Undergraduate Nursing (BSN)

Established in 1935, the Saint Xavier University School of Nursing offered the first accredited baccalaureate nursing program in Illinois. Professional nursing requires knowledge, competence and compassion. The diversified skills needed for nursing demand a strong scientific foundation and liberal education. The School of Nursing at Saint Xavier University has a reputation for excellence and tradition of service to students and the community. For students seeking to become registered professional nurses, the undergraduate nursing program provides:

  • A strong curriculum
  • Fully accredited programs
  • State-of-the-art computer and simulation laboratory facilities
  • Clinical experience in culturally diverse communities and health care agencies

Program Information

Below is information about our program. You can also view and print out the Program Information Sheet (PDF).

AccreditationNLN Accreditation

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.

Faculty Profile

The faculty of the School of Nursing are experienced, professional nurses who hold academic degrees from a wide variety of colleges and universities and are actively involved in research and practice. Additionally, nursing faculty participate in professional organizations at the local, state and national levels. In the classroom, dedicated faculty members bring their diverse educational, professional and clinical practice experiences to students.

Suggested Program of Study

Sophomore II
Course # Course Name Credits
NURS 215 Pathophysiology 3
PSYCH 204 Introduction to the Study of Psychopathology 3
NURS 282 Concepts in Professional Nursing 3
NURS 326 Health Assessment in Nursing Practice 2
NURS 328 Mentoring for Professional Nursing 0.5
NURSL 326 Health Assessment in Nursing Practice Lab 1
    Total: 12.5
Junior I
NURS 212 Introduction to Pharmacological Concepts Related to Nursing 3
NURS 329 Mentoring in Professional Nursing II 0.5
NURS 336 Introduction to Nursing Therapeutics & Illness Management 3
NURSP 337 Introduction to Nursing Therapeutics & Illness Management Practicum 2
NURS 347 Nursing Care of the Older Adult 3
    Total: 14.5
Junior II
NURS 311 Mental Health Nursing 2
NURSP 312 Mental Health Nursing Practicum 1
NURS 338 Mentoring in Professional Nursing III 0.5
NURS 344 Nursing Care of Adults 3
NURSP 345 Nursing Care of Adults Practicum 2
NURS 346 Ethical, Legal and Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing Practice 1
NURS 356 Nursing Research Connecting Research & Practice 3
PHIL General Ed. 3
    Total: 15.5
Senior I
NURS 316 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 2
NURSP 317 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family Practicum 1
NURS 339 Mentoring in Professional Nursing IV 0.5
NURS 342 Nursing Care of Children 2
NURSP 343 Nursing Care of Children Practicum 1
NURS 357 Community and Population Focused Nursing Care 2
NURSP 358 Community and Population Focused Nursing Care Practicum 1
NURS 390 Health Policy & Politics 2
RELST General Ed. 3
    Total: 14.5
Senior II
NURS 366 Advanced Nursing Therapeutics 3
NURSP 367 Advanced Nursing Therapeutics Practicum 1.5
NURSL 368 Advanced Nursing Therapeutics Lab 0.5
NURS 392 Nursing Management in Professional Nursing Practice 3
NURSP 393 Nursing Management in Professional Nursing Practice Practicum 3
NURS Elective 2
    Total: 13
General Education Requirements
TRANS 100 Transitions 1
PHIL 140 The Examined Life 3
ENGL 120 Rhetoric & Writing 3
COMM 101 Speech Fundamentals 3
FYS 175 First-Year Seminar 3
  Social Sciences 6
  Philosophy 3
  Religious Studies 6
  History 6
  Literature and Fine Arts 6
  Math 3
  Natural Sciences 6

Admission Requirements

Applications for the Traditional BSN Program are accepted for the spring and fall terms.

Application Process

Students must complete the entire application process by the deadline. All applications received after the deadline date will be automatically moved forward to the next semester's deadline.

In order to complete an application, all students must complete the following transfer admission requirements:

  • Complete an online application. Select "Nursing" as your program of interest.
  • Submit an in-depth essay that discusses why you want to become a nurse and why you are interested in pursuing your nursing degree at Saint Xavier. The essay is an integral part of your nursing application.
  • Read, sign and submit the School of Nursing's Essential Abilities Form.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. A 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA is required from all college coursework to be considered for admission. If you have not completed 30 college credit hours, we will also require official high school transcripts and ACT/SAT score reports.
  • TEAS-V (Test of Essential Academic Skills) scores. Only two TEAS-V test attempts are allowed. Students must score "proficient" or higher in order to be considered for admission. Only the TEAS-V will be accepted, any student who has taken a previous version must take the TEAS-V exam. For more information, students should review the following information:
    • TEAS-V testing information, including study guides and practice exams.
    • Registration for the TEAS-V exam is available on our Saint Xavier University's testing page. Students may also contact their local community colleges to see if the TEAS-V test is administered at those locations. 

Supportive Courses

Courses supportive to nursing must be taken before beginning the nursing program with the exception of Abnormal Psychology which may be taken at the community college or with the Sophomore II classes.

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

Additional Requirements

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
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Mary Ann Luciano Smith at 773-298-3740 or lucianosmith@sxu.edu.

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