Saint Xavier University

Chicago-based Saint Xavier University was founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Mercy in honor of their leader, Mother Francis Xavier Ward.  Saint Xavier University claims several firsts including being the oldest Mercy higher education institution in the world and the oldest Catholic higher education institution in Chicago.

Over 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in Saint Xavier University in their five colleges and schools, which are the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, Graham School of Management, School of Nursing and School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Overview of Programs, Certificates and Degrees

  • Offers  2 online masters degree and 1 certificate program
  • Campus-based undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs are offered

Online Nursing and Health Care Degrees Review

Saint Xavier University values focusing on underserved populations and remedying health disparities in the field.  In 2010, the nursing school was renamed as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN) re-designated the School of Nursing.

Online Master’s Degrees in Nursing

Saint Xavier University offers a Master in Nursing Executive Leadership and Clinical Leadership.  The Executive Leadership programs trains nurses to work exclusively in an administrative role, managing a unit or department.  Training focuses on the following areas of specialization:

  • Assessment and implementation of quality and safety measurements
  • Understanding systems of communication with colleagues and patients
  • Budgeting
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning

The Master’s in Nursing Clinical Leadership program is for nurses who desire to work with patients while holding leadership duties.  Areas of specialization in the course include:

  • Interpreting aggregate data
  • Assessing Microsystems
  • Collaborating with members of other disciplines
  • Appraising evidence
  • Designing and implementing projects to improve patient care

Duration and Cost

Both master’s programs are 38 credits.  Tuition is $790 per credit.

Online Certificates in Nursing       

The online Nurse Educator Certificate program at Saint Xavier University trains aspiring Nurse Educators both in theory and through practical opportunities in the classroom.  Not only do students study teaching methods, but also how to adapt programs to a specific setting whether nursing schools, hospitals or health courses for the public. The program is for nurses who hold or are in the process of obtaining a master’s degree in nursing.  The program can be completed in conjunction with the master’s program at Saint Xavier University.  Specific areas of training in the certificate program as outlined by Saint Xavier University include:

  • Educational theory for adult learners
  • Curriculum design
  • How to create course objectives
  • Lesson Planning
  • Student evaluation techniques
  • Curriculum evaluation

Duration and Cost

Tuition for the online nursing certificate program is $790 per credit.  The program is 9 credit hours and can be completed in less than one year.


Over 80% of faculty at Saint Xavier University hold a terminal degree in their field.  The majority of nursing faculty hold or in the process of earning a PhD.

Things to consider:

  • The master’s program requires a 3 day-on campus session.
  • Students are required to complete a clinical practicum applying concepts from the master’s degree.


Saint Xavier University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  The online nursing master’s degree and certificate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Saint Xavier University
3700 West 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655