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Prerequisites for Admission

Applicants to the master of science in nursing (M.S.N.) program or the doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) program should have graduated with, or be about to graduate with, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program with an upper division major in nursing. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale is required.

Prior to or during the first term of study, all master of science in nursing and doctor of nursing practice applicants must have taken undergraduate nursing research and a statistics course which included inferential analysis (must be completed within 5 years of program start date).

Applicants to the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) program in nursing should have graduated with, or be about to graduate with, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program or a master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program. For a bachelor’s applicant, the requirements are: RN licensure, a GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale, a statistics course within the last 5 years, acceptable GRE scores, three letters of reference, a goal statement and a personal interview. Generally, for a master’s applicant, a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.300 on a 4.000 scale is recommended. A graduate level research course is a required prerequisite.

Familiarity with computers and the web (e.g., electronic retrieval of data, word processing) is required for all applicants. Some courses use web-enhanced and/or hybrid teaching.

 

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Nursing (NURS) Application Requirements

Applicants must submit, directly to the Marquette University Graduate School:

  1. A completed online application form and $50 application fee.

  2. Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.

  3. (For master’s and D.N.P. applicants only) three completed recommendation forms prepared by previous or present employers and teachers familiar with graduate education in nursing.

  4. (For Ph.D. applicants only) three Ph.D. letters of recommendation.

  5. (For master’s and D.N.P. applicants only) GRE scores (General Test only). Waived if undergraduate GPA is 3.200 or above. Waived for applicants who have a master’s degree and the master’s GPA is 3.200 or above.

  6. (For Ph.D. applicants only) GRE scores (General Test only). Waived if applicant is Marquette M.S.N. graduate with GPA of 3.700 or above.

  7. (For post-master's D.N.P. applicants only) evidence of certification in a specialty, if applicable.

  8. A resume and written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study. For Ph.D. applicants, a curriculum vitae and objectives/career intentions, including research interests.

  9. (For Ph.D. applicants only) sample of scholarly writing.

  10. (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

An interview is required for applicants to the advanced practice nursing specializations in acute care nurse practitioner, nurse-midwifery and pediatrics.

With the exception of Second Degree Direct Entry M.S.N. applicants, an applicant must be registered in the United States as a professional nurse. Graduates of nursing schools in foreign countries must successfully complete the examination administered by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and must be licensed in Wisconsin.

Upon acceptance to the graduate program, students must complete and submit the Graduate Student Health Status Report form. Information on CPR requirements, physical examination and immunization status, including results of a T.B. skin test and proof of Wisconsin R.N. licensure and a criminal background check must be submitted to a program on the website www.certifiedbackground.com/. Results of a T.B. skin test must be provided annually, and a drug screen must be completed 3 months prior to beginning clinical practicum courses. Students are responsible for the cost of these services. The information is required for progression within the program.

Acute care nurse practitioner students must demonstrate evidence of current Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification and have experience working with acutely ill adults before commencing with the first clinical practicum course. Pediatric acute care nurse practitioner students need to be PALS certified and have experience working with acutely ill children.  One year of practice in an acute care setting is required for acute care and pediatric acute care students prior to beginning clinical practicum coursework.

Master of Science in Nursing — Second Degree Direct Entry for Non-Nurses

The master’s program for non-nursing graduates is designed for those individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing and who wish to become nurses. The program builds upon the student’s broad educational preparation and provides an intense, accelerated nursing curriculum to meet the student’s career goals.

The generalist master of science program for non-nursing graduates is designed for individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing.  The 75-credit program builds upon previous, broad educational preparation and provides an intense, accelerated and specialized nursing curriculum preparing students to take the NCLEX examination upon completion of 63 credits and earn a generalist master of science degree in nursing upon completion of the total 75 credits.

The additional leadership competencies achieved during the last semester of the program positions students to seek employment in many health care settings.  Students have the competencies necessary to practice at the microsystem level, providing point-of-care delivery with a focus on safety, quality and improved outcomes.

 

Graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination to be certified as a clinical nurse leader.  Graduates are also eligible to apply for a post-mater's certificate in one of the many specialties that Marquette offers.

 

Admission Requirements for M.S.N. – Second Degree Direct Entry for Non-Nurses

  1. Baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing with a GPA of 3.000 or above, using a 4.000 system.

  2. GRE scores (General Test only). Waived if applicant already has a master’s degree or if undergraduate GPA is 3.200 or above.

  3. Completion of three recommendation forms.

  4. Maintain an average of B or above each term, and completion of the following prerequisite courses with grade of C or above:

    • Human anatomy and physiology: 5-6 credits (preferably within the last 5 years)

    • Chemistry or biochemistry or biology or microbiology: 5-6 credits total (preferably within the last 5 years)

    • Nutrition: 3 credits
    • Behavioral sciences, e.g., psychology, sociology: 3 credits

    • Statistics (including inferential): 3 credits to be completed within the last 5 years of program start date.

  5. Maintenance of 3.000 GPA each term and every summer session in pre-M.S.N. phase.

  6. Full-time status is required.

 

Admission Requirements for M.S.N. — Second Degree Direct Entry for A.D.N. Nurses

  1. Baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing with a GPA of 3.000 or above, using a 4.000 system.

  2. Associate’s degree in nursing with a GPA of 3.000 or above, using a 4.000 system.

  3. GRE scores (General Test only). Waived if applicant already has a master’s degree or if undergraduate GPA is 3.200 or above.

  4. Completion of three recommendation forms.

  5. Resume and written statement of professional goals.

  6. Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.

  7. Completion of the following prerequisite courses with grade of C or above:

    • Anatomy and physiology: 5-6 credits

    • Chemistry or biochemistry or biology or microbiology: 5-6 credits total

    • Behavioral sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology): 3 credits

    • Statistics (including inferential): 3 credits to be completed within 5 years of program start date.
  8. Wisconsin R.N. Licensure

 


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