Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Nurses are an essential part of the health-care team, providing care to both patients and families. Nurses are patient advocates, care coordinators, educators and resources to other health-care providers.
  • Nursing affords an opportunity to touch another person's life in a positive and meaningful way that few other professions experience. Nurses care for the human spirit.
  • Nurses are "knowledge workers" who use their arts and science knowledge to inform the assessment, analysis, planning, interventions and evaluation of patients and their families. According to the National Student Nurse's Association: "Nursing is both an art and a science. It blends a scientific mind, technological know-how, a compassionate heart and healing hands."
  • Hospital nursing is only one area where B.S.N.-prepared nurses practice. Other sites include home care, hospice, public health, military service, school, corporate, occupational health, pharmaceutical and insurance settings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing is one of the fastest-growing occupations.
  • Nursing exemplifies Loyola's commitment to care, concern, service, passion for quality, ethics and values, and respect for the whole person.
  • Nurses work all across the health-care continuum, from promoting wellness and disease prevention, to caring for those with terminal diseases. 

The BSN offers the broad-based liberal arts and science background as well as conceptual understanding of health, illness and the role of nurses. The BSN also includes leadership, management and community health nursing concepts, theory and experiences. The BSN offers more career and practice options. A BSN is required for entry into a master's or doctoral program in nursing.

The main difference between an ABSN and a BSN is the amount of time it takes to complete the program. Our traditional BSN is a 4-year program, while our ABSN program takes 16 months. Similarly, our Accelerated BSN program is offered in a face-to-face format at the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood as well as in an online-based format with clinical simulations at our Downer's Grove ABSN center. 

One of the goals of the MNSON program is to prepare students as generalist nurses and expose them to a variety of clinical settings, healthcare systems and diverse populations. Taking advantage of the Chicago metropolitan area, our clinical sites cover a wide geographic area and provide a diversity of clinical experiences.

Students are offered clinical experience at potentially the following locations: Gottlieb Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center, Evanston Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Hines VA Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Children's Memorial Hospital, Rush North Shore Hospital, MacNeal Hospital, Loyola University Nursing Center, Chicago Department of Health clinics, selected long-term care clinics, school settings, psychiatric settings, senior citizen centers and the Loyola University Outpatient Center

Classes are currently held at the Lake Shore Campus for all undergraduate programs except for the ABSN degree paths. Classes for the face-to-face ABSN are held at the Maywood Health Sciences Campus, while courses for the online-based ABSN are delivered online, supplemented by experiential learning at the Downer's Grove ABSN Learning Center. Both ABSN programs also include clinical rotations in local healthcare facilities.

Our 2019 NCLEX pass rate for BSN students was 94.88% for first-time test takers.

After graduating, students must successfully complete the NCLEX licensure exam to become a Registered Nurse.

The undergraduate program is a general bachelor's degree. Students are responsible for all facets of nursing. Specialization occurs at the graduate degree level. More information on graduate specialties can be found on the Degree/Certificate Programs page.

The nursing program does not require CNA licensure. Upon successful completion of the foundations course, GNUR 238, and 40 hours of clinical in the fall semester of your junior year, students may submit an application for approval to MNSON. The approved application is then transmitted to the state agency responsible for testing.

The target class is 165 freshman students.

For the face-to-face ABSN program in Maywood, each new class is roughly 60 students. The online-based ABSN program in Downer's Grove was designed to accommodate a greater number of qualified students.  Both programs offer two starts a year.

Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information on admission criteria.

Loyola's nursing program is a direct entry program where students begin as freshman nursing students. Students must indicate nursing on their application to the University. Once admitted, students are admitted to the School of Nursing.

For the ABSN program, applicants must meet eligibility requirements to start the program. 

Yes, nursing students are able to study abroad.  There are long term and short term opportunities available to nursing students. Please contact MNSON or Office of International Programs to learn more