Undergraduate Studies Catalog
Lake Shore Campus:
Sheila Haas, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Dean
Marcia Maurer, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Academic Programs Nursing
Chairperson: Gloria Jacobson, Ph. D., R.N.
Maria Connolly, D.N.S.C., R.N.
Gail DeLuca, M.S.N., C.N.P., R.N.
Margaret Freel, M.S.N., R.N.
Meg Gulanick, Ph.D., R.N.
Frank Hicks, Ph.D., R.N.
Karyn Holm, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A..
Linda Janusek, Ph.D., R.N.,
Judi Jennrich, Ph.D., C.N.P., R.N.
Vicki Keough, Ph.D., C.N.P., R.N.
Diane Klein, Ph.D., R.N.
Dorothy Lanuza, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Marijo Letizia, Ph.D., R.N.
Suling Li, Ph.D., R.N.
Sheryl Sommer, M.S.N., R.N.
Nancy Spector, D.N.S.C. R.N.
Chairperson: Linda Paskiewicz, Ph.D., C.N.M.W., R.N.
Pamela Anderson, Ph.D., R.N.
Ida Andowich, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Diane Boyer, Ph.D., C.N.M.W., R.N.
Shirley Butler, Ph.D., R.N.
Tracey Carlyle, M.S., R.D.
Ellen Chiocca, M.S.N., C.N.P., R.N.
Karen Egenes, Ed.D., R.N.
Diana Hackbarth, Ph.D., R.N.
Esther Jacobs, Ph.D., R.N.
Beverly Kopala, Ph.D., R.N.
Joanne Kouba, M.S., R.D.
Lucy Martinez-Schallmoser, Ph.D., R.N.
Marcia Maurer, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Dean
Mary McDermott, Ed.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Rosemarie Parse, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Niehoff Chair
Sue Penckofer, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Dean
Judy Scully, Ph.D., R.N.
Barbara Velsor-Friedich, Ph.D., R.N.
Carol Wilson, Ph.D., C.N.P., R.N.
The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University Chicago is an NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission; 621 Broadway, New York, NY 10038. 1-800-669-9656), accredited undergraduate and graduate program. The School of Nursing offers undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs for the education of professional nurses, and an undergraduate and intern program for professional dieticians. Undergraduate nursing education prepares entry-level nurses and R.N./B.S.N. completion nurses who competently and professionally deliver nursing care using a community-focused orientation. The master’s program prepares nurses to apply advanced disciplinary knowledge to specific and vulnerable populations. The role preparation for the master’s program is advanced practice nurses and/or health care administrators. The goal of the doctoral program in nursing is to prepare scholars who improve human health through the development and expansion of knowledge. The goal of the undergraduate program in dietetics is to prepare individuals for dietetic internship programs, and/or to enter a graduate program in nutrition. The dietetics internship program prepares graduates with entry-level competencies, and readies them for the national registration examination.
The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is an integral part of Loyola University Chicago. Consistent with the university’s educational mission, the School of Nursing community strives to embody the Jesuit ideal of living and caring for others. The School of Nursing offers curricula leading to bachelor, master’s, and doctoral degrees in nursing, and a bachelor degree in and internship in dietetics through its department of Food and Nutrition. The following statements reflect core beliefs about nursing, nursing education, and dietetics.
Beliefs About Nursing: Nursing is both a scientific discipline and a profession. The purpose of the discipline is to develop and disseminate knowledge of concern to nursing: persons, communities, environment, and health. Professional nursing is the practice of the scientific discipline that directly benefits society through the enhancement of health and ultimately quality of life.
Professional nursing education must be conceptually based, and grounded in values and ethics. It also reflects advances in disciplinary and technological knowledge in an ever-expanding, multicultural society. Faculty believes that they are educating students to be caregivers, managers, leaders, advocates, educators and scholars. While the faculty is committed to appreciating the uniqueness of each student, and accommodating their learning needs, students are expected to assume responsibility for their learning. The curricula emphasize excellence in communication, inquiry, critical thinking, values, therapeutic interventions, and collaboration.
Beliefs About Dietetics: The science of dietetics, synthesized from the biological and psychosocial sciences, is applied to persons and communities in a variety of situations. Dietetics promotes optimal nutrition, health, and quality of life. Hence, competent dietetic practice is based on application of leadership, management, technology, and scientific inquiry through effective communication and collaboration.
Beliefs About Dietetic Education: To respond to the needs of society, dietetic students should be prepared for ongoing professional development. To this end, the faculty provides an educational environment that stimulates critical thinking, promotes ethical values, and develops adaptability to dynamic practice environments.
The mission of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is to prepare baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral level nurses, and professional dieticians who, through a community-focused orientation enhance the health of persons within communities and the larger environment. In concert with the Jesuit Catholic educational mission of the University, the School of Nursing stresses excellence in teaching, research, and service.
At the completion of the program the student will:
Achieve a broad liberal arts education within the context of Jesuit traditions;
Articulate a philosophy of nursing which guides practice;
Practice competently, effectively, and ethically as an entry-level baccalaureate nurse to promote the health and quality of life of persons and communities;
Participate in activities that advance the profession of nursing;
Use scholarly inquiry and research findings in implementing practice;
Possess the educational foundation for life-long learning, leadership, and graduate study in nursing.
(In addition to University)
High School Graduates:
Liberal arts and sciences courses will be evaluated for transfer status. A maximum of 64 semester hours or 96 quarter hours of "C" or better can be accepted semester from an accredited junior college.
The school accepts transfer applicants into the advanced freshman, sophomore and advanced sophomore classes. Selection is competitive and only qualified applicants will be accepted. The minimum qualifying grade point average is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Placement in upper division clinical courses (junior year) requires that students have completed all sciences, developmental psychology, and GNUR 205 and 206.
Accelerated B.S.N. transfer students must:
Provide evidence of the minimum qualifying grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Submit all college and high school transcripts.
A résumé of work history.
A statement explaining reasons for nursing as a career choice.
Provide two letters of recommendation
Complete all required prerequisite nursing coursework prior to admission.
Admission decisions are based on the student’s materials presented as a whole and not on any one specific criteria.
For the student’s safety in the clinical practice area as well as for the safety of patients, the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing has certain specific health requirements for various clinical agencies, including a physical examination, T.B. test or chest X-ray, serology, and screening and/or immunization for rubella, varicella, rubeola, and hepatitis at the student’s expense. Specific requirements are given to students the semester prior to their clinical courses. These requirements must be met before the student can register for sophomore, junior and senior nursing courses. The school reserves the right to require additional professional health examinations in cases where the dean and/or the faculty deem it necessary. While the School of Nursing and University Health Services accept no responsibility for the care of preexisting conditions, students must arrange a conference with the director of the undergraduate program and the staff physician of the health service to discuss problems which may arise from chronic physical and mental illnesses during the clinical nursing program.
The School of Nursing accepts students who have handicapping conditions compatible with the responsibilities incumbent to nursing.
All clinical students must show proof of health and hospitalization insurance before being admitted to sophomore, junior and senior clinical courses.
All clinical students must show proof of adult/child CPR certification, Health Care Provider Level, before being admitted to sophomore, junior and senior clinical courses.
All clinical students must sign a letter accepting risks inherent in their clinical practicum.
Students with a broad range of interests may wish to complete a double major. Disciplines which most often have been selected by nursing students include, but are not limited to, business, psychology and theology. Completing a dual degree requires an additional credit commitment.
A student in the School of Nursing may not take more than 25% of their total courses from the School of Business Administration. A student in the School of Nursing wanting to take more than 25% of their total hours in courses from the School of Business Administration will need to earn dual degrees. See section on dual degrees for further information.
In choosing elective courses in their undergraduate program, students may wish to take a minor sequence in another discipline. If interested, students may contact the chairperson of the discipline about the requirements for that minor.
The School of Nursing is affiliated with the honors program of the College of Arts and Sciences. A complete description of the program can be found in the section entitled "Honors Program" under the College of Arts and Sciences. The honors degree, bachelor of science in nursing, honors, will be awarded upon successful completion of the program.
Nursing students who qualify for the university honors program may combine both programs successfully. Nursing requirements beyond those normally established are contracted by the student with the instructor in order to meet honors criteria. Students work with the director of the honors program and their nursing academic advisor to fulfill all honors requirements.
Nursing students are eligible and encouraged to attend the Rome Center for one semester. This is usually done and particularly encouraged in the sophomore year. Students should be aware that the course of studies might require summer school attendance to complete the program in four years. Further information is provided in the catalog section on the Rome Center. Preplanning with the nursing advisor is required. Rome nursing courses are contingent on enrollment.
Nursing students are eligible to take their Senior Community Health Nursing course (CMAN 379) in Guilford, Surrey, England during the first seven weeks of the Spring semester senior year. The course in England is taught by Niehoff School of Nursing faculty on site with the clinical practicum in conjunction with the North Downs Agency. Student interested in this opportunity need to begin planning during junior year.
The evaluation component assures quality for the benefit of students, the nursing profession and society. The school reserves the right to elicit participation by students in the curriculum evaluation process. Students are required to take standardized achievement tests as determined by the school. Students are requested to release state board scores to the school for purposes of curriculum evaluation.
In a professional school, attendance at all classes and clinical practice is required.
The dean may periodically hold class or school convocations. Attendance is mandatory at such meetings.
All students may consult the assistant and associate deans at any time of the year concerning scholastic problems which cannot be solved with their individual faculty.
The offices of the assistant and associate deans maintain regular hours for academic counseling during the school year and the summer months. All entering freshmen and transfer students are required to have a preregistration counseling appointment with the assistant dean before being cleared to register.
The degree candidate must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses in the major field, in science and nursing courses, and maintain a grade point average of 2.00 or better. Nursing students are required to pass all nursing courses at a 77%.
Students meriting a "W," "D+," "D," "WF," or "F" grade in a nonclinical science or nursing course will be required to repeat the course and attain a grade of "C" or higher with no additional credit. (Students meriting an "F" in a clinical nursing course will be terminated from the program.) Students may attempt a course only twice.
Students who receive a "D+," "D," "WF," or "F" in any nursing course may be required to repeat all associated nursing courses within that level.
Students must receive a passing grade in both the theory and practicum sections of each course to receive a passing grade for the course. A "D+," "D," "WF," or "F" grade in either section of the course will result in a "D+," "D," "WF," or "F" grade for the course.
A student will be terminated from the School of Nursing regardless of the cumulative grade point average for:
a. earning a grade of "W," "D+," "D," "F," or "WF" in any two nursing courses including a course that may have been successfully repeated.
b. earning an "F" grade in any required clinical nursing course.
The School of Nursing reserves the right to terminate a student for personal reasons related to inability to carry out professional responsibility in nursing.
The clinical practicum is an essential component of nursing education. Clinical attendance is mandatory. At faculty discretion, make-up days or a note from a healthcare provider may be required for clinical absences.
A student who has been notified of termination may appeal for reconsideration after ten calendar months have passed. Each request is to be submitted in writing to the chairperson of the Undergraduate Program Committee of the School of Nursing. The re-entry request must include documentation of readiness to complete the nursing program. Exceptions to this policy must be requested by writing the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and approved by the Undergraduate Program Committee.
Termination from the School of Nursing does not mean withdrawal from the university, providing the university standards are met.
Students not maintaining continuous enrollment (except summer school) must apply to the assistant dean for a leave of absence.
Students returning to school after an absence of more than one year must reapply and may be required to repeat previously passed nursing courses.
Candidates for a bachelor’s degree shall have completed the following requirements before graduation:
The candidate has been admitted to Loyola University Chicago with all records from other institutions in order. Students are held to the degree requirements in force at the time of their entrance into the School of Nursing. If they are formally readmitted to the school, they are held to the requirements in force at the time of their readmission.
The candidate must successfully complete the School of Nursing requirements of 130 credit hours, which fulfills the university requirements of 128 credit hours.
The candidate must earn the last 45 hours of instruction in residence in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.
The candidate must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better for all college work attempted, as well as a grade of "C" or better in all required science courses and 77% in all nursing courses.
Students are responsible for providing an official transcript of all courses applicable to the degree requirements and for ascertaining that these are on file in the School of Nursing before applying for graduation.
The candidate must complete all the prescribed and elective courses specified for the degree.
The School of Nursing requires that the student complete four writing intensive courses. English 105, 106 and Nursing 381 are required WI courses. The student must take another WI course of their choice.
The candidate must file an application for the degree before November 1st for degrees to be awarded in May, and May 1st for degrees to be awarded in January.
The candidate must have discharged all financial obligations to the university.
Thirty days after graduation, students are eligible to write the professional licensing examination.
Honor Societies: Some of the major university honorary societies for which School of Nursing students may qualify are:
Alpha Sigma Nu: This national Jesuit honor society was founded in 1915. A chapter was established at Loyola University Chicago in 1938 to honor men and women who have distinguished themselves in scholarship, service and loyalty to the university. Upon graduation from Loyola, all Alpha Sigma Nu members become eligible for membership in the alumni chapter; cumulative GPA=3.5 and must have 64 Loyola University Chicago hours by graduation.
Sigma Theta Tau: This is the only national honor society for nursing. Constituent chapters are established in collegiate schools of nursing accredited by the national accrediting body recognized by the profession. Students in baccalaureate and graduate programs may be admitted to membership when they have demonstrated excellence in their nursing programs and have superior academic and personal records. ABSN students are not eligible until after graduation. Applicants must have cumulative GPA of 3.2 and must have 64 Loyola University Chicago hours by graduation.
Honors Convocation: Annually in the spring semester, recognition is paid to graduating seniors for academic and clinical excellence and for service to school, church and community. These students and their families are invited to attend the Honors Convocation.
Dean’s Key: This award is given to a traditional, an accelerated and an R.N. completion graduating senior who, in the estimation of the dean, has made the most outstanding contribution in leadership and scholarship, and who may be counted upon in the years following graduation to exemplify the highest ideals of the university as a nurse and a citizen.
Scholastic Honor Key: The key is awarded to graduating senior students who have distinguished themselves academically with a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or above. Accelerated B.S.N. students are not eligible.
Scholastic Honor Certificate: This certificate is awarded to graduating senior students who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5-3.69. Accelerated B.S.N. students are not eligible.
Julia Lane Academic Achievement Award for Accelerated B.S.N. Students: This certificate is awarded to graduating accelerated students who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.80 or above. The GPA is based upon their Loyola nursing courses only.
Service Award: This award is presented to all levels of students in good standing, in recognition of outstanding contributions to religious life, service to the community, and to student life at Loyola. Students may apply for this award each year by listing the service activities performed during the year.
Gladys Kiniery Clinical Excellence Award: This award is given to a graduating senior who exemplifies the philosophy of the School of Nursing by demonstrating outstanding clinical performance.
Sister Helen Jarrell Clinical Excellence Award: This award is given to a senior registered nurse student who exemplifies the philosophy of the School of Nursing by demonstrating outstanding clinical performance.
Alumni Board Award: This is an annual award presented to a graduating senior, who, through demonstrated loyalty to the philosophy of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, may be expected to maintain a commitment to the continuation of high quality nursing education at Loyola. Selection will be based on activities in the areas of leadership, service, scholarship, and clinical practice.
Carol Kraft Memorial Award: This award is granted to a senior nursing student who best exemplifies excellence in the practice of nursing during the clinical role transition experience at the Foster G. McGaw Hospital.
Academic Facilities: the offices and the general academic facilities of the undergraduate program of the School of Nursing are in Damen Hall at the Lake Shore Campus. An office and classrooms are also maintained at Loyola University Health Sciences campus (LUHS). Classes are held on both campuses.
Clinical Facilities: Excellent facilities in cooperating hospitals, clinics, schools, and other agencies allow the development of sound clinical nursing programs.
Transportation to clinical agencies: students are responsible for providing their own transportation to clinical agencies. Loyola provides bus service between all campuses, including LUHS on specified clinical days.
Chicago and its suburbs are fortunate in having many well organized official and non-official health agencies. These facilities are available for observation, study, and practice for nursing students.
One agency utilized by the School of Nursing is Loyola University Health Sciences campus in Maywood, Illinois, one of the four Chicago-area campuses of the university. It includes the Foster G. McGaw Hospital, a 570-bed teaching hospital; Mulcahy Outpatient Center; and the Stritch School of Medicine.
Other agencies are:
• Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital
• Chicago Department of Health
• Hines Veterans Administration Hospital, Hines, IL
• Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center
• Loyola University Nursing Center and Home Health Service
• MacNeal Hospital
• St. Joseph Health Care Center and Hospital
• Children’s Memorial Hospital
• Northwestern Memorial Hospital
• Evanston Northwestern Health Care
• Resurrection Hospital and St. Francis Hospital
• Community Agencies