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Saint Xavier University and Prairie State College agreement

Provides nursing students with easier transfer between schools

Chicago (Jan. 18, 2007) – Saint Xavier University and Prairie State College have signed a dual-admission agreement to provide a smoother transfer for nursing students between the two schools.

Under the agreement, Prairie State College students earning an associate in applied science degree in nursing can complete their bachelor of science degree in nursing at Saint Xavier’s Orland Park campus. Student progress is facilitated through timely completion of program requirements and improved sequencing of learning experiences.

“With the significant national nursing shortage, our dual-admission agreement with Prairie State College allows students to move quickly into the baccalaureate nursing courses and bring special skills to the patients,” said Anne R. Bavier, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing at Saint Xavier University.
Receiving guidance from both institutions, students will have access to a wider array of choices for academic planning to meet their personal goals, preferences and needs.

“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to provide the graduates from Prairie State College’s nursing program the opportunity to articulate to Saint Xavier University,” said Gwen Dean, dean of Health Professions and director of Nursing at Prairie State College.

“The faculty and I continue to encourage our graduates to advance their education beyond the associate’s degree level. Saint Xavier’s fine reputation for the delivery of nursing education at both the bachelor’s and master’s degree level is the type of educational experience we hope many of our graduates will seriously consider,” Dean said.

Saint Xavier University President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D., said the agreement benefits all involved. “Saint Xavier is delighted to enhance the ability of nurses from Prairie State College’s fine associate’s degree program to complete Saint Xavier University’s baccalaureate program,” Dwyer said. “It reinforces one of our key values of lifelong learning by guiding students into SXU prerequisites while they complete their PSC nursing courses.”

Prairie State College President Paul J. McCarthy agreed. “By expanding an already beneficial association with Saint Xavier, we can bring this wonderful opportunity to our students.”

Students in Prairie State’s nursing program interested in participating in the partnership program are encouraged to take prescribed “bridge” courses in preparation for the RN-BSN program. Courses can be taken either at PSC or Saint Xavier prior to or concurrently with their enrollment in the RN-BSN program.

Students who successfully complete the associate of applied science degree in nursing with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.5 out of a possible 4.0 from Prairie State and have passed the NCLEX-RN exam will be fully admitted into Saint Xavier’s RN-BSN program at the Orland Park campus. 
Application fees will be waived for participants in this program.

For more information, please contact Saint Xavier University’s Robert Weierman at (708) 802-6200 or Carol Yukich at yukich@sxu.edu.


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago and Orland Park, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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