Graduate Admission

School of Nursing

Admission to the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is made on a rolling basis for enrollment in fall and spring. Completed applications for the FNP program will be reviewed continuously throughout the academic year. FNP students typically start in the fall. However, a spring start may be available as well. Students starting in the fall or spring may have an opportunity to take online courses. For more information about coursework and schedules, contact the School of Nursing at 773-298-3700. For more information about the application and admission processes, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053.

What is needed in order to be considered for admission into the FNP program is not only the online application but also all required supplemental materials (see below). Applicants may be contacted by the School of Nursing for a telephone or personal interview before an admission decision is rendered.

Admission to MSN online tracks in clinical leadership and executive leadership is made on a rolling basis for enrollment in fall, spring or summer terms. 

Requirements to be considered for admission to the master of science in nursing (MSN) program (scroll down for international student requirements):

Requirements to be considered for the Post-Master's Certificate for Family Nurse Practitioner program:

Request an information packet by mail.

Requirements for International Graduate Student Applicants

In addition to the application requirements for graduate admission, international students must submit the following:

  • Online application for graduate admission, including a personal statement.
  • Official transcripts from any colleges/universities attended in the U.S.
  • Official transcript evaluation of undergraduate and graduate coursework from colleges/universities attended outside the U.S. Students should request a course-by-course evaluation from either ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) or WES (World Education Services).
  • Official results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). For consideration, applicants must score a minimum of 80 on the Internet-based exam, 550 on the paper-based exam, or 213 on the computer-based exam.
  • A notarized Affidavit of Support (PDF) form and notarized bank letter showing the student has financial sponsorship in the amount of $29,000. The bank letter must be written in English by the sponsor's bank or must be translated into English.
  • A photocopy or facsimile of the identification page and expiration page of the student's passport, and (if applicable) the student's current F-1 visa, the I-20 form from the student's current institution, and the I-94 form documenting the student's original entry into the country.
International applicants are encouraged to allow extra time for all required documents to be requested and processed.

Note: Students interested in a graduate certificate (non-degree) program cannot be sponsored for an F-1 visa.

Instructions for Application Personal Statements  

Clinical Leadership and Executive Leadership applicants

Your statement should be clear and succinct, double-spaced, 1-2 pages in length and should respond to the following topics:

  • How your previous education and experience have prepared you to undertake graduate level study in nursing leadership.
  • Your rationale for the specialty track to which you are applying.
  • You professional goals upon completion of your MSN program.

Family Nurse Practitioner applicants (both MSN and post-master's)

Your statement should be clear and succinct, double-spaced, 1-2 pages in length and should respond to the following topics:

  • How your previous education, experience and professional interests have prepared you to be successful in the family nurse practitioner program.
  • Your professional goals and how completing the family nurse practitioner track will help you meet your professional goals.
  • Your understanding of the primary care nurse practitioner role and your intentions regarding service in primary care practice, especially with underserved populations.

Nursing Education post-master's certificate

Your statement should be clear and succinct, double-spaced, 1-2 pages in length and should respond to the following topics:

  • Your professional goals for obtaining a post-master's certificate in nursing education and how these relate to your previous education and experience.
  • Your previous experiences as an educator of health professionals (as a preceptor, clinical instructor, in-service educator, guest lecturer, etc.)

Admissions Decision

The decision regarding admission is made by the School of Nursing Graduate Admission Recognition and Progression Committee on the basis of the criteria outlined above as well as the quality of previous course work and demonstrated potential for a productive career in advanced nursing practice.

Probationary Admission Policy

Students may be admitted on probation when a component of the admission criteria is not satisfactorily met. A student admitted on probation is required to attain a 3.0 nursing grade-point average (GPA) at the completion of the first 6 credit hours of nursing course work. If a 3.0 GPA is achieved, the student's academic status is changed to good standing. If a 3.0 GPA is not achieved in the first 6 credit hours, the student is dismissed from the School of Nursing but may be eligible for admission to other programs at Saint Xavier University.

Transfer of Credit/Credit Earned as Student-at-Large

Nursing students may request transfer of credit for courses completed at other accredited institutions prior to enrollment at Saint Xavier University. Subject to faculty approval, a maximum of 6 credit hours of non-clinical courses earned elsewhere may be accepted toward completion of graduate degree requirements in nursing. This request must be made formally in writing after the student is admitted into the graduate program. See the Saint Xavier University graduate academic catalog for further details.