The School of Nursing offers a bachelor's degree in nursing as the basic pre-licensure option to prepare students to become registered professional nurses. The Advance BSN/LPN Option allows the licensed practical nurse to transition into the baccalaureate pre-licensure program within a reduced time frame. The Accelerated-BSN (BSN/ACC) Option allows the student with an earned baccalaureate degree to move through the baccalaureate pre-licensure program within a reduced time frame. The RN to BSN allows the currently licensed registered nurse to earn a baccalaureate degree online. A 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 and prevention. 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 5,600 students throughout the past 79 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; C. Bermele; G. Burnett; L. Capps; M. Craigmile; T. Dorau; M.J. Dunne; A. Filipski; A. Fry; S. Hampson; C. Hardy; D. Heliker; P. Kelly; E. McCann; L. Meneghini; K. Moran; M. Murphy-Smith; M. Netter; K. O'Brien; M. Poradzisz; M. Ryan; Z. Samawi; S. Simonovich; C. Wilson; K. Wood
School of Nursing Admission Requirements
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 BSN/ACC page for detailed requirements. Completed A-BSN files should be submitted by September 15 for admission into summer of the following calendar year.
RN to BSN Online Students
Please refer to RN to BSN Online Option page for detailed requirements. Completed RN to BSN files should be submitted in August, December and April for consideration in the next semester.
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 BSN/LPN 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 grade-point average of 2.75 at Saint Xavier University; grade of C or better in all science* (BIOL 202, 203, 206 and CHEM 109) and support courses (PSYCH 101, 199, SOC Course, COMM 101, ENGL 120, MATH 135). 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 one science course.
Progression into the junior I semester (clinical nursing courses) requires a grade of C or better in NURS 215, NURS 282, NURS 326, NURSL 326 and support courses.
Progression into the nursing courses requires the following: cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 at Saint Xavier University; completion of all science* (BIOL 202, 203, 206 and CHEM 109) and support courses (PSYCH 101, 199, SOC Course, COMM 101, ENGL 120, MATH 135). Such courses must be completed by May 15 for summer nursing start.
RN to BSN Online Students
Progression through nursing courses requires completion of all support courses and all nursing courses with a grade of 77 percent or greater and must maintain a grade-point average of 2.75 or greater during the program.
All Pre-licensure Students (excludes RN to BSN Online Option)
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 health care 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. 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 traveling to clinical sites that may vary from site to site.
To remain in good standing in the undergraduate nursing program, all students must:
- Maintain at least a 2.30 for both cumulative grade-point average and nursing grade-point average (NGPA; includes required nursing courses only);
- Receive a grade of C or better in all nursing courses;
- Clear criminal background check annually while enrolled;
- Maintain updated CPR certification and proof of comprehensive health insurance;
- Provide evidence of compliance with all health requirements and clearance of drug screening to the School of Nursing;
- Comply with essential abilities policy (see School of Nursing Admission Requirements);
- Comply with additional agency policies and requirements for clinical practice; and
- 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.
Interdisciplinary Gerontology Studies Minor
Offered by the School of Nursing and the College of Arts and Sciences, this 18 credit hour interdisciplinary minor examines the diversity and complexity of the older adult using a venue of varied disciplines and perspectives.
To fulfill the requirements of the minor, students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in approved courses, including GERON 101/NURS 199 and GERON 395. Courses in the minor must have a gerontology focus, will be drawn from across the University curriculum and may include periodic special topics courses. Search Self-Service using the course type “Gerontology” to find approved courses from across the disciplines. Students seeking to complete the minor should consult Dr. Diane Heliker or their advisor.
For more information about course requirements and options, see the catalog description for Gerontology Studies under the College of Arts and Sciences.