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School of Nursing

Nursing Learning Outcomes

Saint Xavier University is dedicated to providing top-quality education that is intentionally designed to develop your skills and expertise as you prepare for the next step in your education or career. The learning outcomes reflect the specific competencies that you will gain from our nursing program, while the curriculum map portrays how these competencies will shape and prepare you for the real world.

Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate Nursing Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

These student learning outcomes apply for all undergraduate BSN degree programs. Students will:

  • Synthesize theory and research-based knowledge from nursing and the liberal arts and sciences as a foundation for professional nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate effective communication, negotiation and collaboration skills with diverse clients.
  • Integrate critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, rational inquiry, problem-solving skills and creativity in professional nursing practice.
  • Perform comprehensive assessment of clients using current technologies and data from organizations and health care systems.
  • Utilize evidence-based practice to design, manage, evaluate and coordinate health care in diverse settings with interdisciplinary team members.
  • Provide competent care that is culturally sensitive and respectful to the health care needs of diverse populations.
  • Use traditional and developing methods of discovering, retrieving and managing information in nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate accountability in nursing practice based on professional values of respect, caring and justice.
  • Synthesize knowledge of health care delivery systems, social policies and environmental factors and their effect on clients.
  • Demonstrate political awareness by participating in professional activities that affect the practice of nursing globally.
  • Commit to lifelong learning and professional development.

Graduate Nursing Learning Outcomes

Master of Science in Nursing

The following statements are the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program learning outcomes that are met by graduates in all MSN tracks. In addition, each MSN track prepares graduates to meet the competencies required for their specialty (Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Leader, Executive Leader or Nurse Educator).

  • Synthesize knowledge from other disciplines within nursing theory, research and policy to improve health care delivery and outcomes.
  • Assume a leadership role in designing, providing and coordinating comprehensive care in complex and varied settings.
  • Lead initiatives to improve quality, safety and communication in the management and provision of health care.
  • Translate evidence into practice to improve patient and population outcomes.
  • Evaluate outcomes of care through analysis of aggregate data and appropriate application of informatics and health care technologies.
  • Advocate for patients/populations, the profession and health-promoting policies across the health care continuum.
  • Apply professional standards within a framework of ethical decision-making and an awareness of personal and professional values and beliefs.
  • Practice in collaborative and interdependent relationships with diverse patients, populations and colleagues across a variety of health care settings.
  • Design patient/population-centered and culturally responsive strategies in the delivery of clinical prevention and health promotion services.
  • Engage in professional behaviors that promote lifelong learning and accountability for practice while serving as a role model.

Curriculum Maps

Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum Map

If you would like to learn more about what you can expect from the program, please review the following:

Graduate Nursing Curriculum Map

If you would like to learn more about what you can expect from the program, please review the Graduate Nursing Curriculum Map (PDF).