Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

BSN-DNP

Achieve the highest level of nursing practice and shape the future of healthcare with a DNP degree from Loyola University Chicago. Our curriculum prepares you to transform care in an increasingly complex healthcare environment and integrates advanced nursing practice, leadership, systems thinking, analytic and information management strategies, quality and safety, health policy, and healthcare economics and finance. NP and CNS tracks prepare you to deliver, lead, and change patient care by translating best practices into healthcare environments.

Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) Tracks

Nurse Practitioner Clinical Nurse Specialist
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Family with Emergency specialty Adult-Gerontology
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Psychiatric Mental Health Adult-Gerontology with Oncology specialty
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care with Oncology specialty Psychiatric Mental Health with Substance Use and Addictions specialty Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
Family Women's Health  

Specialty Concentrations

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program with specialization in Substance Use and Addictions 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. 

Program Structure

  • Enroll as a full or part-time student
  • Average completion time is 4-5 years
  • Extensive online course offerings
    • CNS tracks are fully online
    • 1-2 required immersion weekends each year of the program for integrated learning and collaboration with classmates and faculty

Clinical Practicum Opportunities

  • Clinical rotations that integrate direct care and systems-level competencies to prepare you to practice as an APRN
  • Clinical rotations are designed by faculty members, and students are not responsible for securing their own clinical placements
  • Academic-practice partnerships throughout the Chicago metropolitian area, including vulnerable and underserved populations
  • CNS students may complete clinical rotations near where they live or work

Expectations After Graduation

  • Graduates are eligible to complete NP or CNS certification exams in their respective role and population focus areas
  • Graduates quality for APRN licensure as an NP or CNS (requirements vary by state)

Program Distinctions

Choose Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and shape the future of healthcare through a transformative educational experience grounded in a rich Ignatian heritage and mission to serve humanity through learning, social justice, and faith. Within a close-knit community of faculty and students, we embrace cura personalis by considering individual needs  and respect for unique experiences, while preparing exceptional advanced practice nurses and nurse scientists who transform healthcare in an increasingly complex healthcare environment.

Our NP and CNS faculty are expert clinicians and pratice scholars who are nationally certified in their role and population focus areas.

Clinical Experience Requirement

A minimum of 2,000 hours of recent clinical practice experience is required before entering the first APRN clinical rotation. 

Prerequisite

To apply, you must be a Registered Professional Nurse with a baccalaureate or master's entry degree in nursing from an accredited program.

For More Information

For more information about BSN-DNP programs please contact gradinfo@luc.edu or 312.915.8900. Admission is competitive and based on the strength of application materials and interview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Loyola University Chicago School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, (202) 887-6791. 

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.