School of Nursing

The School of Nursing offers a bachelor's degree in nursing to pre-licensure and licensed practical nurse students. The curriculum* is designed to prepare the graduate to practice as a generalist, collaboratively with other health professionals in the promotion, restoration and maintenance of health. Through study and 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 5,300 students throughout the past 75 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

*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; N. Lockie, Associate Dean, Administration; C. Bermele; G. Burnett; L. Capps; M. Craigmile; J. Dahm; DeLuca, G.; M.J. Dunne; A. Filipski; K. Florczak; A. Fry; S. Hampson; C. Hardy; M. Haras; P. Kelly; C. Kostovich; E. McCann; L. Meneghini; M. Murphy-Smith; E. Norton; K. O'Brien; D. O'Callaghan; S. Pfantz; M. Poradzisz; M. Reneau; C. Rosner; M. Ryan; Z. Samawi; J. Tulley; K. Wood; C. Yukich

Admission/Progression Requirements

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.

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

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 admission requirements to progress in the nursing program.  Progression into the sophomore II semester (pre-clinical nursing courses) requires the following:

*Students may repeat a science course only one time and may repeat only two science courses.

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, and current BLS certification for Healthcare Providers.  Additionally, students are required to test negative for drugs in a 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.

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.

To remain in good standing in the undergraduate nursing program, 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, 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 additional agency policies and requirements for clinical practice; and
  7. 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 two nursing courses.

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. Admission/progression requirements are the same for all undergraduate nursing students.