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Greetings! Allow me to begin this letter with a sincere “congratulations!” on your decision to enter the nursing profession. As you likely know, this is a crucial time for all areas of health care, but especially for nurses. Our country is in the midst of a nursing shortage at a time when the general population is living longer and thus requiring more care; technological advances are continuing

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and more complex every year. Marquette University’s College of Nursing has positioned itself to meet these critical needs of the health industry and empower the next generation of nurses to be the difference in their communities and in the world. Founded in 1938, our college has long held fast to a mission of preparing nursing leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people.

Mission Statement Through a transformational Catholic, Jesuit education,

We currently have more than 7,000 nurses around the world who work every day to improve the lives of others by providing high-quality, compassionate

Marquette University College of Nursing prepares

care with a focus on individuals, families and communities. Marquette nurses

nursing leaders to promote health, healing and social

are known for their passion, their training and their hearts. I often hear from

justice for all people through clinical practice and

hospital partners who say: “We love Marquette nurses because we know

development of nursing knowledge.

we’re getting the very best.”

Vision Statement

To help overcome the challenges I mentioned above, our faculty members

The Marquette College of Nursing will be a premier program that prepares an increasingly diverse community of clinicians, leaders, educators and researchers who transform health care and will be the college of choice for those who are committed to: • Providing high-quality, compassionate care focused on individuals, families and communities; • Advocating for social justice to eliminate health inequities; • Engaging community partners to promote health care for all; • Generating, evaluating and applying knowledge to improve health and education outcomes;

have worked to bring nursing education to the highest level. Our college has been recognized for its innovative approach to curriculum development, including the emphasis we place on clinical simulation and real-world practice. Coupled with a strong base of common core classes, including theology and philosophy, our students graduate with a deep understanding of what it means to be a Marquette nurse. I came to Marquette in 2008 to lead this highly acclaimed college and to work with a remarkable group of faculty and students. I chose Marquette because of its strong commitment to the Jesuit tradition of living lives of faith, promoting excellence, developing leaders and serving others. This university transforms the students who entrust it with their undergraduate education. The Marquette experience truly does change lives. As you explore Marquette and our college, our faculty members and students

• Creating a dynamic, innovative learning community;

are more than happy to answer any of your questions. Please do not hesitate

• Leading change to improve the health care

to ask. Good luck with your search!

environment. Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, C.R.N.A., F.A.A.N., F.N.A.P Dean and Professor

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About Marquette University Midsized. World-renowned. Challenging. Innovative. Exciting. Metropolitan. Engaging. Welcoming. There are a lot of ways to describe Marquette. But the four words below­— the heart of Marquette’s mission — might be the most important. Excellence Our students and faculty strive to do and be more. And it pays off: Our students exceed the national average when it comes to career placement and getting into graduate school, and our alumni go on to become Fortune 500 leaders, Pulitzer Prize winners, inventors, community leaders and more.

Faith We’re a Catholic and Jesuit university, but we welcome and attract people of all faiths. We offer a number of ways to explore and enrich your spirituality. Almost half of our students participate in faith-based activities. Whatever your faith, it’s part of the conversation.

Leadership Marquette students learn to challenge the status quo as ethical leaders. They also get plenty of leadership practice on campus, and more than half of graduating seniors report holding a leadership position in student groups.

Service At Marquette, we believe in becoming men and women for others, and our students take that mission to heart. Although it’s not required, more than 85 percent of students participate in service. It’s one reason why Washington Monthly lists Marquette as one of the nation’s “Most Service-minded Schools.”

Why the Marquette College of Nursing? The Marquette advantage

Why Marquette?

Direct admission. Your passion for nursing will not be put on hold at Marquette.

• You’ll be busy, whether it’s with

Our direct-admission policy means you’ll start your nursing courses on the first day of your freshman year. Guaranteed clinical experience. Classroom learning is necessary, and real experience is essential. You’ll benefit from hands-on clinical practice at many of our 90-plus area hospital agency affiliations. Learn from the best. Your professors will be nurses who have distinguished

our nursing-led student organization, the Marquette University Student Nurses Association, or one of our other 250-plus on-campus student organizations. • Our residence halls offer specialty living options, including a floor for nurses.

themselves with practice and research. Some areas of faculty research include:

• You’ll have fun when you’re not

studying patient readiness for discharge and prevention of readmission; quality

studying. Our 16 men’s and

of life; chronic illness; women’s health; birth stories; natural family planning; and

women’s Division I teams play

positive psychological concepts. Four years and out. If you follow the college’s rigorous program plan, you will graduate in four years.

in the prestigious Big East Conference. Go Marquette! • Want to play? We have 22 club and recreational sports teams, the most among Jesuit universities.

We focus on you. One-on-one advising and small class sizes give you the opportunity to form close relationships with your professors. The average instructor/student ratio for clinical learning courses is 1:8.

• Our urban campus puts you minutes from the lake, great shops and restaurants, and major league sports.

Dual study. You can gain a competitive edge from dual study in nursing and psychology. One-stop shop. Think you might want to pursue a graduate degree? Our M.S.N. program has eight areas of specialization and offers the only nurse-

• Having Marquette on your resume looks really good. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks us among its top 100 universities.

midwifery program in Wisconsin. We also offer two doctoral programs: Ph.D. and D.N.P.

College of Nursing undergraduate programs: • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) • B.S.N./Advanced Nurse Scholars Program • B.S.N./Honors Program • B.S.N./with a second major in psychology • B.S.N./R.O.T.C. (Army, Navy, Air Force) • B.S.N./with a minor in Spanish

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Freshman Year

Your freshman year at Marquette is all about getting into the swing of things. With plenty of newness happening outside the classroom, we intentionally structure your freshman year curriculum around general science courses, liberal arts classes and lecture-based nursing courses. You will take two nursing courses during your first two semesters on campus — Nursing and Health in the Jesuit Tradition and Dimensions of the Nursing Profession in the Jesuit Tradition. Both courses are designed not only to help you learn about health care and nursing but also to develop lifelong friendships with your classmates. As the class names imply, Jesuit ideals are threaded throughout both, just as they are through Marquette's entire University Core of Common Studies. From day one, we want you to realize that your education is based on Jesuit principles — things like caring for the whole person and being men and women for others. Beyond the classroom, your freshman year is a good time to become active in the dozens of student groups on campus. The Marquette University Student Nurses Association is always looking for enthusiastic future nurses who want to make a difference in the community — even before they’ve earned their degrees. You can learn more about MUSNA at

Freshman year curriculum FALL NURS BISC ENGL PSYC THEO

1001 1060 1001 1001 1001

SPRING NURS 1002 BISC 2070 BISC 1015 ENGL 1002 PHIL 1001


Nursing and Health in the Jesuit Tradition (3) Chemistry for Health Professions (3) Rhetoric and Composition I (3) General Psychology (3) Introduction to Theology (3) Dimensions of the Nursing Profession in the Jesuit Tradition (3) Biochemistry for Health Professions (3) Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology (5) Rhetoric and Composition 2 (3) Philosophy of Human Nature (3)

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"Life as a Marquette nurse isn’t solely about nursing. Nursing is a part of who you are, but it alone does not define you. I am proud to be a part of many different organizations on campus. Gospel Choir, La Causa Crisis Nursery, Students for an Environmentally Active Campus, Christian Fellowship, intramural basketball, Students for Life and even my friend network are all part of who I am." Stephanie Dlobik, ’15

Thomas Wargo, freshman "One of the neat things about Marquette is how the professors are interested in more than just what grades students receive. They take a sincere interest in the lives we have outside the classroom. It’s refreshing to know that they’re as committed to helping me develop as a person as they are to helping me excel as a student. But my favorite thing about Marquette, without question, is the amazing students I've met, many of whom I know will be friends for life. It’s a pretty powerful thing to be surrounded by so many people who share my passion and motivation to help others. I’ve learned that people don’t come to Marquette just to increase their knowledge. They come to better themselves as human beings. I can't imagine being anywhere else."

"I’ve learned that people don’t come to Marquette just to increase their knowledge. They come to better themselves as human beings."

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Sophomore Year

Carolyn Rice, sophomore “Marquette's simulation lab has been an amazing learning tool.” "Marquette’s simulation lab has been an amazing learning tool. It’s well-designed and has all the equipment we as nursing students need to practice patient scenarios. And the technology exposes us to things that we would be unable to assess in our healthy partners. For instance, in one of my first-semester courses, I was able to listen to lung sounds on S.A.M.®, an electronic patient. Using S.A.M.® allowed me to hear what the lungs of a patient having difficulty breathing because of asthma would sound like. I also used simulation to practice taking blood pressure. My instructor programmed a particular blood pressure level into S.A.M.® and, after I took the reading, she was able to verify that I was doing everything correctly. The extra practice we get in the simulation lab is invaluable."


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Your sophomore year is when you begin the truly hands-on portion of your education, and you'll spend significant time in laboratory and clinical settings. In the two foundation courses that are a part of this year’s curriculum, you'll learn how to perform health and physical assessments in the context of nursing care. For these classes, we use concept-based learning. How does that work? You might be presented with the scenario of a patient who is short of breath. What questions need to be asked when that happens? What exam needs to be performed? From there, you then would learn intervention techniques to help the patient breathe more effectively. This holistic approach simplifies the learning process by aligning it with real-world nursing care. During the fall semester of sophomore year, all students take part in our Commitment to the Profession ceremony (see page 16). During the spring semester, students begin working with patients in the clinical area.

Sophomore year curriculum FALL NURS NURS HEAL BISC PSYC

2100 2001 2045 3115 2101

Pathophysiology I (3) Foundations I: Health Assessment and Fundamentals (3) Normal and Therapeutic Nutrition (3) Human Microbiology (3) Intro to Lifespan Developmental Psych (3)

SPRING NURS 2200 NURS 2002 NURS 2500 HEAL 1025 TBD

Pathophysiology II (3) Foundations II: Health Assessment and Fundamentals (3) Concepts and Interventions for the Promotion of Mental Health (3) Culture and Health (3) General or health elective (3)

“My sophomore year at Marquette was everything I hoped for and more. The second semester was challenging because of the course load, but through the ups and downs, I learned a lot about myself. I believe that many students, myself included, would not have been able to make it through if it hadn’t been for the wonderful faculty. They went above and beyond trying to help us succeed. This year made me really excited to apply all I have learned into my first clinical experience.” Mackenzie Conn, ’14

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Junior Year

Your junior year consists mostly of nursing-specific courses and increased time in a clinical setting. You will learn how to care for mothers and babies and children and adults with chronic illnesses. Each semester you will log 240 hours of clinical practice — working in health care agencies and our simulation lab. As you’ve learned by now, simulation learning is heavily incorporated into our approach to education. And it’s something our students really enjoy. During the second semester of your junior year, you may choose to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland (see page 15). Or after your junior year, you may want to join several other nursing students who take advantage of our study abroad program in Piura, Peru, which fulfills your community and population health nursing theory and clinical requirements. (Read more on page 15.)

Junior year curriculum FALL NURS NURS NURS NURS NURS

3110 3201 3800 3964 3600



Pharmacology (3) Evidence-based Practice and Nursing Research (3) Maternity Nursing and Women’s Health (3) Family and Community-centered Nursing–Practicum (4) Community and Population Health Nursing (3) (Common Core history credit) (3) Nursing Concepts and Interventions for the Care of Adults–Older Adults I (3) Nursing Care for Persons with Chronic Conditions– Practicum (4) Family-centered Nursing of Children (3) Theory of Ethics (3)

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“Studying in Peru was a life-changing experience. I knew what to expect when it came to the culture but had no idea what to expect when it came to health care. We went on home visits, cared for hospice patients, visited a local nursing home, helped run local village clinics and taught people about basic health topics. All the while, my eyes were opened to how blessed we are to have the health care we do in the United States.” Megan Paterkiewicz, ’12

Katherine Clark, junior President of the Marquette University Student Nurses Association "I came to Marquette for many reasons, but the two most important were my passion for nursing and for serving others. The Marquette University Student Nurses Association ties together both. MUSNA is an opportunity for undergraduates in the college to come together, get to know one another and share our passion for nursing by serving others. We participate in various service projects throughout the year that benefit organizations like Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Hearts of Unity. We also share our talents around campus, running blood pressure screenings, distributing flu and cold kits, and organizing blood drives. MUSNA is also a great place for nursing students to get to know one another. It's where I've met some of my closest friends and mentors, including those who are successfully practicing in the field and continue to help me with my own journey."

“MUSNA is an opportunity for undergraduates in the college to come together, get to know one another and share our passion for nursing by serving others.�

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Senior Year

Your senior year prepares you for professional practice, and you'll focus on safety and quality in patient care. During your spring semester, you'll take a leadership in professional nursing practice theory course and a fivecredit transition into professional nursing practice clinical. This clinical is different from others you will have already experienced because it exposes you to patient care and the administrative aspects of nursing. You’ll also participate in your health care organization’s quality initiatives and any ongoing research projects. To practice as a registered nurse, you must be licensed. To help you prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, you must successfully pass the NCLEX-RN predictor exams before graduation. Because our curriculum emphasizes course-specific NCLEX-RN-type questions, you will be well-prepared. And it’s an extra step of preparation that goes a long way. Our graduates have been, and continue to be, highly recruited in Wisconsin and across the country.

Senior year curriculum



Nursing Concepts and Interventions for the Care of Adults–Older Adults II (3) Nursing Care for Persons with Acute Conditions–Practicum (4) Quality and Safety in Nursing (3) (Common Core literature or performing arts credit) (3) (Common Core theology credit) (3)

SPRING NURS 4800 NURS 4984 HEAL 4901/5901 MATH TBD

Leadership in Professional Nursing Practice (3) Transition into Professional Nursing Practice– Practicum (5) Palliative Care (3) (Common Core mathematics credit) (3) Nursing or health elective (3)

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“I have had an incredible experience in the College of Nursing. I found a strong support network in my advisers, professors and Project Beyond coordinators. It was through this support system that I was able to receive an incredible education and find my identity within the health care field at the same time.” Jacob Thayer, ’12

Christine Mattappillil, senior “I learned much more than I could have ever imagined from an amazing nurse mentor.” “A highlight of my senior year was my synthesis clinical, which is a clinical rotation assigned to you based on your preferences. After several adventures and service experiences in Milwaukee and after speaking with many nurses, I found myself drawn to public health care and community nursing with an emphasis on holistic wellness and family care. My synthesis placement couldn’t have been more perfect. During my first semester, I spent 100 hours at the Marquette Neighborhood Health Center, a clinic run entirely by nurses and nurse practitioners on Marquette’s campus. I learned about healing from the inside out, passed along healthy living habits to patients, implemented critical thinking, practiced nursing skills and learned much more than I could have ever imagined from an amazing nurse mentor. Everything I had learned up to that point came together in a real-world setting.”

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Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Clinical Simulation at Marquette University Clinical simulation is an extremely important part of any nurse’s undergraduate education — so much so that we’ve integrated simulation into all four years of our pre-licensure curriculum. It’s an invaluable resource that develops critical decision-making and team-building skills in a safe environment. As a Marquette nursing student, you'll develop these skills in our new $4 million Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Clinical Simulation, opened in August 2012. The 10,000-square-foot center has been completely reimagined and refurbished to provide a realistic health care environment in which you can practice. The Center for Clinical Simulation delivers: • Enhanced learning through scenarios that can't be replicated in a time-efficient manner in a real hospital or clinic setting • Consistent focus on improving response times to urgent critical care patient events • Ongoing educational opportunities for community nursing staff The result? Nurses and nursing students more highly prepared to provide care for our community.


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Scholarships We have a dozen scholarship programs set up specifically to assist undergraduate nursing students. Most awards are need-based, making it mandatory for interested students to have a current FAFSA form on file with the Office of Student Financial Aid. Scholarship decisions are typically made in the spring and are awarded for the following fall semester, although we do offer some scholarships during the year based on unforeseen hardship.

Scholarships for full-time undergraduate students • Gregory R. Olson Scholarship • Cecilia Borenitsch Nursing Scholarship • William H. Wasweyler Scholarship • K Fund • Jane Regan Harris, Class of 1965 Scholarship

Scholarships specific to incoming freshmen • Ann B. Druml Scholarship • Florence Brady-Murray Scholarship • Nancy Long Pesiri Scholarship

Scholarships specific to juniors • David B. Rowe Memorial Scholarship • McGrath Scholarship

Scholarships specific to seniors • Mary Catherine Foley Scholarship

Scholarships specific to underrepresented students • Kathleen Powers Memorial Minority Scholarship

To learn more about these or general university-wide scholarships, or for information about how to apply, please visit

Craig Ogurek, scholarship recipient “The Nancy Long Pesiri Scholarship changed not only my collegiate experience but my future as well. Without it, I would not have landed at Marquette and would not have been able to be so involved in the College of Nursing. It gave me the confidence to reach out in the Marquette community and speak on numerous occasions to prospective students, new faculty, benefactors and others. The Pesiri family and I have remained in close contact, and the support and love I feel from them has helped shape my passion for success. I feel as if I’m not only representing my family, Marquette and myself — but also the entire Pesiri family, whose generosity helped afford me the opportunity to obtain such an amazing education.”


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Study abroad Community Nursing in Peru — summer program Our program in Piura, Peru, gives nursing students the unique opportunity to complete their community clinical requirements in another country. The Catholic parish of Sacramento Santissimo hosts students for this hands-on, enlightening experience. Students can participate in a wide range of clinical experience, from primary health care to hospice care to alcohol and drug treatment groups, while

“Studying in Ireland was an absolutely

earning six credits toward their undergraduate degree. Students become a part

incredible, life-changing experience. I was

of the Peruvian community while providing greatly needed care.

able to see parts of the world I never

thought I’d see, all while earning credits toward my Marquette degree. The nurses

University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland University College-Dublin is the largest university in Ireland and a vibrant, modern

I studied with were very welcoming, and many became lifelong friends. It was also

institution of more than 25,000 students. Situated on a spacious campus about

eye-opening to witness firsthand the health

three miles from downtown Dublin, UCD is a supportive and stimulating environ-

care environment of another country. The

ment that promises intellectual and personal development. Marquette nursing

entire study abroad experience forever

students are integrated into the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health

changed me and my nursing skills for

Systems, where they take 12–16 credits in a number of concentrated areas.

the better.”

Lisa Philbin, ’13

60 additional study abroad opportunities Marquette’s Office of International Education offers more than 60 different study abroad programs located in more than 20 different countries. If spending time outside the United States is on your college to-do list, you’ll have no trouble finding a program to make your travel dreams a reality. Learn more at

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Future Marquette nurses pledge their commitment to the profession at a ceremony every fall at Church of the Gesu. College of Nursing students, faculty, staff and alumni come together to state their commitment to nursing and Marquette and what it means to be a Marquette nurse. A highlight of the ceremony is the blessing of the hands for sophomores and direct-entry students.


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Undergraduate program learning outcomes: I. Provider of Care: The baccalaureate graduate will enter professional nursing practice prepared to use sound clinical judgment in the delivery of high-quality, safe, compassionate care. II. Leader of Care: The baccalaureate graduate will advocate for social justice to eliminate health inequities and lead change to improve health and the health care environment. III. Member of a Profession: The baccalaureate graduate will function effectively as an interprofessional and community team member.

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