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Complete your BSN in just one year at one of the top online nursing programs in the country.

 

Take your nursing career to the next level without putting it on hold by enrolling in Loyola's online RN-to-BSN program. Designed for nurses with a current RN license, Loyola allows students to complete their BSN degree in a minimum of three semesters. Our exceptional faculty and high academic standards are geared towards enhancing health care quality and positive patient outcomes while helping you build a successful career.

 

Our Commitment to You

 

RN-to-BSN graduates will possess the following knowledge, competencies, and professional values to practice confidently in the health care setting.

 

KNOWLEDGE

 
  • Integrate research into evidence-based practice
  • Promote health and quality of life in the community
  • Use awareness of health policy issues in advocacy
 

Competencies

 
  • Provide compassionate, high-quality nursing care to patients
  • Work effectively with health care teams to contribute to positive patient outcomes.
  • Evaluate research-based evidence for planning, implementing, and evaluating patient outcomes
  • Apply ethical principles to decision-making

PROFESSIONAL VALUES

 
  • Maintain life-long habits of critical thinking, leadership, and service
  • Demonstrate a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, care for the whole person
  • Focus on communities and community-wide outcomes
  • Adhere to the highest standards of professionalism
  • Celebrate diversity and respect the rights, dignity and worth of individuals
 

Curriculum

 

Loyola’s RN-to-BSN online program puts you on the fast track to your bachelor’s degree. Through transfer credits and previous work experience, Loyola Nursing works with you to find the best way to complete your BSN. 

The 120-hour curriculum consists of four separate areas: transfer credits, nursing courses, University Core requirements, and a Professional Nursing ePortfolio. RN to BSN students must complete a minimum of 30 credits online through Loyola.

Students admitted prior to Fall 2020

 

RN to BSN students admitted prior to Fall 2020 must complete a minimum of 30 credits online through Loyola.

Transfer credits: Maximum total 66 credit hours

  • 30 nursing credits
  • 36 general education credits

Nursing courses: 24 credit hours

  • GNUR 207A: Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice
  • GNUR 204: Bridge Course: Nursing Concepts
  • CMAN 375: Community Health
  • CMAN 375L: Community Health: Lab
  • GNUR 338A: Health Assessment
  • GNUR 360: Nursing Research: For Evidence-based Practice
  • GNUR 338A: Health Assessment
  • GNUR 363: Health Care Transitions
  • GNUR 383: Leadership for Professional Nursing Practice
  • GNUR 361: Nursing Ethics

University Core requirements: Six to 18 credit hours
Requirements may be fulfilled by general education transfer credit. A minimum of six credits of University Core requirements must be completed online. Learn more about Loyola's University Core Requirements. 

  • Quantitative Knowledge, PSYC 304: Statistics
  • Loyola's Mission, THEO 190: Ignatian Traditions
  • Artistic Knowledge
  • Historical Knowledge
  • Literary Knowledge
  • Foundational Ethics

Professional Nursing Portfolio Requirement: Maximum of 25 credit hours
Students are required to earn credits through a Professional Nursing ePortfolio, up to 25 credits, depending on professional accomplishments. If a student does not meet the ePortfolio credits, the student must earn additional credits from Loyola courses. Elective or core courses may satisfy a portion of this requirement. 

Students admitted Fall 2020 or later

RN to BSN students admitted in Fall 2020 or after must complete a minimum of 33 credits online through Loyola.

Transfer credits: Maximum 66 credit hours

  • 30 nursing credits
  • 36 general education credits

Nursing courses: 30 credit hours

  • GNUR 307: Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice
  • CMAN 375: Community Health
  • GNUR 338A: Health Assessment
  • GNUR 344: Quality and Safety
  • GNUR 356: Nursing Informatics
  • GNUR 360: Nursing Research: For Evidence-based Practice
  • GNUR 361: Nursing Ethics
  • GNUR 363: Health Care Transitions
  • GNUR 383: Leadership for Professional Nursing Practice
  • GNUR 390: Integrative Clinical Practicum

University Core requirements: Three to 24 credit hours 
Requirements may be fulfilled by general education transfer credit

  • Quantitative Knowledge, PSYC 304: Statistics
  • Loyola's Mission, THEO 190: Ignatian Traditions
  • Artistic Knowledge
  • Historical Knowledge
  • Literary Knowledge
  • Foundational Ethics

Professional Nursing Portfolio Requirement: Maximum of 18 credit hours
Students are required to earn credits through a Professional Nursing ePortfolio, up to 18 credits, depending on professional accomplishments. If a student does not meet the ePortfolio credits, the student must earn additional credits from Loyola courses. Elective or core courses may satisfy a portion of this requirement. 

PROGRAM OPTIONS

 

Full-time and part-time enrollment options are available. Each course is three credit hours over six to eight weeks.

Full-Time Program Plan
Students complete a total of 12 credit hours each semester. Semesters are structured into two sessions with two classes held each session. A full-time student may complete the program in a minimum of one academic year if all core courses transfer at the time of admission. 
RN-BSN Program Plan (Full Time)

Part-Time Program Plan
Students complete a total of six credit hours each semester and take one course each session. Part-time student may complete the program in a minimum of two academic years if all core courses transfer at the time of admission.
RN-BSN Program Plan (Part Time)

 

Admission

 

If you have an associate degree (ADN) or hospital nursing program diploma and want to advance your knowledge, further your education, enroll in our RN-to-BSN online program. Admissions are open year-round. Begin your journey today!

COMMUNITY COLLEGE PARTNERSHIPS

 

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing has partnerships with three community colleges to help provide a seamless transition from completing an ADN to the online RN-to-BSN program.

College of Lake County

Harper College

Moraine Valley Community College 

INFORMATION SESSIONS:

 

Prospective students to the RN-BSN program are strongly encouraged to attend at least one information session prior to applying. Information sessions are held online through Zoom. All times are Central Standard Time (CST). 

Monday, April 26 (12-1 pm)

Tuesday, May 25 (5-6 pm) 

Wednesday, June 30 (10-11 am)

Tuesday, July 27 (2-3 pm)

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

 
  • July 15: Fall Application Deadline
  • December 5: Spring Application Deadline
  • April 15: Summer Application Deadline

If you have questions about the program, application requirements, or would like a transfer credit evaluation, contact Shannon Yeager, or call 312.915.8859 to schedule an appointment.

 

FAQs

Find answers to commonly asked questinos about the RN-to-BSN program.

What are the pre-requisites for the RN-to-BSN program?

The RN-to-BSN program does not have any specific course prerequisites although applicants must hold a current RN license. Students may transfer core requirement courses. Once admitted, students must complete university core requirements at Loyola. See the RN-to-BSN Curriculum for more information.

How long does it take to complete the program?

It will take a minimum of three semesters to complete the RN to BSN program.

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!

How do I earn additional credits if I do not meet criteria of portfolio?

Online electives are offered for students who need 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 and have the opportunity to connect with peers and faculty in a centralized course system. You can actively learn when it is convenient for you, allowing you to process information at your own speed.

Am I required to visit campus?

No, the program is 100% online.

Can I attend commencement?

Of course! We welcome all students who meet graduation requirements to participate in commencement.

Faculty

Program Track Director: Annie Thomas, PhD, RN, athomas4@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.