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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

  • Academic knowledge and clinical skills 
  • Three tracks: BSN, RN-BSN, and LPN-BSN
  • Knowledgeable and involved teachers

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) | Marywood University at Marywood

Completion of the nursing program is accomplished by completing, at Marywood, the five senior-level nursing courses and the requirements of the University. Before taking upper division courses, you'll need to successfully complete foundation courses in biology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, sociology, philosophy, speech, and writing; you'll also take a course in statistics. These courses will help you fulfill the liberal arts requirements of the University. Knowledgeable and involved teachers will work closely with you to be sure you take advantage of leading-edge scientific facilities at Marywood, opportunities in the local region for hands-on clinical experience, and nursing research from around the globe. You'll leave Marywood prepared to practice in a variety of health care settings, including: critical care, community health, public health, primary care, acute care, and mental health care.

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Dr. Theresa Tulaney, PhD, MS, RN, GCNS
Director of Nursing / Associate Professor of Practice

Patricia Falkowski, MSN, RNC
Clinical Instructor of Nursing

Katrina Powell, MSN, RN
Clinical Faculty/Lab Manager
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The department is located in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences, which houses a state-of-the-art, on-campus nursing laboratory. This lab provides the opportunity for students to learn and practice basic and advanced nursing assessment skills. You’ll find specialized programs in the nursing lab, including CAI (computer-assisted instruction) and NCLEX preparation software.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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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