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Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic

  • The SXU Health Center is proud to be a nurse practitioner-led clinic serving students, staff/faculty and community members. In keeping with the strong nursing tradition of Saint Xavier University, the SXU Health Center has always been staffed by nurses and nurse practitioners.
  • All of our nurse practitioners are licensed and certified as family nurse practitioners, meaning they can see children and adults. They have each received specialized training in assessing, diagnosing and treating common health problems as well as promoting health and wellness.
  • We have a collaborating physician who is available for phone consults as necessary, although she does not practice on-site.

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

  • A nurse practitioner (NP) is a nurse who has also completed a master's or doctorate degree to become an Advanced Practice Nurse. NPs can get certified in many different specialties, including family, adult, acute care, mental health and pediatrics.
  • Nurse Practitioners have been providing primary, acute and specialty health care to patients of all ages and walks of life for over half a century.
  • NPs assess patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, make diagnoses and initiate and manage treatment plans -- including prescribing medications. They also can refer patients to specialists when necessary. They are the health care providers of choice for millions of patients.
  • Family nurse practitioners (FNP) receive training in pediatrics, adult and women's health during their graduate level courses.

History of the SXU Health Center

  • The SXU Health Center has been providing health services to the community since 1986, when it first opened within the SXU School of Nursing and Health Sciences. At that time, local families could bring their children for low- or no-cost immunizations through the Vaccines for Children program. The clinic was staffed by nursing faculty and students.
  • By 2002, there was a need within the community to open a Health Center that could see students and community members for sick visits, physicals and immunizations. Most community members seen were under- or uninsured. The Health Center was staffed with two nurse practitioners and was open for about 10 hours per week.
  • By 2005, the nurse practitioners at the SXU Health Center were seeing enough patients to necessitate a move out of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The SXU Health Center moved into a modular unit on campus and was open five days per week to accommodate the growing patient population.
  • In July 2018, the SXU Health Center expanded again and moved to the Driehaus Center at 3925 W. 103rd Street.