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 via the Educational Mobility Option, or
- 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