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Saint Xavier University and Rush University agreement

First of its kind in the nation

Chicago (April 11, 2006) – Saint Xavier University and Rush University Medical Center have signed an expedited admission agreement to help SXU’s nursing students obtain doctoral degrees in nursing at Rush, which should result in improved healthcare to Chicago-area residents.

Under the program, students will undertake major healthcare-related projects that address pressing problems in the Chicago area. Projects completed by previous graduates have had a major impact on health systems and care provision, but Chicago-area residents have not significantly benefited because most of the students were not from the Chicago area.

This agreement ensures that nurses will address pressing healthcare problems in the Chicago area and that local residents will gain improved care systems.

“This partnership is the first in the nation between a comprehensive master’s university and a doctoral university. Saint Xavier University is built on core values that emphasize lifelong learning and community service,” said Anne R. Bavier, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., dean and professor of Saint Xavier University’s School of Nursing. “By working closely with Rush, students enter a doctoral program where they make important contributions to their communities as they learn. This is ideal for students and the community.”

Lois Kazmier Halstead, Ph.D., R.N., acting dean and associate professor at Rush University, said the partnership will benefit the nursing profession, reinforce values and have a major impact on systems and care provided to the Chicago area residents.

“Our doctoral programs in practice were among the first in the nation, and now we are delighted to again lead the nation as we enter this partnership with Saint Xavier University. Saint Xavier students will be the first group of local Chicago students enrolled. This partnership will allow faculty from Rush and Saint Xavier to jointly guide the students in developing relevant, meaningful projects for our communities,” Halstead said.

As a master’s comprehensive university, the mission of Saint Xavier is to prepare students for entry into doctoral programs. The online doctoral program at Rush is well established and sought by nurses nationwide. Under the agreement, local students will be bridged from Saint Xavier University into Rush’s program to complete doctoral projects that will have impact on area communities.

The expedited admission agreement will enable students to create a plan for the master of science degree in nursing at Saint Xavier University and assure a smooth transition to Rush University’s College of Nursing doctor of nursing practice program. While enrolled at Saint Xavier University, students will be able to work with Rush University’s office of admission, student services, and financial aid. The agreement facilitates early curriculum and financial planning. In addition, financial aid counselors from both universities will be available to advise students regarding scholarships and financing. Students are also invited to participate in lectures, cultural events and other opportunities offered by SXU and Rush.

For more information about the program, please contact Saint Xavier University’s School of Nursing at (773) 298-3707 or Rush University at (312) 942-7100.


Contact:  Saint Xavier University’s School of Nursing at (773) 298-3707 or Rush University at (312) 942-7100

Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

Founded in 1972, Rush University is the academic component of Rush University Medical Center, a leader in health care in Chicago and in the Midwest for more than 150 years.  The mission of the College of Nursing of Rush University is to set a national standard for excellence in the education of nurses, lead the development and application of clinically-relevant science, and create service strategies for meeting the health needs of a diverse society. 

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