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  Oct 20, 2017
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Nursing, B.S.N.

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed for the student who is interested in becoming a professional registered nurse.  The graduate is prepared as a generalist to meet the health care needs of diverse populations across the lifespan in an ever-changing, highly technical health care environment.  The program is focused on an holistic health and wellness model and educates nurses in the skills of communication, coordination and cooperation with an interprofessional team of health care providers  in a variety of settings.  Teaching is enhanced by state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratories and interprofessional learning opportunities. 

Students are able to complete a program of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in one of two tracks:  the traditional, four-year track for students with no previous baccalaureate degree or the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) which is designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in other disciplines.  All students meet the four program outcomes of scholarship, leadership, service and professional and personal development.

BSN Traditional Track

The four-year pre-licensure program requires 126 credits for graduation.  Xavier’s core curriculum requirements complement the innovative nursing curriculum.  This well-rounded approach to education enables students to develop critical thinking and communication skills - two qualities essential in today’s unpredictable and increasingly complex health care environment. 

The BSN traditional track is a selective admission program.  Go to: to review admission requirements specific to nursing.  

Hispanic Focus

Students enrolled in the BSN program have the opportunity to add the Hispanic Focus to their course of study.  This focus is a selection of interdisciplinary courses and selected nursing assignments intended to enhance the student’s understanding of, and nursing practice with, the ever-growing Hispanic population.  Additional information about the Hispanic Focus is at

BSN-MSN Honors Program

Students enrolled in the BSN program have the opportunity to complete a master’s degree in Clinical Nurse Leader or General Studies within three to four semesters following graduation from the BSN program.  Students may apply for this program during fall semester of junior year.  Students should contact their faculty advisor for details and admission criteria.

B.S. in Nursing

The BSN degree program requires undergraduate core curriculum courses, 62 credit hours of nursing courses, additional science courses, one additional math course and one additional social studies course. 120 credit hours are required for a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University but due to the additional requirements for nursing major, 126 credit hours are required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing..

This sample course sequence serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree. Seek guidance from your academic advisor.


Freshman Year

Total (16)

Second Semester

Total (16)

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

Scheduling Notes:

  • 1 These courses must be taken in the semester indicated.
  • 2 These core courses must be taken freshman year
  • C Meets university core requirement 
  • In addition to the University core curriculum requirements, all students must satisfy the 5 flags.  The 5 flags include:  Diversity (NURS 132 fulfills), E/RS*, Oral Communication (NURS 130 fulfills), Quantitative Reasoning (CHEM 150, 151 fulfills), Writing (NURS 370 fulfills).  *Nursing students may be able to fulfill the remaining E/RS flag by selecting a Theological Perspectives courses that is also approved as E/RS flag.
  • 3 Nursing students should choose a course that fulfills the E/RS elective.
  • 4 Humanities elective may be satisfied by 1 course from the following: All Classics except 205: ENGL 121+ except 205; FREN 300+, GERM 300+, HIST 200+, PHIL 300+, THEO 300+.    Note: Humanities Elective may not double-count as an E/RS flag (though may be E/RS flagged course).
  • No Theology course may double-count for both Theological Perspectives and Humanities Elective.
  • Each practicum credit is equal to three (3) clock hours per week.
  • The nursing elective may also be taken any time after the completion of all 200 level nursing courses.

Progression Notes:

  • A minimum grade of “C” is required in all nursing courses and in science, math and social science courses.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.700 is required to progress to sophomore level and must be maintained throughout the program.


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