Frequently asked questions about finishing your BSN in 4 years

The Nursing 1-2-1 Program is offered through the combined expertise, resources and courses of Mount Mary University and Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). Students enroll into this cohort-based program to complete classes together to obtain an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), licensure as a Registered Nurse, and seamlessly move to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN), all within four years.

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Who is this program for?

This program is geared toward motivated high school graduates and transfer students (women-only).

Upon completion, what degrees will a graduate of the Nursing 1-2-1 program hold?

Graduates will finish with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Milwaukee Area Technical College, licensure as a Registered Nurse upon passing the NCLEX-RN examination, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Mary University.

What is the difference in the curriculum between an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN)?

The ADN portion of this program at Milwaukee Area Technical College prepares the student for the Registered Nurse licensure examination and an entry-level nursing position.

The BSN curriculum at Mount Mary University builds on the skills and knowledge of the ADN curriculum, with a focus on developing leadership and management skills. A BSN prepares students for a higher-level position after graduation (nurse manager, clinical nurse specialist, etc.) or to pursue an advanced degree.

What financial aid is a student in this program eligible for?

Because of the attractive pricing package for the Nursing 1-2-1 Program, students in this program are not eligible for institutional merit scholarships. However, students may be eligible for federal and state need-based aid and are encouraged to visit the financial aid page for links to outside scholarships.

Where do courses take place for each year of the program?

Year 1

  • Fall/Spring Semesters = Mount Mary University
  • Early Summer Session = Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Regular Summer Session = Mount Mary University

Years 2-3

  • Fall/Spring Semesters = Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Early Summer Session = Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Regular Summer Session = Mount Mary University

Year 4

  • Fall/Spring Semesters = Mount Mary University (online classes)

How do the costs and savings of Mount Mary University’s program compare with other BSN programs?

Mount Mary University’s Nursing 1-2-1 program and partnership with Milwaukee Area Technical College is unique in the marketplace. The University has set tuition and fees to be very competitive with other schools offering an on-campus BSN degree. Mount Mary University’s 1-2-1 program and partnership with Milwaukee Area Technical College are quite unique in the marketplace. View current tuition and fees.

What requirements must a student meet to qualify for and stay in the program?

This program is designed to create nurse leaders in four years. It is a full-time schedule with coursework and skills training that is demanding, yet tailored to support the success of nursing students. As such, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required to graduate. Students who do not meet academic requirements are subject to the academic guidelines of the University and program (see the undergraduate bulletin for details).

What are the options if I want to live on campus at Mount Mary University during the entire program?

A student in the Nursing 1-2-1 program has the same housing options as all other entering freshmen at Mount Mary University.

Are summer courses required for this program?

Yes, in order to complete the course within 4 years, summer courses are a required part of the curriculum.

What components of the program are online versus on campus?

The first three years of classes are predominantly on-campus at Mount Mary or MATC. The fourth year of coursework at Mount Mary is in an online format, with the final capstone course occurring in varying health care leadership environments.

Does a student have access to support services at both institutions?

Yes. See the Student Success Center webpage for more information on the services Mount Mary University offers.

Can a student fully participate in both institutions’ clubs, organizations and activities?