Saint Xavier University School of Nursing Students

Freshman Admission

School of Nursing Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the University as pre-clinical nursing majors must comply with the School of Nursing admission requirements in order to be officially admitted to the program.

Freshmen Students

Admission Requirements

For consideration for admission as a freshman nursing major:

  • minimum 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative high school GPA
  • either the ACT or SAT test are accepted
    • Required ACT scores for nursing:
      1. minimum ACT composite score of 21
      2. minimum ACT science subscore of 21
      3. minimum ACT math subscore of 22
    • Required SAT scores for nursing: (for SAT tests taken in or after March 2016)
      1. minimum SAT total score of 1060
      2. minimum SAT Math score of 560
      3. minimum SAT Evidence-based Reading/Writing score of 500
  • grade of B or better in high school biology and chemistry courses
  • an essay describing why you want to be a nurse, and why you would like to study at Saint Xavier University

Freshman Nursing Application Process

  1. Apply online. There is no fee.
  2. Submit official high school transcript or GED score report.
  3. Submit official ACT or SAT scores, unless included on high school transcript.
  4. Submit an essay describing your reasons for pursuing the nursing program and why you are interested in attending Saint Xavier University.
  5. Submit a signed Nursing Essential Abilities and Behaviors Form to the Office of Admission.

Health Requirements

Before beginning clinical courses, students must provide all of the following:

  • Physical Examination
  • Titers
  • Tetanus
  • Annual TB Screen
  • Influenza Immunization
  • Current BLS certification for Healthcare Providers
  • Proof of Comprehensive Health Insurance
  • Complete Immunization Record
  • CPR certification
  • Current Health History
  • Required Laboratory Reports

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 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.

For more information, take a look at the undergraduate nursing requirements (PDF).

Transfer Students

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.

Admission Requirements

For consideration for admission as a transfer nursing major:
  • 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.

Health Requirements

Before beginning clinical courses, students must provide all of the following:

  • Physical Examination
  • Titers
  • Tetanus
  • Annual TB Screen
  • Influenza Immunization
  • Current BLS certification for Healthcare Providers
  • Proof of Comprehensive Health Insurance
  • Complete Immunization Record
  • CPR certification
  • Current Health History
  • Required Laboratory Reports

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 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.

Accelerated BSN Students

Admission Requirements

Qualified applicants for the Accelerated BSN (BSN/ACC) option must possess an earned baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale which includes all prerequisite coursework. Applicants will also be required to submit:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • A current resume or brief curriculum vita
  • A 300-500 word essay describing reasons for desiring a career change and choosing nursing as a major.
  • Submit a signed Nursing Essential Abilities and Behaviors Form to the Office of Admission.

A member of the nursing department will interview each applicant when their application file is complete. Those accepted into the program will be required to participate in a mandatory on-site orientation.

Prerequisite Course Requirements

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

Please note that a minimum grade of "B" is required in all science prerequisite courses. Biological science courses must be taken within five years of entering the program. All other prerequisite courses must show a grade of "C" or higher. Courses with a grade of "D" will not transfer. All prerequisite coursework must be complete prior to beginning the BSN/ACC program.

Health Requirements

Before beginning clinical courses, students must provide all of the following:

  • Physical Examination
  • Titers
  • Tetanus
  • Annual TB Screen
  • Influenza Immunization
  • Current BLS certification for Healthcare Providers
  • Proof of Comprehensive Health Insurance
  • Complete Immunization Record
  • CPR certification
  • Current Health History
  • Required Laboratory Reports

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 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.

RN to BSN Online Option

Admission Requirements

Qualified applicants for the RN to BSN Online option must possess:

  • Diploma or associate's degree in nursing from an accredited program (ACEN, CCNE, NLNAC).
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4-point scale.
  • Current, active RN license in the U.S. or in 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.
  • TOEFL scores of 92 TOEFL iBT, or 580 paper-based TOEFL, or 7.0 IELTS.

Admission Deadlines

  • Spring 2018: December 1, 2017

RN to BSN Nursing Application Process

Apply online. There is no fee.

Contact Information

Have questions or would like to find out more? For more information, please contact Dr. Charlene Bermele at bermele@sxu.edu or 773-298-3180.