Frequently Asked Questions – B.S.N.


Is a student required to bring a computer?

The College of Nursing curriculum reflects nursing education in the 21st century. This means using the latest computer technologies in teaching and learning so students are prepared for a future increasingly defined by digital technology and team-based workspaces. As a result, all nursing students are required to have a laptop computer by the beginning of their sophomore year.

Please contact the IT Services help desk at (414) 288-7799 with any questions about bringing a computer to campus. (Computers are also available to students at multiple sites on campus including the AMU, Raynor Memorial Libraries, and Cudahy Hall.)

Is Marquette wireless?

The dorms, libraries and union are wireless, as are many other areas throughout the Marquette campus. Look for wireless hotspot signs to locate these areas.



What is the core curriculum?

The University Core of Common Studies is the intellectual heart of a Marquette education, built on our Jesuit tradition and designed for successful life in the 21st century. The core comprises nine knowledge areas essential to a well-educated person, a Marquette graduate.

Students are required to complete 36 credits within the following knowledge areas:

  • Rhetoric; mathematical reasoning; theology; human nature and ethics; science and nature; individual and social behavior; literature and performing arts; diverse cultures; and histories of cultures and societies.
  • Nursing requires additional core curriculum credits for the major.

What are the different types of nursing courses, and when do they begin?

Students begin their first nursing classes freshman year. Students begin health assessment and have skills labs their sophomore year. Nursing class sizes average about 40 students. Once students begin clinical courses, they will take a three-credit theory course combined with their clinical, which provides lecture material to better understand the population and procedures.

Students begin clinical course work in their junior year. Three-credit clinical courses comprise eight to 10 hours one to two days each week in a designated health care setting. Clinical courses are designed to be a 1:8 ratio. Students will complete seven clinical courses before completion of the program. Clinical placements and graduation within four years are guaranteed as long as students follow the prescribed plan and receive satisfactory grades in all required courses.

Are there double majors and/or minors available?

Information about double majors and minors is listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Students can contact their adviser for more information.

Curriculum specialty tracks include: ROTC (Army, Air Force and Navy), Honors and psychology as a second major.



If a student wants to reach a faculty member, what is the best way?

Students are strongly encouraged to contact faculty EARLY and OFTEN. Some faculty will request a certain means of communication, but the following options are always available: email, office hours, D2L, via phone or appointments.

Can parents request student’s personal and educational information?

Marquette is bound by the rules and regulations established within FERPA and therefore cannot release any educational information without a signed release from the student. For the complete FERPA policy, please visit Marquette Central.