The SXU Health Center is proud to be a nurse practitioner-led clinic serving students,
staff/faculty and community members. In keeping with the strong nursing tradition
of Saint Xavier University, the SXU Health Center has always been staffed by nurses
and nurse practitioners.
All of our nurse practitioners are licensed and certified as family nurse practitioners,
meaning they can see children and adults. They have each received specialized training
in assessing, diagnosing and treating common health problems as well as promoting
health and wellness.
Although we do have a collaborating physician who is available for phone consults
as necessary, she does not practice on-site.
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a nurse who has also completed a master's or doctorate degree to become an
Advanced Practice Nurse. NPs can get certified in many different specialties, including
family, adult, acute care, mental health and pediatrics.
Nurse Practitioners have been providing primary, acute and specialty health care to
patients of all ages and walks of life for over half a century.
NPs assess patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, make diagnoses and initiate
and manage treatment plans -- including prescribing medications. They also can refer
patients to specialists when necessary. They are the health care providers of choice
for millions of patients.
Family nurse practitioners (FNP) receive training in pediatrics, adult and women's
health during their graduate level courses.
History of the SXU Health Center
The SXU Health Center has been providing health services to the community since 1986,
when it first opened within the SXU School of Nursing and Health Sciences. At that
time, local families could bring their children for low- or no-cost immunizations
through the Vaccines for Children program. The clinic was staffed by nursing faculty
By 2002, there was a need within the community to open a Health Center that could
see students and community members for sick visits, physicals and immunizations. Most
community members seen were under- or uninsured. The Health Center was staffed with
two nurse practitioners and was open for about 10 hours per week.
By 2005, the nurse practitioners at the SXU Health Center were seeing enough patients
to necessitate a move out of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The SXU Health
Center moved into a modular unit on campus and was open five days per week to accommodate
the growing patient population.