Marquette University, a private, non-profit, Roman Catholic, Jesuit institution, was established by the Society of Jesus in 1881.
The university took over the Trinity Hospital Training School of Nursing in 1912 and was the only university in the state of Wisconsin to offer a three-year nursing certificate. The four-year nursing program was developed in 1936.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
There are options for students to choose a minor if they wish. Specialized program plans are developed and the advisor will work with the student.
Nursing students have the opportunity to participate in the Air Force, Army or Navy ROTC. Those who choose to participate are held at a higher ranking within the College of Nursing, therefore military courses fit within the nursing curriculum and can be used as elective credits. Marquette has the largest Navy Nursing ROTC in the nation.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Students must already hold a BSN before going on for an MSN. Specialized areas include: acute care nurse practitioner, adults, older adults, children, nurse-midwifery, health care systems leadership, and clinical nurse leader.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Direct Entry
The Generalist Master of Science program (GEM) for non-nursing graduates is designed for students who hold a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field. The program is 75 credits and prepares students to take the NCLEX examination. Graduates are eligible to take the Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam.
Admission requirements (not all inclusive)
- Baccalaureate degree/official transcripts of all college work
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater
- GRE (waived with a 3.2 GPA or higher)
- 3 recommendation forms/letters of reference
Family Nurse Practitioner
This requires 13 credits of graduate coursework. Graduates are eligible to take the national family nurse practitioner certification examination.
Adult-Older Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination for adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.
Adult-Older Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination for adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner.
Adult-Older Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination for adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist.
Systems Leadership & Health Care Quality
Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination for Nursing Administration.
Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board.
Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
The course of study is designed for nurses who hold a master's degree in pediatric or parent-child nursing. Graduates will be eligible for certification as an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
The course of study is designed for nurses with a master's degree in pediatric or parent/child nursing. Graduates will be eligible for certification as a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
A minimum of 18 credits is required for the post-master's certificate. Graduates are eligible to take the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner examination.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The DNP degree is 63-69 credits in coursework for the post-baccalaureate DNP program and is designed to include all existing master's courses plus additional courses designed to help students meet the competencies of doctoral-level education for Advance Practice Nurses. Therefore, in route to the DNP, nurses will receive an MSN and are able to write the certification exam for the specialty after taking the required courses.
There is a post-master's program available that is 33 credits and builds upon the existing master's program.
Post-MSN/DNP Executive Program for Nurse Leaders
The DNP residency requirement leads to completion of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's recommended 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice.
The BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP programs have full- and part-time options.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Admission requirements - Post BSN entry (not all inclusive)
- Current RN license
- Bachelor's degree
- 3.0 GPA
- Statistics with inferential analysis in past 5 yr.
- GRE scores
- 3 letters of reference
Admission requirements - Post MSN entry (not all inclusive)
- Current RN license
- 3.4 GPA
- Statistics w/inferential analysis within past 5 yr.
- Grad level research course
- 3 letters of reference
Nurse Anesthesia (DNP)
The 36-month nurse anesthesia educational program is full-time.
Students will meet the College of Nursing DNP program learning outcomes and the graduate standards as specified by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) at program completion.
Admission (not all inclusive)
- BSN or graduate degree in nursing from nationally accredited college/university
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 w/science GPA of 3.0 or above
- Graduate Record Exam scores; waived if cumulative GPA is 3.2 or higher
- Unencumbered RN license in U.S./Wisconsin license required time of admission
- BCLS, ACLS, PALS certifications from American Heart Association
- Minimum one year (preferably two) full-time work experience (or its part-time equivalent) as an RN in critical care within U.S., its territories or a U.S. military hospital outside U.S.
- 3 completed recommendation forms
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- Official transcripts from all current/previous colleges/universities
- Undergraduate Statistics within 5 years of program start date
Critical Care Experience
Examples of critical care settings (not limited to): surgical intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care, coronary intensive care, medical intensive care, pediatric intensive care, and neonatal intensive care.
US News and World Report (2020)
- #89 (tie) in National Universities
- #53 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
- #49 in Best Value Schools
- #116 (tie) in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
- #49 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
- #60 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
- #20 (tie) in Nursing-Midwifery
- Best Catholic Colleges in America #18 of 165
- Best Colleges for Nursing in America #73 of 599
- Best Value Colleges in America #126 of 1,590
- Top Private Universities in America #142 of 975
- Best Colleges in America #219 of 1,647
- Colleges with the Best Academics in America #245 of 1,591
- Best College Locations in America #460 of 1,553
- Most Diverse Colleges in America #761 of 1,592
- Best Catholic Colleges in Wisconsin #1 of 8
- Best Value Colleges in Wisconsin #3 of 35
- Colleges with the Best Academics in Wisconsin #3 of 34
- Top Private Universities in Wisconsin #3 of 21
- Best Colleges in Wisconsin #4 of 35
- Best Colleges for Nursing in Wisconsin #4 of 16
- Most Diverse Colleges in Wisconsin #9 of 35
- Best College Locations in Wisconsin #15 of 34
- Best Colleges in Milwaukee Area #2 of 12
- Best Value Colleges in Milwaukee Area #2 of 12
- #175 Top Colleges
- #125 in Private Colleges
- #91 in Research Universities
- #27 in the Midwest
The Princeton Review (2018-2019)
- The Best 384 Colleges
- Best Midwestern
MONEY Magazine ranked Marquette University #166 Best Colleges For Your Money (2018-2019).
The DNP program ranked #35 of the top 50 Best Value DNP programs in the country by Value Colleges.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance listed Marquette among its Best Values in Private Colleges for 2017.
Accreditation and Approval
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs.
The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACME) accredited the nurse-midwifery program.
The Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs (COA).
Marquette University is accredited through The Higher Learning Commission.
The Wisconsin State Board of Nursing approved the College of Nursing.