Loyola University Chicago’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing offers the BSN-DNP program that is designed to provide additional knowledge and skills so that nurses may further enhance the health and well being of the individuals and communities with whom they work. The changing demands of the nation’s complex healthcare environment require the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure high quality patient outcomes. The curriculum focuses on clinical practice and evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking. The BSN-DNP program enables nurses to become expert nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, leaders, and inter-professional collaborators in improving outcomes in health care systems.
As the terminal degree for nurses, a DNP offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The BSN-DNP program provides nurses with the knowledge and skill for providing innovative practice and 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. These DNP leaders will be well-positioned for advancing the practice and translating the science of nursing as nursing leaders, clinical faculty, and/or practitioners.
Loyola's BSN-DNP program is designed as a 4-5 year program. Courses are offered primarily online, with a required two day onsite Immersion Weekend incorporating course work, seminars, and presentations held during the Fall and Spring semesters at the Loyola University Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, IL.
Loyola’s BSN-DNP program centers on the “Health of the Public” and the translation of evidence-based practices to improve outcomes. The program focuses on populations at risk for disease, populations that are experiencing alterations in health, populations across the nation and globe, and systems that promote safe and efficient health care environments. The program emphasizes leadership in the implementation of transformational change in the student’s area of practice. Completion of a faculty-supervised DNP Scholarly Project provides opportunity for students to demonstrate this expertise.
The School of Nursing began offering the DNP degree in 2009. It is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, (202) 887-6791. Admission is competitive, based on the strength of application materials and interview.
BSN-DNP Specialty Tracks
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner program with specialization in Substance Use and Addiction Disorders is designed as a post-BSN entry DNP and can be completed in 72 Semester hours. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to assume system-wide leadership as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners with expanded roles in substance use and addiction disorders.
The Family Nurse Practitioner program with a specialization in Emergency Room is designed as a post-BSN entry DNP and can be completed in 79 semester hours. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to assume system-wide leadership as family nurse practitioners with expanded roles in the emergency room.
The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program with specialization in Oncology is designed as a post-BSN entry DNP and can be completed in 72 semester hours. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to assume system-wide leadership as Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners with expanded roles in oncology.
The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program with specialization in Oncology is designed as a post-BSN entry DNP and can be completed in 65 semester hours. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to assume system-wide leadership as Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist with expanded roles in oncology.
The Infection Prevention track is designed as a post-BSN entry DNP and can be completed in 71 semester hours. This program is prevention and population-focused. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to assume system-wide leadership as Infection Preventionists.
The United States Department of Education requires that any institution offering distance education programs to students outside of its home state must acquire authorization from the states in which students reside. Please visit Loyola's State Authorization page for a comprehensive list of Loyola's authorization status in all states plus the District of Columbia.
Clinical Experience Requirement
2,000 hours of recent clinical nursing experience is required prior to beginning the first practicum in the nursing track to which you are applying.
For More Information
For further information regarding AACN’s promotion of the DNP as the terminal practice degree for APNs, visit the AACN website at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/DNP/DNPProgramList.htm.
The US Department of Education requires any institution offering distance education/online programs to students outside of its home state to acquire authorization from the states in which students reside. Regulations vary from state to state. While Loyola University Chicago is authorized, exempt or pursuing authorization in most states, some restrictions apply. Please see our State Authorization page for the most up-to-date information.
Loyola University Chicago is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.