Saint Xavier University Nursing Students

Transfer Admission

Transfer into Nursing

Looking to transfer into nursing at Saint Xavier University? Please check out the information below depending on which option suits you.

Traditional BSN Option

Deadline and Start Term

Applications for the Traditional BSN Program at the Chicago campus are only accepted for the spring term. Students would successfully complete remaining specific supportive coursework during the spring semester at Saint Xavier, and begin nursing clinical coursework in the fall semester.

  • The application completion deadline for the spring semester is October 1.

Application Process

Students must complete the entire application process by the deadline before being considered for admission. All applications received after the deadline date will be automatically moved forward to the next semester's deadline.

In order to complete an application, all students must complete the following transfer admission requirements:

  • Complete an online application. Select "Nursing" as your program of interest.
  • Submit an in-depth essay that discusses why you want to become a nurse and why you are interested in pursuing your nursing degree at Saint Xavier. The essay is an integral part of your nursing application.
  • Read, sign and submit the School of Nursing's Essential Abilities Form.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. A 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA is required from all college coursework to be considered for admission. If you have not completed 30 college credit hours, we will also require official high school transcripts and ACT/SAT score reports.
  • ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) scores. Only two ATI TEAS test attempts are allowed. Students must score "proficient" or higher in order to be considered for admission. Only the ATI TEAS -or- TEAS V will be accepted, any student who has taken a previous version must take the ATI TEAS exam. For more information, students should review the following information:
    • ATI TEAS testing information, including study guides and practice exams.
    • Registration for the ATI TEAS exam is available on our Saint Xavier University's testing page. Students may also contact their local community colleges to see if the ATI TEAS test is administered at those locations.

Students who apply and are admitted into the nursing program at Saint Xavier University can anticipate at least one semester of coursework at Saint Xavier with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher before starting nursing courses.

Prerequisite Course Requirements

  • Survey of General, Organic and Bio-chemistry (4 credits)
  • Human Anatomy with a Lab (4 credits)
  • Human Physiology with a Lab (4 credits)
  • Microbiology (4 credits)
  • Speech Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • Principles of Psychology (3 credits)
  • Human Development through the Life Cycle (3 credits)
  • Intro. Statistics (4 credits)
  • Health and Nutrition Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • SOC/ANTH from Approved List (3 credits)

Accelerated BSN Option

Deadline and Start Term

Rolling admission for May cohort start. Due to space constraints we encourage students to apply as soon as possible.

The Accelerated-BSN (A-BSN) option allows the student with an earned baccalaureate degree to move through the baccalaureate pre-licensure program within a reduced time frame. Students in the A-BSN option begin coursework each May and complete the BSN program in 15 months. Courses are offered only full-time with no breaks between sessions.

Application Process

In order to complete an application, all students must complete the following admission requirements:

  • Complete an online application.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended with a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 with an earned baccalaureate degree.
  • Read, sign and submit the School of Nursing's Essential Abilities Form.
  • Submit two professional letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a current resume or brief curriculum vitae.
  • Submit personal statement/essay. This should be 300-500 words describing reasons for career change and choosing nursing as a major. Explain any attributes or characteristics that demonstrate you are a good candidate for an A-BSN program and your career goals as a nurse.
  • Complete an interview with School of Nursing.

Before beginning clinical courses, all students must provide the following: current health history, physical examination, complete immunization record, required laboratory reports, 12 panel drug screen, CPR certification, proof of health insurance and an Illinois State Police criminal background check.

Prerequisite Course Requirements

  • Survey of General, Organic and Bio-chemistry (4 credits)
  • Human Anatomy with a Lab (4 credits)
  • Human Physiology with a Lab (4 credits)
  • Microbiology (4 credits)
  • Speech Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • Principles of Psychology (3 credits)
  • Human Development through the Life Cycle (3 credits)
  • Intro. Statistics (4 credits)
  • Health and Nutrition Across the Lifespan (3 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • SOC/ANTH from Approved List (3 credits)

RN to BSN Online Option

Deadline and Start Term

Deadlines may be established per start term.

Application Process

In order to complete an application, all students must complete the following transfer admission requirements:

  • Complete an online application. Applications to our RN to BSN Online program are accepted through the NursingCAS application site.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. A 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA is required from all college coursework to be considered for admission. In order to be considered for admission, you must have an associate's degree in Nursing from an accredited program (ACEN, CCNR, NLNAC).
  • Completion of Penn State online learning readiness survey.
  • Current, active RN license in the US or a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). All students must maintain licensure throughout the program of study.
  • For International applicants: TOEFL scores of 92 on the internet-based TOEFL, or 580 on the paper-based TOEFL, or an IELTS score of 7.0.

Nursing Information Sessions

Students who are interested in finding out more information, or have additional questions, are encouraged to sign up for a Nursing Information Session. You may also request more information to be sent to you through regular mail or review the following links: