Dare to Care
Leighton School of Nursing

Explore your calling.

So you think you might want to be a nurse. Because you’re smart and know it would be a great career—good pay, flexible schedule, great job outlook. But that’s not why you want to be a nurse, is it?

You want to do something important. You want to make a difference in the lives of others. You want a career that taps into all that you are.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to be a nurse, but this is no longer a child’s dream. You’ve grown up enough to know it’s not just about bandages and comfort. And because you are smart, you know it’s not easy and, often, not pretty. But that’s ok, because you are also brave and strong and willing to get a little messy and to be challenged. You already know that it is all worth it when you can connect with another human being and have a positive impact. Daily. 

Since you really do care that much, then you want a degree from an institution worthy of your passion.  You are looking in the right place. The Marian University Leighton School of Nursing is here for you, in all the expected ways, and then some.


Marian University is a tight-knit community where students can thrive because of the personalized attention. Professors are supportive and vested in our success and willing to help in any way possible to help us achieve our goals."

Samantha Pash '18

Find out what we're made of.

A Franciscan institution already dedicated to the nurturing of mind, body, and spirit is the perfect place to pursue a career in healthcare. You will thrive in this faith-based, family-friendly environment. And, most importantly, you can count on a faculty committed to your success as a student and as a future professional.

And location, location, location. Not only is campus minutes away from multiple nationally recognized hospitals, it is also the home of the new College of Osteopathic Medicine. And your home, too, because at Marian University, our nursing students actually share the state of the art Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences building with the medical students. Can you say technology, technology, technology?

So come here for the Franciscan traditions and values, experienced and inspiring faculty, amazing facilities and technology, and incredible location and community partners. Because if you want to be a great nurse, the Marian University Leighton School of Nursing wants to take you there.

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program of Marian University Leighton School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Leighton School of Nursing Compliance 

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) the LSON acknowledges:

  1. The BSN pre-licensure curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure in Indiana, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
  2. The DNP APRN program curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure/certification in Indiana.
  3. The institution has yet to determine whether the curriculum meets the pre-licensure or APRN licensure/certification for any other state.

Additionally, all students are considered to be located in the state where the student’s educational program takes place (IN, OK, or TN) at the time of initial enrollment in clinical nursing education.  Students are considered to be located in that state throughout the duration of their clinical education due to required in-person clinical components of their education.

Any student planning to relocate to another state after completion of the program can seek guidance from Dr. Laurie Peters, Coordinator for Accreditation, Logistics and Program Assessment, (lpeters@marian.edu) to determine whether the curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification in that state.

The University will continue its work in verifying the suitability for licensure in all other states and will provide updates to this list accordingly.


Opportunity to Submit Public Comment – CCNE Accreditation Evaluation

Marian University’s Leighton School of Nursing will host a reaccreditation virtual site visit for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) on February 8-10, 2021. Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, CCNE contributes to the improvement of the public’s health by ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing.

The Leighton School of Nursing received its most recent 10-year accreditation of the baccalaureate degree program in 2010. The 2021 reaccreditation of the School of Nursing’s BSN program is officially underway, a process that includes a structured self-study evaluation and virtual site visit designed to further engage faculty, staff, students and communities of interest in offering the best nursing education possible.

As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment and improvement of collegiate professional education and entry-to-practice nurse residency programs. The BSN degree program at Marian University, Leighton School of Nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

The BSN program has been finalizing the self-study process designed to address the CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2018). When evaluating whether to award accreditation, the Commission takes into consideration comments submitted by third parties. These comments are to focus on whether a program should receive CCNE accreditation based on the quality of the program. In accordance with CCNE procedures, the Commission provides the opportunity for program constituents and other interested parties to submit, in writing, third-party comments concerning our program’s qualifications for accreditation. We invite you to submit comments to CCNE at: 

Email: thirdpartycomments@ccneaccreditation.org, or
Via mail:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC  20001

All third-party comments must be received by CCNE no later than January 18, 2021 and must be written in English, consistent with CCNE’s policy on Conduct of Business in English. Only signed comments are accepted by CCNE. If you have any questions about this process, please contact CCNE staff at 202-887-6791, x268

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