For nurses dedicated to advancing their career in an emergency department.


The demands of an emergency department require nurses to anticipate and respond to patients at a moment's notice. At Loyola Nursing, we offer the specialized training you will need to effectively manage and treat patients in high-stress settings. In fact, Loyola is the only DNP program in the Chicago area offering a Family Nurse Practitioner track with Emergency specialty. Graduates of Loyola's Emergency FNP track complete 525 clinical practicum hours in the emergency department. We also offer a dedicated procedures course, essential for preparing you to practice.

Our Commitment to You


Graduates of Loyola's FNP track with Emergency specialty will gain the following knowledge, competencies, and professional values to initiate and manage care for individuals with urgent needs, injuries, traumas, and high acuity illnesses in emergent or immediate care settings. 




You will learn:

  • Population health principles and concepts
  • Theoretical, conceptual, and evidence-based foundations for advanced practice nursing care in primary and emergency care settings
  • Methods of advanced physical and health assessment and history taking
  • Advanced pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics
  • Advanced physiology of health and illness
  • Management of common and complex health problems across the lifespan
  • Family systems and family dynamics
  • Systems thinking principles and concepts
  • Resource management in health care
  • Quality improvement principles and practices
  • Health care policy and advocacy
  • Health care economics and finance
  • Decision-making tools and processes



You will be able to: 

  • Prioritize and triage patients in the Emergency Department and other emergent settings
  • Conduct advanced physical assessments and health histories
  • Educate patients of all age groups on disease prevention and healthy lifestyle measures
  • Develop treatment plans for acute illness and chronic disease management
  • Assess, diagnose, and manage episodic illnesses, injuries, and acute exacerbation of chronic disease in which patient’s seek out emergent care
  • Conduct emergency care procedures for common and complex illnesses and injuries
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests and screening evaluations
  • Prescribe medications and other therapies
  • Manage overall patient care, including issues related to aging and development
  • Analyze trends, issues, and evidence in health care and health care systems
  • Engage in public health emergency preparedness and response efforts
  • Integrate the best evidence and patient preferences into the development, delivery, and evaluation of care
  • Foster and maintain team partnerships in collaborative health care environments



Loyola Nursing is committed to preparing nurse leaders that value:

  • The hallmark characteristics of a Jesuit education:
    • Commitment to excellence
    • Faith in God
    • Service that promotes justice
    • Values-based leadership
    • Global awareness
  • Ethical and moral judgement
  • Eliminating health disparities
  • Promoting patient safety and excellence in nursing practice
  • Engaging in leadership activities through intra- and inter-professional collaboration
  • Ensuring equity in health policy
  • Accountability to patients, society, and the profession



For BSN-prepared nurses, completing the FNP with Emergency specialty takes approximately four to five years, depending on your level of entry. Most courses are offered online with some on-site courses held at the Loyola University Chicago Health Science Campus.



79 credit hours



Core Courses:

  • Theories and Concept for Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Research for Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Population-focused Health
  • Social Justice and Ethics in Health Care
  • Leadership and Roles in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Statistics for Health and Biological Sciences
  • Health Care Policy and Economics
  • Evidence Translation for Advanced Clinical Practice
  • DNP Project

Role (NP) Courses: 

  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
  • Basic Diagnostics for Advanced Practice

Population (Family) Courses: 

  • Management of Adult Health Problems I & II
  • Child & Family Health
  • Childbearing Family
  • Clinical Rotations I, II, & III

Specialty (Emergency) Courses:

  • Emergency Care Procedures for the Nurse Practitioner
  • Emergency Health Care of Adults
  • Emergency Health Care Advanced Practice Practicums 
  • Special Topics in Emergency Health Care


Faculty design and secure all clinical rotations for students. Loyola maintains academic-practice partnerships throughout the Chicago metropolitan area with a focus on serving communities with high needs. 

  • 525 clinical hours in primary care (family, adult and pediatrics focused)
  • 525 clinical hours in emergency department



You must be a Registered Nurse with a baccalaureate or master's degree in nursing to apply. Admission is competitive and based on the strength of application materials and interview. 

Begin your journey to becoming an Emergency Nurse Practitioner! Learn more about the specific application requirements and apply today.

Questions? Contact Program Track Director Chandra Norder-Brandli, DNP, AGACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, APRN, at cnorderbrandli@luc.edu 


Tuition and Financial Aid

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.