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Marian College - School of Nursing

Marian College offers programs in nursing leading to the associate degree or the bachelor degree, which are accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) for the associate degree, and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the bachelor degree.


The programs prepare the student for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Marian College cannot guarantee eligibility for the NCLEX-RN to any student who has been convicted of a crime or felony. The decision regarding who may take the NCLEX-RN examination rests with the Indiana State Board of Nursing.

When seeking admission, applicants must meet with the School of Nursing academic advisor. Application deadlines are October 15 for Accelerated Program applicants and March 15 and October 15 for all other program tracks. Admission to clinical nursing courses is competitively based on the clinical admission decision tree. For detailed information on the specifics of this policy, contact the School of Nursing at 317.955.6250. Please note that curriculum is subject to change.

Marian College takes reasonable steps to ensure a clinical spot for all qualified students. Students must meet all the requirements of Marian College for the awarding of degrees. Transfer students, who are nursing majors, are required to have a GPA of 2.70 for admission to Marian College. In order to transfer a course into the nursing program, a grade of “C+” or higher is required for all nursing and required prerequisite courses and a grade of “C” or higher for all general education courses.

The Indiana State Board of Nursing Regulations requires that all students in the nursing program must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all courses required for degree completion; this includes all required general education courses.

Prior to admission to the clinical track, AN and BSN students are required to earn a grade of “C+” (77 percent) or higher in all prerequisite and required nursing courses. A failing grade in these courses is defined as any grade below “C+” (77 percent), and the failed course must be repeated. A grade of “C” or above is required for all required general education courses. A failing grade in these courses is defined as any grade below the required “C;” and the failed course must be repeated.

To progress in the nursing program, students must receive both a satisfactory grade (“S”) in the clinical component of a nursing course and a “C+” (77 percent) or higher in the theory component to successfully complete the course. Receiving an unsatisfactory grade (“U”) in the clinical component or below a “C+” in the theory component results in an “F” for the final grade in the course, and the student must repeat the entire course, theory and clinical.

While attempting to successfully complete a required nursing course, a student may withdraw from any individual course only one time. A failed course may be repeated only once. A repeated course is defined as enrolling a second time in a required course after previously completing the same course with a final grade, passing or failing.

Receiving a failing grade, lower than a “C+”

(77 percent) in any two nursing courses (NUA, NUB, or NUR prefix) results in automatic dismissal from the nursing program, and the student is ineligible for readmission in either the AN or BSN program for a period of five years. After five years have passed, the student may submit a written petitition to the Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee for a readmission decision.

IMPORTANT: All students, upon admission to the clinical courses, must submit a full criminal check which is available through the Indiana State Police. Students will not be allowed to begin clinicals until the criminal check is completed and received by the School of Nursing. Students are responsible for notifying the dean of the School of Nursing of any changes in their criminal status.


Generic BSN track – a traditional program for those students seeking a bachelor degree in nursing. Students may apply for competitive slots available in the accelerated summer option. Upon request, information is available from nursing advisors.

Baccalaureate in Science in Nursing (BSN)

Baccalaureate in Science in Nursing (BSN) education utilizes a broad base of science, liberal arts, and evolving nursing theory to prepare students for professional nursing practice. Experiences are provided in caring for clients/families across the lifespan in a variety of settings. The program provides a base for graduate education. Within the BSN program there are three options; generic, RN-BSN completion, and accelerated.

The BSN is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and requires a minimum of 53 credits in the major. The course sequence and list of prerequisites are available form the Nursing Academic Advisor.

Baccalaureate in Nursing (BSN) Accelerated Option

The Baccalaureate in Nursing (BSN) in the Accelerated Option is designed for students who have a minimum of a previous bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing. Students who have successfully completed or transferred the required prerequisite courses make formal written application for admission to the program through the Academic Advisor prior to enrolling in the Accelerated Option. Applications are received on an ongoing basis and admission to this option is in January of each year. Upon completion of prerequisites, students complete the nursing courses in approximately 16 months. Students in the Accelerated Option complete most nursing courses in five to seven week rotations. The senior nursing courses are taken with other senior nursing students. The course sequence and list of prerequisites are available form the nursing academic advisor.

Registered Nurse (RN) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program RN-BSN Completion Program

The School of Nursing offers the RN to BSN Completion program. Recognizing the complex difficulties that adult nurses face in returning to school to obtain a BSN, the School of Nursing has streamlined the curriculum to allow completion of nursing courses in 12 months. Nursing courses will be offered in the evenings and coordinated with the times that general education courses are taught. Students will be able to take some courses in an accelerated format. Competency testing for anatomy and physiology has been eliminated and RNs receive credit for recognition for completion of this content in their previous program. The course sequence and list of prerequisites are available form the nursing academic advisor.

RN-BSN students who have completed one year of clinical practice may develop an Individualized Plan of Study (IPOS) for the senior nursing courses. This plan developed during NUB 421 IPOS Seminar in the fall semester, will recognized professional experience of the RN and enable the student and course faculty to design specific goals and activities for completion of clinical objectives for NUB 401: Leadership and/or NUB 450: Community Health. This approach avoids duplication of experiences, allows flexibility in completing clinical hours, and enables the RN to design individualized activities that foster professional growth in relation to course objectives.

School name:Marian College - School of Nursing
Address:3200 Cold Spring Road
Zip & city:IN 46222-1997 Indiana

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This course provides a review of basic mathematics skills necessary to calculate drug dosage for medication administration. It includes working with decimals and fractions, converting among the metric, apothecary, and household systems of measurement, and solving problems to determine accurate dosages. This course promotes a competent knowledge base in the area of drug calculation and administration.

This course focuses on socialization into the role of nurse through examination of nursing history and philosophy, education, and career development. Ethical and legal foundations of nursing practice are discussed in the context of current issues and trends.

This course provides the student with knowledge of the physiological actions, therapeutic uses, and safe administration of selected drugs. The nursing process is used as a framework to explore specific nursing actions with rationales on administration, therapeutic effects, adverse effects, drug interactions, and patient/client education.

This course focuses on the physiologic and structural changes that occur during a pathologic process. The impact of disease is then studied through its alteration of normal body processes. The body’s ability to adjust to the stress of disease is also addressed.

Study of normal nutrition as a science including: components and impact of various eating patterns; functions and sources of nutrients and other food constituents; use of food by the body; effects of sociopsychological, physical, and environmental factors throughout the life cycle, but with primary emphasis on the adult. In addition, a foundation for implementing nutrition care in acute and community settings is provided. Required for AN and BSN nursing majors.

Open to majors in all fields. This course focuses on the legal and ethical aspects affecting health care. Topics include legal/ethical rights and responsibilities, court decisions, theories and principles of bioethics, various dilemmas with ethical and legal ramifications, and current trends.

This course focuses on several aspects considered when preparing for cross-cultural healthcare missions. Included are cultural issues related to mission service as well as focusing on a specific culture. Spiritual, physical, emotional, and professional preparation for mission work will be considered. Resources and organizations involved in healthcare missions will be explored. Two lecture hours per week. The third credit is fulfilled by a local field experience.

This course focuses on several aspects considered when preparing for cross-cultural health care missions. Included are cultural issues related to mission service as well as focusing on a specific culture. The course examines the culture of the country where the abroad experience will take place. Spiritual, physical, emotional, and professional preparation for mission work will be considered. Resources and organizations involved in health care missions will be explored. Two lecture hours per week. The third credit is fulfilled by a field experience abroad. This course partially satisfies the general education requirements in the cultural awareness category.

This course examines various holistic or complementary health practices as to their health related benefits, legal/ethical aspects, and incorporation into nursing practice. Topics may include acupuncture, homeopathics, therapeutic touch, music therapy, meditation, aromatherapy, and current trends.

This course provides the student with knowledge to assist the client, family, and other healthcare professionals addressing issues related to end of life care. End of life decisions and care are explored in relation to internal and external factors. Holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to end of life are discussed and evaluated. Concepts of grief and loss are also examined.

This course focuses on the spiritual aspects related to healthcare across the lifespan. Professional, ethical, and legal aspects are explored. The stages of spiritual development and implication of appropriate spiritual care provide a basis for understanding the spiritual dimension of healthcare.

Open to majors in all fields. The focus of this course is to promote culturally sensitive and congruent healthcare to clients across the life span. Emphasis is placed on examining cultural differences and similarities in health beliefs, values, and practices of western and non-western cultures. Current theories, research, and practices related to the field of transcultural healthcare are examined.

This course examines the health issues of women in the United States in the 21st century. Physical, emotional, and social influences are identified. Major health issues of women such as heart disease, HIV/AIDS, depression, abuse, midlife changes, and aging are included. Health policy, including major legislation affecting women’s health services and future directions for women’s health, is discussed.

Concepts related to education, learning theory, the development of instructional methods for providing instruction to individuals and groups, including the use of instructional technology, and issues related to nutrition counseling are discussed and practiced. The student is expected to incorporate instructional technology, such as PowerPoint® and web page design, into the development of a research project and consumer education module.

This course explores current healthcare economics as it impacts the nursing profession. Healthcare delivery models are analyzed as to their economic influences both in the United States and throughout the world. Fee required.

This course focuses on the physical, psychological, and social challenges faced by older adults. Topics include demographic shifts, the normal aspects of aging, functional assessment of activities of daily living and cognition, safety issues, polypharmacy, loss, elder abuse, and community resources. Fee required.

This course focuses on the acute care of the critically ill client across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the nursing process in the critical care environment. Topics include ICU psychosis, technology, agespecific interventions, the ethical/legal impact of critical illness on the family and stressors in the workplace. Clinical opportunities are available in selected critical care settings. One hour lecture per week and 45-90 clinical hours during semester, depending on experience and credit desired. Fee required.

This course provides the basis for developing a parish nursing practice within a faith community, which focuses on a holistic approach to health. Emphasis is placed on encompassing mind, body, and spirit when caring for an individual, family, or community. The faith community focus is on needs assessment, health promotion and maintenance, and illness prevention through programming, referrals, and advocacy. This course unifies the art and science of nursing with the principles of theology and spiritual care. This course meets the requirements of the core curriculum established by the International Parish Nurse Preparation program.

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