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.

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The Marian University Nursing Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. This accreditation is based on four standards which measure the Nursing Programs’ ability to achieve the mission, goals, and expected outcomes of the programs. The extent to which the Nursing Programs achieve the mission, goals, and outcomes determines the quality of the educational program and preparation of students to enter the profession of nursing.

Standard I: Program Quality – Mission and Governance

The mission, goals, and expected program outcomes are congruent with those of the parent institution, reflect professional nursing standards and guidelines, and consider the needs and expectations of the community of interest. Policies of the parent institution and nursing program clearly support the program’s mission, goals, and expected outcomes. The faculty and students of the program are involved in the governance of the program and in the ongoing efforts to improve program quality.

Standard II: Program Quality – Institutional Commitment and Resources

The parent institution demonstrates ongoing commitment to and support for the nursing program. The institution makes resources available to enable the program to achieve its mission, goals, and expected outcomes. The faculty, as a resource of the program, enable the achievement of the mission, goals, and expected program outcomes.

Standard III: Program Quality – Curriculum and Teaching-Learning Practices

The curriculum is developed in accordance with the program’s mission, goals, and expected student outcomes. The curriculum reflects professional nursing standards and guidelines and the needs and expectations of the community of interest. Teaching-learning practices are congruent with expected student outcomes. The environment for teaching-learning fosters achievement of expected student outcomes.

Standard IV: Program Effectiveness – Assessment and Achievement of Program Outcomes

The program is effective in fulfilling its mission and goals as evidenced by achieving expected program outcomes. Program outcomes include student outcomes, faculty outcomes, and other outcomes identified by the program. Data on program effectiveness are used to foster ongoing program improvement.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2013). Standards for accreditation of baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. Washington, D.C.: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
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Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 887-6791

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The mission and philosophy of the Marian University nursing programs serve as a foundation for the development of baccalaureate nursing program goals, which are to:

  • Provide a curriculum, which combines the foundation of liberal arts and biopsychosoocial 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 with in 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Partner with the patient to plan, provide and evaluate compassionate and coordinated care with respect for patient preferences, values and needs (Patient Centered Care, Critical Thinking, Socially Responsible Action);
  • Integrate information and technology for the purpose of communication, knowledge management and clinical decision support (Informatics, Knowledge Acquisition);
  • Participate in the quality improvement process to optimize achievement of patient outcomes (Quality Improvement, Critical Thinking);
  • Provide and analyze patient care in an effort to minimize risk to patients and providers (Safety, Critical Thinking, Socially Responsible Action);
  • Integrate best current evidence for the practice of effective nursing care and achievement of optimal outcomes (Evidence-based Practice, Critical Thinking);
  • Collaborate with members of the health care team, inclusive of the patient and system, to provide holistic care (Teamwork and Collaboration, Global Perspectives);
  • Utilize the critical thinking process in utilization of nursing judgment to make timely and appropriate healthcare decisions to address patient, system, and community needs; and
  • Demonstrate leadership and system thinking skills in their professional practice.

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.

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.
PSY 210 Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis, 3 cr.

62 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, 3 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 Population 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.

8 health care focused elective credits

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

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.

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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.


Students gain applied knowledge for competent nursing care and develop a profound appreciation for the importance of nursing research as the stronghold of evidence-based practice.

Pre-licensure BSN Program

The pre-licensure undergraduate program prepares beginning students for professional nursing while completing coursework in liberal arts, biopsychosocial sciences and nursing. This program is designed so that a student may complete the curriculum in eight semesters (four years). Degree completion may take longer if progression requirements are not met in a timely fashion. Students progress to nursing coursework after completion of three semesters of general education course work. New cohorts begin in the fall and spring semesters of each year. Graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®).


Traditional freshmen may declare the nursing major if the student demonstrates completion of a college preparatory curriculum in high school that includes a minimum of:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English (4 semesters), and
  • Math (2 semesters including Algebra).

Transfer students may declare the nursing major if progression criteria as outlined below are met.


Criteria for-Progression to Sophomore-Level Nursing Course Work

Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (CGPA) calculated on a minimum of 46 college-level credits. The 46 college-level credits must include the following courses or equivalents with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) or better.

  • PSY 105 Human Growth and Development
  • ENG 105 Expository Writing
  • ENG 106 Argumentative and Research Writing

Minimum 2.5 math/science GPA calculated on all required math and/or science courses completed at Marian University or another institution (*courses must have been completed within the last 7 years).

  • BIO 100 Life Systems
  • BIO 205 Anatomy & Physiology*
  • BIO 210 Microbiology*
  • CHE 103 General, Organic & Biochemistry*
  • PSY 210 Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis
  • Completion of standardized admission assessment exam.
  • Submission of criminal background check and health and safety requirements.
  • An Interview may be required.

Criteria for progression to junior and senior level nursing coursework:

  • Maintain a 2.750 Cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) based on all credits earned at Marian University.
  • Earn at least a C grade (2.0) in all required nursing courses.
  • Completion of required competency testing and evaluations.
  • Completion of Medication Safety Competency exams meeting the required minimum standard.
  • Completion of an annual nursing student in-service in preparation for clinical.
  • 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.

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.

2014 calendar year NCLEX pass rate: 82%
2015 calendar year NCLEX pass rate: 74% for first time testers, 88.9% for all testers

When asked to rate how well the program prepared them to meet Student Learning Outcomes, December 2015 graduates rated all learning outcomes at a 4 or better out of 5.

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Lois Augustson, MSN
Assistant Professor

Mary Fischer, MSN, CNM
Assistant Professor

Dr. Katie Hughes, DNP
Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Department Chair

Christine Laurent, MSN
Associate Professor

Rachel Loduha, MSN
Assistant Professor

Devon Lor, MSN
Assistant Professor

Peggy Murphy, MSN
Assistant Professor

Jayme Nagle, MSN
Assistant Professor

Heidi Neuhauser, MSN
Assistant Professor

Nancy Noble, MSN
Associate Professor

Cheryl Passel, Ph.D
Assistant Professor

KiErrin Phillips, MSN
Assistant Professor

Judith Pomeroy, MSN
Assistant Professor

Karen Roberts, MSN
Associate Professor

Anne Rosploch, MSN
Assistant Professor

Lisa Schmidt, MSN
Assistant Professor

Breana Sutfin, MSN
Assistant Professor


Did You Know?

Nine companies within Wisconsin partnered with Marian University and provided input to our Business programs (Source: School of Business and Public Safety, 2013-2014).

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