• Most classes offered in a 100% fully online format
  • The program is offered in both full-time and part-time formats
  • FNP track courses offered in a hybrid format with some classes online and some face to face
    • Reduced travel to campus while continuing to engage in professor/student classroom interaction
  • *On campus class times only 1 day/week with consistent scheduling through the program
    • Ability to plan on campus times through entire program
  • FNP theory and practicum courses offered in 4pm-8pm, one day/week in hybrid format
  • All on campus classes offered at the state-of-the-art Center for Health Professionals buildings
    • Health assessment classroom and lab for hands on learning
    • Technology-enhanced classrooms
    • Primary care exam rooms
    • Skills lab
    • Easy access with parking ramp parking

Inspiring the best possible patient care.

The role of a nurse has evolved greatly over the past few decades. Today, nurses find themselves with a truly heightened level of responsibility, and in many cases, serve as primary caregiver. Marian’s family nurse practitioner program, leading to a Master of Science in Nursing degree, will prepare you to make an even greater impact on the lives of patients in your community. 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 fully accredited through 2024 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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The Program

Programs start in fall or spring with courses offered in online and hybrid formats.  Our on-ground, hybrid (some face to face, some online) classes are offered at our state of the art Center for Health Professions in Fond du Lac and meet from 4 pm-8 pm one night a week.

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

Sample Course Plan:
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Spring 2019

MSN core courses, 25 credits:

Examination of the profession of advanced nursing practice and its contribution to the nursing profession, healthcare team, and society. Students explore theoretical principles from nursing and other disciplines that contribute developing leadership, collaborative, communication, change agent and advocate skills. Emaphsis is placed on professional and ethical behaviors as a basis for role development and role clarity.

Evaluation and integration of evidence into practice to improve outcomes in diverse populations is explored. Students will critically evaluate study rigor and findings using evidence-based models. Quality improvement processes, outcomes measurement, and dissemination options are examined. Emphasis is placed on the ethical considerations of study design, methods and outcomes and the development of skills necessary to translate evidence into a variety of practice settings.

Prerequisites:

Examination of the economic, legal, and regulatory factors that influence organizations. Emphasis is placed applying leadership skills to systematically appraise the function of organizations and identify effective quality improvement initiatives within the context of interprofessional teams. Students also will explore the roles of nurse leaders in using data-driven budgeting, cost containment and productivity, staffing and staff development to promote safe and effective delivery of health care and services.

The graduate student is provided the opportunity to expand knowledge of the health behavior models and methods for maintaining or enhancing health. Variants in health including environmental, social, and human diversity issues are emphasized. The development and application of social and political policy for interdisciplinary approaches to health promotion are explored. The student is afforded the opportunity to examine the process of health promotion that enables individuals, families and communities to increase control over and improve their health across the life span. Epidemiology will be used as a tool to examine health promotion and disease prevention.

Prerequisites:

Focus on the political and social structures that shape health policy and their impact on health delivery and outcomes. Emphasis is placed on the relationships between health policy and financial, legal, regulatory, ethical, quality and safety factors. Students also will explore global, national and regional health policy and trend related to population health and health outcomes.

Focuses on the study of pathophysiological processes and alteration of physiology that occur with injury and/or disease. Emphasis is placed on the interactions between etiologies, genetic, environmental, developmental factors, and disease across the lifespan. Students will incorporate literature-supported evidence and clinical reasoning skills to distinguish alterations in multiple organ systems.

Prerequisites:

NUR 540 Advanced Pathophysiology, Admission to MSN program or Department approval

Expansion of assessment knowledge and skills, through didactic, laboratory practice and simulation. Students develop skills in obtaining and documenting comprehensive and episodic assessments in individuals across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on patient-centered assessment including age, gender, culture, health promotion, and health risk. Students develop advanced history and physical assessment skills and apply them to the differential diagnosis process, using evidence-based guidelines and practices.

Prerequisites:

First of two courses where students develop a scholarly portfolio to demonstrate achievement of program outcomes and specific role competencies. Scholarly portfolios will include exemplar work demonstrating achievement of the program outcomes and role competencies, scholarly reflections specific to professional growth and lifelong learning, and curriculum vitae.

Prerequisites:

Final of two courses where students develop a scholarly portfolio to demonstrate achievement of program outcomes and specific role competencies. Scholarly portfolios will include exemplar work demonstrating achievement of the program outcomes and role competencies, scholarly reflections specific to professional growth and lifelong learning, and curriculum vitae.

Prerequisites:

Focus on the pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of broad categories of pharmacologic agents across the lifespan. Students will gain knowledge of the pharmacologic action of drugs and the evidence-based application of pharmacotherapeutics in health promotion, disease prevention, and management of disease across the lifespan.

Family nurse practitioner specialty, 21 credits:

Prerequisites:

Overview of selected clinical diagnostic, laboratory, imaging tests, and procedures commonly performed in the primary care setting. Emphasis is placed on clinical decision making for selecting appropriate tests or procedures, and interpretation of diagnostic test results is addressed. Students will use evidence based research to appropriately gather, interpret, and manage objective diagnostic clinical data to manage various health problems across the lifespan.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites:

First of three sequential courses focusing on the clinical management of health and illness in the primary care setting. Students will integrate physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology concepts to expand upon diagnosis reasoning and management skills of commonly encountered acute and chronic clinical conditions across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based clinical knowledge development in the areas of health screening, health promotion, women’s, men’s pediatric, and newborn health, sexuality sexually transmitted infections, EENT, pulmonology and gastrointestinal presentations across the lifespan.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites:

First of three practicum experiences where students function in the role of the family nurse practitioner. Supported by preceptor supervision and faculty guidance, students use evidence-based guidelines and standards of care to gain competencies in the areas of advanced health assessment, differential diagnosis, health promotion and disease prevention, and management of low to medium complexity acute and chronic presentations across the lifespan. Emphasis also is placed on developing therapeutic relationships with individuals, families, and interprofessional skills among health care colleagues.

Prerequisites:

Second of three sequential courses focusing on the clinical management of health and illness in the primary care setting. Students continue to expand upon diagnostic reasoning and management skills of commonly encountered acute and chronic clinical conditions across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based clinical knowledge development in the areas of cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, dermatological, genitourinary, renal, endocrine and mental health presentations across the lifespan. Students will also gain experience in office procedure techniques and diagnostic testing strategies.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites:

Second of three practicum experiences where students function in the role of the family nurse practitioner. Supported by preceptor supervision and faculty guidance, students use evidence-based guidelines and standards of care to gain competencies in the areas of advanced health assessment, differential diagnosis, health promotion and disease prevention, and management of various moderate complexity acute and chronic presentations across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the provision of patient-centered care, therapeutic relationships and interprofessional collaboration.

Prerequisites:

Focuses on the transition to the advanced practice registered nurse role. Emphasis is placed on the relationships between regulation, licensing, certification, and scope of practice and the APRN role. Students also will explore and gain knowledge in the areas of practice models, health care finance, reimbursement models, malpractice and liability insurance.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites:

Final of three sequential courses focusing on the clinical management of health and illness in the primary care setting. Students continue to expand upon diagnostic reasoning and management skills of acute and chronic clinical conditions across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based clinical knowledge development in the areas of hematology, oncology, rheumatology, neurology, pain management, addiction, urgent care/office emergencies and palliative care management across the lifespan.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites:

Final of three practicum experiences. Students advance their autonomy in the role of the family nurse practitioner. Supported by preceptor supervision and faculty guidance, students use evidence-based guidelines and standards of care to gain competencies in the areas of critical thinking, decision-making and clinical management skills for patients with a variety of acute and chronic presentations in the primary care setting, including comprehensive and complex care needs. Emphasis is placed on care coordination and the overall management of patient health and illness in a multidisciplinary and interprofessional environment.

FNP Core Competencies

Marian University’s FNP Program adheres to the competencies set forth by the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

The main categories are:

  • Scientific Foundation
  • Leadership
  • Quality
  • Practice Inquiry
  • Technology and Information Literacy
  • Policy
  • Health Delivery System
  • Ethics
  • Independent Practice

Further explanation and breakdown can be found at:

General Nurse Practitioner Competencies

FNP Specific Competencies

Mission

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

  • Provide nursing programs grounded in Judeo-Christian tradition.
  • Prepare learners for life-long learning in formal and informal settings.
  • Provide nursing education that prepares students to practice nursing in various setting with diverse populations.
  • The Master of Science in Nursing program offers two specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator. Both specialties prepare graduates for advanced nursing practice. The program also promotes continuing education and professional growth. Students in both specializations of the Master of Science in Nursing program receive the MSN degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Marian University Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, graduates demonstrate the processes of acquiring/generating knowledge, critical thinking, valuing, decision making, and communicating to:

  • Demonstrate strong critical thinking and decision-making skills;
  • Nurse Practitioner Pathway: Critically and accurately assess, plan, intervene, and evaluate the health and illness experiences of clients (individuals, families, and communities) to improve health care delivery and outcomes of patient care at the health care provider level;
  • Nurse Educator Pathway: Critically and accurately assess, plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs available to nursing students, staff, and clients to improve delivery of education and to promote health outcomes.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with professional and non-professional individuals.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and utilize knowledge required throughout the course of study.

The December 2017 commencement will confer the first degree recipients in the FNP program.

The master’s degree in nursing at Marian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202.887.6791.

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
https://www.hlcommission.org/

Applications to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program are open and reviewed on a rolling basis for both fall and spring semester cohorts. Deadlines for applicant submission is July 1st for Fall semester start and December 1st for Spring semester start.

Admission to the graduate program is competitive with selection of students based on academic acumen, congruent professional goals with program track, work experience (if applicable) and professional references.

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program are required to submit a completed admission packet to the Admissions Office by the deadline specific to the starting term. Application requirements are as follows:

Spring 2019

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program are required to submit a completed admission packet to the Admissions Office by the deadline specific to the starting term.  Application requirements are as follows:

  • $50 non-refundable application fee (this fee will be applied to tuition costs if they applicant matriculates into the MSN program).
  • Earned Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended.
  • Unencumbered Wisconsin Registered Nurse (RN) license.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for the BSN degree.
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate physical/health assessment course within the last five (5) years.
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate course in statistics within the last five (5) years. Statistics course must include content on descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Two (2) professional references.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae.
  • *Professional goal statement.

*Professional goal statement

All applicants will submit a 4 page, double-spaced maximum length goal statement that addresses the following (please use these as headings):

  • Reasons for choosing Marian University
  • Reasons for choosing the program track (Family Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator)
  • Personal and professional attributes that will contribute to your success in graduate school
  • Preparations for the rigors of graduate education
  • Short and long-term professional goals

 

“The program was very accommodating to family and social life. The professors were very supportive and compassionate to every student. I feel well prepared as I enter into the next stage of my life, practicing as a Nurse Practitioner, since graduating from Marian University. The classroom environment was supportive and motivational, despite every students previous experiences or areas of expertise. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to advance their education.”

Brittany Burg
Advance Practice Nurse Practitioner
Wound Care and Ostomy Clinic
St. Vincent Hospital


“Marian University not only helped me to achieve my goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner, but also taught me the art of individualizing treatment plans to improve health and wellness of patients with ease and confidence. The curriculum, experienced faculty, and opportunities throughout the program fostered an atmosphere of learning and professional development. The classroom and online hybrid courses allowed me the opportunity to meet other students and network, yet accommodated my personal life and fulltime work. Undoubtedly, Marian University has helped me to succeed and fulfill my dreams.”

Ashley Gehrke, SCRN

Pat O’Connor, M.S
Professor
poconnor@marianuniversity.edu

Dr. Mary Polchert
Associate Professor
mjpolchert12@marianuniversity.edu

 

 

 

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