Undergraduate and Graduate Credit Breakdown
Family Nurse Practitioner Track
- 21 Bachelor-Level
- 3 General Education
- 46 Master-Level
Total Credits: 70
Nursing Administration Track
- 24 Bachelor-Level
- 3 General Education
- 35 Master-Level
Total Credits: 62
Transfer up to 90 Credits from Your ADN
Students with an Associate Degree in Nursing will undergo a credit-to-credit evaluation for general education equivalents earned in their ADN program. Marian University has a generous transfer credit policy with up to 90 total credits eligible for transfer, including nursing courses. ADNs who graduated from a Wisconsin Technical College benefit from a seamless transfer of credits.
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.
RN to MSN program applications are reviewed six times per year. Students can expect to advance through the program at their own pace.
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 are required to submit a complete admission packet to the Office of Admission by the deadline specific to the starting term.
- Earned Associate Degree of 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 ADN degree.
- Successful completion of an undergraduate course in statistics within the last five (5) years. Statistics course must include content on descriptive and inferential statistics.
- Two (2) professional references.
- 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 as headings):
- Reasons for choosing Marian University
- Reasons for choosing the Nursing Administration or Family Nurse Practitioner program
- 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
The Marian University RN to MSN 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), 2011]