Saint Xavier University Nursing Students

Graduate Admission

Graduate Nursing And Health Sciences Admission

Extended Application Deadline for FNP Spring 2019 Term 

The deadline to submit Spring 2019 MSN Family Nurse Practitioner applications and documents has been extended to November 16, 2018.

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.

Nursing Admission Requirements

MSN FNP Track and Certificate Program

Application Deadline: November 16, 2018.

The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track is taught in a hybrid fashion with the first year and summer semesters taught online and supportive, second- and third-year courses taught on campus. The post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate is a campus-based program.

If you are interested in applying for either the MSN/FNP or post-master's FNP track, please complete and submit the online application through NursingCAS.

Applications for the FNP program will be reviewed continuously throughout the academic year and final decisions are made in May and October. For more information about FNP coursework and schedules, contact Beth DeCarlo, assistant to graduate programs, at 773-298-3189 or Laura Tucco, director of the FNP program at 773-298-3726 . For more information about the application or submission processes, please contact the NursingCAS support staff at 617-612-2880.

Online MSN Tracks and Certificate Program

Online MSN tracks offered include Clinical Leadership (CL), Executive Leadership (EL), and Nurse Educator (NE). 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 and Health Sciences 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.

Requirements for Admission

Admission Requirements

Qualified applicants for the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program must have 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. Applicants will also be required to submit:

  • A completed Saint Xavier Graduate Student application, including a personal statement, submitted through NursingCAS, a nursing centralized application system.
  • Current licensure in a state or territory of the United States.
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly to NursingCAS 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.

Qualified applicants for the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate program must have graduation from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited master's in nursing program. Applicants will also be required to submit:

  • A completed Saint Xavier Graduate Student application, including a personal statement, submitted through NursingCAS, a nursing centralized application system.
  • Current licensure in a state or territory of the United States.
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly to NursingCAS 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.

Health Requirements

Before beginning courses, applicants must provide all of the following:

  • Physical Examination
  • Titers
  • Tetanus
  • Annual TB Screen
  • Influenza Immunization
  • Current BLS certification for Health care Providers
  • Complete Immunization Record

Additionally, students are required to test negative for drugs in a 12 panel drug screening prior to beginning their clinical experience and as required by clinical agencies. The University and School of Nursing and Health Sciences reserve the right to require random drug screenings based upon reasonable suspicion.

Background Check

Students are responsible for completing and clearing a criminal background check as a condition of admission to the nursing program and must do so annually thereafter. All students shall have an ongoing duty to report any violations of this policy and/or state and/or federal law.

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 and Health Sciences 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 and Health Sciences 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 and Health Sciences 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.

Nursing Special Entry Option

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. GARP approves the SEO application
  2. Application is received from admissions and referred to GARP for review
  3. An interview is conducted by the Associate Deans of the graduate and the undergraduate programs to discuss the requirements of the SEO.
  4. Upon successful completion of the admission interview by the graduate and undergraduate deans GARP is notified of the accepted admission.
  5. Admission status is Regular Admit (AD REG).
  6. GARP notifies UGARP so they can monitor the student's progress during the undergraduate courses.
  7. A nursing faculty advisor is assigned. Faculty advisor in collaboration with Undergraduate Associate Dean will provide program plan for completion of undergraduate coursework.
  8. Student to meet with advisor each semester to register for coursework.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. Students must earn a B or better in the undergraduate courses to progress through the undergraduate portion of the SEO to enter graduate level courses.
  12. 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.

Speech-Language Pathology

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology that is designed for students who are interested in gaining hands-on experience with speech-therapy clients.

Application Requirements

Note: Do not apply for this program through the Saint Xavier University website! In order to be considered for admission into the Saint Xavier University graduate SLP program, submit an application through CSDCAS - and only through CSDCAS.

Applicants to Saint Xavier University's master of science in speech-language pathology program must meet the following specific requirements in addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate study at the University:

  1. Completion of an undergraduate major, or equivalent undergraduate course sequence, in speech language pathology. Undergraduate preparation typically includes:
    • coursework in biological and physical sciences, mathematics, behavioral and social sciences, statistics, linguistics and psycholinguistics
    • basic human communication and swallowing processes, including: anatomy and physiology of speech, hearing and swallowing mechanisms; speech and hearing science; phonetics; normal language development; basic audiology; neurological bases of communication and swallowing
    • introduction to developmental and acquired communication disorders, basic clinical methods and up to 50 hours of clinical practicum
  2. Scores on the general and writing section of the graduate record examination (GRE). A combined general score of 300 and a writing score of 4.0 is preferred, not required. If you take the GRE more than once, then please know that the highest score of yours from each of the three categories -- verbal, quantitative, writing -- is what will be considered when reviewing your GRE scores.
  3. For CSDI "Majors," a minimum undergraduate cum GPA of 3.2/4.0 is required. For "Non-Majors," the cum GPA from either your bachelor's degree or CSDI bridge courses must be 3.2/4.0. If you do not meet either of these GPA requirements, you will not be considered for admission.
  4. Three written recommendations from individuals able to comment on the applicant's academic and clinical achievements and potential for successful graduate study.
  5. Submission of a narrative regarding interest in the field.

Application Procedures

In order to apply to the graduate program in communication sciences and disorders at Saint Xavier University, individuals must submit an online application through the communication sciences and disorders central application service (CSDCAS) only. Do not submit an application through Saint Xavier University. CSDCAS posts frequently asked questions on the applicant portal. You are encouraged to read the FAQs before submitting your application.

Important information:

  • CSDCAS Application Portal
  • You must have your application and all materials submitted directly to CSDCAS by January 15 in order to be considered for admission into the following fall semester. The SXU CSDCAS GRE code is 0755. We encourage you to submit your application to CSDCAS by December 31 to allow CSDCAS ample time to process your application, combine it with the required supplemental items, and prepare it for the admission committee.
  • Your application and all supplemental items must reach CSDCAS by January 15 in order for you to be considered for admission. The admissions committee at SXU will not review any applicant's file whose application, three recommendations, narrative statement, GRE results, or official transcripts do not reach CSDCAS by January 15.
  • CSDCAS Customer Service Information is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST at 617-612-2030 or csdcasinfo@csdcas.org.
  • Send official transcripts to:

CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471

Admission Requirements for International Students

International students have additional application/admission requirements. See Supplementary Admission Criteria for International Students.

Admission Requirements for Non-Majors

For information about admission requirements for non-majors, please visit the Transfer into Communication Sciences and Disorders web page.