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School of Nursing


Saint Xavier University School of Nursing offers an accredited graduate nursing program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. A joint MSN/MBA is offered in conjunction with the Graham School of Management.

The purposes of the graduate program in nursing are to:

  1. Prepare registered professional nurses to meet current and future health care needs of populations through advanced nursing practice and transformative leadership, grounded in Mercy values.
  2. Provide a foundation for research or practice-focused doctoral study in nursing.

The graduate program offers options in:

Three Post-Master's Certificates are available:

  1. Clinical Leader: This certificate enables a nurse who already has earned a master's degree in nursing to become prepared as a clinical nurse leader and sit for the national CNL exam.
  2. Family Nurse Practitioner: This certificate enables a nurse who already has earned a master's degree in nursing to become prepared as a family nurse practitioner and sit for the national FNP certification exam.
  3. Nurse Educator: This certificate provides an opportunity for a nurse with a master's degree to specialize in nursing education and sit for the CNE exam.

The Special Entry Option (SEO) allows certain registered nurses who have earned baccalaureate degrees in areas other than nursing to work toward a master's degree in nursing without completing the nursing baccalaureate. This option will allow greater educational flexibility for registered nurses, minimize duplication of previous learning and provide the opportunity to obtain an advanced degree in nursing.

Note: Students pursuing the SEO will NOT receive a BSN, which may be required by the military and some employers.

Graduate nursing specialty courses in the Family Nurse Practitioner track are offered at the main Chicago campus. FNP students will take core courses online. The Clinical Leadership, Executive Leadership, and Nurse Educator tracks and the Nurse Educator Post-Master's Certificate are offered in an online format (online MSN information).

The master's program in nursing at Saint Xavier University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The School of Nursing reserves the right to amend policies and procedures, and other program information as necessary. All changes will be communicated promptly.