Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Earn your 4-year BSN degree from Marian University

Hands-on learning, personalized support, exceptional instruction, and direct entry – it’s what you can expect from Marian University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Marian’s expert faculty, state-of-the-art learning and a history of being a leading nursing school in Wisconsin will prepare you to take the NCLEX-RN® and become the registered nurse you’ve always wanted to be – in just eight semesters.

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Graduates are highly regarded by employers for their clinical competence and leadership abilities, and they’re prepared to face the ever-changing healthcare environment. Our BSN students start with nursing courses as a sophomore, and acceptance into Marian means acceptance into the BSN program.

Learn more about our direct entry BSN program

Become a Nurse: The Most Honest and Ethical Profession

Hear from Dr. Katie Hughes, Undergraduate Nursing Program Director, as she describes the important role of nurses on the healthcare team. Marian University will teach you basic and advanced nursing skills during your 600 hours of clinical experience. With hands on training with actual patients and in the simulation laboratory, our graduates become qualified members of the healthcare team.

“Marian’s nursing program really allowed me to get hands-on experience and the faculty did an amazing job of preparing me to enter the nursing profession. More than that, though, my time in the program was fun and I really appreciated how supportive and helpful everyone was from start to finish.”

Adrienne Fischer2019 Marian University graduate, Registered Nurse at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee

What you will learn

A hallmark of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is the integration of our liberal arts core with our innovative curriculum and professional preparation. You will be given a broad educational foundation and develop an in-depth understanding of societal and healthcare issues with a focus on safe, effective, and evidence-based care. Our faculty will work with you to develop higher levels of critical thinking skills, see patterns across concepts, and use those patterns to deliver high quality and cost-effective care.

Center for Health Professions

The Center for Health Professions is the location for all nursing courses and skill building.  Students learn new skills during lectures in the assessment lab followed by hands-on practice.  In the simulation room, mannequins provide opportunities to practice emergency care in a controlled environment.  Faculty evaluate students and provide immediate feedback.  This multi-million dollar facility brings high tech education to all BSN students.

“This is a job I love; impacting students’ lives, creating competent nursing professionals and most importantly, at an institution that truly embraces its mission and core values.”

Nancy Noble, MSNAssociate Professor, Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Curriculum

Marian’s nursing program is designed to give students the foundation and knowledge they need to deliver safe, effective, and evidence-based care. Our students achieve success by directly interacting with experienced faculty, clinical agency staff, and fellow students in the classroom, the community, and in a variety of clinical experiences. Students practice throughout their educational journey in our on-campus nursing resource and simulation facility, the Center for Health Professions, and experience lab-enhanced learning guided by professional nurses.

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General Education Courses

As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Argumentative and Research Writing
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
  • First Year Studies

Core Courses

Nursing majors will take courses covering topics such as:

  • Patient centered care across the lifespan
  • Evidence based nursing
  • Leadership and healthcare systems
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Health assessment

Program Outcomes

  1. Patient-Centered Care: The graduate will partner with the patient whether individual, family, community, or population, and across the lifespan to provide compassionate and coordinated care with respect for preferences, values and needs.
  2. Informatics: The graduate will integrate information technology for the purposes of communication, workflow efficiency, knowledge management and clinical decision support creating a safe environment.
  3. Quality Improvement: The graduate participates in Quality Improvement  to optimize achievement of patient outcomes with an emphasis on safety and organizational processes.
  4. Safety: The graduate integrates and analyzes aspects of safety to provide quality patient-centered, team, and organizational care to improve patient outcomes.
  5. Evidence-Based Practice: The graduate will use clinical judgment based on the exploration and integration of evidence from interprofessional perspectives to improve patient outcomes.
  6. Teamwork and Collaboration: The graduate will effectively collaborate and communicate with interprofessional team members, inclusive of the patient and system, while advocating for quality care across the lifespan.
  7. Clinical Judgment: The graduate utilizes clinical judgment to make evidence based decisions for safe and high quality individual, family, community, or population outcomes.
  8. Professionalism: The graduate incorporates leadership and system thinking skills by following the Code of Ethics in their professional practice.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the Nursing Department consists of the traditional pre-licensure BSN program and an RN to BSN completion program.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Goals

The mission and philosophy of the Nursing Programs serve as a foundation for the development of program goals. The baccalaureate program goals are to provide a curriculum which:

  1. Combines the foundation of liberal arts and biopsychosocial sciences with baccalaureate level nursing concepts.
  2. Fosters professional growth, professional development, clinical judgment, and a commitment to life-long learning at the baccalaureate level.
  3. Fosters 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.

Professional Standards

The program uses the following professional standards and guidelines in the development, delivery, and assessment of the program:

Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs [Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 2018] The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice [American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2008]

Mission Statement

The Nursing Department is an integral, dynamic, and innovative entity committed to the education and preparation of diverse healthcare professionals in a faith-based academic institution while improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities through the application of evidence-based practice in a global environment.

Program Philosophy

Provide state of the art undergraduate and graduate nursing education that endows nursing graduates with the knowledge, values, and skills to work within collaborative interdisciplinary teams to provide safe patient-centered care in any setting. Through the use of research evidence, health informatics, and knowledge of quality improvement, graduates will have the skill set to lead change in individual patient care settings, the community, and the nursing profession.

The undergraduate and graduate programs will provide a curriculum which fosters personal growth, professional development, commitment of service to the profession, lifelong learning, a community of respect, a commitment to social justice, and the freedom to explore spiritual traditions.

The nursing program is designed to deliver the best possible preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN®). Graduates are educationally and experientially prepared for success on the NCLEX-RN® and will subsequently enter a field that the U.S. Department of Labor projects will grow by 15 percent through 2026.

2015 calendar year NCLEX pass rate: 74.5% for first time testers, 88.9% for all testers
2016 calendar year NCLEX pass rate: 76.3% for first time testers, 95.2% for all testers
2017 calendar year NCLEX pass rate: 77.5% for first time testers, 95% for all testers
2018 calendar year NCLEX pass rate: 85% for first time testers, 96.8% for all testers
2019 calendar year NCELX-RN all tester past rate: 95%
2020 calendar year NCLEX pass rate: 100% for first time testers

Admission Criteria

Progression to Sophomore Level Nursing Coursework:

  1. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (CGPA) calculated on a minimum of 44.5 college-level credits and using credits from all schools attended. Once 12 credits have been earned at Marian University, only the Marian University credits will be used for CGPA calculation if those credits were earned within the last two (2) years. If the Marian University credits were earned more than two (2) years ago, the CGPA will be calculated using credits from all schools attended.
  2. Minimum 2.75 math/science GPA (MSGPA) calculated on all required math and science courses completed at Marian University or another institution.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 44.5 college-level credits must include the following courses or equivalents:
  • BIO 100 Life Systems
  • BIO 201 Anatomy & Physiology I*
  • BIO 202 Anatomy & Physiology II*
  • BIO 210 Microbiology*
  • CHE 103 General, Organic, Biochemistry*
  • ENG 106 Argumentative & Research Writing
  • MAT 111 Intro to College Algebra
  • PSY 105 Human Development

*courses must have been completed within the last 7 years

  1. Completion of HESI Admission Assessment Exam (A2) earning a score of 75 or above on the Anatomy & Physiology portion of the exam as well as a 75 or above composite score.
  2. Verifiable and active CNA Certification.
  3. Submission of criminal background check and health and safety requirements.
  4. Possible interview

Nursing Major Support Course Repeat Policy:

Students must repeat any course in which they received a grade of less than what is listed below. Students may not repeat a course more than one time. Students are limited to two (2) of the below repeated courses total. Students who repeat a course (at Marian or another school) and receive a grade of less than what is listed below will not be able to progress into the program. Students exceeding these limits will be dismissed from the nursing major.

  • Must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better, one course can be repeated one time:
    • BIO 100 – Life Systems
    • BIO 210 – Microbiology
    • CHE 103 – General, Organic, and Biochemistry
    • MAT 111 – Intro to College Algebra
  • Must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better, one course can be repeated one time:
    • BIO 201 – Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIO 202 – Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better, no limits on number of repeats:
    • ENG 106 – Argumentative and Research Writing
    • PSY 105 – Human Development