"Success with Purpose" is the hallmark of a Saint Xavier University education that is grounded in the tradition of liberal arts. SXU offers graduate and post-graduate programs that are recognized and respected by employers and delivered by professional faculty who are experts in their fields. Founded in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy, SXU is Chicago's oldest Catholic University, and it is recognized as one of the top 40 comprehensive master's universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2010.
Saint Xavier University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission,1 and SXU's School of Education holds accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).2 SXU's School of Nursing's graduate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accrediting body of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).3 In addition, Saint Xavier's School of Nursing has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the National League of Nursing for a second consecutive three-year term, effective through 2013. SXU is among one of only 17 nursing programs in the country that have been awarded this prominent designation.
Schools that want to perform well need teachers and curriculum experts with advanced knowledge of innovative, effective instructional techniques-the type of knowledge offered in SXU's MA in Curriculum and Instruction. Designed for those working in K-12 education or higher education, this online master's program focuses on literacy, diversity, integration of technology and an interdisciplinary perspective in education. The MA in Curriculum and Instruction does not require a teaching certificate to enroll in the program and is transferable from state to state, so students may be eligible for jobs in many different areas.
This graduate degree is for nurses who want to hone their clinical expertise and take on the challenge of identifying and instituting more effective methods of patient care. The skills learned can be applied to most clinical settings, including: hospitals, doctors' offices, rehabilitation centers, hospices and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. The curriculum prepares students for the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification exam.
This program gives nurses the high-level perspective and critical skills needed to manage a nursing department or unit. Coursework covers vital aspects of an administrative role including: assessment and implementation of quality and safety measurements, budgeting, project management, strategic planning and patient communications. The curriculum prepares students for Nurse Executive, Advanced certification exam (NEA-BC).
For nurses who have a master's degree in nursing or are currently earning one in SXU's online MSN program, this certificate prepares students for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam and reduces the teaching experience requirement. Nurse practitioners, nurse administrators, and clinical specialists who want to impart their knowledge and expertise will find the program an excellent fit.
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1North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604, (800) 621-7440, www.ncahlc.org.
2National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 2010 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 466-7496,www.ncate.org.
3American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 463-6930, www.aacn.org.