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You have achieved so much, but now you’re ready for more. Marian University’s RN to BSN program can help you to achieve that next step in your career. The RN to BSN program can be completed in as little as 12 months.  Courses will build on your current knowledge and expertise and provide continued personal and professional growth with an emphasis on evidence-based practice, healthcare systems leadership, policy, and management skills that will prepare graduates to meet the changing needs of health care communities and organizations.

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The RN to BSN completion program at Marian University is 100% online and offered in a 7-week format that allows you to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in a minimum of three semesters.

This program is designed for individuals who have an associate’s degree or nursing diploma and are looking to advance their education and revitalize quality job opportunities within healthcare.

Individuals who have an Associate degree in Nursing (AND) can complete the RN to BSN program in 38 credits (27 nursing-specific and 11 general education credits). Students will also complete an experiential learning component within a population health clinical setting that consists of direct and indirect experiences.

Admission counselors will work with you to review your past nursing education and apply previously completed nursing credit in accordance with Marian University articulation agreements and/or transfer policies.

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

Nursing, 27 cr.

(All but 15 credits in the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum must be completed before enrolling in this course)  This bridge course to baccalaureate and higher degrees in nursing focuses on the concepts of professional nursing and includes the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that are essential to professional nursing practice. The challenges of returning to school as a working adult are explored along with topics pertaining to nursing history, nursing theories, safety and quality issues in health care, workforce diversity, and various health care influences on nursing practice. Outcomes for graduates of baccalaureate nursing programs, delineated in The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008) are introduced and include the concepts of patient-centered care, patient safety and care quality, professional collaboration, and evidence-based nursing practice.

The theoretical bases for professional nursing practice are explored through analysis of selected theories and practice models, and examination of the relevance of theory to practice, research, and education in nursing. The behaviors, attitudes, and values necessary for theory-based professional nursing practice in the context of individual, family, and population health are discussed. Students apply critical thinking skills and beginning scholarship through synthesis of information found in assigned readings and the nursing literature.

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.


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

Exploration of the concepts, principles, tools, finances and strategies used in managing operations from a macrosystem view in a healthcare system. Emphasis is places on the policy making and political processes that can be used to shape the nature, quality, and safety of the healthcare practice environment, including the nurse as advocate.



Public health concepts, levels of prevention, and epidemiological principles in diverse communities are evaluated throughout the lifespan.



Application of public health principles and theories in the community setting with a faculty-guided clinical experience.


Integration of professional nursing concepts and transition to the professional nurse role. Emphasis on the role of the professional nurse in improving health outcomes through the synthesis of evidence-based practice, quality and safety, leadership and management, advocacy, professionalism, and teamwork.


Examination of the changing management roles and functions of the professional nurse in complex and diverse healthcare environment. Students will explore problem solving and ethical decision-making models as well as tools and techniques for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, reporting, and improving the productivity and performance of resources within a healthcare department. Topics include healthcare finance reimbursement, bookkeeping, accounting principles, budgeting processes (capital and operating), and cost/benefit analysis, and use of technology/informatics at a microsystem level view in a healthcare organization.

The Marian University RN to 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]


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 RN-BSN degree completion program is specifically designed for working nurses who either desire or are required to obtain their baccalaureate degree in nursing. Students enrolled in the RN-BSN program are employed either full time or part time as fully licensed Registered Nurses with an associate’s degree or technical diploma in nursing. The goal of these students is not employment but rather promotion or advancement as a BSN prepared nurse. In many cases, the BSN is a requirement of the students’ current supervisory or managerial position.

Since implementation of the program in fall 2014, our student retention rate is currently at 83%.

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 (

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Requirements for progression to the nursing major:

  • Associate degree in Nursing or diploma from an accredited school of nursing.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above
  • Unencumbered Registered Nurse license in state of residency. Must be Wisconsin-eligible.
  • Application
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions

Marian alumni find success in a variety of areas:

Susan Griep, BSN, serves as a Patient Care Supervisor at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis.

Kimberly Udlis, PhD
Associate Dean of Nursing and Chief Nurse Administrator

Katie Hughes, DNP
Undergraduate Program Director

Lori Yogerst, RN, MSN
Coordinator, RN to BSN Program

Anne Rosploch, MSN
Coordinator, Nursing Resource and Simulation Center

Darlene Adelmeyer, MSN
Assistant Professor

Tammy Chapin, PhD
Assistant Professor 

Janice Edelstien, EdD
Associate Professor

Christine Laurent, MSN
Associate Professor

Rachel Loduha, MSN
Assistant Professor 

Jennifer Nicpon, DNP
Adjunct Professor 

Nancy Noble, MSN
Associate Professor 

Pat O’Connor, MSN

Cheryl Passel, PhD
Assistant Professor

Karen Roberts, MSN
Associate Professor

Kari Steinbeck, MSN
Assistant Professor 

Breana Sutfin, MSN
Assistant Professor

Melissa Zar, MSN
Assistant Professor

Brooke Zelhofer, DNP
Assistant Professor


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