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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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. Kathleen Healy-Karabell, DNP, RN-CNS, CSN
Coordinator of LPN/BSN, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dr. Judith A. Williams, PhD, MSN, MS, RN-BC
Chair of Nursing, Assistant Professor
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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 60 credits 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 a 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, the student must attain a 2.00 (“C”) or better in each course designated as a nursing course or a cognate course. 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 cognate courses with a class and lab requirement, the student must receive a “C” 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.  Students must achieve a score of 65% on the Kaplan Readiness Test, given at the completion of the Kaplan course on campus at Marywood University in order for the required signatures from the chairperson of the Nursing Department to be signed on both the Temporary Practice Permit and Authorization for Licensure Exam. If students do not achieve a 65% on the Readiness Test, students will be required to take Kaplan  Question Trainer tests 4, 5, 6, and 7 on the Kaplan website and achieve a score of 65% each test. Students who do not achieve a 65% on the Kaplan Question Trainer tests 4 through 7 will need to make an appointment with the chair of the Nursing Department to develop a remediation plan that may require accessing resources which will be at the student’s own expense. 

Credit Requirements

Credits required for Nursing

Major: 55
Cognates: 34
Core: 31
Electives: 6
Total to Graduate: 126

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
ND 112 Nutrition I
PSYC 211 General Psychology
SOC 211 Introductory Sociology
PHIL 113 Introduction to Philosophy
ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
MATH 216 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
(pre-requisite for NURS 452)
Required Elective    
ND 425 Fluid and Electrolyte Balance/Pharmacology 3