Direct Entry MSN Program (MIDAS)

Program Features

Earn Your MSN Without a BSN

Are you looking to start a new career as a leader in the field of nursing? Xavier University’s accelerated second degree direct entry Master of Science in Nursing program (MIDAS) is designed to prepare students who have bachelor's degrees in non-nursing fields of study to become registered nurses—no BSN required.

Xavier University’s campus-based, direct entry MSN program trains students to provide expert care and patient advocacy through clinical experiences and courses in ethics, psychiatric nursing, family nursing, adult medical-surgical nursing, pharmacology and more.

By the end of this 20-month, full-time program, you’ll be awarded a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Exam-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) exam. You’ll also be prepared to sit for the Holistic Nurse Certification (HNC) and the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Certification Examination upon passing the NCLEX exam.

Upcoming MSN MIDAS Information Session

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. (EST)
Offered in person on Xavier’s beautiful campus and virtually on Zoom. Register Here.


Prospective students may apply for admission year-round. Applications are reviewed beginning in late January for the upcoming fall semester entry term – the fall semester begins approximately the third week in August. Admission is offered to qualified, strong applicants on a rolling basis.

No application fee is required. Required are official transcripts for all college and university coursework, official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, three recommendations, an essay and a resume. Grades for pre-requisite courses in progress must be submitted to the College of Nursing by the date designated in the acceptance letter.

NOTE: A past felony or misdemeanor conviction may result in disqualification for the state licensure examination (as outlined in Section 4723.28 of the Ohio Revised Code).

Info Sessions

The College of Nursing is hosting a Question and Answer Information session regarding the MIDAS program on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. (EST). The info session will provide an opportunity for you to meet the Director of the MSN MIDAS program and other faculty and staff members to ask questions that you may have regarding our accelerated second degree direct entry Master of Science in Nursing program (MIDAS). We hope you can join us for this informal session which will be offered in person on Xavier’s beautiful campus AND virtually on Zoom. Register for the session here




  • NURS 550 - Nursing Perspectives I............ 3cr.
  • NURS 501 - Theoretical Bases for Nursing Practice............ 3cr.
  • NURS 502 - Nursing Research............ 3cr.
  • NURS 552 - Art and Science of Nursing............ 4cr.
  • NURS 553 - Art and Science of Nursing Practicum............ 2cr.
  • NURS 554 - Essentials of Pathophysiology............ 3cr.


  • NURS 560 - Nursing Perspectives II............ 3cr.
  • NURS 562 - Art and Science of Family Nursing............ 4cr.
  • NURS 563 - Art and Science of Family Nursing Practicum............ 2cr.
  • NURS 564 - Art and Science of Adult Nursing............ 4cr.
  • NURS 565 - Art and Science of Adult Nursing Practicum............ 2cr.


  • NURS 650 - Art and Science of Advanced Nursing............ 6cr.
  • NURS 651 - Art and Science of Advanced Nursing Practicum............ 3cr.
  • NURS 652 - Art and Science of Psychiatric Nursing............ 2cr.
  • NURS 653 - Art and Science of Psychiatric Nursing Practicum............ 1cr.
  • NURS 654 - Advanced Pharmacology............ 2cr.
  • NURS 656 - Advanced Pathophysiology............ 2cr.


  • NURS 750 - Nursing Perspectives III............ 3cr.
  • NURS 864 - Epidemiologic Methods in Health Care............ 3cr.
  • NURS 752 - Community Nursing/Public Health Policy............ 4cr.
  • NURS 753 - Community Nursing/Public Health Policy Practicum............ 2cr.
  • NURS 754 - Management Concepts............ 3cr.


  • NURS 850 - Nursing Perspectives IV............ 3cr.
  • NURS 500 - Health Care Ethics for Nursing Leaders............ 3cr.
  • NURS 857 - Leadership Practicum & Scholarly Project............ 6cr.
  • NURS 854 - Advanced Informatics............ 3cr.

Tuition and Fees

The MIDAS program requires 79 semester hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Accreditations and Endorsements

Five Xavier nursing students in navy blue scrubs write on paper in a clinical setting

Xavier’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN). Xavier University is one of only 17 schools endorsed nationally by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation.

Clinical Experience Opportunities

Two Xavier students learn bedside care from a nursing instructor in a nursing simulation lab

With a strong, expansive network of health care partners, Xavier University provides some of the best clinical placements of any nursing school in Ohio. Xavier maintains agency agreements with more than 30 agencies in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Simulation Labs

students in a nursing simulation laboratory learning to provide care

Xavier's state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratories supplement students' clinical experiences by providing futuristic learning environments. Using human patient simulators, students have the opportunity to participate in simulated challenging, real-life scenarios.

Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing at Xavier

Direct Entry MSN Program (MIDAS) at Xavier University

The accelerated second degree direct entry Master of Science in Nursing program (MIDAS) at Xavier University is a community-based, holistic program focused on a health and wellness model that educates future nurses in the skills of communication, coordination and cooperation with other health-care professionals. Graduates are qualified to sit for the registered nurse licensure examination, clinical nurse leader certification and for the holistic nurse certification examination.

Xavier University’s College of Nursing prepares undergraduate and graduate students as professional nurses to meet the needs of diverse populations in an ever-changing, highly technical health-care environment. Graduates have the skills to practice nursing today and to be nurse leaders tomorrow in holistic health-care delivery with an educational foundation grounded in Jesuit values. Our graduates are well-respected in the health-care community as knowledgeable, professional, and ethical and prepared to excel in meeting challenges in health-care delivery. Xavier’s Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."