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School of Nursing and Health Sciences


Graduate Nursing Program

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 tracks 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 certification.
  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.

All graduate nursing tracks are offered in an online format.

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

Nursing Program Faculty

M. Poradzisz, Interim Dean, Nursing; C. Beck; C. Bermele; T. Dorau; M.J. Dunne; L. Fairclough; P. Gallagher, A. Fry; L. Garrison; B. Gawron; C. Gillen: D. Heliker; P. Jackson; P. Kelly; E. McCann; L. Meneghini; T. Miller; K. Moran; M. Murphy-Smith; M. Pet; M. Rabbitte; J. Reilly; Z. Samawi, K. Soso; M. Tiberg; L. Watson; C. Wilson; K. Wood, B. Zic

Communication Sciences and Disorders Program

The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program provides a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. The program includes 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.