- What if I do not have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average?
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.
- Can I still apply if I haven't completed all the prerequisites courses?
ABSN applicants must have most prerequisite courses completed at the time of application and all prerequisite courses completed by the time of entry.
- What if I have taken the science courses more than five years ago?
It is a requirement that Organic Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology I & II and Microbiology prerequisite courses be completed within five years of entering the School of Nursing. These courses are important and serve as foundation courses for the information you will receive in the program.
- How is admission determined?
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.
- How many people apply to this program on average?
On average, the ABSN program receives 450-600 applications each year.
- Does microbiology require a lab?
No, microbiology is the only science prerequisite course that does not require a laboratory component.
- What if my application is incomplete?
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 encourage that you contact Admission to ensure all documents are in order.
- How are admission decisions sent?
Admission decisions are sent via postal mail.
- What kind of recommendations do I need?
Recommendations can be professional and/or academic. Professional recommendations should be from someone of at least the management level.
- Where can I take prerequisite courses?
Prerequisite courses can be taken at any accredited junior or senior colleges. Please consult the Transfer Guide page for transferable courses from area community colleges.
- How many students are admitted to the program?
There are 60 spaces available for each program start term in the spring and fall.
- Are there scholarships available?
Yes, limited scholarships are available through the School of Nursing after completion of the first summer term. Scholarships are based on the student grades in the ABSN program only.
- Where are classes held?
Beginning Fall 2012, the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will be located at Loyola's Maywood Campus.
- Where do students attend clinical rotations?
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.
- How does the clinical process work?
Students begin clinical rotations at the beginning of their second semester. Students are randomly assigned a clinical location. Students complete a corresponding clinical rotation for every theory area of nursing covered in the program.
- What is your NCLEX pass rate?
The NCLEX pass rate has been nearly 100% for ABSN students throughout the past three years.
- When I graduate, will I be an RN?
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 NLEX exam has been passed, then you are officially an RN and may practice as one.