Loyola University Chicago


The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Health Requirements for All Nursing Students

College and School Information


About the School of Nursing

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) prepares students to practice as beginning-level professional nurses. The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (A.B.S.N.) program allows students who already hold a bachelor's degree in another field, to obtain a nursing degree in 12 ½ months if they meet the prerequisite science and liberal arts requirements. Nurses with an Associate of Arts Degree or Diploma in nursing can earn the R.N./M.S.N.

Nursing undergraduate and graduate programs at Loyola are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The School of Nursing undergraduate program prepares entry-level nurses who competently and professionally deliver nursing care using a community-focused orientation.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Systems Management for non-nursing majors provides students with the knowledge and critical-thinking skills necessary to perform effectively in entry-level positions within the health-care industry.


Contact Us

Lake Shore Campus
Damen Hall 500
6525 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773-508-3249
Fax: 773-508-3241

Website: www.luc.edu/nursing

Office of the Dean
Dean: Mary Walker, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Associate Dean, Graduate Program: Vicki Keough, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.M.
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program/Curriculum (Interim): P. Ann Solari-Twadell, Ph.D., R.N., M.P.A., F.A.A.N.
Associate Dean, Faculty: Gayle Roux, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.S., NP-C
Associate Dean, Research: Nancy Hogan, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Director of the Doctoral Program: Lee Schmidt, Ph.D., R.N.
Director of the Undergraduate Health Systems Management Program: Mary Dominiak, Ph.D., M.B.A., R.N.
Director of the Dietetic Internship: Joanne Kouba, Ph.D., R.D.
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Students: Eileen Lynch, M.Ed.
Assistant Dean, Operations: Lauren Groves


Policies and Procedures

Health Requirements for All Nursing Students

For the student's safety in the clinical practice area as well as for the safety of patients, the School of Nursing has specific health requirements, a physical examination, TB test or chest x-ray, serology, and screening and/or immunization for rubella, varicella, rubeola, and hepatitis at the student's expense. The school reserves the right to require additional professional health examinations in cases where the Dean and/or the faculty deem it necessary.

Additional requirements: All clinical students must show proof of a clean urine drug screen, criminal background check, 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 at the health care provider level, before being admitted to clinical courses. All students must sign a letter accepting risks inherent in their clinical practicum.

Standardized Testing

Standardized testing is used to provide nursing students with assessment information to identify strengths and areas needing remediation for specific content areas. The Dean will provide a signature verifying that students are eligible to write the NCLEX licensure examination at the end of the program only after all standardized tests have been completed successfully.

Progression and Retention in the School of Nursing

Students admitted to the School of Nursing must remain in good academic standing to remain in the SON. All students must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to progress to the next year. (This begins with the freshman class of 2009. For current students graduating in 2008-2012, the GPA needed to progress is 2.5.)

If a student fails to pass six or more credit hours of nursing or science courses (not including PSYC 101and GNUR 110/111) she/he will be unable to progress within the School of Nursing and will not be eligible to continue as a student in the SON.

Students enrolled in the A.B.S.N. program will be dismissed from the program if she/he fails one nursing or science course. An A.B.S.N. student that fails one nursing or science course has the option to apply for admission to the traditional program.

Students must receive a grade of "B-" or better in the theory portion and "Credit" in the clinical practicum of each clinical nursing course. A "No Credit" grade in clinical practicum will result in a maximum grade of "D" for the theory course. A student receiving a grade below a "B-" in the theory course will receive a grade of "No Credit" in the clinical practicum. Students must pass the theory and clinical component of clinical nursing courses (e.g., 208 and 208L) concurrently. If either component is not passed, both must be repeated simultaneously.

Students must complete all requirements for one level before progressing to the next level. Out of sequence students will be placed in clinical on a space available basis. Priority will be give to students who are out of sequence for military service or severe illness rather than for failure.

The School of Nursing reserves the right to dismiss a student regardless of cumulative GPA, for reasons related to the inability to perform professional role responsibilities, uncivil behavior and for academic integrity. Students returning to the School of Nursing after an absence of more than one semester must reapply and may be required to repeat previously passed nursing courses.


Academic Advising

First-year and second-year students are advised through the Office of University Advising.

The Dean's office is the primary point of contact for all matters related to degree requirements in the School of Nursing. Questions or concerns regarding academics, such as courses and scheduling for the BSN, Accelerated BSN or RN/MSN Completion Program should be directed to the Dean's Office. Students should consult an advisor in the Dean's office for assistance in evaluating progress toward meeting the requirements of the BSN degree and how transfer credits affect study plans within the School of Nursing. The Dean's office also offers individual referral assistance and counseling to help students handle university life or the School of Nursing curriculum.


Degree Program

Recommended Sequence of Courses: To view the recommended sequence of courses for the undergraduate nursing program, please click here.


University Core Curriculum

For specific information, please refer to the University Core Curriculum section in Academic Rules and Regulations or visit the University Core Curriculum Website at www.luc.edu/core. Specific suggestions on how to fulfill the Core through the School of Nursing may be found here.

Majors and Program Details

undergradprograms_son.shtml: Loyola University Chicago
School/Program Website Brochure
School of Nursing Details (PDF)
Health Systems Management (B.S.) Details (PDF)
Nursing (B.S.N.) Details (PDF)
Accelerated B.S.N. Details (PDF)

Honors and Awards

Honors Program: The School of Nursing is affiliated with the Honors Program of the College of Arts and Sciences. The honors degree, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Honors, is 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.

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.