Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


This post-baccalaureate program includes courses in advanced practice, leadership, inquiry, and clinical excellence/ practicum. Once accepted into the program, the student will meet with a faculty academic advisor to determine a final course of study.

Clinical practice experiences provide the foundation for the translation of evidence and theoretical knowledge into practice.

The hallmark of a successful BSN-DNP student is the ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of one’s area of specialty nursing practice and to effectively communicate this expertise to others. This is accomplished through a final “scholarly project” that demonstrates how evidence can be used to change or improve practice or outcomes for patients, families, and/or populations. The scholarly project is generally completed in one year. The development, implementation and evaluation of this project will occur over three semesters, in conjunction with the Practicum immersion experiences.

Clinical Experience Requirement

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

Program Plans - coming soon for each track