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Loyola University of Chicago - Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

The mission of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (SON) is to prepare baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral level nurses, professional dietitians, entry-level fitness professionals and health system managers who enhance the health of persons within communities and the larger global environment. The SON is an integral part of “Chicago’s Jesuit Catholic University—[a] diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice and faith.”1 In concert with the Jesuit Catholic educational mission of the university, the SON stresses excellence in teaching, research, service, and practice.

Educational Offerings

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Learn basic clinical skills in a comfortable, non-threatening environment prior to entering patient care settings.
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Face-to-Face - Undergraduate Degree
Adult
The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program accepts students who hold non-nursing bachelors degrees. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all college work completed and 37 hours of prerequisite coursework are required for application to this program. The sequence of courses in nursing is offered in a 16 months, full-time day program.

The nursing portion of the program is identical to the traditional BSN, only compressed. Students in the BSN program have the same quality faculty and experiences as other students in the School of Nursing. However, the core requirements and prerequisites are slightly different.

Clinical Simulation Learning Laboratory
The Clinical Simulation Learning Laboratory (CSLL) gives students the opportunity to learn basic clinical skills in a comfortable, non-threatening environment prior to entering patient care settings. Faculty and experienced laboratory instructors use state-of-the-art video and computer teaching tools to assist in developing nursing knowledge.

Clinical Rotations
With the solid foundation of theory and clinical skills learned in the classroom and the CSLL, students complete eight clinical rotations in a variety of settings that include:
  • Loyola University Health System, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Rush North Shore Medical Center, Childrens Memorial Hospital, Mac Neal Health Network, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
  • Selected long-term care facilities and senior centers.
  • School-based health centers such as Proviso East High School.
  • Psychiatric settings and other medical facilities.
ABSN students begin clinical rotations during the second semester of the program. Occur in the morning or the evening. Morning clinical rotations occur from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and evening clinical rotations occur from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please note that listed scheduling information is typical but is subject to change. Please note that scheduling of clinical is subject to change.

Professional Role Development (PRD)
Clinical Role Transition is the final clinical rotation and is considered to be the capstone course of the program. CRT provides an intensive clinical experience with students assuming the role of a beginning nurse under the guidance of a professional mentor. Professional Role Development is the final course of the program.

Clinical Assignments
Clinical placements are assigned by the School of Nursing at random. Each student will receive a clinical placement/s based on their current theory course. Clinical groups are fluid and often change from semester to semester. Students should not expect to remain in the same clinical group.

Clinical Transportation
Students are responsible for transportation to and from clinical sites.

Course Scheduling and Registration
The sequence of courses in nursing is offered in a full-time day program. Course scheduling depends on many factors and is subject to change. Theory courses are scheduled during the week and are offered at the Medical Center Campus located in Maywood, Illinois.
NCLEX Exam/Preparation

Kaplan Testing
Undergraduate nursing students are required to take standardized tests to help prepare for computer-based tests, such as the NCLEX. Students begin taking Kaplan testing during the first semester and continue throughout the duration of the program. Each test covers a relevant content area learned in the undergraduate curriculum.

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Online - Undergraduate Degree
Adult
The RN-to-BSN online program from Loyola University Chicago's Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing allows you to obtain your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in a minimum of three semesters. Designed for licensed, professional nurses, the online nursing courses maintain high standards in advanced education to enhance healthcare quality and job opportunities.
Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of online courses to earn a BSN degree from Loyola University. Courses will be taught in 6-8 week sessions with each course spanning three credit hours. Ongoing online elective courses will be offered for students that require additional credits.
If you have an associate degree (ADN) or hospital nursing program (diploma) and want to further your education without putting your work on hold, enroll in our RN-to-BSN online program. Admissions are open year-round. Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing alumni enjoy successful nursing careers nationwide.

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Students will develop skills in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health behaviors. Develop skills in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health behaviors.
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Face-to-Face - Undergraduate Degree
Adult
The B.S. in Exercise Science from Loyola's Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing prepares students for myriad health and exercise related fields. Graduates can look forward to careers in adult fitness and personal training; assessment, design, and implementation of individual and group exercise; and fitness programs for healthy people and those with controlled disease. Through coursework and hands-on experience, students will develop skills in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health behaviors.
The curriculum is comprised of three components:
  • The University Core Curriculum
  • Prerequisite courses that prepare students to excel in the Exercise Science Program
  • Major courses that focus on one or more elements of Exercise Science.
In addition to classroom-based instruction, this program also expects students to complete an internship or practicum-based course.

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Demonstrate a basic understanding of the structure and functions of the health-care system Demonstrate an understanding of the essential economic, financial, social, legal, regulatory, structural and policy issues that are characteristics of the U.S. health-care system Demonstrate comprehension of the organization and management of a health-care system or site of care Develop an understanding of the underlying operating principles that drive the health-care industry, including the provider, non-governmental association, payer, supplier and public/government segments, as well as the interrelationships among the segments Demonstrate an ability to comprehend the scope and impact of social justice and ethical issues residing within the health-care industry, such as bioethics, the barriers to access to care and the uninsured Demonstrate an understanding of the use of quality and outcomes performance management across the health-care industry Develop a basic understanding of the role of technology and science, particularly information technology, in the evolving U.S. health-care system.
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Face-to-Face - Undergraduate Degree
Adult
Loyola's Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management program is a non-nursing major that provides students with the knowledge and critical-thinking skills necessary to perform effectively in entry-level positions within the health-care industry.

The degree builds on Loyola's excellent liberal arts and health systems programs, as well as the strong national and international reputations of its faculty in nursing and other schools in the fields of health systems management study. The university's relationship to the prestigious Loyola University Health System (LUHS) further strengthens Loyolas reputation for health-care academics and practice. The interdisciplinary health systems management program includes courses from the School of Business Administration.
The extensive knowledge and skills Loyola students develop through completion of this program differentiates them from others exploring opportunities in health systems management.

Enriched by the renowned Jesuit tradition of education, a Loyola health systems management education deepens students understanding of ethics, values, social justice, basic human behavior and science to help them achieve both professional success and personal satisfaction.

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Face-to-Face - Graduate Degree
Adult
The RN-to-MSN program is a fast-track option for nurses with a diploma or an Associate of Arts degree in nursing from an accredited program who want to move straight into a master's degree program. All RN-MSN applicants apply to a MSN specialty track. The program is designed to prepare advanced-practice nurses to assume a role as an administrator, a nurse practitioner or a clinical nurse specialist, depending on the specialty track selected.

Professional Portfolio Requirements
An applicant may receive a maximum of 22 semester hours or credits for professional work experience. The Professional Portfoliowill be evaluated by a faculty committee and an interview is part of the process. An applicant who earns fewer than 22 semester hours through the portfolio must make up the hours through nursing or liberal arts and sciences electives. The professional portfolio must include a current curriculum vitae, a statement of professional goals and documentation for all submissions.

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Online - Graduate Degree
Adult
The Population-Based Infection Control and Environmental Safety specialty track prepares professional nurses for practice in an advanced practice role to meet the challenges of health care and community associated infections, emerging diseases, environmental hazards and bioterrorism. Our rapidly evolving health care system demands that professional nurses concerned about patient safety and health care associated infections go beyond an individual or hospital focus. Prevention, early detection, surveillance and treatment modalities must be designed, implemented and evaluated at the system level. Today's health care system calls for nurses to be community and population-focused; capable of recognizing and managing emerging infections; and able to deal effectively with environmental hazards and threats of bioterrorism.

Graduates of the Infection Prevention track are well positioned for roles that require collaboration among disciplines, critical analysis of systems and outcomes, and the creation of key improvements in health care delivery.

Certification
Graduates who meet the criteria for practice hours will be eligible for certification by A.N.C.C. in Advanced Public Health Nursing until 2015. Graduates will also have the knowledge and skills to take the examination to be certified in infection control (CIC) offered by the Association of Professionals in Infection Control.

Curriculum
The Infection Prevention specialty track consists of 41 hours of study offered in an online format. Clinical placements for students in this program can be arranged near where students live or work. Students communicate directly with their Program Director to arrange clinical placements*. For more information, please see the Infection Prevention program plan (linked above).

*Due to the nature of our clinical affiliation agreement, students cannot participate in clinical rotations at military service based facilities and in the state of Colorado.

Clinical Experience Requirement
2,000 hours of recent clinical nursing experience is required prior to beginning the first practicum in the nursing specialty to which you are applying.

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Face-to-Face - Certificate
Adult
A 12 semester hour certificate program in Health Care Informatics is offered to nurses and other professionals. A baccalaureate degree is required.
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Online - Certificate
Adult
A 15 semester-hour certificate program in Infection Prevention is offered to BSN or MSN prepared nurses and baccalaureate prepared students in other related fields.
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Students will be required to take three (3) courses to lay foundation for DNP coursework and to meet the Master's Essentials on which the DNP curriculum is based.
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Face-to-Face - Graduate Degree
Adult
Loyola University Chicagos Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is pleased to announce its new program for Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students. The DNP is a practice-focused degree designed to provide additional knowledge and skills so that nurses may further enhance the health and well being of the individuals and communities with whom they work. The changing demands of the nations complex healthcare environment require the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure high quality patient outcomes. The DNP curriculum builds on current masters programs and provides education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking. The DNP program enables nurses to become expert nurse leaders and collaborators in solving problems in health care systems.

As the terminal degree for nurses, a DNP offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The DNP program provides advanced practice nurses (APN), including nurse administrators, with the knowledge and skill for providing innovative leadership to the profession and for ensuring high quality health care across all settings through the dissemination of evidence-based practice initiatives to patients, families, communities and populations. These DNP leaders will be well-positioned for advancing the practice and translating the science of nursing as nursing leaders, clinical faculty, and/or practitioners.

Loyolas program is designed as a two-year, post-MSN cohort program. Students admitted with a masters degree in an area other than nursing will be evaluated on an individual basis. At a minimum, students will be required to take three (3) courses to lay foundation for DNP coursework and to meet the Master's Essentials on which the DNP curriculum is based. These courses are GNUR 401: Nursing Concepts and Theories, GNUR 402: Ethics, and GNUR 450: Nursing Research. Courses are scheduled for 6 SH per semester, including summer.

Courses are offered primarily online, with a required two-three day class incorporating course work, seminars, and presentations held once each semester at the Loyola University Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, IL.
Loyolas DNP program centers on the Health of the Public and the translation of evidence-based practices to improve outcomes. The program focuses on populations at risk for disease, populations that are experiencing alterations in health, populations across the nation and globe, and systems that promote safe and efficient health care environments. The program emphasizes leadership in the implementation of transformational change in the students area of practice. Completion of a faculty-supervised capstone projectprovides opportunity for students to demonstrate this expertise.
The MNSON continues to be a leader in APN education across the nation, graduating approximately 45 to 50 APNs each year. The MNSON began offering the DNP degree in 2009. It is accredited for the full five year term by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036, (202) 887-6791. This action is effective as of April 18, 2011. Admission is competitive, based on the strength of application materials and interview.

New Specialty Tracks
This year we added two tracks to our DNP offerings, which have been facilitated by grant funding from the Health Resources & Services Administration.
The Healthcare Quality Using Education in Safety & Technology (H-QUEST) track is a post-Master's entry program to prepare nurses to assume leadership roles in healthcare organizations and community settings with a focus on quality and safety. Students in the H-QUEST track have the option to focus on either Outcomes Performance Management or Healthcare Informatics. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to design, implement and evaluate evidence-based, cost-effective, system-wide interventions which enhance healthcare quality and improve patient outcomes. The H-QUEST program is supported by HRSA Grant 1-D09-HP18999-01.
The Infection Prevention DNP track is designed as a post-BSN entry DNP and can be completed in 71 semester hours. This program is prevention and population-focused. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to assume system-wide leadership as Infection Preventionists. The PIPES DNP is supported by HRSA Grant 1-D09-HP18997-01.

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Face-to-Face - Graduate Degree
Adult
The Niehoff School of Nursing offers a unique opportunity to complete a masters degree in dietetics as alternative to or after completion of the Dietetic Internship. The program offers an outcomes performance management focus, preparing professional, registered dietitians to design and implement systems that produce desired health outcomes. Within the context of a Jesuit university, the program promotes ethical decision-making, social justice and advocacy for underserved populations.

The Loyola Dietetic Internship graduated its first class in 1997 and is fully accredited by the American Dietetic Association. Clinical dietetic faculty and preceptors are experts in their fields and hold national certifications in their areas of specialization. Most courses meet in the evening at Loyola's Water Tower Campus on North Michigan Avenue or at the Loyola University Health System campus in Maywood, Ill.

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