Become a Family Nurse Practitioner with Marian University’s Master of Science in Nursing Degree

Primary care providers are in demand.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) nurse practitioner careers will grow 31% by 2026, much faster than the average job growth of 7%. Get the education you need to work in this growing field through the Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track at Marian University.

The Family Nurse Practitioner program is a 46-credit track offered in a full-time or part-time plan of study with students learning through a combination of face-to-face and online nursing coursework. This hybrid program increases flexibility and reduces on-campus time for busy students. Full-time FNP students can expect to spend about 30 hours per week on their education, so the flexibility is important.

As a graduate of Marian’s FNP track you will be poised to succeed in a growing field. FNP graduates are prepared to practice as Family Nurse Practitioners in primary care settings through didactic coursework and preceptor-supervised, faculty-guided clinical practicum experiences. A combination of online and on-campus courses gives you both flexibility and the ability to connect with other nursing students and faculty. Earn your MSN degree, Family Nurse Practitioner track, and advance your career allowing you to provide the best possible care for all ages.

Prepare to make a positive impact as a Family Nurse Practitioner.





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The Program

The Family Nurse Practitioner program starts in fall or spring with courses offered in a hybrid format.  Our on-campus classes meet every other week at our state-of-the-art Center for Health Professions in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Track Benefits

  • Combination of face-to-face and online learning (hybrid format)
  • Reduce travel to campus while continuing to engage in professor/student classroom interaction
  • Theory and practicum courses are offered every other week on-campus allowing you to plan your schedule for the entire program
  • Full-time students can finish in 2.5 years and part-time in 3 years
  • Fifteen-week courses
  • Seven-week summer courses so students have some time off
  • On-campus classes are offered at the state-of-the-art Center for Health Professionals. Learn new skills in technology-enhanced classrooms, primary care exam rooms and the skills lab.
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MPath Program Schedule: 15-Week Semester

Marian’s Master of Science in Nursing, FNP track is designed to prepare busy adult learners for a career providing care for families and individuals of all ages. MPath’s 15-week semester provides a more traditional semester experience in a format built for the modern student. Students like the shorter, 7-week, summer courses so they have some time off.  Our hybrid program helps adult learners move forward on their path to reaching their goals with small class sizes, faculty feedback, and in-depth topic discussion. The online traditional semester helps students:

  • Complete their degree in a convenient format 
  • Learn how to think critically about a new topic 
  • Absorb and reflect on lessons 
  • Learn through robust online and on-campus course content 
  • Take time for scholarly inquiry 
  • Integrate learning with their other adult responsibilities 
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The FNP Track

New students may choose to start in fall or spring.  Courses are offered in either online or on-campus formats.  Our on-campus (face to face) classes are offered at our state of the art Center for Health Professions in Fond du Lac and meet every other 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.

The Marian University MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner track 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 Master’s Education in Nursing [American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2011]
  • Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs [National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education (NTF), 2016]

Mission

Nursing department mission statement

The Nursing Department is an integral, dynamic, and innovative entity committed to the education and preparation of diverse health care 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.

Nursing department 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, and a commitment of service to the profession, lifelong learning, a community of respect, a commitment to social justice, and the freedom to explore spiritual traditions.

Master of Science in Nursing Program Goals

The mission and philosophy of the Nursing Department serve as a foundation for the development of graduate program goals. The nursing graduate program goals 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 settings with diverse populations.

Learning Outcomes

Master of Science in Nursing Program Outcomes

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

  • Integrate advanced theoretical and scientific knowledge to guide advanced nursing leadership in diverse practice settings.
  • Integrate outcome data, evidence-based practice recommendations and professional standards of care to improve population health outcomes.
  • Apply leadership and inter-professional skills in healthcare delivery systems to ensure safe and quality care.
  • Apply principles of information systems and population health to deliver evidence-based, culturally relevant strategies for individuals, families and aggregate populations.
  • Employ collaborative strategies to advance the profession of nursing through the integration of theory, research, policy, and practice excellence.
  • Advocate for social justice and healthcare policy that promotes safe, cost-effective, and equitable outcomes.
  • Demonstrate critical and self-reflective thinking that promotes advanced role competency and professional accountability.

First FNP graduates in December 2017

2018

86.2%  – Marian University 1st Time Pass Rate*

92.3%  – ANCC** University 1st Time Pass Rate

80% – AANPCB*** University 1st Time Pass Rate

*Represents 1st time pass rate data from all graduates who tested with a calendar year aggregated from both credentialing bodies
**American Nurses Credentialing Center
***American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Marian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. http://www.ccneaccreditation.org

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 15 for fall semester start and December 15 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

  • $50 non-refundable application fee (this fee will be applied to tuition costs if the 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 graduate program at Marian thoroughly prepared me for not only my board certification, but also to practice safely as an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner. As a single mom of twin boys and a full-time nurse, I was able to pursue and earn my Master of Science degree.”

Ashley Rydquist
Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner

 

“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 student’s 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

Kimberly Udlis, PhD 

Associate Dean of Nursing and Chief Nurse Administrator 

Kaudlis48@marianuniversity.edu 

 

Katie Hughes, DNP 

Undergraduate Program Director 

Kmhughes65@marianuniversity.edu 

 

Lori Yogerst, RN, MSN 

Coordinator, RN to BSN Program 

Layogerst90@marianuniversity.edu 

 

Anne Rosploch, MSN 

Coordinator, Nursing Resource and Simulation Center 

Amrosploch41@marianuniversity.edu 

 

Darlene Adelmeyer, MSN 

Assistant Professor 

Daadelmeyer00@marianuniversity.edu 

 

Tammy Chapin, PhD 

Assistant Professor 

Tmchapin82@marianuniversity.edu 

 

Janice Edelstien, EdD 

Associate Professor 

jedelstein@marianuniversity.edu 

 

Christine Laurent, MSN 

Associate Professor 

Cplaurent59@marianuniversity.edu 

 

Rachel Loduha, MSN 

Assistant Professor 

Reloduha00@marianuniversity.edu 

 

 

Jennifer Nicpon, DNP 

Adjunct Professor 

Jjnicpon04@marianuniversity.edu 

 

Nancy Noble, MSN 

Associate Professor 

nnoble@marianuniversity.edu 

 

Pat O’Connor, MSN 

Professor 

poconnor@marianuniversity.edu 

 

Cheryl Passel, PhD 

Assistant Professor 

Capassel24@marianuniversity.edu 

 

Karen Roberts, MSN 

Associate Professor 

kmroberts@marianuniversity.edu 

 

Kari Steinbeck, MSN 

Assistant Professor 

Kasteinbeck39@marianuniversity.edu 

 

Breana Sutfin, MSN 

Assistant Professor 

Bmsutfin00@marianuniversity.edu 

 

Melissa Zar, MSN 

Assistant Professor 

Mazar24@marianuniversity.edu 

 

Brooke Zelhofer, DNP 

Assistant Professor 

Bazelhofer20@marianuniversity.edu 

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