As a vital force in the health care profession, nurses today are assuming greater responsibilities and more diverse roles in patient care. The graduate nursing program at Saint Xavier University prepares nurses to assume leadership and advanced practice roles in this challenging and rapidly changing health care environment.
Saint Xavier University School of Nursing's graduate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accrediting body of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
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 healthcare 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 microsystem setting within the health care delivery system.
The executive (EL) option 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..
The family nurse practitioner program prepares professional nurses as specialists in the delivery of primary care services to individuals and families in a wide variety of settings. The program emphasizes health promotion and wellness as well as the management of common and complex health problems. Graduates are eligible to take the family nurse practitioner certification exam.
There are two options for participating in the family nurse practitioner program.
- as one of three options under the graduate program, or
- as post graduate option; this program enables a nurse who already holds a master’s degree in nursing to be prepared as a family nurse practitioner
The master of science in nursing and master of business administration joint master degree program combines the strengths of two schools within Saint Xavier University: the School of Nursing and the Graham School of Management. The MSN/MBA program is designed to meet the needs of those individuals desiring to serve in middle or senior level management positions in hospitals or community health care agencies. The curriculum consists of a combination of the master’s degree requirements within both nursing and business.