Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Dean's Welcome

‌Welcome to the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing!

I am excited to join the Niehoff School of Nursing as its new Dean and even more excited to tell you about our programs and our graduates.

As part of Loyola's Health Sciences Campus, the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing prepares nurses to be clinicians, practitioners, nurse leaders/executives, nurse scholars, and nurse researchers by offering several degrees: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). In July 2019, four of our programs (Master of Science Degree in Dietetics, a Master of Science in Quality, Safety and Information Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management move into Loyola University Chicago’s newest school: the Parkinson School for Health Sciences and Public Health.

As a Niehoff graduate, you will join a group of individuals, highly regarded in the Chicago area and beyond for their commitment to caring and excellence as well as their dedication to the nursing profession.

Loyola's School of Nursing became the first collegiate nursing school in Illinois when it began offering BSN degrees in 1935. We have been a leader in nursing education ever since. In fact, our MSN and DNP programs rank among the top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s Annual Graduate School Rankings (2020).

Fulfilling Loyola’s promise of "preparing people to lead extraordinary lives” the School of Nursing provides students with exceptional educational opportunities in diverse health care environments within Chicago and opportunities to study abroad such as in England, Rome, and Belize.

To learn more about our programs and graduates, I invite you to explore this site and visit faculty and students on campus.
I look forward to welcoming you to campus.

Lorna Finnegan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean