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Online Nursing Programs — MSN and Graduate Certificates

Step Into Leadership — Today


For over 75 years, Saint Xavier University has trained nurses like you to step into nurse leadership. SXU’s online graduate nursing programs prepare you to take on advanced practice roles in today’s challenging and rapidly changing health care environment. 

Earn a graduate education from an institution that has been named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing and Ranked a Top 5 Online Graduate Nursing Program by U.S. News & World Report.

National League for Nursing Logo. Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development 2007 through 2023.

The Online MSN Program

Focus your studies for the nursing leadership path of your choice with SXU’s online MSN program. Upon completing this program, you’ll be prepared to apply a combination of management, business, and clinical skills to make an impact in patient care or education.


Online MSN Leadership Tracks

  • MSN – Clinical Leadership: Learn to become a clinical leader at the point of care with a focus on care coordination, risk assessment, quality improvement, outcome evaluation, communication and leadership, and the implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • MSN – Executive Leadership: Gain the strategic perspective and critical skills to manage a nursing department or nursing division effectively and safely.
  • MSN – Nurse Educator: Develop teaching techniques specific to the nursing context and how to adapt them to different settings—such as public health classes, hospitals, and schools of nursing.

Online Graduate Certificates

These certificate programs offer nurses who already hold an MSN the opportunity to add another nursing specialization to their skill set.

  • Nurse Educator Certificate
  • Clinical Leadership Certificate


Online MSN Core Curriculum

  • Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Nursing Inquiry
  • Health Care Systems and Financing
  • Epidemiology and Population Based Health Care
  • Communication, Culture, Collaboration, and Conflict in Health Care
  • Information Technology and Health Care Outcomes


Common Nursing Leadership Careers

Chief Nursing Officer
Director of Nursing
Unit Director
Nurse Manager
Nursing Supervisor
Clinical Coordinator


A Degree You Can Afford

At Saint Xavier University, we are committed to providing students with a superior graduate education. It is our goal to make a Saint Xavier University graduate degree affordable. We strive to keep tuition costs reasonable and offer financial aid assistance to those students who qualify.


"The skills I have learned at SXU have been invaluable. I have become a better manager of care on a patient-specific level, I have become passionate for incorporating evidence-based practice and have been able to implement communication and collaboration skills that were learned when working with the interdisciplinary care team.”
— Lisa LeBlanc
Assistant Professor of Nursing


“Coming from bedside nursing, this new perspective gave me a better understanding of the bigger picture through a new lens. The fact that this program allowed for a better work/school/family balance really helped drive the decision. Saint Xavier University provided an invaluable experience to further my education and lead me to a position I didn’t necessarily know I was interested in pursuing. It was a great decision and I am very glad to have had this opportunity which will only help in any future path I take.”
— Kim DiClemente, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CNL Coordinator, Quality Analytics
Nurse Coordinator

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an NLNAC or CCNE-accredited program is required to apply to the Master of Science in Nursing and graduate certificate programs.

Alumni Loyalty Scholarship

Saint Xavier University alumni who have earned their undergraduate degree can now receive a scholarship upon admission to a graduate degree program at the university. For more information, please speak with an admissions adviser.

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