The MSN/MS-CJ program at Xavier University is an integrated program, whereby the student will receive two separate degrees – the Master of Science in Nursing (forensic concentration) and the Master of Science with a major 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/MS-CJ program was developed to compliment the forensics 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.
The curriculum consists of a minimum of 46 semester credit hours. The core courses include theoretical and practical knowledge, which serve as the foundation for advanced nursing practice. Core courses focus on three major themes which are consistent with the philosophy for the graduate programs: critical systematic inquiry, professional and personal development, and management of information and resources in a rapidly changing health care environment. Additional courses in the MSN/MS-CJ dual degree emphasize forensic and criminal justice principles and skills that enhance the variety roles in nursing forensics and criminal justice in which graduates may be employed.