Saint Xavier University Nursing

School of Nursing

Online Nursing Programs

Take learning into your own hands! No need to fight traffic or leave work early when you can take online classes from anywhere in the world -- even in the comfort of your own home. With Saint Xavier University's online nursing programs, you can continue your nursing career while earning a bachelor's or master's degree or graduate or post-graduate certificate.

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RN to BSN Online Option

The RN to BSN online option is a Bachelor of Science degree awarded through the School of Nursing to currently licensed registered nurses who have completed an associate degree in nursing (ADN) from an accredited school of nursing.

Master of Nursing Online Tracks

MSN Clinical Leadership (CL) Track

The Clinical Leadership (CL) track is a master's level program of study that is built upon the competencies stated in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Working Paper on the Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader (Revised July 2007).

The CNL is prepared to practice in clinical leadership roles in settings throughout the health care delivery system. This individual assumes accountability for health care outcomes for a specific group of clients within a unit or setting. Utilizing research-based information, the CNL designs, implements and evaluates client plans of care. This individual, with expertise in nursing leadership, clinical outcome management and care environment management, is eligible to sit for the CNL certification examination which is administered by AACN. For additional information about the CNL role, consult the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Frequently Asked Questions on CNL.


The clinical leadership curriculum includes core courses that provide a foundation for advanced nursing practice and specialty courses that prepare the student to assume the role of a clinical nurse leader in a micro-system setting within the health care delivery system.

MSN Executive Leadership (EL) Track

The Executive Leadership (EL) track is designed to prepare nurses for administrative roles in nursing and health care settings. The Executive Leadership track provides the knowledge and skills for roles as nurse managers, directors and other leadership across settings. Upon completion of the EL Track, the graduate will have the academic qualifications for certification as a nurse executive. Certification examinations given by either the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) or the American Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing Center require appropriate employment experience to be eligible to take the certification exams.

MSN Nurse Educator (NE) Track

The Nurse Educator (NE) is prepared to practice in faculty or other educator roles in the health care delivery system. The NE utilizes in-depth knowledge in an identified area of advanced nursing practice and health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology to teach students, nurses, patients, and caregivers across the continuum of care in a variety of settings. The NE track provides students with the knowledge and skills to meet the National League for Nursing (NLN) Core Competencies for the Academic Nurse Educator. Upon completion of the program, this individual is eligible to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) certification exam offered by the NLN.

Online Graduate and Post-Graduate Certificates

Nurse Educator Certificate

The Nurse Educator certificate program covers teaching techniques specific to the nursing context and how to adapt them to different settings, like public health classes, hospitals and schools of nursing. You'll hone your teaching skills by preparing, presenting and evaluating actual classes during a guided practicum, giving you valuable hands-on experience.

Clinical Leadership Certificate

The Clinical Leadership (CL) Post-master's Certificate Program is designed for registered nurses who already hold a master's degree in another nursing specialization and want to become eligible to take the CL certification exam. CL certification is offered by the Commission on Nurse Certification, an arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the recognized standard for clinical nursing knowledge.

To apply to the CL Certificate Program, students must hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree and have a minimum of 3.0 GPA. Each applicant will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine which courses are necessary for the certificate based on previous coursework.

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Graduate Programs

Want to know more about the School of Nursing's graduate programs at Saint Xavier? Please fill out the SON Graduate Programs form.


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