Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average is required to be eligible for admission. Prerequisite coursework is also factored into this average. Therefore, if your average is slightly below a 3.0 before prerequisites are completed; you can potentially raise it to the minimum by doing well in all prerequisite coursework.

ABSN applicants must have most prerequisite courses completed at the time of application and all prerequisite courses completed by the time of entry.

It is a requirement that the science prerequisites must be completed within seven years of entering the School of Nursing.  These courses are important and serve as foundational courses for the information you will receive in the program.

Admission is based on meeting at least the minimum requirements. The strongest applicants are granted admission. Academics play a large role in admission. The grades you received in both prerequisite courses and your previous degree weigh heavily on your admission. Recommendations, personal statement, and work experience are also given meaningful consideration.

On average, the ABSN program receives 450-600 applications each year.

No, microbiology is the only science prerequisite course that does not require a laboratory component.

Only complete applications will be reviewed and considered for admission.  Please be sure that your completed application is received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the allotted deadline. It is also encouraged that you contact Admission to ensure all documents are in order.

Admission decisions are sent via postal mail.

Recommendations can be professional and/or academic. Professional recommendations should be from someone of at least the management level.

Prerequisite courses can be taken at any accredited higher education institution. Please consult the ABSN Transfer Guide page for transferable courses from area community colleges.

There are 60 spaces available for each program start term in the spring and fall.

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is located at Loyola's Health Science Campus in Maywood, IL. 

Clinical rotations are completed at various hospitals and healthcare facilities in the Chicago Metropolitan area including but not limited to Loyola University Health System, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Rush North Shore Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Mac Neal Health Network, and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

Students begin clinical rotations at the beginning of their second semester.  Students complete a corresponding clinical rotation for every theory area of nursing covered in the program.

The NCLEX pass rate has been nearly 97% for ABSN students throughout the past three years.

Upon completing the program, you will receive a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree. This degree will make you eligible to sit for the NCLEX examination; the mandatory licensure examination for Registered Nurses. Once the NCLEX exam has been passed, then you are officially an RN and may practice as one.