Saint Xavier University Nursing School Review

Saint Xavier University (SXU) began as a Catholic institution dedicated to the education of females. The university has campuses in Chicago, Illinois and Orlando, Florida. Founded in 1846, the university maintains its tradition in Catholic education. St. Xavier University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Over 4,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs at Saint Xavier University.

Nursing Programs

The Saint Xavier University School of Nursing is one of very few institutions to hold the distinction as a “Center of Excellence in Nursing Education” by the National League for Nursing. Nursing programs at Saint Xavier University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Saint Xavier University Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Undergraduate Nursing BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Program

The Undergraduate BSN course at Saint Xavier University prepares nurses to earn a BSN qualification. The program is four years total and admits both freshman and transfer students as pre-clinical nursing majors. Upon completion of nursing criteria and requirements, students are formally admitted into the nursing program. Admission criteria and requirements consist of a minimum 2.75 GPA and TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) score for all students. Students should also demonstrate competency in nursing courses, as science courses may only be retaken once, with no more than two science courses retaken at any time during the program. The undergraduate nursing program is five semesters.

LPN-BSN (Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Option

LPNs may complete the BSN course in a reduced time frame. The course is available to LPNs with a minimum 2.75 GPA in their previous education. Students are admitted as pre-clinical nursing students must have successfully completed the NCLEX-PN (National Council for Licensure Practical Nursing) exam. Upon completion of the four semester program, students will earn a BSN and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses).

Saint Xavier University Graduate Nursing Programs

MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) Programs

The MSN program has several tracks available to students interested in graduate programs at the School of Nursing. The nursing programs available are:

MSN/MBA(Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration)-a dual degree program that combines both nursing and business curriculum

MSN Clinical Nurse Leader (CL) – for nurses coordinating clinical practice

MSN Executive Leadership-for nurses in administrative leadership positions

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)-for nurses who provide clinical care to individuals and families throughout the lifespan

All tracks prepare students to take the certification exam in the area of nursing specialization.

Saint Xavier University Nursing Certificate Programs

Post-master’s Certificate

Post-master’s certificates in nursing are available in Nurse Education and FNP. Both courses require students to have an MSN prior to entering the program. Each program is 9 credits and may be completed in approximately 30 weeks of study.

Nursing Resources at Saint Xavier University

PLUS Program

The PLUS program is a mentoring program available for the undergraduate nurse which provides academic and personal support to increase the retention of students in the nursing program. The course consists of 1 credit hour each semester of the nursing program. Students are eligible to enroll in the PLUS program by enrolling in PLUS designated nursing seminars.

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

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