Inspiring tomorrow’s healers.

To be a nurse is a calling. For every bit of nursing knowledge and technical expertise, it also takes compassion and a devotion to improving the lives of others. At Marian, we know. We have been educating and training some of the area’s best nurses for more than 100 years. The pre-licensure undergraduate baccalaureate in nursing program provides students with a broad educational foundation and develops an in-depth understanding of societal and healthcare issues with a focus on safe, effective, and evidence-based care.

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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.

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General Education Program:
30 credits including a theme

120 total 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.

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.

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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.

Theme, 18 credits

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.

The Marian University pre-licensure BSN program 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 Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice [American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2008]
  • Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Competencies

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.

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.

Program Outcomes

  1. Patient-Centered Care: The graduate will partner with the patient whether individual, family, community, or population, and across the lifespan to provide compassionate and coordinated care with respect for preferences, values and needs.
  2. Informatics: The graduate will integrate information technology for the purposes of communication, workflow efficiency, knowledge management and clinical decision support creating a safe environment.
  3. Quality Improvement: The graduate participates in Quality Improvement  to optimize achievement of patient outcomes with an emphasis on safety and organizational processes.
  4. Safety: The graduate integrates and analyzes aspects of safety to provide quality patient-centered, team, and organizational care to improve patient outcomes.
  5. Evidence-Based Practice: The graduate will use clinical judgment based on the exploration and integration of evidence from interprofessional perspectives to improve patient outcomes.
  6. Teamwork and Collaboration: The graduate will effectively collaborate and communicate with interprofessional team members, inclusive of the patient and system, while advocating for quality care across the lifespan.
  7. Clinical Judgment: The graduate utilizes clinical judgment to make evidence based decisions for safe and high quality individual, family, community, or population outcomes.
  8. Professionalism: The graduate incorporates leadership and system thinking skills by following the Code of Ethics in their professional practice.

The Bachelor of Science in nursing program in the Nursing Department consists of the traditional pre-licensure BSN program and an RN-BSN completion program.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Goals

The mission and philosophy of the Nursing Programs serve as a foundation for the development of program goals.  The baccalaureate program goals are to provide a curriculum which:

  1. Combines the foundation of liberal arts and biopsychosocial sciences with baccalaureate level nursing concepts.
  2. Fosters professional growth, professional development, clinical judgment, and a commitment to life-long learning at the baccalaureate level.
  3. Fosters compassion and respect for people from diverse cultures and the belief that each person has the right to participate in the fullness of life to the greatest extent possible.

 

The nursing program is designed to deliver the best possible preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN®), and that’s exactly what it does. As a graduate of the program, you’ll be educationally and experientially prepared for success on the NCLEX-RN® and for a fulfilling career in a wide range of professional health care settings, in a field that the U.S. Department of Labor projects will grow by 26 percent through the year 2020.

2014 calendar year NCLEX pass rate: 82%
2015 calendar year NCLEX pass rate: 74% for first time testers, 88.9% for all testers
2016 calendar year NCLEX pass rate: 76.25% for first time testers, 95.2% for all testers

 

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/

Admission criteria

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

Hailey Wisner is a 2012 graduate of Marian’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Watch to learn more about her Marian experience!

Learning goes beyond the classroom at Marian University, as several students used their medical knowledge to serve in Nicaragua and South Africa. Click here to read more.

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

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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As a student in the nursing program, every day will present opportunities to learn and to grow. You’ll benefit from extensive hands-on training at the Center for Health Professions—our nursing resource and simulation facility—as well as experience in a variety of real-world clinical settings that’s incorporated into the program. The Marian University Student Nurses Association will present you with opportunities to meet with national leaders in the field, participate in service projects and attend nursing conventions across the country.

Marian University Admission Office
800.2MARIAN
admission@marianuniversity.edu