Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing’s undergraduate program educates and graduates competent and caring nursing professionals. The academic program teaches the skills required for nursing and helps students develop the abilities to think critically, to analyze complex situations, to make sound clinical decisions and to deliver safe nursing care.

The program is a four-year direct entry bachelor’s degree program designed to effectively teach students the required skills and knowledge to become a Registered Nurse. 

Clinical Simulation Learning Laboratory

The Clinical Simulation Learning Laboratory (CSLL) gives students the opportunity to learn basic clinical skills in a comfortable, non-threatening environment prior to entering patient care settings. Faculty and experienced laboratory instructors use state-of-the-art video and computer teaching tools to assist in developing nursing knowledge.

Clinical Rotations

With the solid foundation of theory and clinical skills learned in the classroom and the CSLL, students complete seven clinical rotations in a variety of settings that may include:

  • Loyola University Health System and Adventist-Hinsdale Hospital; Advocate-Lutheran General, Good Samaritan and Illinois Masonic Hospitals; Ann & Robert H. Lurie Hospital; Cadence-Central DuPage Hospital; MacNeal Health Network; NorthShore University-Evanston; Northwest Community Hospital; Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Presence Health-Resurrection, St. Joseph and St. Francis Hospitals; Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; Rush North Shore Medical Center; Swedish Covenant Hospital; University of Illinois Hospital; University of Chicago Hospitals; Hines Veteran's Administration Hospital
  • Selected long-term care facilities and senior centers
  • School-based health centers such as Proviso East High School
  • Psychiatric settings and other medical facilities

Clinical Role Transition (CRT)

Clinical Role Transition is the final clinical rotation and is considered to be the capstone course of the program. CRT provides an intensive clinical experience with students assuming the role of a beginning nurse under the guidance of a professional mentor.

CRT occurs during the final seven weeks of the program. Students are expected to successfully complete a 120 clock hour clinical rotation prior to graduation.

Clinical Assignments

Clinical placements are assigned by the School of Nursing at random. Each student will receive a clinical placement/s based on their current theory course. Clinical groups are fluid and often change from semester to semester. Students should not expect to remain in the same clinical group.

Clinical Transportation

Students are responsible for transportation to and from clinical sites.

Course Scheduling and Registration

The sequence of courses in nursing is offered in a full-time day program. Course scheduling depends on many factors and is subject to change.

NCLEX Exam/Preparation

ATI Testing

The MNSON uses Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) resources and standardized tests to help prepare students for the NCLEX board exam. ATI standardized tests are integrated throughout the nursing curriculum. Throughout the program students complete ATI tests in various courses.

Undergraduate nursing students are required to take standardized tests to help prepare for computer-based tests, such as the NCLEX. Students begin taking Kaplan testing during the fall semester freshman year and continue throughout the duration of the program.


After completing the BSN program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). NCLEX is a standardized exam that each state board of nursing uses to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry level nursing practice. Loyola alumni currently enjoy a graduating class of 2016 90.53% pass rate on the exam.

For more information about NCLEX, please visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

After completing the BSN program, students are eligible to complete the NCLEX examination to obtain the RN license.  Loyola alumni currently enjoy a graduating class of 2016 90.53% pass rate on the exam.