Nursing - RN to MSN

Building upon the foundations of education and experience, the professional nurse who chooses the pathway resulting in an advanced degree will make a positive impact on the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

For RNs who desire to sharpen nursing processes and critical thinking skills in preparation to educate other health team members, provide direct primary care or lead a class of students studying to be professional nurses, Marian's program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree will prepare graduates to assume teaching, advanced practice and leadership roles in healthcare.

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

Mission Statement

The mission of the Marian University School 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 Marian School of Nursing 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 Marian University School of Nursing 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.

RN to MSN Program Goals

The goals of the program are to:

  • Provide quality nursing programs at the baccalaureate and master's level.
  • Prepare learners for life-long learning in formal and informal settings.
  • Provide nursing education that prepares students to practice nursing with diverse populations in a variety of settings.

The RN student who seeks a program of study in fulfillment of a BSN degree or a MSN degree, or both, must complete the following RN-MSN nursing credits:

Liberal Arts, 25 credits:

ENG 106 Argumentative and Research Writing, 3 cr.
MAT 123 Introductory Statistics and Probability, 3 cr.
CHE 104 Introduction to Biochemistry, 4 cr.
HIS 114 World History Since 1900, 3 cr.
ENG Lit (per common core options), 3 cr.
MUS or ART (per common core options), 3 cr.
PHI 130 Philosophy and Values, 3cr.
THE 101 Introdcution to Christian Theology, 3cr.

Nursing, 33 credits:

NUR 211 Introduction to Baccalaureate and Higher Degree, 3 cr.
NUR 303 Legal Issues in Nursing Practice, 2 cr.
NUR 305 Transcultural Nursing and Health, 2 cr.
NUR 309 Pharmacological Intervention of Disease Process, 4 cr.
NUR 310 Introduction to Nursing Research, 2 cr.
NUR 435 Public Health Nursing, 4 cr.
NUR 455 Nursing Leadership and Management, 3 cr.
NUR 462 Critical Care Nursing, 4 cr.

NUR 511 Theories in Nursing (Graduate Course), 4 cr.*

NUR 545 Advanced Health & Physical Assessment (Graduate Course), 3 cr.*

NUR 500 Health Care Systems (Graduate Course), 2 cr.*


NUR 524 Nursing Informatics (Graduate Course), 2 cr. *

*9 credits in graduate nursing studies

Note: The RN-MSN student who intends to progress to graduate studies must take NUR 540 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 cr.) instead of NUR 500 or NUR 524. This course is a prerequisite to other courses in the MSN curriculum.

No Smoking

Did You Know?

Marian University is a tobacco-free campus (Source: Student Handbook, 2013-2014).

Campus Info

Marian University
45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699


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