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Why Study Nursing at a Center For Excellence?

There has never been a better time to pursue a graduate degree in nursing.

A growing demand for nurses at all levels means nurses command top pay and benefits and choose from a selection of positions. That’s not likely to change anytime soon. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 31% more graduate-trained nurses will be needed in 2022 than were needed in 2012.

There is a caveat though, especially for those that want to seek top jobs as graduate-prepared nurses: It’s vital to hold a degree from a top, CCNE-accredited institution. The online Master of Science in nursing program at Saint Xavier University School of Nursing is among the elite programs designated as Centers of Excellence (COE) by the National League for Nursing (NLN). The accredited schools with COE designations are in a rarified class of schools that serve as exemplars of excellence, integrity, diversity and caring. Those that receive this designation are expected to share their experience, knowledge, and wisdom for the benefit of everyone in nursing education. They are expected to provide guidance and remain available as sounding boards to other nursing programs that aim to achieve COE status.

To understand why that’s meaningful, it’s important to understand the basics: The NLN Accreditation Commission is one of only two accrediting bodies that review schools’ policies, curricula, financial standing and boards of trustees and instructors. The other is the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, or CCNE. Graduating from a school accredited by NLN or the CCNE is imperative for graduates who seek to move ahead with their education and careers.

Finally, each year, students enrolled in COE schools have an opportunity to express their thoughts on the meaning of excellence in nursing education, what fosters excellence and what it means to them to be part of a COE-designated nursing program.

Of course, you don’t want to choose a nursing school based only on prestige. Specialization, career advancement opportunities (including the credentials to become a nurse educator) and online study geared toward adults who need flexible schedules are among factors to be considered.

Saint Xavier's School of Nursing offers all of those assets in top graduate programs that prepare candidates for degrees in:

MS in Nursing with Executive Leadership and Clinical Leadership Tracks

There’s little question that nurses with the highest levels of education, skills and experience are in great demand at top medical and health institutions throughout the United States and beyond. Those that want to join the elite ranks of nursing leaders -- the main decision makers in the fast-moving, technologically advanced health care world -- need look no further than the online program at Saint Xavier University, recently cited for excellence by U.S. News & World Report. Both the Executive Leadership track, designed for nursing administration leaders, and the Clinical Leadership track, for those that want to stay close to patient care, offer unparalleled training in a flexible program designed for professionals ready to guide nurses in a variety of settings.

The Clinical Leadership (CL) Certificate Program

Registered nurses who already have master's degrees in another nursing specialization needn’t step away from their already rewarding jobs to prepare for the CNL certification exam offered by the Commission on Nurse Certification, an independent arm of the American Association of College of Nursing. The Saint Xavier University certificate program allows nurses to pursue the required core courses and CL practicum courses to ensure they will achieve top scores on the CNL certification exam.

Nurse Educator Certificate

As nursing has evolved at a rapid pace, especially in the past few decades, the smartest, savviest nurse educators are in high demand. Those that want to join their ranks often face the dilemma of how to do so without sacrificing the quality they deliver in their current high-profile positions. Saint Xavier University’s online Nurse Educator certificate program offers candidates career flexibility while using classroom and hands-on practice needed to thrive as educators in public health classes, hospitals, schools of nursing and beyond.

The bottom line: Not only has there never been a better time to pursue a graduate degree in nursing, but there’s never been a better time to pursue that degree at Saint Xavier University's School of Nursing.