Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Mission Statement, Program Goals and Program Outcomes

Mission Statement

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (SON) provides a transformative education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition, preparing leaders in the health professions to enhance the health of persons, communities, and the larger global environment through the discovery, application, and dissemination of knowledge; and service with others.

Program Goals and Outcomes

Faculty and administrators are engaged in a collaborative effort to recruit, retain, educate, and graduate healthcare professionals who contribute to the well-being of society. The SON offers undergraduate (BSN), master’s (MSN), and doctoral programs (DNP and PhD) for the education of professional nurses, a graduate (MS) and internship program for professional dietitians, and undergraduate programs in health systems management (BS) and exercise science (BS).

Goal of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program:

The goal of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is to prepare generalist nurses who competently and professionally deliver nursing care.

Outcomes for the BSN Program:

The goal of the BSN program is to prepare baccalaureate generalist nurses. At the completion of  the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from liberal arts, sciences, and nursing science as a basis for professional nursing practice.
  • Integrate levels of prevention, quality, safety concepts and principles and leadership into professional nursing practice.
  • Provide culturally competent, effective and patient centered professional nursing care to individuals, families and communities across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with the patient and inter-professional team to deliver safe, patient-centered care to individuals, evidence-based, families and communities.
  • Integrate values, ethics and legal knowledge into nursing practice.
  • Integrate scientific evidence and patient, family and community preferences into the planning, implementation and evaluation of professional nursing care.
  • Apply skills of information technology and information management effectively in professional nursing practice.
  • Analyze ways governmental, institutional and professional policies directly and indirectly influence the healthcare system and population health.

Goal of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program:

The goal of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is to prepare nurses at the master's level who use advanced knowledge and skills to assume a leadership role in interprofessional healthcare delivery to improve health outcomes at the system, population, or individual patient levels. 

Outcomes for the MSN Program:

At the completion of the program, the graduate has the knowledge and skills to:

  • Integrate scientific findings from nursing, healthcare, and biopsychosocial fields; public health sciences; and the Jesuit Catholic tradition for the continual improvement of nursing and healthcare across diverse settings.
  • Function as a leader emphasizing ethical and critical decision-making, effective working relationships, and application of organizational sciences in a systems perspective, to promote safe and high quality patient-centered care.
  • Use translational science to integrate evidence into practice.
  • Critically appraise healthcare technologies and information systems and incorporate data to promote optimal communication and healthcare delivery at the system and patient-care levels.
  • Understand and appreciate the importance of health policies on health status, and employ advocacy strategies to positively influence health care at the population level.
  • As a leader or member of an interprofessional team, effectively communicate, collaborate, and consult with other health professionals to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  • Working collaboratively with patients, families, and communities, utilize culturally sensitive evidence-based strategies for health promotion and disease prevention locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Use expanded knowledge and change-agent skills for professional growth and the provision of indirect and direct care that enhances outcomes for individuals, populations, and systems.

Goal for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program:

The goal of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is to prepare advanced practice nurses with the highest level of knowledge and skill for providing innovative leadership to the profession and for ensuring high-quality health care across all settings through the dissemination of evidence-based practice initiatives to patients, families, communities and populations.

Outcomes for the DNP Program:

At the completion of the program, the graduate has the knowledge and skills to:

  • Demonstrate advanced levels of ethical and moral judgment and decision-making within a Jesuit Catholic tradition. 
  • Demonstrate expertise, advanced knowledge and mastery in an area of specialized nursing practice. 
  • Integrate trans-disciplinary science to develop, deliver and evaluate care at the highest level of nursing practice.
  • Provide leadership in system-based care delivery models and approaches designed to eliminate health disparities and promote patient safety and excellence in nursing practice.
  • Provide leadership for evidence-based practice for the dissemination and integration of new knowledge.
  • Assume a leadership role in the evaluation, development and implementation of health policy.
  • Engage in leadership activities through intra and inter- professional collaboration. 
  • Integrate clinical prevention science into “health of the public”-focused health care.

Goal for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Program:

The goal of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing program is to prepare scholars who improve human health through the development and expansion of knowledge. 

Outcomes for the PhD in Nursing:

At the completion of the program the graduate has the knowledge and skills to:

  • Initiate a beginning program of research that expands nursing and healthcare knowledge.
  • Incorporate social, cultural, political, economic, and ethical considerations into nursing scholarship and practice.
  • Participate in the international community of scholars to further the Jesuit mission of generation and dissemination of knowledge in the service of humanity.
  • Assume leadership roles in nursing research, education, practice, policy development, and/or administration in order to improve the health of society.

Goal for the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Systems Management Program:

The goal for the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Systems Management program is to prepare students for careers in the administration and organization of health care delivery and health services. 

Outcomes for the BS in Health System Management Program:

At the completion of the program the graduate will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the U.S. healthcare system, including its organization, structure, performance and terminology
  • Synthesize knowledge of economic, socio-cultural, legal, population health and policy issues as a basis for managing health systems
  • Identify the strategic, tactical and operational issues that drive the healthcare industry as a whole as well as the inter-relationships between its various segments
  • Apply organizational and management theories and principles in a variety of health care settings
  • Apply skills of information management, quality improvement and performance measurement effectively in a variety of health care settings
  • Integrate values, ethics and social justice into the management and leadership of health systems in keeping with a Jesuit Catholic tradition.

Goal for the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science Program:

The goal for the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science program is to prepare graduates as entry-level fitness professionals that promote the health and well-being through exercise and fitness.

Outcomes for the BS in Exercise Science Program:

At the completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from the arts, sciences, and exercise science as the basis for assessment of physical capabilities and exercise prescription.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in exercise and fitness screening, health appraisal and risk stratification, fitness assessment and evaluation, and exercise techniques.
  • Communicate effectively and collaboratively with clients and the inter-professional team in exercise and fitness settings.
  • Integrate values, ethics, and client preferences into exercise science practice.
  • Participate in activities to promote lifelong learning and professional development in exercise science.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking and evidence-based decision making in Exercise Science.

Goal for the Master of Science (MS) in Dietetics Program:

The goal of the master’s program in dietetics is to prepare Registered Dietitians to design and implement systems that produce desired health outcomes.

Outcomes for the MS in Dietetics Program:


Goal for the Dietetic Internship Program:

The goal of the Dietetic Internship program is to provide quality experiential preparation enabling graduates to enter dietetic practice as competent Registered Dietitians.

Outcomes for the Dietetic Internship

At the completion of the program the graduate has the knowledge and skills to:

  • Master the core competencies for entry-level dietitian as defined by the Commission on Accreditation Dietetic Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
  • Master the community-emphasis competencies as defined by CADE/ADA.
  • Support the mission of Loyola University Chicago through service to humanity.
  • Contribute to the nutritional well-being of diverse groups of residents in urban environments such as Chicago.

Faculty Outcomes:

Outcomes for the faculty are focused on excellence in teaching, the generation and dissemination of knowledge through publications and presentations, and service to the university and the profession.