Marian University School of Nursing and Health Professions

Marian University offers CCNE accredited BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, and RN to MSN degree programs including post-graduate certificates and programs as Family Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Educators. Students Schools Scholarships

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  • Accreditations CCNE Accredited
  • Location Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
  • Programs BSN, MSN, RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, NP, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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In 1910, the St. Agnes School of Nursing opened its doors. First founded as Marian College in 1936 by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, Marian University is now a private, non-profit, co-educational, Catholic University.

In 1964, Marian College absorbed the St. Agnes School of Nursing and moved it into its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum. In 2004, the first Master of Science in Nursing degrees were awarded. Marian College became Marian University on May 1, 2008.


RN to BSN Completion

The 15-month RN-BSN Completion program can be completed fully online.

The RN knowledge is recognized for transfer as well as a minimum of 32 nursing credits that are applied to the undergraduate program requirements. Note: Additional nursing credit earned previously may transfer in accordance with Marian University articulation agreements and/or transfer policies.

In general, students that have graduated with their ADN will have approximately 48 credits to complete the BSN (15 Liberal Arts Credits and 33 Nursing Credits).

Pre-licensure BSN

The pre-licensure undergraduate program is for students that are completing prerequisite work in liberal arts, biopsychosocial sciences and nursing. This track for the BSN program allows the student to complete the program in eight semesters (four years). After three semesters of prerequisite, general classes, the student starts the core nursing classes. After successful completion, graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and become eligible for state licensure as an RN.

Progression to Sophomore-Level Nursing (not all inclusive)

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA calculated on a minimum of 46 college-level credits
  • Minimum 2.75 math/science GPA calculated on all required math and/or science courses completed at Marian University or another institution
  • Courses must have been completed within the last 7 years

Progression to Junior and Senior Level (not all inclusive)

  • Maintain 2.75 Cumulative GPA
  • Earn at least a 'C' grade (2.0) in all required nursing courses
  • Completion of required competency testing and evaluations
  • Completion of Medication Safety Competency exams meeting the required minimum standard
  • Completion of annual nursing student in-service in preparation for clinical
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate health and safety records as outlined in the Health and Safety Policy



Progression to Graduate Coursework (not all inclusive)

  • Current unencumbered, unrestricted licensure as an RN with no limitations
  • Two academic and/or professional recommendations
  • A letter of intent that includes future educational and professional goals
  • A personal interview if requested by the Graduate Nursing Program Chair
  • Students earn at least a 'C' grade (2.0) in all required undergraduate nursing courses

Once in graduate studies, students must earn a grade of 'B' (3.00) or better in all graduate nursing courses. If a student earns a grade below 'B' in any course, he or she may repeat that course one time only and must earn a 'B' or higher in order to progress in the MSN program. Students may repeat only one graduate nursing course one time only. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation from the MSN program. Students who receive less than a 'B' in a practicum course are dismissed from the program. Students cannot repeat a practicum course.

Family Nurse Practitioner (MS)

The learning centers in Appleton, Fond du Lac and West Allis offer the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Courses are offered in online, on-ground and hybrid formats. On-ground classes meet in the evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. up to two nights per week.

Nurse Educator MS and Post-Grad Certificate

Students must hold a graduate degree in nursing to apply to this program and the post-grad certificate program.

The program content is guided by the Core Competencies of Nurse Educators identified by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and acknowledged by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Graduates are prepared to sit for the NLN Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examination.

The Nursing Educator program is offered in Appleton, Fond du Lac and West Allis. The programs are offered in online, on-ground and hybrid formats. On-ground classes meet in the evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. up to two nights per week.

Students must complete each course with a 'B' or better to progress in the certificate program. Students will need to complete NUR 672 Nurse Educator Theory I prior to NUR 673 Nurse Educator Theory II. Both theory courses must be completed prior to NUR 672 Nurse Educator Practicum and Role Development.

Accreditation and Approval

Marian University is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the Nursing program.

The State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services approved the Nursing programs.


US News & World Report (2019)

  • #38 (tie) in Regional Universities Midwest
  • #24 in Best Value Schools
  • #10 (tie) in Most Innovative Schools
  • #123 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs

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  • Best Colleges for Nursing in Indiana #3
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  • Best Colleges in Indianapolis Area #3
  • Best Value Colleges in Indianapolis Area #4

College Factual (2019)

  • Top 15% Most Focused: Nursing
  • Top 15% Most Popular: Nursing

MONEY Magazine ranked Marion University #557 in Best Colleges For Your Money (2018).

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