Marymount University (MU) Malek School of Health Professions

Marymount University (MU) Malek School of Health Professions Department of Nursing offers CCNE accredited traditional BSN, ABSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs including certificate programs educating Nurse Practitioners. Schools Scholarships Student Support

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  • Accreditations ACEN CCNE COA
  • Location(s) Virginia
  • Address 2807 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, Virginia, 22207
  • Telephone 1-703-284-1500
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Marymount University, founded in 1950 and the first Catholic college to be established in Virginia, is a private, non-profit, Catholic university founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM). The Malek School of Health Professions Department of Nursing offers several undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.


Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

This program is designed for students entering as freshmen and is typically completed in four academic years. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination and then be eligible for state RN licensure.

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • Cumulative academic GPA of 2.6 or higher
  • Recommended high school biology and Chemistry
  • Standardized test scores are optional; high school 3.0 GPA or above do not need to submit SAT or ACT scores
  • Required natural science courses within the past 10 years with grade 'C' or better

Accelerated BSN

For individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in another field, the accelerated BSN option is available. This program can be completed in four semesters. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination and then be eligible for state licensure as an RN.

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Prerequisites as outlined by the Nursing Department
  • One letter of recommendation
  • ATI-TEAS test results or waiver
  • Written personal statement


The hybrid online RN to BSN program is not accepting applications at this time (May 31, 2019).


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Program requirements include laboratory time as well as 675 hours of clinical practicum. The program is designed to prepare graduates for nationally recognized certification exams offered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Committee (ANCC).

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The post-master's certificate program is available for nurse practitioners that would like to sit for the AANP and the ANCC certification examination(s).

Admission Degree and Certificate (not all inclusive)

  • Nursing degree from accredited college or university
  • MSN applicants must hold BSN with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Certificate applicants must hold MSN with a minimum GPA of 3.3
  • RN licensure in Virginia
  • Family Nurse Practitioner students are required to have licensure in Maryland or compact state and the District of Columbia prior to placement in clinical courses
  • Two years of full-time professional nursing experience or the equivalent
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of APN certification as applicable
  • Professor who can attest to the applicant's potential for graduate work
  • 250- to 400-word professional essay

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Available for those with a BSN or non-clinical MSN as well as those with a clinical MSN. It is based online and conducted as a part-time program with only one on-campus visit per semester. The hybrid program model gives students full access to all resources available.

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • Nursing degree from accredited college or university
  • Applicants entering with BSN as highest credential must have a minimum 3.3 GPA, must maintain a 3.5 GPA and be eligible for graduation as an MSN prior to enrolling in NU 700-level courses
  • Applicants with MSN as highest credential must have a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • RN license in Virginia
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • APN certification as applicable
  • 250- to 500-word professional essay
  • Documentation of clinical hours at the master's level as applicable

Clinical Requirements – MSN and DNP (not all inclusive)

  • PPD testing for TB required annually, if PPD positive, initial chest X-ray
  • BLS for Healthcare Provider from American Heart Association or Professional Rescuer from American Red Cross
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Liability/malpractice insurance
  • Criminal background check

NCLEX 2019

  • BSN - 97.50%
  • ABSN - 100%

Accreditation and Approval

The Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accredited Marymount University.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

The State Board of Nursing of the Commonwealth of Virginia approved the BSN program.


US News & World Report (2020)

  • #58 (tie) in Regional Universities South
  • #40 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #65 in Best Value Schools
  • #184 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
  • #143-182 in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice

NICHE (2019)

  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #104 of 1,592
  • Best College Locations in America #106 of 1,553
  • Best Value Colleges in America #495 of 1,590
  • Most Liberal Colleges in America #597 of 687
  • Best College Locations in Virginia #1 of 39
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Virginia #2 of 41
  • Best Value Colleges in Virginia #13 of 42
  • Most Liberal Colleges in Virginia #18 of 21
  • Best Value Colleges in Washington, D.C. Area #8 of 16

College Factual ranked Marymount University #34 Best Colleges for the Money in Virginia (2018-2019).

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