MSN/MSCJ Dual Degree

Xavier University’s School of Nursing and Department of Criminal Justice have a dual degree program resulting in both a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) degree. The 100% online dual program prepares graduates to assume professional leadership roles that encompass educational, consultative, and managerial functions. They are prepared to design and establish delivery services in response to current health care policy changes.

About the Program

Developed to complement the forensics track of Xavier University’s Master of Science in nursing program, the new MSN/MSCJ program is an integrated degree program consisting of 47 credit hours. Under the dual degree program, students can obtain both degrees simultaneously in significantly less time than pursuing both degrees separately.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to function in non-traditional roles within the criminal justice system and address the changing needs of the nation to prepare nurses in bioterrorism and disaster planning.


MSN/MSCJ dual degree objectives include:

  • Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the humanities and the sciences, including nursing, and evaluate it for its use in guiding nursing research and practice.
  • Exhibit competence and confidence when assuming role responsibilities as a graduate with advanced level preparation.
  • Exemplify moral and ethical leadership through a concern for others, the management of nursing care, and a commitment to professional excellence in the delivery of health care and the profession.
  • Evaluate issues and opportunities in health care delivery from ethical, sociopolitical, technological, and historical frameworks while providing leadership for change.
  • Validate and extend nursing knowledge through interpretation of and collaboration in nursing research.
  • Communicate orally and in writing in a scholarly manner.
  • Develop in-depth knowledge in a concentrated area of study.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for understanding the dynamics of criminal and delinquent behavior, the nature and scope of the crime and delinquency complex in contemporary society, and the current efforts by the criminal justice system to address these issues.
  • Comprehend important questions. Present “state of the art” conceptual information and impact upon attitudes and “human skills”.

Forensic Track Objectives

  • Interface with health care and criminal justice systems.
  • Apply forensic nursing principles to the promotion of health care and safety in the community
  • Promote early identification and prevent potential abuse of children, adults, and the elderly.
  • Discuss trauma, death and the collection, preservation and documentation of related evidence.
  • Apply expert witness skills and legal consultation in investigations related to violence and trauma.

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