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  • Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON)

    Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON), a Jesuit Catholic university focusing on the Catholic tradition, offers accredited BSN, RN-BSN and MSN, ABSN, BSN/MSN to DNP and PhD, as well as CNS and NP post-graduate certificate programs.

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    • NCLEX Pass Rate 96
    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited
    • Location Chicago, Illinois
    • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, MSN to PhD, CNS, NP, PhD, BSN-to-PhD, BSN-to-DNP, Accelerated BSN, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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    Loyola University Chicago, a private, non-profit, American Catholic research university founded in 1870, is a Jesuit Catholic university that focuses on the Roman Catholic tradition. It is part of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

    In 1935, Loyola's Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON) became the first collegiate nursing school in Illinois to offer the BSN. The School of Nursing provides students with exceptional educational opportunities within the Chicagoland area as well as opportunities abroad in England, Rome, and Belize.

    Undergraduate


    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

    This is for incoming freshman that hold a high school diploma.

    Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)

    This program is for those who hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.

    RN-BSN

    The program is designed for licensed, professional nurses who wish to complete their BSN in a 100% online program.

    Graduate


    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    This program is for students with a BSN and RN License.

    NP Specialty Tracks

    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Nurse Practitioner with Emergency Nurse Subspecialty
    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with Oncology Specialty
    • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

    The programs are not offered completely online, but incorporate a blended format offering online and face-to-face courses. Clinical rotations are done in the Chicagoland area. Students are required to possess an RN license in the state of Illinois. 2,000 hours of recent RN nursing experience is required prior to beginning the first practicum.

    CNS Specialty Tracks

    • Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Adult Gerontology CNS with Oncology Specialty
    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

    ‌The Adult Gerontology CNS with Oncology Specialty program is an online format. Clinical placements can be arranged in the student's geographical area.

    The Adult-Gerontology CNS and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care CNS programs are offered in the blended format. Clinical placements are in the Chicagoland area and students must hold an RN license in the state of Illinois. As above, 2,000 hours of recent RN experience is required prior to clinical practicum.

    Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Master's Certificate Programs

    • Oncology Nursing
    • Healthcare Informatics
    • Outcomes Performance Management
    • Infection Prevention

    RN-MSN

    This program is for Associate’s Degree or Diploma-prepared nurses.

    Post-Graduate APRN (NP & CNS) Certificate Programs

    Programs are available for those who hold a master’s degree and desire to take the NP or CNS national certification examination(s).

    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Nurse Practitioner with Emergency Subspecialty
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist with Oncology Specialty

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    Loyola's Doctor of Nursing Practice program is designed as a two-year, post-MSN cohort program.  Students holding Master's degrees in other fields will be evaluated on an individual basis.

    Most courses are offered primarily online with the exception of a required 2-3 day class held once each semester at the Maywood, Illinois campus.

    DNP Specialty Tracks

    The Healthcare Quality Using Education in Safety & Technology (H-QUEST) DNP track is a specialty post-Master's entry program designed to prepare nurses to assume leadership roles in healthcare organizations and community settings with a focus on quality and safety.  Students in this track have two options of study: Outcomes Performance Management or Healthcare Informatics. 

    The Infection Prevention DNP track is designed as a post-BSN entry DNP and can be completed in 71 semester hours. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to assume system-wide leadership as Infection Preventionists.

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    The traditional PhD program is offered on campus one weekend each month during the course of the semester.  Between each weekend class meeting a 1 to 2 hour online, synchronous class is held.

    Full- or part-time study is possible. Students entering post-baccalaureate must complete the program (including dissertation) within eight years from the date of initial matriculation. 

    Students entering with a master's degree must complete the program (including dissertation) within six years from the date of initial matriculation.

    Most courses are held at the Lake Shore campus or the Health Sciences campus in Maywood.

    Rankings

    US News & World Report (2019)

    • #89 (tie) in National Universities
    • #53 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
    • #60 in Best Value Schools
    • #12 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
    • #35 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
    • #44 in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • #644 (tie) in Best Global Universities

    NICHE (2019)

    • Best Catholic Colleges in America #25 of 165
    • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #76 of 599
    • Most Liberal Colleges in America #130 of 687
    • Best College Locations in America #143 of 1,553
    • Top Private Universities in America #171 of 975
    • Best College Campuses in America #196 of 1,408
    • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #250 of 1,591
    • Best Colleges in America #261 of 1,647
    • Best Value Colleges in America #491 of 1,590
    • Best Colleges for Nursing in Illinois #2 of 23
    • Best Catholic Colleges in Illinois #2 of 8
    • Best College Campuses in Illinois #5 of 54
    • Most Liberal Colleges in Illinois #7 of 31
    • Colleges with the Best Academics in Illinois #8 of 57
    • Top Private Universities in Illinois #8 of 47
    • Best Colleges in Illinois #9 of 58
    • Best College Locations in Illinois #10 of 54
    • Colleges with the Best Student Life in Illinois #11 of 55
    • Best Value Colleges in Illinois #20 of 56
    • Best Colleges in Chicago Area #6 of 36
    • Best Value Colleges in Chicago Area #14 of 34

    Forbes (2019)

    • #277 Top Colleges
    • #188 in Private Colleges
    • #136 in Research Universities
    • #60 in the Midwest

    The Princeton Review (2018-2019)

    • The Best 384 Colleges
    • Best Midwestern
    • Green Colleges

    MONEY Magazine ranked Loyla Chicago #436 Best Colleges For Your Money (2018-2019).

    College Factual ranked Loyola #23 (top 5%) Top Ranked Online: Nursing (2018-2019).

    Accreditation

    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the baccalaureate degree in nursing, the master's degree in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

    The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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