The FNP Track
New FNP students may choose to start in fall or spring. Courses are offered in either online or on-campus formats. Our on-campus (face to face) classes are offered at our state of the art Center for Health Professions in Fond du Lac and meet every other week.
Master’s in Nursing in Family Nurse Practitioner majors will take courses covering topics such as:
- Practice management for the APRN
- Advance diagnostic skills and reasoning
- Advanced pathophysiology
- Healthcare systems leadership and quality improvement
- Health promotion and disease prevention in populations
Master of Science in Nursing Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the Marian University Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, graduates will demonstrate the processes of acquiring/generating knowledge, critical thinking, valuing, decision-making, and communicating to:
- Integrate advanced theoretical and scientific knowledge to guide advanced nursing leadership in diverse practice settings.
- Integrate outcome data, evidence-based practice recommendations and professional standards of care to improve population health outcomes.
- Apply leadership and inter-professional skills in healthcare delivery systems to ensure safe and quality care.
- Apply principles of information systems and population health to deliver evidence-based, culturally relevant strategies for individuals, families and aggregate populations.
- Employ collaborative strategies to advance the profession of nursing through the integration of theory, research, policy, and practice excellence.
- Advocate for social justice and healthcare policy that promotes safe, cost-effective, and equitable outcomes.
- Demonstrate critical and self-reflective thinking that promotes advanced role competency and professional accountability.
Nursing department 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.
Nursing department 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.
Master of Science in Nursing Program Goals
The mission and philosophy of the Nursing Department serve as a foundation for the development of graduate program goals. The nursing graduate program goals 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 settings with diverse populations.
The Marian University MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner track 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 Master’s Education in Nursing [American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2011]
- Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs [National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education (NTF), 2016]
For 2020, we had 88.24% pass rate (overall and 1st time), our 2020 graduates had 100% pass rate! We were above the national average and also above average in 3 of the 4 domains of testing. For the AANP exam we had 87% pass rate in 2020 and surpassed the national average in all domains and overall testing.
Applications to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program are open and reviewed on a rolling basis for both fall and spring semester cohorts. Deadlines for applicant submission is July 15 for fall semester start and December 15 for spring semester start.
Admission to the graduate program is competitive with selection of students based on academic acumen, congruent professional goals with program track, work experience (if applicable) and professional references.
Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program are required to submit a completed admission packet to the Admissions Office by the deadline specific to the starting term.
- Earned Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended.
- Unencumbered Wisconsin Registered Nurse (RN) license.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for the BSN degree.
- Successful completion of an undergraduate physical/health assessment course within the last five (5) years.
- Successful completion of an undergraduate course in statistics within the last five (5) years. Statistics course must include content on descriptive and inferential statistics.
- Resume/curriculum vitae.
- Professional goal statement.
Professional Goal Statement
All applicants will submit a 4 page, double-spaced maximum length goal statement that addresses the following (please use these as headings):
- Reasons for choosing Marian University
- Reasons for choosing the program track (Family Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator)
- Personal and professional attributes that will contribute to your success in graduate school
- Preparations for the rigors of graduate education
- Short and long-term professional goals