MSN for registered nurses is determined by educational background:
- Direct entry for RNs with a BSN
- Direct entry for associate degree or diploma prepared registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in another field
- Entry via the RN to MSN program for associate or diploma prepared registered nurses without a bachelor’s degree. This entry point requires the completion of bridge courses prior to matriculation to the MSN program.
Admission Requirements: www.xavier.edu/msn/Admission.cfm
Requirements for the MSN degree
Nursing Core (20 semester hours, 17 semester hours FNP, MIDAS)
Synthesis & Application for Registered Nurses (6 semester hours)
Administration, Education, Forensics, General Studies, Health Care Law and Informatics tracks:
Clinical Nurse Leader track:
- NURS 559 - CNL Clinical Practicum Microsystem Assessment
- NURS 603 - CNL Microsystem Intervention Practicum
- NURS 855 - CNL Leadership Scholarly Project
- NURS 859 - Leadership Practicum for RNs
Family Nurse Practitioner track
- NURS 777 - FNP in Practice Practicum
- NURS 778 - FNP in Practice
MSN MIDAS - See MIDAS curriculum
Track (Minimum of 10 semester hours)
Clinical Nurse Leader Track:
- NURS 558 - Introduction to CNL for RNs
- NURS 602 - Applying CNL Concepts to RNs
- NURS 658 - Advanced Clinical Pharmacology
- NURS 680 - Adv. Pathophysiology for RNs
- NURS 756 - Advanced Health Assessment RN
- NURS 559 - CNL Practicum Micro Sys Assess *
- NURS 603 - Microsystem Intervention Practicum *
- NURS 855 - CNL Leadership for Quality*
- NURS 859 - Leadership Practicum*
*Clinical Nurse track: NURS 559, 603, 855, 859 instead of NURS 703, 705, 797
Family Nurse Practitioner Track:
Courses restricted to FNP students.
FNP Track Notes:
- Each practicum credit hour is eight clinical hours: 1:8.
- The total number of practicum hours required for the FNP is 600.
- A total of 47 hours is required - with a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.000.
- & are required instead of NURS 703 & NURS 705 (See MSN General Curriculum)
General Studies Track:
Customize course of study. Choose courses from any of these tracks Administration, Education, Clinical Nurse Leader, Forensics, Health Care Law, or Informatics. May serve as a path to a future goal.
- A minimum of 36 credit hours is required, with a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.000.