In 1912, Marquette University acquired the Trinity Hospital Training School for Nursing and the nurses' residence. Soon after that acquisition, the nursing school became a division of higher education at Marquette and graduated 18 nursing students. At that time, Marquette was the only university in Wisconsin to offer a three-year nursing certificate.
In 1936, the School of Nursing became a constituent college of Marquette University with a four-year collegiate program designed by the college's first dean, Dr. Berenice Beck.
When you're a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.
— Author unknown
Today, the College of Nursing is housed in Emory T. Clark Hall on the west side of the Marquette campus. The 46,000-square-foot building includes office, classroom and laboratory space, including our new Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Clinical Simulation which provides a realistic health care environment where our students can strengthen essential clinical competencies, develop sound clinical reasoning and prepare for high-risk situations.
The College of Nursing offers curricula leading to the following degrees: bachelor of science in nursing, master of science in nursing, doctor of nursing practice and doctor of philosophy in nursing.
Quick Facts about the College of Nursing
- The College of Nursing's B.S.N. program started in 1936, the M.S.N. program in 1938, Ph.D. program in 2003 and D.N.P. program in 2008
- More than 7,000 Marquette nursing alumni
- Students from all regions of the United States seek Marquette for undergraduate and graduate education
- Continuous accreditation by the nursing accrediting bodies
- Students consistently pass the National Council Licensure EXamination (NCLEx) on their first attempt at levels higher than the national average
- Graduates are sought after by health care systems who offer
competitive starting salaries and flexible work schedules
- Rewarding practice in the constantly evolving field of health care
- Internship/externships available
- Service learning opportunities
- Active Wisconsin Student Nurses Association chapter
- Work-study opportunities available
- Rich cultural experiences in a vibrant urban setting
- Opportunity for study abroad in numerous locations