• 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 nine goals or program outcomes:

  1. Effectively utilize the nursing process to diagnose and treat actual and potential health problems of clients in a variety of health care settings.
  2. Base professional decisions on rationale derived from knowledge of the liberal arts and sciences as well as from nursing arts and science from a regional, national and global perspective.
  3. 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.
  4. Utilize knowledge of law, legislation, and legal process in personal practice and in advocacy for improved health care.
  5. Communicate effectively in the various interactions required of a beginning professional nurse.
  6. Utilize psychomotor skills which are expected of a beginning professional nurse.
  7. Make decisions about clinical practice which are expected of a beginning professional nurse.
  8. Exhibit, in a variety of nursing roles, leadership expected of a beginning professional nurse and a liberally education person.
  9. Utilize evidence-based research to make decisions 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 fifteen area 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 for explanation of physical requirements of clinical classes.

Admission Requirements

The following are required for admission in the nursing major:

  1. A minimum of 1450 (combined) on the SAT, with no single test score below 480.  (Note: for those applicants submitting ACT scores, a composite score of 21 is required.)
  2. One letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, teacher, or other person familiar with the student’s academic background.
  3. 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 or by taking a pre-RN entrance examination (PAX-RN) and achieve a minimum percentile rank of 85%.  Students may take this qualifying test only once.
  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 carry fees related to placement testing, covering costs associated with extensive, small group supervision, and needed lab supplies. There are also several technology associated fees throughout the course of the Nursing program. Additionally, dues for membership in National Student Nurse's Association (NSNA) and Student Nurse Association of Marywood (SNAM) are attached annually.

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.  In addition to meeting SAT/ACT and QPA requirements students from other colleges and/or universities who wish to transfer into the Nursing Department must have earned a minimum grade of C+ in each science course. Undeclared and/or students from other majors at Marywood must have earned a minimum QPA of 3.00 to transfer into the Nursing Department.   Student transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis by the chairperson of the department.

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 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

Approval Status/Accreditation

The Nursing Program has been granted provisional 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.  The Nursing Program has applied for accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036, 1-202-887-6791.

 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 judgement, 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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