Be In Demand with a Nursing Degree!

Why Nursing?

  • Competitive salaries and flexible hours
  • Job stability and security
  • Unlimited career opportunities in hospitals, school settings, nursing homes, administration, case management, research, consulting, management, and administration
  • Opportunities for advanced practice as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, or other specialized roles
  • Work in specialty areas such as emergency nursing, critical care, pediatrics, obstetrics, behavioral health, community health/home health, and geriatrics
  • Start a career in nursing as a high school graduate, advance your current nursing career, or pursue a second career--we offer multiple pathways to your degree
  • Make a difference in the lives of diverse populations on a daily basis
  • The opportunity to change lives!

Why Marywood?

  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) awarded the BSN program continuing, ten-year accreditation through December 31, 2029
  • Small class sizes and low student-faculty ratio
  • Innovative nursing technology and real-world simulation
  • Service learning experiences in local and global settings
  • 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
  • Final semester Internship experience
  • The BSN program has approval status from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Discover where you belong in this growing health care career! Depending on where you are in your career aspirations (pre-service, LPN, RN), Marywood offers different tracks of study, specially designed to meet your specific needs as you earn your BSN degree and advance your professional goals.

Students are required to pass the NCLEX-RN examination to be granted licensure in the state in which they are applying. Graduates of the nursing program who successfully pass the NCLEX licensure exam are prepared to practice in a variety of health care settings, including: critical care, community health, public health, primary care, acute care, long-term care, home health, and mental health care, as well as pharmaceutical and administrative settings.

  • Interdisciplinary academic approach and hands-on clinical skills
  • Numerous career/practice opportunities
  • Three tracks: BSN, RN-BSN, and LPN-BSN
  • Highly skilled and involved faculty

Top Employers

  • Hospitals
  • Clinical/Doctor's Office
  • Mental Health Office
  • School Districts

Top Career Paths

  • Registered Nurse
  • General/ Family Practitioner
  • Nursing Administrator
  • Nursing Educator

Dig Deeper Into the Program Details

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official SAT and/or ACT test scores (Marywood is test optional)
  • Essay (optional)

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Undergraduate Program (BSN) Requirements:

In addition to the completed application form and fee, the candidate to be considered for admission must send to the Office of Admissions the following information:

  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 530 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.

Suggested Minors

Spanish for Professionals Minor

Latin American Studies Minor

Transfer Admission Requirements

First Time Freshmen

Internal Transfers

External Transfers

LPN Students

Meet SAT/ACT requirements -Direct Admit in and maintain a QPA of ≥3.0 and a C or better in all cognate and a C or better in all nursing courses.

Must have QPA of ≥3.0 in current program and maintain ≥3.0 along with a C or better in all cognate and a C or better in all nursing courses.

Must have QPA of ≥3.0 at current institution and maintain ≥3.0 along with a C or better in all cognate and a C or better in all nursing courses.

Must have QPA of ≥3.0 at current institution and maintain ≥3.0 along with a C or better in all cognate and a C or better in all nursing courses.

Do not meet SAT/ACT requirements-will be admitted as undeclared interest in nursing but need to achieve a QPA of ≥3.0 by the end of the second enrolled semester and a C or better in all cognate courses to be admitted into the nursing major. Once in the major, students need to maintain a QPA of ≥3.0 and a C or better in all cognate and a C or better in nursing courses.

Do not meet QPA requirements-will need to remain in current major or transfer to undeclared interest in nursing until a QPA of ≥3.0 met. If transferring into undeclared interest in nursing, students need to achieve a QPA of ≥3.0 and a C or better in all cognate courses to be admitted into the nursing major. Once in the major, students need to maintain a QPA of ≥3.0 and a C or better in all cognate and a C or better in all nursing courses.

Do not meet QPA requirements- may come to Marywood as undeclared interest in nursing but need to achieve the QPA of ≥3.0  and a C or better in all cognate courses to be admitted into the nursing major. Once in the major, students need to maintain a QPA of ≥3.0 and a C or better in all cognate and a C or better in all nursing courses.

Do not meet QPA requirements- may come to Marywood as undeclared interest in nursing but need to achieve the QPA of ≥3.0 and a C or better in all cognate courses to be admitted into the nursing major. Once in the major, students need to maintain a QPA of ≥3.0 and a C or better in all cognate and a C or better in all nursing courses.

 

*Note Internal Transfer students,  at the completion of either the Fall or Spring semester; must submit to the Nursing Department the following:

     * Application for Internal Transfer into the Nursing Program

     * Change of Major

     * Unofficial transcript

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

  1. Have the required physical ability to perform in the nursing profession.
  2. Achieved a QPA of ≥3.0 and be admitted into the nursing major (students in the category of 'Undeclared, Interest in Nursing' are ineligible to take nursing courses)
  3. Complete the following cognate courses or their equivalent, with a minimum of “C” or better
    BIOL 121, 122      Anatomy & Physiology* 4,4
    BIOL 114 Microbiology* 4
    CHEM 121 Principles of Chemistry* 4
    ND 112 Nutrition 3

*Lab Required

One additional cognate course is required which must be taken prior to nursing research (N353) with a grade of 'C' or better.  This is:

MATH 155 Statistics 3

NOTE:  The cognate courses fulfill many of the liberal arts requirements for the nursing major.

***Once admitted to the major, students must maintain a QPA of 3.0 or higher and must achieve a 'C' or better in all nursing courses.

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Center for Natural & Health Sciences

The Department of Nursing is located in the Center for Natural & Health Sciences. It is equipped with a state of the art simulation laboratory. It also houses the Comerford Theatre, which is one of the largest lecture halls on campus.

Clinical Simulation Lab

The use of SimMan and Vital Sim Models along with the newly purchased Nursing Anne and SimMom provides an opportunity to experience realistic clinical situations. The new skills lab is a state of the art facility that helps students establish fundamental critical thinking skills that can be applied in nursing practice.

Student Lounge

Within the sim lab, students have access to a student lounge where they can study and socialize and they have access to a microwave and refrigerator. Students can access the lab and the lounge with their Marywood ID card.  

Computer Lab

Students have access to a computer lab with up-to-date resources for academic development located right inside the Center for Natural & Health Sciences. Other computer labs are available across campus. 

Nursing Skills Lab

The Nursing Skills Lab in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences 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.


Center for Natural and Health Sciences

206 Morgan Road
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The Center for Natural and Health Sciences contains various science laboratories, computer labs, the 100-seat Comerford Theatre, and various classrooms. Classrooms for our Math and Computer Science, Science, Nursing, and Public Administration programs are in this building.

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Science Center Classrooms


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The Center for Natural and Health Sciences contains classrooms for our Math and Computer Science, Science, Nursing, and Public Administration programs.

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Science Center Computer Labs


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Room 102, Room 103 (Science, Nursing, and Math/Computer Science Majors Only). Printer available.

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NURSING

Nursing Student Responsibilities

Nursing students assume responsibility for:

  • 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, 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.

LPN-BSN Challenge Tests

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