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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 Marian’s liberal arts core with our innovative curriculum and professional preparation.

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

Sample Course Plan:
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General Education Program Requirements, 30 credits:

(Freshman standing only)
The course facilitates students’ transition into the college environment through exploring an issue related to civic responsibility in a multi-cultural world from a variety of academic disciplines. Students are
introduced to the liberal arts, critical thinking, critical reading and academic research skills. Students learn how to identify their own learning needs and develop plans to meet those needs using campus resources.

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ENG 105 Expository Writing, or appropriate English placement test score

A course introducing students to the principles of college research, with emphasis on analytical reading of research material, focused use of sources, and the methodology of citation and documentation. This course will focus primarily on the translation of critical reading and critical thinking into critical writing by reinforcing and expanding upon the rhetorical modes, the foundational mechanics, and the composition skills taught in the Expository Writing Course as well as the critical-thinking, critical-reading and library skills introduced in the First-Year Seminar. In this class, students refine their awareness of the resources of language and of the stages in the writing process. The course aims to make students proficient in standard edited English and to prepare them further for the writing they will do in college and in their careers.

This course establishes essential understandings and skills in interpersonal communication. Students learn to appreciate, comprehend, receive and create messages one to one while using a variety of means to express themselves both verbally and non-verbally, increasing self-awareness that enables them to mindfully engage and interact with others.

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Introduction to the philosophical study of morality, including the processes whereby one reasons through choices concerning what we ought to do/ought not to do, what kind of person we are/ought to be, and which institutions help us to cultivate a just life with and for others. Besides providing familiarity with the primary questions addressed within moral philosophy and the most influential answers given by well-known philosophers, this course is designed to help students develop their abilities to read, explicate, analyze, and evaluate philosophical literature, write and express themselves well about their own ethical positions, and think critically and analytically about ethical issues.

An introduction to Christian theology understood as the critical and reflective study of God’s revelation through the person, life, and teaching of Jesus Christ and of the implications of this revelation. Proceeding from the Catholic intellectual tradition and incorporating perspectives of other Christian traditions, this study aims to present theology as a striving for the harmony of faith and reason. Through critical study and reflection, students are introduced to specific concepts, terminology, and methodologies needed to participate well in on-going theological dialogue. Students have the opportunity to apply and reflect on their knowledge in written work, presentations, service-learning, community service, and/or retreat experiences.

Theme, 18 cr.

Nursing Cognate Courses
25 credits:

An introductory biology course for non-majors. The relationship between structure and function is emphasized at the cellular and organismic levels. A survey of taxonomy and classification, cell biology, plant biology, human physiology and ecology is provided. (May be taken as “lecture only” or concurrently with BIO 150.)

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An in-depth study of the structure and function of human organ systems and the relationships among physiologic systems at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels. A comprehensive understanding of how each system aids in the maintenance of homeostasis is stressed in the study of cellular structure and physiology, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. A strong background in biology and basic knowledge of physiological systems is assumed. Human cadaver dissections may be demonstrated in association with each organ system studied. Concurrent registration in BIO 251 is recommended.

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Continuation of BIO 201. An in-depth study of the structure and function of human organ systems and the relationships among physiologic systems at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels. A comprehensive understanding of how each system aids in the maintenance of homeostasis is stressed in the study of the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems. Human cadaver dissections may be demonstrated in association with each organ system studied. Concurrent registration in BIO 252 is recommended.

A comprehensive course in which students learn the structural characteristics and biological activities of bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoans and helminths. Particular emphasis is placed on those organisms which cause disease in humans and on the nature of the immune response in humans. A strong background in bio-logy and understanding of Krebs cycle, transcription and translation is required. (Students may not take both BIO 210 and BIO 311 for credit.)

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CHE 001 Preparatory Chemistry, or high school chemistry; MAT 001 Basic Algebra, or appropriate math placement test score

An introductory course for non-science majors. This course provides a basic knowledge of chemistry and its application to everyday life with special focus to biological and medical applications. With laboratory.

An introduction to algebraic topics to include properties of the real number system, polynomial and rational functions, elementary geometry, powers and roots, systems of equations, inequalities, and elementary matrix algebra.

A survey of the changes which occur during the entire lifespan as people develop: physical, motor, cognitive, moral, and social-emotional. Developmental theory and research data are critically considered. Application of existing knowledge about the variables which affect the course of development is emphasized.

Nursing Courses
65 credits:

 

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Introduction to foundational nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Emphasis placed on the professional evolution of nursing practice and development of beginning nursing aptitudes.

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Exploration of fundamental nursing principles that underpin nursing practice. Emphasis on the nursing process and its application to holistic nursing care. Concepts are integrated throughout classroom, laboratory, clinical, and simulation experiences.

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Introduction to the foundational concepts of pathophysiology and pharmacology as related to normal body function and pathologic changes. Foundational pharmacologic principles and therapies with selected disorders across the lifespan will be discussed.

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Examination of the primary knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for professional nursing practice with a focus on the development of clinical reasoning.

This course provides the knowledge of health history taking, physical assessment, and documentation. The student will acquire needed skills to conduct a comprehensive health assessment including the physical, psychological, social, functional and environmental aspects of health. Integrated in this is the collection and analysis of data which are essential in planning safe and effective care. Effective communication, assessment, and documentation will be practiced in the laboratory setting. The student will become familiar with the techniques of physical assessment consisting of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Emphasis is placed on health assessment as a systematic and organized examination that will provide accurate data from which to form valid nursing diagnoses and plans of care.

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Expansion to the foundational concepts of pathophysiology and pharmacology as related to normal body function and pathologic changes. Pharmacologic principles and therapies associated with selected disorders across the lifespan will be discussed.

This course focuses on the conceptual analysis of health problems, diagnoses, and interventions related to the acquisition and expansion of knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained in previous courses related to holistic care of individuals and families affected by selected disorders across the life continuum.

This course focuses on the growth of typical and adaptive psychosocial health behaviors across the lifespan and the most common mental health problems associated with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults exploring the mental and emotional difficulties and developmental needs that everyone faces. Specific attention is given to therapeutic communication techniques dealing with individuals and families across the lifespan. This course includes both clinical and service-learning components.

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Introduction to the research process and development of the skills needed to locate reliable sources of information and evaluate the strength and relevance of available evidence. Emphasis is placed on the retrieval and appraisal of evidence to inform the delivery of care and improve patient outcomes.

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Examination of the primary knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for professional nursing practice with a focus on the development of clinical judgement.

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Examination of holistic nursing care related to the assessment and management of the childbearing family. Emphasis on the biopsychosocial and cultural needs of the family during the anti-, peri-, and post-partum periods. Students participate in clinical and simulation activities.


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Examination of holistic nursing care related to the pediatric population. Emphasis is placed on the biopsychosocial and cultural needs of the child within the family unit.

This course focuses on the conceptual analysis of health problems, diagnoses, and interventions related to the acquisition and expansion of knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained in previous courses related to holistic care of individuals and families affected by selected disorders across the life continuum.

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Exploration of nursing leadership among health care organizations, providers of care, reimbursement systems, and health care policy and regulation. Through an analysis of nursing’s impact on quality, cost, and access to care, the student will discover how a professional nurse’s leadership affects patient outcomes.

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This course focuses on the systematic analysis of health problems, diagnoses, and interventions related to the acquisition and expansion of knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained in previous courses related to holistic care of individuals and families affected by selected disorders across the life continuum.

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This course focuses on acquiring knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to population focused care. Concepts of population based health promotion and disease prevention will be explored. Through the use of community needs assessments and National Health Care Objectives (Healthy People 2020), patient centered care is applied to aggregates established by geopolitical boundaries.

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This course focuses on the systematic analysis of health problems, diagnoses, and interventions related to the acquisition and expansion of knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained in previous courses related to holistic care of individuals and families affected by critical illness across the life continuum.

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Evaluation of the primary knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for professional nursing practice with a focus on licensure preparation.


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This course focuses on integration and application of the knowledge, skills and attitudes gained throughout the curriculum. The emphasis is on clinical competency and demonstration of the graduate learning outcomes in an area of student interest.

Please visit the 4-Year BSN webpage to read the Department of Nursing’s professional standards and guidelines in the development, delivery, and assessment of the program. 

Please visit the 4-Year BSN webpage to read the Department of Nursing’s mission statement, program philosophy, and complete list of program outcomes and goals. 

Please visit the 4-Year BSN webpage to view our NCLEX-RN pass rates, as well how the program educationally and experientially prepares graduates for a nursing career in a variety professional healthcare settings. 

Please visit the 4-Year BSN webpage to view our program accreditation. 

Four years doesn’t have to stand between you and treating patients. With Marian University’s three-year accelerated nursing program, you’ll be prepared to enter a variety of professional healthcare settings sooner than you expected. 

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