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.

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The Program

We offer our program at convenient learning centers in Appleton, Fond du Lac and West Allis. You can start the program in the fall or spring, with courses offered in online, on-ground and hybrid formats. On-ground classes meet in the evening from 6 p.m. to 9pm or 10 p.m., up to two nights per week: Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, depending on location.

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

Sample Course Plan:
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MSN core courses, 28 credits:

Health care policy, organization of health care delivery systems, health care financing, and their interrelationships are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on nursing’s role in affecting the health care environment with special emphasis on the advanced practice nursing roles.

The student is given the opportunity to examine and evaluate the components of theory, methods of theory development, and major theoretical/conceptual models used in professional nursing practice. Selected theoretical frameworks from education and behavioral sciences will be examined and compared in terms of their utility for nursing practice and research for advanced nursing practice. Nursing theory will be explored through selected grand theories, middle-range theories and practice theories.

Focuses on the acquisition, evaluation, and interpretation of information designed to link nursing theory and science as a foundation for advanced practice nursing. Working from a body of literature related to broad and middle range theoretical frameworks, the student is actively involved in a program of research critique with emphasis on applications to and implications for nursing practice. Focus is on development of skills necessary for the ethical conduct of nursing research related to vulnerable populations and including the critique of research studies, identification of research problems, communication of research findings, and application of research-based knowledge in advanced practice nursing.

Prerequisites:

Evidence based nursing practice is the integration of evidence that guides practice. Evidence for the advanced practice nurse is derived from research, practice and various other sources. This course focuses on the evaluation and integration of evidence into practice. The graduate student is provided the opportunity to explore, evaluate and integrate evidence into advanced nursing practice.

Informatics applications that affect health care and nursing will be emphasized. This course is consistent with the American Nurses Association Nursing Informatics Scope and Standards. It is designed to introduce students to the use of informatics and technology to inform and support nursing practice and to further develop computer technology skills. The theoretical underpinning of the course is the Foundation of Knowledge Model.

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.

This course focuses on the study of pathophysiology. Emphasis is placed on correlating the altered structure with the altered function of human systems. Illness and disease processes are explored but not emphasized. The conceptual approach used focuses on the metabolic, infectious, immunologic, degenerative and neoplastic alterations at the cellular and organ levels.

Through laboratory practice and simulation, this course provides the student with an opportunity to build on previously learned knowledge and skills, and prepares the student to care for individuals and families across the lifespan. Students develop skills in obtaining and documenting a comprehensive assessment in order to determine appropriate and effective health care including health promotion strategies. Students develop advanced physical assessment skills, including functional assessment to be able to provide a comprehensive database. Performing and interpreting basic laboratory and diagnostic tests to complete the database is expected. Students learn to establish a differential diagnosis based on the data.

Prerequisites:

This course focuses on the pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of broad categories of pharmacologic agents. In addition, this course provides the future Family Nurse Practitioner with the knowledge and skills to use pharmacotherapeutics in the prevention and treatment of health problems common to individuals across the lifespan. Prescriptive privileges/authority and prescription writing for advanced practice nurses are discussed.

3 credits from the following:

The student is provided the opportunity to independently design a project focusing on a nursing problem or question that may be of scientific, philosophic, or historic in nature. This prepares the student for the advanced practice role. The project is supervised by a committee chairperson and two additional committee members. (Repeatable to earn three credits total. Receives CR/NC grade.)

OR

The student is provided the opportunity to independently design and implement a research study synthesizing independent scholarship and creative achievement. The thesis is supervised by a committee chairperson and two additional committee members. (Repeatable to earn three credits total. Receives CR or NC grade.)

Family nurse practitioner specialty, 17 credits:

Prerequisites:

This is the first of three sequential courses on clinical management that is based on a health promotion and disease prevention framework for holistic primary health care. The student’s knowledge base of physiology and pathophysiology will be expanded and the critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning process will be emphasized to establish clinical assessments and treatment approaches. The graduate student is provided the opportunity to expand knowledge of preventative, acute and chronic care of individuals and families across the life span who are experiencing common health complaints seen in primary care settings. Health monitoring, management strategies, and referrals are examined. Health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and disease management are emphasized.

Prerequisites:

The graduate student begins to implement the role of the family nurse practitioner. Using critical thinking, the student develops decision-making and clinical management skills in family-centered health when caring for individuals and their families across the lifespan. The student utilizes data-gathering techniques and diagnostic reasoning in order to enhance, maintain, and restore health. The focus of the first practicum is on practicing advanced health assessment skills, establishing therapeutic relationships with clients, the differential diagnostic process, and collegial relationships with other health care providers. Health education is emphasized. The student manages acute and chronic health problems, as well as integrating health protection, health promotion, and disease prevention while under the direction of a health care preceptor provider. Discussion of practicum experiences with a focus on the client case presentations and role development are integrated throughout the course. Employee and occupational health will also be addressed.

Prerequisites:

This is the second of three sequential courses on clinical management for the family nurse practitioner. It will continue to build a holistic approach to advanced primary health care acknowledging age, gender, sexuality, culture, family and community needs. The graduate student is provided the opportunity to expand knowledge of acute and chronic care of individuals experiencing more complex health problems managed by family nurse practitioners in primary care settings. Health monitoring, management strategies, and referrals are examined. Health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and disease management are emphasized.

Prerequisites:

The graduate student continues to implement the role of the family nurse practitioner. Using critical thinking, the student continues to develop decision-making and clinical management skills in caring for individuals and their families. The student utilizes data-gathering techniques with analysis in order to enhance, maintain, and restore health. Health education is emphasized. The student manages acute and chronic health problems in cooperation with a health care preceptor provider. Discussion of the practicum experiences with a focus on the client profile and role development occurs weekly. The areas of radiology, office procedures, cardiac emergencies and electrocardiograms will be addressed.

Nurse practitioner students in the MSN program examine the practical aspects of certification, licensure, and the development of an adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner practice.

Prerequisites:

This is the last of three sequential courses on clinical management with content focusing on the physiology and pathophysiology of complex and multi-system health problems managed by family nurse practitioners in primary care settings. The graduate student is provided the opportunity to expand knowledge of acute and chronic care of individuals and families across the lifespan experiencing complex health problems in primary care. Health monitoring, management strategies, and referrals are examined. Health counseling and health education are emphasized. Health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and disease management are emphasized.

Prerequisites:

This is the last of three sequential courses on clinical management with content focusing on the physiology and pathophysiology of complex and multi-system health problems managed by family nurse practitioners in primary care settings. The graduate student is provided the opportunity to expand knowledge of acute and chronic care of individuals and families across the lifespan experiencing complex health problems in primary care. Health monitoring, management strategies, and referrals are examined. Health counseling and health education are emphasized. Health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and disease management are emphasized.

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 FNP program will have its’ first graduating class in spring 2018. We have maintained at least a 98% pass rate throughout the transition from our Adult to Adult Gerontology NP programs and expect the high pass rates to continue with the FNP program.

The following percentage rates show students that were employed as Advance Practice Nurse Practitioners after graduation:

December 2013 – 100%
May 2014 – 100%
December 2014 – 90%
May 2015 – 90%
December 2015 – 100%

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:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 887-6791
www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation

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

After acceptance into the graduate program, students must earn a grade of B (3.00) or better in all graduate nursing courses. If a student earns a grade below B in any course, he or she may repeat that course one time only and must earn a B or higher in order to progress in the MSN program. Students may repeat only one graduate nursing course one time only. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation from the MSN program. Students who receive less than a B in a practicum course, are dismissed from the program. Students cannot repeat a practicum course.

“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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