Accelerated BSN Program - Become an RN in 3 Years

The Marian University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program strives to produce graduates who are ready to take on the challenges of their profession from Day 1. Having grown considerably over the past half-century, we offer an faster completion option designed to help students achieve their dream of becoming a nurse in just three years.

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Admittance to Marian means admittance to its fast track BSN program.

Led by experienced nurses who continue to work in the field and faculty with diverse backgrounds and experiences, graduates are highly regarded by employers for their clinical competence and leadership abilities – not to mention their NCLEX-RN® scores.

Learn more about how you can earn a BSN in just three years













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Nursing is a Profession for Those Who Enjoy Science and Who Like to Care for Others

Dr. Katie Hughes, Undergraduate Nursing Program Director, explains how Marian University trains you to be an RN through hands on clinical experiences in hospitals, schools, and health departments. Get prepared to provide exceptional care to patients after graduation. The senior year capstone experience prepares graduates to make the transition from student to nurse.

EDUCATED TO WORK


Students pursuing a 3-year BSN benefit from:

600+ hours of practice in our nursing resource and simulation facility, clinical exposure in a variety of settings, lab-enhanced learning guided by professional nurses, and direct entry

WHERE TO WORK


The BSN program prepares RNs to care for patients in healthcare facilities including:

Long term care, Surgical, Medical, Critical care, Mental health, Population health, Pediatrics, Women’s health

PREPARED TO WORK


95%

2019 calendar year NCLEX-RN pass rate for all test takers

“To go into nursing, I chose Marian because of its direct entry. Most other universities admit you and then make you re-apply to the nursing program. Marian’s direct entry was an asset I truly valued and really shows how much Marian cares for its students.”

Sami SherriffMay 2019 graduate now working as a Surgical Nurse at ThedaCare Medical Center-Appleton.

What you will learn

Students in the Marian University fast track Bachelor of Science in Nursing program learn in a more comprehensive and innovative way, benefiting from our traditional BSN courses but finishing in 3 years through two summer semesters along with fall and spring. Our CCNE accredited program's curriculum is grounded in the concept-based approach to teaching and learning that provides students the opportunity to link concepts of health and illness across individuals, populations, cultures, and environments. Aimed to meet the needs of diverse learners, faculty work closely with students and engage in active learning classrooms that challenge students to use higher levels of critical thinking skills, see patterns across concepts, and use those patterns to work in and lead interdisciplinary teams to deliver high quality and cost effective care. Graduates are prepared to succeed in the rigorous nursing profession and meet the demands of a rapidly changing healthcare environment by providing the highest level of quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care.

“The goal of our 3-year BSN program is to provide an education that inspires students and gives aspiring nurses the professional development needed to fully engage in evidence-based patient centered care a year sooner than the traditional BSN program.”

Katie Hughes DNP, RN, CNEUndergraduate Nursing Program Director

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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.

Prerequisites:

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.)

Prerequisites:

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.)

Prerequisites:

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. 

Admission criteria

To apply for the 3 year track:

  1. Write an essay addressing the following three topics:
    1. What is your motivation for selecting Nursing as your major? (300 words max)
    2. How are you prepared to complete the 3 Year BSN? (Giving up your summers, etc.) (300 words max)
    3. What attributes do you have that make you an excellent candidate for the 3 Year BSN? (300 words max)
  2. Create a resume
  3. Submit the essay and resume to ThreeYearBSN@marianuniversity.edu

Students are encouraged to submit the application early. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Applications will not be accepted after October 15.

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 “B” (3.0) 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

Kimberly A. Udlis, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP
Associate Dean and Chief Nurse Administrator
920.923.7603
Kaudlis48@marianuniversity.edu

Katie Hughes, DNP, RN, CNE
Undergraduate Nursing Program Director
920.923.8732
Kmhughes65@marianuniversity.edu

Darlene Adelmeyer, M.S.N.
Assistant Professor
920.923.8559
Daadelmeyer00@marianuniversity.edu

Tammy Chapin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor/Nursing Learning Specialist
920.923.8776
Tmchapin82@marianuniversity.edu

Janice Edelstein, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
920.923.7171
jedelstein@marianuniversity.edu

Christine Laurent, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
920.923.7608
Cplaurent59@marianuniversity.edu

Rachel Loduha, M.S.N.
Assistant Professor
920.923.6714
Reloduha00@marianuniversity.edu

Jennifer Nicpon, D.N.P.
Assistant Professor
920.923.8597
Jjnicpon04@marianuniversity.edu 

Nancy Noble, M.S.N.
Associate Professor
920.923.8771
nnoble@marianuniversity.edu

Cheryl Passel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
920.923.920.923.8084
Capassel24@marianuniversity.edu

Karen Roberts, M.S.N.
Associate Professor
920.923.8596
kmroberts@marianuniversity.edu

Anne Rosploch, M.S.N.
Assistant Professor
920.923.8961
Amrosploch41@marianuniversity.edu

Kari Steinbeck, M.S.N.
Assistant Professor
920.923.8567
Kasteinbeck39@marianuniversity.edu

Breana Sutfin, M.S.N.
Assistant Professor
920.923.7669
Bmsutfin00@marianuniversity.edu

Lori Yogerst, M.S.N.
Assistant Professor
920.923.8113
Layogerst90@marianuniversity.edu

Melissa Zar, M.S.N.
Assistant Professor
920.923.8512
Mazar24@marianuniversity.edu

Brooke Zelhofer, D.N.P.
Assistant Professor
920.923.8777
Bezelhofer20@marianuniversity.edu

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. 

Marian University Admission Office
800.2MARIAN
admission@marianuniversity.edu