Frequently Asked Questions about the MSN Program

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Is this program accredited?

This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the premier accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs.

This program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN).

Are certificates available with this program?

This program is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation (AHNCC). Only twelve universities in the nation currently have this endorsement, and this endorsement permits graduates to sit for the Holistic Nurse Certification (HNC) examination.
Xavier University is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.

Will my degree say ‘online’?

No. The degree is from Xavier University, and is awarded on meeting coursework standards that are independent of course delivery mode.

Is this a nationally recognized program?

Yes! Xavier University and the School of Nursing have been consistently nationally recognized. Some examples of our accolades include:

  • Top 100 Best Nursing Schools (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #6 Best Colleges — Regional Universities (Midwest) (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #6 Best Colleges for Veterans (U.S. News & World Report, Regional Midwest Colleges)
  • #29 Graduate Health Care Management in the nation (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Top 100 Graduate Occupational therapy in the nation (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #10 in Undergraduate Entrepreneurship in nation (U.S. News & World Report)
  • One of the Best Business Schools in the Nation by Princeton Review.

Do online courses charge a different rate?

No, online courses charge the same rate as all other courses.

How will I interact with my instructor and other students?

Students may find that they can get to know their professor/instructor and other students better in an online course than in a traditional face-to-face course. There are many options for interacting with your instructors and classmates in your online program, including discussion boards, video or audio files from your instructor, email, and video conferencing; these are only some of the options available for interaction and interaction in each course will vary.

How long are the classes?

All courses are offered in eight-week time periods. However, summer courses may be shorter and some courses may span two eight-week periods. Upon acceptance advisors will work with each student to select courses.

How many classes can students take at one time?

Part-time students will generally take one class in an 8-week session. Students who wish to take two classes in an 8-week session may do so pending course availability.

Will students be expected to participate at a specific time during this course?

Participation expectations vary by professor. Courses will be asynchronous with no set meeting times; however, professors have the option of including synchronous online sessions in their courses. Faculty in this program are very sensitive to the need for flexibility of working professionals.

How are the classes structured?

Online courses include components such as readings, activities, video lectures, discussion boards and other peer interaction, tests/quizzes, and group projects. Most courses do not include mandatory synchronous meeting times; however, they are synchronously paced – students progress through the course together according to the scheduled course content and activities.

Xavier prides itself on upholding the value of “cura personalis”, or “care of the whole person” in its classes. Faculty maintain those values in our online courses by constructing activities that build a sense of community among participants, and by making themselves available for questions and instructional support.