Message from the Dean

Dorothy A Gomez, PhD, RN-CNE Dean, Leighton School of Nursing

Thank you for your interest in our second-degree Accelerated BSN program. This highly accessible program follows a rigorous, effective sequence of online coursework and in-person practicum that allows qualified students to earn a BSN degree in as few as 16 months.

Separate from the main Marian University campus in Indianapolis, our ABSN program has dedicated sites on the Northwest side of Indianapolis, within Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, and on the Northwest side of Oklahoma City. These satellite locations give us the capacity to be able to meet the accelerated learning needs of career changers. Both sites are home to support staff, expert nursing faculty, and licensed clinical instructors who are all dedicated to helping students graduate practice-ready, sought-after nurses.

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Dorothy A Gomez, PhD, RN-CNE Dean, Leighton School of Nursing

While there are other nursing schools in and around Indianapolis, our Leighton School of Nursing affords a faith-based, student-centered education within a close-knit, supportive learning environment. And, through our accredited curriculum, Franciscan values, and clinical partnerships with Ascension St. Vincent in Indianapolis, Ascension Saint Thomas in Nashville, and various top healthcare facilities in Oklahoma City, we provide the academic foundation, clinical skills, and character qualities that are necessary to become transformational leaders in nursing.

Therefore, if you can’t wait to become a nurse, there is no better place than our accelerated nursing school to earn your degree. After all, health care employers across the country place high value on the expertise and dedication our graduates bring to the nursing workforce—which brings a great sense of pride to everyone at the Leighton School of Nursing.

I welcome you to the Marian University family and wish you the best in pursuing your nursing degree through accelerated study.


Dorothy A Gomez, PhD, RN-CNE
Dean, Leighton School of Nursing
Marian University

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