The headlines have been prominent and frequent in national media, and the message is clear: National demand for professional nurses in all areas is far outpacing the number of practicing nurses. From emergency rooms to walk-in clinics, nurses' contributions to patient care have never been more important — or necessary. Nursing majors bring heightened knowledge of health care practices and technologies and an acute ability to integrate a patient's health care and personal and spiritual needs to deliver high-quality, evidence-based nursing care.

Direct admission.

Your passion for nursing won't be put on hold. Marquette's direct admission policy means you'll start your nursing major courses on the first day.

We deliver.

Graduates of our Nurse-midwifery program, the only such program in Wisconsin, have established practices in hospitals and clinics to help mothers and fathers bring sons and daughters into the world.

Jump start.

Classroom learning is necessary, and real experience is essential. In your second year of the nursing major, you will begin one of five distinct practica.

Learn from the best.

Your professors will be nurses who have distinguished themselves with practice and research in pre-term labor prevention, alternative therapies, quality of life and chronic illness, and nurse staffing, discharge preparation and patients' outcomes. They've also taken their care abroad to a variety of international settings. Faculty, in collaboration with advanced practice nurses, also provide care at Marquette's own Neighborhood Health Center.

Four years and out.

If you follow the college's rigorous program plan, you will graduate in four years.

High-tech simulation.

The Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Clinical Simulation at Marquette University provides a realistic health care environment where our students can strengthen essential clinical competencies, develop sound clinical reasoning and prepare for high-risk situations.

Study abroad.

Gain a competitive edge. Study in a nursing-specific study abroad program in Peru or Ireland.

Project BEYOND-2

Project BEYOND-2 seeks to encourage students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue a rewarding career in professional nursing. As a Project BEYOND-2 nursing student, you will join a community of support within the College of Nursing. Faculty, advisers and community leaders will assist you in achieving academic success.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Nursing and Health in the Jesuit Tradition
  • Dimensions of the Nursing Profession in the Jesuit Tradition
  • Chemistry for the Health Professions
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Biochemistry for the Health Professions
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology


  • Foundations I & II: Health Assessment and Fundamentals
  • Pathophysiology I & II
  • Normal and Therapeutic Nutrition
  • Concepts and Interventions for the Promotion of Mental Health Theory
  • Culture and Health
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing Practice
  • Introduction to Life-Span Developmental Psychology for Nursing Students
  • Normal and Therapeutic Nutrition
  • Literature/Performing Arts Elective



  • Evidence-based Practice and Nursing Research
  • Maternity Nursing and Women’s Health Theory
  • Family and Community Centered Nursing — Practicum
  • Community and Population Health Nursing
  • Nursing Concepts and Interventions for the Care of Adults/Older Adults I — Theory
  • Nursing Care for Patients With Chronic Conditions — Practicum
  • Family Centered Nursing of Children — Theory
  • History of Cultures and Societies Elective
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Theology Elective


  • Nursing Concepts and Interventions for the Care of Adults/Older Adults II — Theory
  • Nursing Care for Persons with Acute Conditions — Practicum
  • Quality and Safety in Nursing
  • Leadership in Professional Nursing Practice — Theory
  • Transition Into Professional Nursing Practice — Practicum
  • Interdisciplinary Palliative Care
  • Nursing/Health Elective
  • Mathematical Reasoning Elective
  • Two Electives