The Generalist Master of Science program (GEM) 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 to earn a master of science degree in nursing upon completion of the total 75 credits.
Marquette nursing faculty believe that leadership in providing an academically, fiscally and socially responsible health care system to facilitate educational mobility of individuals is an important component of the university's mission. The GEM curriculum is designed to facilitate graduate nursing education and accommodate adult learners.
Prospective students need to complete the application for the master of science in nursing program for non-nursing graduates and submit the fee of $50 to the Graduate School. The application deadline is December 31 for the following May start date. Classes being the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Full-time enrollment is required to complete the 75-credit GEM program. At the end of 18 months (63 credits), students are eligible to take the NCLEX examination and be licensed in Wisconsin. At the completion of 75 credits, graduates are eligible to take the CNL Certification Examination.
A GPA of 3.0 is required each semester and in summer modules for continuation in the program and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained throughout the program.
The Wisconsin State Board of Nursing has approved the pre-licensure phase of this program for eligibility to sit for NCLEX exam and, upon passing, to be licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Wisconsin.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) have funded 52 schools of nursing across the U.S., including Marquette University College of Nursing, through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). NCIN was launched in 2008 to address the national nursing shortage, develop a demographically representative nursing workforce, and fuel the pipeline of nurse faculty leaders.
The NCIN program enables schools of nursing to expand student capacity in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s programs while building a more diverse workforce ready to serve the needs of a changing patient population. Schools receiving funding through NCIN provide scholarships directly to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In April 2014, further information about the NCIN Scholars program will be distributed to all students who have applied by the December 31st deadline.
|Summer Year One|
NURS 2001 Foundations 1: Health Assessment & Fundamentals
|NURS 2002 Foundations II: Health Assessment and Fundamentals||4|
|NURS 6010 Nursing Research Design and Methodology||3|
|NURS 6030 Pathophysiology Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice||3|
Fall semester year one:
|NURS 3110 Pharmacology||3|
|NURS 3700 Nursing Concepts and Intervention, Adult/Older Adult 1||3|
|NURS 3900 Family-centered Nursing of Children||3|
|NURS 2500 Concepts and Intervention – Promotion of Mental Health||3|
|NURS 6825 Quality and Patient Safety||3|
NURS 3984 Nursing Care for Patients with Chronic Conditions
Spring semester year one:
|NURS 3800 Maternity Nursing and Women’s Health||3|
|NURS 4700 Nursing Concepts and Intervention, Adult/Older Adult II||3|
|NURS 3600 Community and Population Health Nursing||3|
|NURS 4964 Nursing Care for Patients with Acute Conditions||4|
|NURS 6049 Health Outcomes||3|
|NURS 6000 Theoretical Foundations||3|
Summer year two:
|NURS 6244 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan||3|
|NURS 6007 Ethics, Policy and Health Care Advocacy||3|
|NURS 6009 Organizational and Systems Leadership||3|
|NURS 6964 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum||3|
|63 credits at end of pre-licensure phase
ELIGIBLE TO TAKE NCLEX EXAMINATION
Fall semester year two:
|NURS 6032 Advanced Pharmacology||3|
|NURS 6035 /6535 Advanced Health Care Assessment (Pediatrics or Adult/Older Adult)||3|
|HEAL 6835 Informatics, Technology and Professional Issues||3|
|NURS 6964 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum||3|
TOTAL for GEM = 75 credits
As a GEM graduate, you are eligible to apply for a post-master's certificate in advanced nursing practice. Credits required depend on the specialty selected but will range from 18-28 credits. Note that some options require a year of practice before beginning clinical practice courses. Individuals considering post-master's certificate programs at Marquette University should attain professional nursing licensure within two to three months of completion of the pre-licensure phase.