• 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 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:

First Time Freshman: Meet SAT/ACT requirements- Direct Admit in and maintain a QPA of ≥ 3.00. Do not meet SAT/ACT requirements- have to pass Kaplan admissions test and maintain a QPA of ≥ 3.00 and C or better in all sciences and nursing courses.

Internal Transfers: Must have a QPA of ≥ 3.00 in current program and maintain ≥ 3.00 along with a C 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 ≥ 3.00 met and C or better in all science courses

External Transfers: Must have a QPA of ≥ 3.00 at current institution and maintain ≥ 3.00 along with a C 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 C or better in all science courses to be admitted into the nursing major. 

LPN Students: Must have a QPA of ≥ 3.00 along with a C 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 C or better in all science courses to be admitted into the nursing major. 

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, the Kaplan Admission Test. Students must achieve a minimum of an overall score of 70%. This test may be repeated once but may not be taken any sooner than 90 days from the previous exam date.
  2. Have the required physical ability to perform in the nursing profession.

Student Responsibilities

Students assume responsibility for:

    • 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 the 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. 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 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 ≥ 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 61% or higher on the Kaplan Secure Predictor 1, given at the completion of a required Kaplan Review Course on campus at Marywood University, in order for the required signature from the chairperson of the Nursing Department on the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing’s Nursing Education Verification Form. If students do not achieve a minimum of 61% on the Kaplan Secure Predictor 1, they will be required to 195 ­remediate and take Kaplan Secure Predictor 2 and achieve ≥ 61%. Students who do not achieve a minimum of 61% on the Kaplan Secure Predictor 2 will be required to take Kaplan Question Trainer tests 4, 5, 6, and 7 on the Kaplan website and achieve a score of ≥ 65% on Question Trainers 4 and 5 and ≥ 60% on Question Trainers 6 and 7. Students who do not achieve the required scores on the question trainers will need to make an appointment with the chairperson 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: 25
    Core: 40
    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
    ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
    MATH 155 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
    (pre-requisite for NURS 451)

    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 Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing until 2022. It is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036, 1-202-887-6791 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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