Nurses are needed, and University of Mary (U-Mary) is ready to supply them. U-Mary is a private Catholic university located on 200 scenic acres in Bismarck, North Dakota. U-Mary prepares its students through internships, clinical practice, and student teaching, in addition to coursework. Within six months after graduation, 97% of U-Mary graduates are employed or attending graduate school. Students at this accredited institution are eligible for financial aid.
Founded by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery in 1959 to serve religious, academic and cultural needs, U-Mary attributes its success rate to its enduring Benedictine values. U-Mary tells it best: “These values are manifested in the community-focused nursing curriculum with a health promotion, health support, and health restoration framework. With this preparation, the nurse can continue to learn both through experience and further academic study and meet the demands of the role of the nurse in contemporary society.”
The Family Nurse Practitioner program is one example of U-Mary’s exceptionalism. Offered in a blended format, and requiring a variety of clinical practica at any of its six locations, the training is “grounded in kindness, generosity, wisdom, and faith”, inspiring the university’s graduates to serve “with open hearts.” The courses in the Centers for Accelerated and Distance Education (CADE) programs are not self-paced, but have definite beginning and ending dates. Each online class runs 5 – 10 weeks, depending on specific subject matter.
The distinctive features of the FNP program include:
- Graduate within 15-18 months with an Master of Science Nursing (MSN) degree.
- Comprehensive curriculum founded in specialty standards.
- Servant leadership, evidence based practice and practica frame student experiences.
- Small class size facilitates collaborative learning.
- The University of Mary philosophy of a student centered learning environment.
- GRE not required.
Requirements for enrollment in the MSN degree program are:
- Evidence of current, unencumbered RN licensure
- Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Completed graduate application (including application fee)
- Professional goals essay
- Official transcripts (including degree granting institution and transcripts of any graduate courses completed)
- Current resume
- Two letters of professional reference
- Evidence of required immunizations
- Background check through Certified Background® and Release of Information of Criminal Background Report
- Memorandum of understanding
For students working toward a Bachelors degree, U-Mary makes a Finish in Four Guarantee. Applicants with a high school diploma or GED, who declare a single major when they enroll, will graduate in four years, or the fifth year is free. U-Mary is confident in its ability to make such a promise, because it provides its students with personalized academic advising, and has implemented the cohort system. The cohort system enables students to progress through the degree track with the same group of entrants, allowing them to form strong, supportive relationships with other students. U-Mary says that this curriculum prepares the graduate to: (1) practice professional nursing in a variety of environmental and cultural settings, (2) become leaders in health care, and (3) pursue graduate study in nursing.
U-Mary opens its doors to people of all faiths who have the desire to become “competent, autonomous practitioners and ethical decision makers”.