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Graduate Admission

School of Nursing

The preferred application deadline is July 1 for the fall term and November 1 for the spring term. Completed application files will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Because there is a limited number of seats, we encourage you to apply well in advance of the term in which you wish to start. For more information about application deadlines and the review process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053. Thank you.  

On-campus MSN Track and Certificate Program

The on-campus MSN track offered is Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). The on-campus certificate program offered is the post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

If you are interested in applying for either the MSN/FNP or post-master's FNP track, which are offered on-campus only, please first complete and submit this online application for admission. After application submission, a representative will follow up with you to advise on next steps.

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 a limited number of online courses. For more information about FNP 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.

Online MSN Tracks and Certificate Program

Online MSN tracks offered include Clinical Leadership (CL) and Executive Leadership (EL). The online post-master's certificate programs offered are Nursing Educator and Clinical Leadership.

Admission to MSN online tracks is made on a rolling basis for enrollment in the fall, spring or summer terms. If you are interested in applying for one of our online School of Nursing tracks, please first complete and submit this online application for online program admission. After application submission, a representative will follow up with you to advise on next steps.

The Special Entry Option (SEO)/Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program

The Special Entry Option (SEO) allows certain registered nurses who have earned baccalaureate degrees in areas other than nursing to work toward a master's degree in nursing without completing the nursing baccalaureate. This option will allow greater educational flexibility for registered nurses, minimize duplication of previous learning and provide the opportunity to obtain an advanced degree in nursing.

Requirements to be considered for admission to the Special Entry Option (SEO)/ Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program:

  • A completed application form, indicating desired graduate track, including personal statement.
  • Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Evidence of current Illinois registered nursing license.
  • At least one year of recent full-time work experience as a registered nurse is required.
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly from the Registrar of all colleges, universities and professional schools attended including accredited baccalaureate degree-granting college/university and all graduate level coursework.
  • Three professional recommendations from nursing professionals, e.g., recent employers or professors. At least one must be provided by a recent employer.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Applicants must meet with the Associate Deans from the Graduate and Undergraduate nursing programs once accepted into the program.
  • Students must complete and clear a criminal background check as a condition of admission to the nursing program.
  • Students must provide evidence of compliance with the University and clinical agency health requirements.
  • Students are required to test negative for drugs in a screening prior to beginning their clinical experience and as required by clinical agencies.

Process for SEO Applicants to the SON

  1. Application is received from admissions and referred to GARP for review
  2. GARP approves the SEQ application
    1. An interview is conducted by the Associate Deans of the graduate and the undergraduate programs to discuss the requirements of the SEO.
    2. Upon successful completion of the admission interview by the graduate and undergraduate deans GARP is notified of the accepted admission.
    3. Admission status is Regular Admit (AD REG).
    4. GARP notifies UGARP so they can monitor the student's progress during the undergraduate courses.
    5. A nursing faculty advisor is assigned. Faculty advisor in collaboration with Undergraduate Associate Dean will provide program plan for completion of undergraduate coursework. 
    6. Student to meet with advisor each semester to register for coursework.
  3. Student must complete and clear a criminal background check as a condition of admission to the nursing program and must do so annually thereafter. Nursing students must provide evidence of compliance with university and clinical agency health requirements, and test negative for drugs in a screening prior to beginning their clinical experience and as required by clinical agencies.
  4. Students must enroll and complete the following courses:
    NURS 356: Nursing Research
    NURS 357: Community and Population Focused Nursing Care
    NURSP 358: Community and Population Focused Nursing Care Practicum
    NURS 392: Nursing Management in Professional Nursing Practice
    NURSP 393: Nursing Management in Professional Nursing Practice Practicum
  5. Students must earn a B or better in the undergraduate courses to progress through the undergraduate portion of the SEQ and enter graduate level courses.
  6. Once the undergraduate courses are completed with a grade of B or better, UGARP notifies GARP that the student has successfully completed the undergraduate courses and is now a graduate level student. It is expected that the undergraduate courses will be completed within one academic year.

Requirements for Admission

Criteria/requirements to be considered for admission to the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program:

  • A completed, free Saint Xavier Graduate Student application, including a personal statement. If you are applying to other college graduate nursing programs via NursingCAS, a nursing centralized application system, you may add Saint Xavier as a recipient of your NursingCAS application as we are a NursingCAS participating institution. However, please choose only one application - do not submit an application through both Saint Xavier and NursingCAS.   
  • Graduation from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited baccalaureate-nursing program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Current licensure in a state or territory of the United States.
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly from the Registrar of all colleges, universities and professional schools attended including accredited baccalaureate degree-granting college/university and all graduate level coursework.
  • Three professional recommendations from nursing professionals, e.g., recent employers or professors. At least one must be provided by a master's-prepared nurse who has observed the applicant's clinical performance.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Applicants may be asked to complete an interview with faculty and/or provide a writing sample.
  • At least one year of full-time work experience as a registered nurse is required for applicants for the family nurse practitioner track.

Criteria/requirements to be considered for the Post-Master's FNP Certificate program:

  • A completed, free Saint Xavier Graduate Student application, including a personal statement. If you are applying to other college graduate nursing programs via NursingCAS, a nursing centralized application system, you may add Saint Xavier as a recipient of your NursingCAS application as we are a NursingCAS participating institution. However, please choose only one application - do not submit an application through both Saint Xavier and NursingCAS.
  • Graduation from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited master's in nursing program.
  • Current licensure in a state or territory of the United States.
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly from the Registrar of all colleges, universities and professional schools attended, including accredited baccalaureate degree-granting college/university and all graduate level coursework.
  • Three professional recommendations from nursing professionals, e.g., recent employers or professors. At least one must be provided by a master's-prepared nurse who has observed the applicant's clinical performance.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Applicants may be asked to complete an interview with faculty and/or provide a writing sample.

Request an information packet by mail.

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

Family Nurse Practitioner 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, 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.

Admission Decisions

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.

Requirements for International Graduate Student Applicants

In addition to the School of Nursing application criteria/requirements listed above, international applicants must adhere to the international graduate student admission requirements.

Admission 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.

Transfer of Credit

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.