Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

DNP with Concentration in Infection Prevention

Post-BSN and post-MSN DNP Degree with Concentration in Infection Prevention

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused degree that equips nurses to further enhance the health and well-being of individuals and communities. The population-focused curriculum provides education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking.

The Infection Prevention Concentration prepares nurses to assume leadership roles in population-based infection prevention and patient and environmental safety in the community and in-patient healthcare settings.

  • The degree offers full-time and part-time enrollment
    - Average time to completion (full-time): 2–4 years
  • This program is completed online, with the exception of two required, on-site weekend immersions at the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, IL each year.

The program includes specialty coursework in population health, epidemiology, immunology/microbiology, and infection prevention.

As a DNP student seeking a concentration in Infection Prevention, you will be required to complete advanced clinical practicums focusing on infection prevention, quality, and patient safety. During your clinical practicum, you will be mentored by expert preceptors and faculty.
The hallmark of a successful DNP student is the ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of their specialty and to effectively communicate this expertise to others. You will exhibit your ability to do so through a final capstone project, which is generally completed in one year in conjunction with practicum immersion experiences.

DNP graduates with a concentration in Infection Prevention have the knowledge and skills to assume roles such as an Infection Preventionist (IP), clinical educator, preceptor, and infection prevention leader.
Upon graduation, you will be able to apply for certification by the Association of Practitioners in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC).
Career services are available—learn more at LUC.edu/career.

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing has been successfully educating graduate nurses for more than 50 years. The School is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Loyola’s DNP program centers on the “Health of the Public” and using evidence-based practices to improve outcomes. The program emphasizes leadership in implementing transformational change in your area of practice.

  • Study abroad: We encourage you to hone skills and build your network through intensive courses around the world. Study abroad is open to fulland part-time students. The School of Nursing offers annual study abroad trips to Belize.
  • Student organizations: Graduate Student Nursing Association (GSNA), Student Committee on InterProfessional Education (SCIPEC).
  • Service learning: You will have an opportunity to participate in an International Service Immersion as part of a collaboration between Campus Ministry and the School of Nursing.

Our faculty and clinical preceptors are experts in their fields and hold national certifications in their areas of specialization. They have a wide variety of clinical and research interests and are well respected in their areas of professional specialty.

Post-BSN applicants must have an earned BSN degree and a current nursing license. Post-MSN applicants must have an earned master’s degree and a current nursing license.
If you have a non-nursing master’s degree, you will need to complete 3 graduate nursing foundation courses, as well as additional clinical hours.
If you have an MSN in a non-clinical area, you will need additional clinical hours to meet the 1000 total hours of post-BSN supervised clinicals required for CCNE accreditation of all DNP programs.

Begin the financial aid process by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.

The School of Nursing has limited funds available for financial assistance. Visit LUC.edu/nursing/admission/tuition-finaid to learn more about these financial aid opportunities.

For questions or assistance regarding financial aid through the School of Nursing, contact us at 708.216.9101 or SchoolofNursing@luc.edu.

Learn more about faculty, curriculum, and how to apply.