Freshman Admission

School of Nursing Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the University as pre-clinical nursing majors must comply with the School of Nursing admission requirements in order to be officially admitted to the program.

Freshmen Students

Requirements for consideration for admission as a freshman nursing major:

  • minimum 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative high school GPA
  • minimum ACT composite score of 21 (Minimum SAT composite of 1450)
  • minimum ACT science subscore of 21
  • minimum ACT math subscore of 22
  • grade of B or better in high school biology and chemistry courses
  • an essay describing why you want to be a nurse, and why you would like to study at Saint Xavier University

For more information, take a look at the undergraduate nursing requirements (PDF).
Freshman Nursing Application Process:

  1. Apply online. There is no fee.
  2. Submit official high school transcript or GED score report.
  3. Submit official ACT or SAT scores, unless included on high school transcript.
  4. Submit an essay describing your reasons for pursuing the nursing program and why you are interested in attending Saint Xavier University.
  5. Submit a signed Nursing Essential Abilities and Behaviors Form to the Office of Admission.

Transfer Students

Requirements for consideration for admission as a transfer nursing major:

  • minimum 2.75 cumulative college GPA
  • a score of "proficient" on the TEAS V test; only two TEAS V test attempts are allowed
  • an essay describing why you want to be a nurse and why you would like to study at Saint Xavier University
  • completion of a college biology and college chemistry course (recommended)
  • Submit a signed Nursing Essential Abilities and Behaviors Form to the Office of Admission.
  • a minimum of 12 credit hours at Saint Xavier University while maintaining a 2.75 GPA may be needed before a student can begin the nursing curriculum

Accelerated BSN Students

Qualified applicants for the Accelerated BSN (A-BSN) option must possess an earned baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale which includes all prerequisite coursework. Applicants will also be required to submit:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • A current resume or brief curriculum vita
  • A 300-500 word essay describing reasons for desiring a career change and choosing nursing as a major.
  • Submit a signed Nursing Essential Abilities and Behaviors Form to the Office of Admission.

A member of the nursing department will interview each applicant when their application file is complete. Those accepted into the program will be required to participate in a mandatory on-site orientation.

Prerequisite Course Requirements

  • Survey of General, Organic and Bio-chemistry (4 credits)
  • Human Anatomy with a Lab (4 credits)
  • Human Physiology with a Lab (4 credits)
  • Microbiology (4 credits)
  • Speech Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • Principles of Psychology (3 credits)
  • Human Development Through the Life Cycle (3 credits)
  • Introduction to the Study of Psychopathology (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Health and Nutrition Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
  • SOC/ANTH from Approved List (3 credits)

Please note that a minimum grade of "B" is required in all science prerequisite courses. Biological science courses must be taken within five years of entering the program. All other prerequisite courses must show a grade of "C" or higher. Courses with a grade of "D" will not transfer. All prerequisite coursework must be complete prior to the start of A-BSN coursework in May.

Before beginning clinical courses, students must provide all of the following: current health history, physical examination, complete immunization record, required laboratory reports, 12 panel drug screen, CPR certification, proof of health insurance and an Illinois State Police criminal background check.

RN to BSN Online Option

Admission Requirements

  1. Diploma or associate's degree in nursing from an accredited program (ACEN, CCNE, NLNAC).
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4-point scale.
  3. Current, active RN license in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). All students must maintain licensure throughout the program of study.
  4. Completion of Penn State online learning readiness quiz at https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7QCNUPsyH9f012B (used with permission, obtained by Yue Ma of CIDAT, SXU).
  5. TOEFL scores of 92 TOEFL iBT, or 580 paper-based TOEFL, or 7.0 IELTS. 

Admission Deadlines

  • 2016 Spring: December 14, 2015
  • 2016 Summer: April 4, 2016
  • 2016 Fall: August 1, 2016
  • 2017 Spring: December 12, 2016
  • 2017 Summer: April 3, 2017
  • 2017 Fall: July 31, 2017


Apply Now (Choose "Transfer" as your student type)

Contact Information

Have questions or would like to find out more? For more information, please contact Mary Ann Luciano Smith at lucianosmith@sxu.edu or 773-298-3740.