Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Infection Prevention DNP

Population-based Infection Prevention & Environmental Safety

‌Loyola University Chicago offers the nation’s first master’s and DNP program to prepare nurse leaders in infection prevention.

The Infection Prevention DNP track is designed as either a post-BSN or post-MSN entry DNP. Coursework is online and students from all over the U.S. form a Community of Scholars. DNP students are expected to come to Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus for immersion weekend experiences once in fall and once in spring semesters for networking, seminars and individualized meetings with faculty mentors.

For students with a BSN and no graduate credits, the DNP can be completed in 71 semester hours. For those who have an MSN, the DNP can be completed in 40 semester hours depending on previous graduate coursework. Bachelor’s-prepared nurses with an MPH or similar non-nursing graduate degree will have their transcripts reviewed so that individual program plans can be designed.

The course of study is prevention and population-focused and offers the opportunity for interdisciplinary coursework in Loyola’s MPH program as well as clinical experiences in healthcare organizations, government agencies, and community settings near where students live and work. Opportunities are also provided to prepare graduates to be expert infection prevention clinical educators, clinical faculty, consultants and/or serve as infection prevention preceptors and mentors.

Loyola University Chicago emphasizes social justice at the national and international level and offers opportunities for international study in Italy, Vietnam, China, Belize and England. Graduates of the DNP have the knowledge and skills to assume system-wide leadership as Infection Preventionists. The Population-based Infection Prevention and Environmental Safety DNP is supported by HRSA Grant 1-D09-HP18997.