Inspiring tomorrow’s healers.

To be a nurse is a calling. For every bit of nursing knowledge and technical expertise, it also takes compassion and a devotion to improving the lives of others. At Marian, we know. Because we’ve been educating and training some of the area’s best nurses for more than 100 years.

The Program
Your experience in Marian’s nursing program will be characterized by the same excellence, hands-on learning, personalized support and exceptional instruction that has earned us such an esteemed reputation over the decades. A hallmark of the program is the integration of our liberal arts core with our innovative curriculum and professional preparation.

The Possibilities
As a student in the nursing program, every day will present opportunities to learn and to grow. You’ll benefit from extensive hands-on training in the Agnes Center—our nursing resource and simulation facility—as well as experience in a variety of real-world clinical settings that’s incorporated into the program. The Marian University Student Nurses Association will present you with opportunities to meet with national leaders in the field, participate in service projects and attend nursing conventions across the country.

The Results
The nursing program is designed to deliver the best possible preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN®), and that’s exactly what it does. As a graduate of the program, you’ll be educationally and experientially prepared for success on the NCLEX-RN® and for a fulfilling career in a wide range of professional health care settings, in a field that the U.S. Department of Labor projects will grow by 26 percent through the year 2020.

The Marian Difference
The field of nursing has had a special place in the heart of Marian University since our founding. Here, you’ll find a faculty of accomplished health care professionals who bring decades of experience and a passion for teaching that’s hard to match. You’ll find enhanced offerings like our Master of Science in Nursing programs, in which you can specialize as a nurse educator or family nurse practitioner. These are just a few reasons why health care employers throughout the region look to Marian for nurses who are inspired to succeed.

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Program Information

The Nursing Programs offered by the Marian University School of Nursing and Health Professions are approved by the
State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Board of Nursing
and are accredited by the
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 887-6791

In 2014 the graduates of the program have an NCLEX pass rate of 82% for first time test takers.

Mission Statement

The mission of Nursing is to prepare students, within a faith-based university, for service as professional nurses and leaders dedicated to the caring and enrichment of individuals, families and communities.

Philosophy of Nursing

The Nursing Program faculty believes that each person is a unique being constantly interacting with his or her environment as member or society and is at the center of the care. The Nursing Program faculty believes it prepares nurse professionals and leaders to reach their highest potential to care for individuals within a global community to promote health throughout the lifespan. This learning environment provides the learner with opportunities to demonstrate personal responsibility and accountability for acquiring knowledge, forming values, developing interpersonal skills, critically analyzing information and situations, and making independent decisions while collaborating and communicating within interdisciplinary teams in a complex multidimensional 21st century healthcare environment.

Undergraduate Major Program Goals

The mission and philosophy of the School of Nursing and Health Professions serves as a foundation for the development of program goals. The baccalaureate program goals are to:

  • Provide a curriculum, which combines the foundation of liberal arts and biopsychosocial sciences with baccalaureate level nursing concepts.
  • Provide a curriculum, which fosters professional growth, professional development, and a commitment to life-long learning at the baccalaureate level.
  • Provide a curriculum that fosters strong critical thinking and decision-making skills for the baccalaureate level nurse within the nursing, teaching-learning, research, and leadership processes.
  • Foster compassion and respect for people from diverse cultures and the belief that each person has the right to participate in the fullness of life to the greatest extent possible.

Traditional BSN Program Outcomes

General Education Program: 46-49 credits of University requirements including School of Nursing and Health Professions course requirements (55-58 credits):
BIO 100 Life Systems, 3 cr.
BIO 205 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, 5 cr.
BIO 210 Fundamentals of Microbiology, 3 cr.
CHE 103 General, Organic and Biochemistry, 5 cr.
COM 302 Intercultural Communication, 3 cr.
PHI 220 Bioethics, 3 cr.
PSY 105 Human Development, 3 cr.
SWK 210 Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis, 3 cr.

61 credits:
NRS 200 Health Promotion, Wellness, and Safety Across the Lifespan, 6 cr.
NRS 215 Introduction to Pharmacology, 2 cr.
NRS 230 Health Assessment, 4 cr.
NRS 300 Patient Centered Care Across the Lifespan I, 6 cr.
NRS 315 Psychosocial Integrity Across the Lifespan, 2 cr.
NRS 325 Health Care Systems, 2 cr.
NRS 335 Research in Health Care, 3 cr.
NRS 350 Patient Centered Care Across the Lifespan II, 6 cr.
NRS 365 Health Care Informatics, 2, cr.
NRS 400 Patient Centered Care Across the Lifespan III, 6 cr.
NRS 415 Leadership and Health Care Professionals, 3 cr.
NRS 425 Trends and Issues in Health Care, 2 cr.
NRS 430 Public Health, 5 cr.
NRS 450 Patient Centered Care Across the Lifespan IV, 4 cr.
NRS 461 Concept Synthesis, 1 cr.
NRS 470 Senior Capstone, 4 cr.
SWK 422 Law and the Helping Professions, 3 cr.

9 credits from the following:
(health care focused or approved by academic advisor)
ATH 201 Introduction to Expressive and Therapeutic Arts, 3 cr.
ATH 203 Basic Therapeutic Skills, 3 cr.
BIO 301 Genetics, 4 cr.
CHH 200 Foundations of Social Welfare, 3 cr.
CHH 205 Foundations of Thanatology, 3 cr.
CHH 305 Poverty and Community Health, 3 cr.
CMG 315 Gender and Sexuality in the 21st Century, 3 cr.
ECE 301 Teaching Young Children with Special Needs, 3 cr.
EDU 213 Introduction to Exceptional Education, 3 cr.
ESS 200 Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science, 1 cr.
ESS 205 Health, Safety, and First Aid, 2 cr.
FOS 105 Survey of Forensic Sciences, 1 cr.
GRB 350 Palliative and Hospice Care, 3 cr.
GRB 400 Death in the Lives of Children and Teenagers, 3 cr.
HCA 201 Introduction to Health Care Administration, 3 cr.
NUR 220 Introduction to Medical Terminology, 2 cr.
NRS 299 Lower Level Nursing Elective
NRS 499 Upper Level Nursing Elective
PHI 306 Ethics of Gender, Race, and Class, 3 cr.
PSY 211 Abnormal Psychology, 3 cr.
PSY 222 Human Sexuality, 3 cr.
PSY 301 Drugs and Behavior, 3 cr.
PSY 322 Child Psychology, 3 cr.
PSY 330 Forensic Psychology, 3 cr.
PSY 331 Neuroscience, 3 cr.
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr.
SPA 109 Spanish for Medical Personnel I, 3 cr.
SPA 110 Spanish for Medical Personnel II, 3 cr.
SPA 220 Salud Hispana: Spanish for Health Care, 3 cr.
SPA 222 Latino Patient, 3 cr.
SWK 101 Introduction to Social Work, 3 cr.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

Admission and Progression Policies for Pre-licensure BSN Students

Traditional Freshman (Pre-Nursing) Admission Requirements:

1. Admission to university per university standards. Academic Bulletin

Transfer Student Admission:
1. Admission to university per university standards. Academic Bulletin
2. Transfer students may be admitted as Pre-Nursing or Nursing majors depending on prerequisite completion and must follow progression policies as indicated below.

In order to apply for the Nursing Major the following must be met:

1. Completion of Application to Nursing Major form, minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, and minimum cumulative 2.5 math/science GPA

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 calculated using credits from all schools attended. Once 12 credits have been earned at Marian University, only the Marian University credits will be used for cumulative GPA calculation if those credits were earned within the last 2 years. If the Marian University credits were earned more than 2 years ago the GPA will be calculated using credits from all schools attended.

Minimum math/science GPA calculated on all required math and/or science courses completed taken at Marian University or another institution.

For full consideration to the Nursing Major:

2. TEAS Exam and written essay are required for fullconsideration.
3. Completion of Criminal Background Check and Health and Safety requirements.

The above must bereceived by February 1 preceding the fall of intent to enter nursing majorcoursework or August 15 preceding the spring of intent to enter nursing majorcoursework.

Additional criteria for Admission to the Nursing Major:

4. Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA on all required math/science courses

Completion of required math and science courses with grades of “C” (2.0) or better and a minimum cumulative math and science GPA (CMSGPA) of 2.500. *Must be completed within the last 5 years.

BIO 100 LifeSystems *
BIO 205 Anatomy& Physiology *
BIO 210 Microbiology *
CHE 103 General,Organic & Biochemistry *
SWK 210 Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis

Note: Only one required math one required science course with a grade less than “C” (2.0) will be allowed to be repeated once to obtain a grade of “C” (2.0) or better for that course. This requirement applies to all required math and science courses taken at Marian University as well as those taken at other institutions. A second grade of less than “C” (2.0) in the repeated course or any other required math or science course will result in dismissal from the nursing program. Transfer students – the above “Note” also applies as well as with nursing courses if transferring from a nursing program from another institution. Only one nursing course will be allowed to be repeated once to obtain a grade of “C” (2.0) or betterfor that course. This does include withdrawing from a course. If more than one nursing course is withdrawn from or not passed it will result in ineligibility for the Nursing Major.

5. Completion PSY 105 Human Development; ENG 105 ExpositoryWriting; and ENG 106 Argumentative and Research Writing all with grades of “C”(2.0) or better.
6. Completion of 46 college-level credits.
7. Possible Interview

Students who have been denied admission to the nursing program due to a CGPA of less than 3.000 may submit an application requesting admission to the nursing program, if admission criteria are met, during the next application period. Automatic admission to the program for the next academic year is not guaranteed. Each student case will be considered individually and are handled on a space-available basis.

Essential capabilities are necessary in the complex discipline of nursing. To enter or progress in the nursing curriculum, the candidate must be able to perform all of the essential capabilities (with or without accommodations). See Essential Capabilities of Nursing Majors inthe Student Nursing Handbook.

Criteria for Progression in the Nursing Major

  1. Maintain a Cumulative 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) based on all credits earned at Marian University.
  2. Earn at least a “C” grade (2.0) in all required nursing courses. Students who achieve less than a “C” grade in a required nursing course must successfully repeat the respective required nursing course before progressing in the program. Readmission to the major is not guaranteed and is handled on a space available basis. No more than one required nursing course may be repeated throughout the nursing curriculum with the exception noted in number 3 below. A student must work with their academic advisor when planning to repeat classes.
  3. A student who is granted a medical withdrawal may repeat only one semester of nursing courses. Re-enrollment in nursing courses is on a space available basis and therefore is not guaranteed.
  4. A student may only re-enroll in one nursing course while in the nursing program. The exception to this is if a student is granted a medical withdrawal for all nursing courses in a single semester. In this instance the student may re-enroll in all courses on a space available basis. If the student drops or fails any of the courses during the re-enrollment, the student will be dismissed from the program.
    Note: A student must complete the nursing program within four (4) years from the time of entering the first nursing course.
  5. All courses registered must be completed with a posted grade. A student may not progress in the nursing curriculum plan until incompletes are removed from the transcript.
  6. One probationary semester will be allowed one time for a student who has earned a Cumulative GPA in the range from 2.700-2.749 and has also met all other progression requirements including a C (2.0) in all nursing courses. The student will be granted the probationary semester and allowed to continue in nursing course work to achieve the CGPA progression requirement.
  7. Failure to meet the CGPA progression requirement at the conclusion of the probationary semester, or in any subsequent semester, will result in dismissal from the nursing program. The dismissed student will not be allowed to petition for readmission to the major until all progression requirements have been met.
  8. A student on probation due to not meeting CGPA progression requirements must successfully complete all nursing courses enrolled in during the probation semester with a C (2.0) or better. Withdrawal from a course does not constitute successful completion of a course.
  9. Completion of required competency testing and evaluations.
  10. Completion of Dosage Calculation Competency exams meeting the required minimum standard.
  11. Attend an annual nursing student in-service in preparation for clinical.
  12. Maintain up-to-date and accurate health and safety records as outlined in the Health and Safety Policy.

Failure to meet any requirement by the stated deadline will impact progression and anticipated graduation date.

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