Nursing

Program Features

The undergraduate Nursing program prepares students as professional nurses capable of meeting the health-care needs of diverse populations with the ability to adapt to a highly technical health-care environment that is constantly evolving. Our graduates are qualified to sit for the registered nurse licensure exam and the holistic nurses certification exam. They leave Xavier ready to practice nursing today and be nursing leaders tomorrow in holistic health-care delivery.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Nursing major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • BIOLOGY 140 Human Anatomy & Physiology............ 3cr.
  • BIOLOGY 141 Anatomy & Physiology Lab............ 1cr.
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE Elective............ 3cr.
  • SOCIOLOGY 101 Introduction to Sociology OR social-impact............ 3cr.
  • WORK 167 Survey of Society Social-impact Work............ 3cr.
  • CORE 100 First Year Seminar OR THEOLOGY 111 - Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101 First Yr Co-Curriculum Program I............ 0cr.
  • NURSING 130 Ways of Knowing............ 3cr.

Spring

  • BIOLOGY 142 Anatomy & Physiology II*............ 3cr.
  • BIOLOGY 143 Anatomy & Physiology Lab II*............ 1cr.
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE Elective............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language Elective............ 3cr.
  • MATH Elective*............ 3cr.
  • CORE 100 First Year Seminar OR THEOLOGY 111 - Theological Foundations............ 0cr.
  • CORE 102 First Year Co-Curriculum Program I............ 0cr.
  • NURSING 132 Health & Culture I............ 3cr.

Fall

  • CHEMISTRY 150 Physiological Chemistry*............ 3cr.
  • CHEMISTRY 151 Physiological Chemistry Lab*............ 1cr.
  • ENGLISH 101 English Composition OR ENGLISH 115 English Rhetoric............ 0cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 100 Ethics as Introduction to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • NURSING 224 Nursing Therapeutics I............ 4cr.
  • NURSING 225 Nursing Therapeutics I Practicum............ 2cr.

Spring

  • NURSING 364 Pathophysiology............ 3cr.
  • BIOLOGY 200 Microbiology*............ 3cr.
  • BIOLOGY 201 Microbiology Lab*............ 1cr.
  • Historical Perspectives Electiv............ 3cr.
  • NURSING 230 Nursing Therapeutics II............ 4cr.
  • NURSING 231 Nursing Therapeutics II Practicum............ 2cr.

Fall

  • Theological Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 205 Literature and the Moral Imagination (see catalog for other choices)............ 3cr.
  • MATH 116 OR MATH 156 Statistics............ 3cr.
  • NURSING 360 Adult in Transitions............ 4cr.
  • NURSING 361 Adult in Transitions Practicum............ 4cr.

Spring

  • PHILOSOPHY 200 Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • PSYCHOLOGY 277 Abnormal Psychology............ 3cr.
  • NURSING 370 Nursing Research............ 2cr.
  • NURSING 374 Child Rearing Families in Transition............ 2cr.
  • NURSING 375 Child Rearing Families in Transition Practicum............ 2cr.
  • NURSING 376 Childbearing Families in Transition............ 2cr.
  • NURSING 377 Childbearing Families in Transition............ 2cr.

Fall

  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • NURSING 452 Mental Health Nursing............ 3cr.
  • NURSING 451 Mental Health Nursing Practicum............ 1cr.
  • NURSING 470 Community Health Nursing............ 3cr.
  • NURSING 471 Community Health Nursing Practicum............ 3cr.
  • Nursing Elective............ 1cr.

Spring

  • NURSING 472 Care of the Complex Client............ 4cr.
  • NURSING 473 Care of the Complex Client Practicum............ 4cr.
  • NURSING 498 Nursing Senior Seminar............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Nursing major at Xavier:

Ways of Knowing (NURS 130) - Introduces the student to nursing as a profession.

Pathophysiology (NURS 364) - Covers general concepts of disease processes in order to provide rationale for diagnosis and health-illness transitions.

Care of the Complex Client (NURS 472) - This course prepares the student to integrate knowledge from all previous courses in emphasizing the interrelatedness of the mind, body, and spirit in order to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate care of the complex client.

Clubs

Student Nurse Organization

The goal of the Student Nurse Organization is to enhance the development of student nurses as professionals. The club plans activities and events that develop nursing students' understanding of the role of the nurse in today's health-care system, encourage participation in community service projects, facilitate interaction with other Xavier Clubs, and provide a supportive social network for students in the nursing program. 

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Outcomes

98% of Xavier health-care graduates, including nurses, are employed or in grad school within 6 months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Registered Nurse, Medical Assistant, Clinical Research Coordinator, Patient Representative

Top Employers: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, The Christ Hospital, Mercy Health, Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

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Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Sim Labs

Xavier's state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratories in the new Health United Building supplement students' clinical experiences by providing futuristic learning environments. Using human patient simulators, students have the opportunity to participate in simulated challenging, real-life scenarios.


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New Facilities

Xavier’s undergraduate Nursing program is housed in the brand-new Health United Building (HUB), a space designed to combine academic programs with a modern recreational center and student wellness services.


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Clinical Sites

Students are in practicum placements from 6-12 hours per week in a variety of hospitals and other health-care agencies. Xavier maintains agreements with more than 30 institutions and agencies in the Greater Cincinnati area.


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Nursing Major at Xavier University

The undergraduate Nursing program at Xavier University is a community-based, holistic program focused on a health and wellness model that educates future nurses in the skills of communication, coordination and cooperation with other health-care professionals. Students choose a traditional, four-year track for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) for those with a degree in other disciplines. Graduates are qualified to sit for the registered nurse licensure examination and for the holistic nurse certification examination.

Xavier University’s College of Nursing prepares undergraduate and graduate students as professional nurses to meet the needs of diverse populations in an ever-changing, highly technical health-care environment. Graduates have the skills to practice nursing today and to be nurse leaders tomorrow in holistic health-care delivery with an educational foundation grounded in Jesuit values. Our graduates are well-respected in the health-care community as knowledgeable, professional, and ethical and prepared to excel in meeting challenges in health-care delivery. Xavier’s Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."