School of Nursing

The School of Nursing offers a bachelor's degree in nursing. The basic pre-licensure option prepares an individual to become a registered professional nurse. The Advance LPN/BSN Option allows the licensed practical nurse to transition into the baccalaureate pre-licensure program within a reduced time frame. The Accelerated-BSN (A-BSN) Option allows the student with an earned baccalaureate degree to move through the baccalaureate pre-licensure program within a reduced time frame. Baccalaureate education in nursing prepares an individual for personal and professional growth. Through liberal education, baccalaureate-nursing graduates are prepared to participate in multifaceted environments. The core of knowledge within the program provides a foundation for thinking in critical and creative ways. The baccalaureate curriculum is designed to prepare the graduate to practice as a generalist independently or collaboratively with other health professionals in the areas of health promotion, risk reduction and illness management. Through study and lab/clinical practice, students develop nursing skills and knowledge, enabling them to provide quality health care and to qualify for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

As one of the first baccalaureate nursing programs in the state of Illinois, Saint Xavier University's School of Nursing has graduated over 5,562 students throughout the past 78 years. Many School of Nursing graduates hold key positions, both nationally and internationally, in nursing practice, education, administration and research.

The baccalaureate and master's degree programs in nursing at Saint Xavier University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-887-6791.

The goals of the program are to

1. develop the liberally educated professional nurse who is prepared to practice in entry level positions in various settings;
2. provide a foundation for personal and professional development, and;
3. provide a foundation for graduate study in nursing.

*The curriculum is subject to change to meet standards congruent with accreditation standards and the Illinois Nurse Practice Act (2008) and its Rules for Administration.


G. Jacobson, School of Nursing Dean; P. Gallagher, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Nursing; M. Haras, Associate Dean Graduate Nursing; N. Lockie, Associate Dean, Administration; C. Bermele; G. Burnett; L. Capps; M. Craigmile; J. Dahm; M.J. Dunne; A. Filipski; K. Florczak; A. Fry; S. Hampson; D. Heliker; C. Hardy; P. Kelly; E. McCann; L. Meneghini; M. Murphy-Smith; E. Norton; K. O'Brien; D. O'Callaghan; S. Pfantz; M. Poradzisz; M. Ryan; Z. Samawi; J. Tulley; K. Wood

School of Nursing Admission Requirements

Freshman Students

Please refer to the Freshman Student Admission page for detailed requirements.
The priority deadline for admission of incoming freshman to the nursing major is May 1.

Accelerated Baccalaureate Students

Please refer to A-BSN page for detailed requirements.
Completed A-BSN files should be submitted by September 15 for admission into summer of the following calendar year.

Transfer Students

Please refer to the Transfer Into Nursing page for detailed requirements. Completed transfer into nursing files should be submitted by October 1 for admission into spring of the following calendar year and February 15 for admission into fall of the next academic year.

School of Nursing Progression Requirements

Freshman, Transfer and LPN/BSN Students

In the freshman and sophomore years, students are enrolled in liberal arts and science courses as well as courses supportive to the nursing major. Students admitted to the University as pre-clinical nursing majors must comply with the School of Nursing requirements to progress in the nursing program.

Progression into the sophomore II semester (nursing courses) requires the following: cumulative GPA of 2.75 at Saint Xavier University; grade of C or better in all science* (BIOL 202, 203, 206 and CHEM 107, 108) and support courses (PSYCH 101, 199, SOC 210, COMM 101, ENG 120, GenEd Math). Such courses must be completed by May 30 for fall sophomore II start and by December 15 for spring sophomore II start; Students may repeat a science course only one time and may repeat only two science courses.

Progression into the junior I semester (clinical nursing courses) requires a grade of C or better in BIOL 309, NURS 282, NURS 326, NURSL 326 and support courses.

A-BSN Students

Progression into the nursing courses requires the following: cumulative GPA of 2.75 at Saint Xavier University; completion of all science* (BIOL 202, 203, 206 and CHEM 107, 108) and support courses (PSYCH 101, 199, SOC 210, COMM 101, ENG 120, GenEd Math). Such courses must be completed by May 15 for summer nursing start.

Additional Requirements – All Pre-licensure Students

Students are responsible for completing and clearing a criminal background check as a condition of admission to the nursing program and must do so annually thereafter. All students shall have an ongoing duty to report any violations of this policy and/or state and/or federal law. Nursing students must provide evidence of compliance with the following University and clinical agency health requirements: physical examination, titers, tetanus, annual TB screen, Influenza immunization, current BLS certification for Healthcare Providers and comprehensive health insurance. Additionally, students are required to test negative for drugs in a random screening prior to beginning their clinical experience and as required by clinical agencies. The University and School of Nursing reserve the right to require random drug screenings based upon reasonable suspicion. Making arrangements for transportation to clinical sites is the responsibility of the student. Students are also responsible for any parking fees or other costs involved in travelling to clinical sites that may vary from site to site.

To remain in good standing in the undergraduate nursing program, all students must:

  1. maintain at least a 2.30 for both cumulative GPA and nursing GPA (NGPA; includes required nursing courses only);
  2. receive a grade of C or better in all nursing courses;
  3. clear criminal background check annually while enrolled;
  4. maintain update of CPR certification, and proof of comprehensive health insurance;
  5. provide evidence of compliance with all health requirements and clearance of drug screening to the School of Nursing;
  6. comply with essential abilities policy; see School of Nursing Admission Requirements;
  7. comply with additional agency policies and requirements for clinical practice; and
  8. provide health requirement updates to the Nursing Office before the start of each semester.

A grade of F in a nursing course will result in dismissal from the nursing program. Students must repeat any required nursing course in which a grade of D or W is received. Students will be allowed to repeat a nursing course only once, and may repeat only one nursing course.

Nursing students must have a cumulative nursing grade-point average (NGPA) of 2.30 to qualify for graduation. Students are responsible for complying with the policies and procedures in the current edition of the School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook.