Frequently Asked Questions
Loyola’s Online RN-to-BSN Program: Quality Education Online
The online BSN program at Loyola University Chicago's Niehoff School of Nursing offers top-quality professional education. If you have an associate degree in nursing (ADN) from a recognized institution, you have the opportunity to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in a minimum of three semesters, online. No time wasted in traveling, geographical limitations restricting school choice, or having to take a leave of absence from work.
Going back to school can be an intimidating experience, especially if you have taken a break for a couple of years to gain work experience or on account of financial commitments. Loyola’s online BSN program is designed specifically for working professional nurses seeking to expand their skill set. You won’t have to repeat courses you have already completed; we recognize previous education and professional development by accepting transfer credits. Enroll anytime during the year. We also have a financial aid program to help with tuition costs.
- What are the prerequisites to the RN-to-BSN program?
The RN-to-BSN program does not have any specific course prerequisite requirements before admission. Applicants do need to hold a current RN license. Students may transfer in core requirement courses. See links below for core course requirement worksheet. Once admitted, RN-to-BSN students are responsible for completing university core requirements at Loyola. See the RN-BSN Core Requirements for more information.
- How long does it take to complete the program?
Minimum of three semesters.
- Will I be required to be online at a specific time?
No, courses are offered asynchronously.
- Can I earn portfolio credit while in the program?
Yes, through the 2nd semester.
- How do I earn additional credits if I do not meet criteria of portfolio?
Online electives courses are offered for students needing additional credits throughout the program.
- What is it like to take courses online?
You are part of a community of students who participate in regular discussions
You actively learn when it is convenient for you
You have opportunities to take time to process information
Your connection to peers and faculty is centralized in course system. See this short video to view the system used at Loyola: http://luc.edu/blackboard/media/Student_Tutorials/Blackboard_Intro.swf
- Am I required to visit campus?
No, the program is 100% online.
- Can I attend commencement?
We welcome all online students to participate in the graduation ceremony.
Online RN-to-BSN in a Student-Centered Environment
Our online BSN program upholds high standards of professional education. Qualified and experienced teachers deliver a creative curriculum that encourages interactive learning. We build interest, enhance leadership qualities, and enhance your healthcare knowledge and skills. Our student-centered environment focuses on making you confident and comfortable about your professional capabilities.
Loyola's Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing was the first accredited collegiate nursing school in Illinois in 1935. Join our online BSN program and become part of over 8,000 alumni who are well-recognized across the nation.