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School of Nursing and Health Sciences


Saint Xavier University School of Nursing and Health Sciences 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.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences also includes the Communication Science and Disorders Department. The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department has a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology that offers students a program of academic and clinical preparation that meets the requirements of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, the requirements for Illinois State Licensure to practice as a speech-language pathologist, and the requirements for a Professional Educator License endorsed in Speech-Language Pathology Non-Teaching to work as a speech-language pathologist in Illinois public schools. Detailed information about the Communication Sciences and Disorders program and the graduate Speech-Language Pathology program, faculty, admission and program requirements can be found on their respective catalog page.

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