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  • Small class sizes and low student-faculty ratio
  • Innovative nursing technology and real-world simulation
  • An iPod Touch with nursing software for each student and Turning Point Technology, an interactive audience response system that ensures student class participation and effective teaching
  • Simulation, using human patient simulators and realistic patient clinical scenarios, that allows students hands-on practice and fosters critical thinking and decision making abilities
  • Professional development and assistance transitioning into the workplace
  • A professional prep course to prepare nursing students for licensure
  • Interaction with area clinical sites, which fosters inter-professional education and collaboration
  • Last Semester Internship Experience

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Consistent with the mission of Marywood University, the baccalaureate program in nursing calls upon students to seek their full potential and invites all to engage in a lifelong process of learning. The program prepares the graduate to be a lifelong learner who is competent in using nursing knowledge and skills to carry out the professional responsibilities of a beginning nurse in a variety of settings. Graduates will demonstrate those values, attitudes, and personal qualities that reflect a commitment to an understanding of persons as God-created, culturally and socially diverse, unique bio-psycho-social spiritual beings.

To accomplish its mission the Nursing Department has established eleven goals or program outcomes:

  1. Effectively use nursing knowledge, process, and skills to prevent, diagnose, and treat actual and potential health problems of clients in a variety of health care settings.
  2. Demonstrate basic knowledge of health care policy, finance, law, and the regulatory environment, including local, state, national, and global health care trends and how they impact individual professional practice.
  3. Base clinical decisions on rationale derived from knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences, as well as from nursing arts and sciences.
  4. Demonstrate practices that minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
  5. Effectively utilize information and technology to communicate, manage care, and support decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
  6. Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making to achieve quality patient care.
  7. Communicate effectively in the various interactions required of a beginning professional nurse.
  8. Demonstrate values, attitudes, and personal qualities that reflect a commitment to a holistic understanding of the uniqueness of each individual.
  9. Use critical thinking skills to analyze and synthesize information to provide quality patient care.
  10. Utilize evidence-based research to inform practice and to make decisions expected of a beginning professional nurse and a liberally educated person.
  11. Exhibit in a variety of nursing roles, the professionalism and leadership expected of a beginning professional nurse and a liberally educated person.

To view the interconnectedness of the program goals with University goals, please consult the Nursing Department Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook. This Handbook has detailed information on specific student outcomes.


The Nursing Department is located in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences, which includes technologically rich classrooms, updated laboratory space for science classes, and a nursing skills lab that is equipped with patient simulators, Turning Point technology, and patient mannequins that afford students the opportunity to practice a range of nursing skills. This simulation lab offers students an environment to apply knowledge in a safe setting, fostering critical thinking. The simulators are programmed to respond physiologically to diseases, trauma, and interactions as human beings. Realistic patient scenarios can be simulated in a controlled environment in which students can practice the nursing process, critical thinking, and decision making.

The Nursing Department utilizes various healthcare facilities that include acute and critical care, pediatric, obstetrics, long term care, psychiatric and mental health, and community care settings. These facilities serve populations of culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds, offering the students exposure to a microcosm of the larger global community in which they will practice after graduation.

Program Requirements


In accordance with the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations, applicants to the Nursing Program, whether high school graduate or G.E.D. recipient, shall have completed work equal to a standard high school course with a minimum of 16 units, including four units of English, three units of social studies, two units of mathematics (one of which is algebra) and two units of science with a related laboratory or the equivalent.

Upon review of an applicant’s high school transcript by the University, if the above units have not been met, these must be completed prior to entry into the major.

Students should reference the Nursing Department Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook an explanation of the physical requirements of clinical classes.

Admission Requirements

First Time Freshmen: Meet SAT/ACT requirements – Direct Admit in and maintain a QPA of ≥3.00. Do not meet SAT/ACT requirements – will be admitted as undeclared interest in nursing and will need to maintain a QPA of ≥3.00 and B or better in all science and nursing courses.

Internal Transfers: Must have QPA of ≥3.00 in current program and maintain ≥3.00 along with a B or better in all science and/or nursing courses. Do not meet QPA requirements – will need to remain in current major or transfer to undeclared until a QPA of ≥3.00 met and B or better in all science courses.

External Transfers: Must have QPA of ≥3.00 at current institution and maintain ≥3.00 along with a B or better in all science and/or nursing courses. Do not meet QPA requirements – may come to Marywood as undeclared but need to achieve the QPA of ≥3.00 and maintain B or better in all science courses to be admitted into the nursing major.

LPN Students: Must have QPA of ≥3.00 at current institution and maintain ≥3.00 along with a B or better in all science and/or nursing courses. Do not meet QPA requirements – may come to Marywood as undeclared but need to achieve the QPA of ≥3.00 and maintain B or better in all science courses to be admitted into the nursing major.

The following are required for admission in the nursing major:

  1. Prior to March 2016, a minimum of 1450 (combined) on the SAT, with no single test score below 480. (or an ACT composite score of 21 or higher.)
  2. After March 2016, a minimum of 1040 (Evidence based reading and writing plus math sections) SAT, with a minimum of 520 in the math section.
  3. One letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, teacher, or other person familiar with the student’s academic background.
  4. An official high school and/or university transcript with an indication of class rank and/or QPA. 

To progress to the Nursing Major courses, the student must:

  1. Be admitted to Marywood University in the Nursing Major by direct admission.
  2. Have the required physical ability to perform in the nursing profession.

Student Responsibilities

  • Students assume responsibility for:
  • dental and eye examinations
  • current immunizations required by the Department of Nursing
  • skin test for tuberculosis; chest x-ray if necessary
  • other blood tests and immunizations required by clinical agencies
  • annual physical examination
  • current professional liability (malpractice) insurance
  • health and accident insurance
  • uniforms and uniform laundry
  • required current certification in basic life support for adults, children, and infants
  • transportation to and from clinical sites
  • urine drug testing
  • criminal background check (which may include FBI, Child Abuse, and state).

Additionally, Registered Nurses must provide proof of current licensure in the state of Pennsylvania.

Special Fees

In addition to tuition, clinical nursing courses may carry fees related to commercial testing. Also, in the event of missed clinical days, there may be additional fees. Please reference the Nursing Department Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook for explanation(s).

Student Rights

Students are encouraged to review their records at least annually. If a student disagrees with an academic decision, the University grievance procedure, published in the Marywood University Student Handbook, may be followed. Departmental grievance procedures are outlined in the Nursing Department Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students, from within or outside the University, are admitted to the Nursing Program in accordance with departmental admission criteria. Refer to the Table of Admission Requirements previously listed. Student transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis by Marywood University’s Coordinator of Prior Learning Assessment.

Advanced Placement

The department is committed to multilevel entry points for Licensed Practical Nurses and for Registered Nurses. Challenge examinations for L.P.N.s and R.N.s are available for credit and for advanced placement in certain Nursing courses and in other university courses. Credit and advanced placement may also be awarded without challenge following Pennsylvania articulation guidelines.

Students are responsible for obtaining advisement from Nursing faculty. They are also responsible for obtaining copies of the department policies pertaining to the examination process and procedures well in advance of the scheduled examination date.

Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, transfer students, part-time students or students with broken enrollment may need to pursue a program slightly different from the established curriculum. Any exception to the stated curriculum can only be granted by prior written approval of the appropriate University official(s). Policies pertaining to these exceptions are published in the Nursing Department Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook.

Degree Requirements

The student must earn 42 credits (or 30 credits if transferring from an institution with which Marywood University has signed an articulation agreement formalizing a thirty-credit degree completion) at Marywood University to be awarded a Marywood University degree. Courses in the Nursing major must be scheduled in proper sequence. This requires nursing faculty advisement before each registration period. Prior to enrolling in any nursing courses, students must have an overall QPA of ≥ 3.00 and ≥ 3.00 in cognate courses required for the major. Students must continue to maintain an overall QPA of 3.00 and an overall 3.00 in all nursing and cognate courses. Less than a 3.00 QPA and/or an overall 3.00 in courses required for the major will result in dismissal from the program.

In addition, students who do not achieve a satisfactory grade in a nursing or cognate course may repeat one nursing or cognate course one time only, space permitting. Students who earn a grade less than a 2.00 (“C”) in two cognate or nursing courses will be dismissed from the nursing program. For science cognate courses with a class and lab requirement, the student must receive a “B” or better in each component of the course. A laboratory is considered a course in and of itself.

Note: At the end of the program a commercial achievement exit exam will be administered. During the semester prior to graduation of the Senior Acad mic year, the Comprehensive Predictor Test will be given. This test is very important in preparing for NCLEX-RN. The Comprehensive Predictor Test is a 180-item assessment designed to reflect the content areas of the current NCLEX-RN test plan. The student must achieve a 72% on the ATI Comprehensive Predictor Test in order to obtain the required signature from the Chairperson of the Nursing Department on the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing-Nursing Education Verification Form. If the student does not achieve a 72% on the ATI Comprehensive Predictor Test, the student will be required to remediate by creating a Focused Review to identify content weaknesses and, one week later, take a second ATI Comprehensive Predictor Test and achieve the benchmark score. The student who does not achieve the benchmark score on the ATI Comprehensive Predictor after two attempts will need to continue to remediate as above. The student will continue to take the ATI Comprehensive Predictor Test until the benchmark has been achieved for this test. The cost of the additional retakes will be the student’s responsibility and the student will be required to pay prior to retaking the ATI Comprehensive Test.

Credit Requirements

Credits required for Nursing

Major: 55
Cognates: 25
Core: 40
Electives: 0
Total to Graduate: 120

Cognate Courses

BIOL 121, 122 Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 121L, 122L Anatomy and Physiology Lab
BIOL 114 Microbiology for the Healthcare Professional
BIOL 114L Microbiology for the Healthcare Professional Lab
CHEM 121 Principles of Chemistry
CHEM 121L Principles of Chemistry Lab
N D 112 Nutrition I

Approval Status/Accreditation

The Nursing Program has been granted approval status by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. Upon graduation with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, graduates not previously licensed to practice nursing will be eligible to apply to take the Registered Nurse Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at Marywood University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education until 2019.

It is the policy of the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing to deny licensure to any graduate who has been convicted of a felony related to a controlled substance, with certain exceptions. The term “convicted” includes a judgment, an admission of guilt, or a plea of nolo contendere. Any student or prospective student to whom this policy may apply should contact the State Board of Nursing for advisement.

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