Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Nurse Practitioner

The role of the Nurse Practitioner includes direct patient care at the advanced practice level. 

MSN DEGREE:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with Oncology Specialty
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Subspecialty
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner


POST-MSN NURSE PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATES:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Subspecialty
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner


Nurse practitioners provide direct patient care at the advanced practice level. Nurse practitioners are involved in patient history taking, physical examination, diagnostic testing, diagnosis, and treatment.

NPs must complete graduate-level coursework, pass the national certification exam, and gain licensure by the state to practice in primary or acute care.

  • The degree offers full-time enrollment
    - Average time to completion (full-time): 2–3 years
  • The degree offers part-time enrollment
    - Average time to completion (part-time): 3–5 years
  • This degree offers select online courses

Loyola has collaborative partnerships in health care settings throughout the Chicagoland area. Many of these sites are in medically underserved areas. Faculty members design the clinical practicums and guide students in the selection of appropriate clinical sites.
You must have a RN license in the State of Illinois to apply.
Additionally, 2,000 hours of recent clinical nursing experience is required prior to beginning the first practicum in your chosen advanced practice specialty.
Prior to graduating, you’ll complete a comprehensive exam comprised of two parts: a paper of publishable quality that demonstrates your theoretical/clinical expertise and an oral presentation of your paper.

Once you graduate, you’ll be prepared to make clinical decisions in health promotion and maintenance, disease prevention, and managing health and illness.
Career services are available—learn more at LUC.edu/career.

  • Graduates of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program are eligible to sit for the AANP or ANCC Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination.
  • Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner program are eligible to sit for the AANP or ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination.
  • Graduates of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program are eligible to sit for the ANCC or AACN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination.
  • Graduates of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program are eligible to sit for the NCC Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner certification examination. 

Pass rates for all APRN exams are at or near 100% over the past several years.

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.

All MSN applicants must have a current U.S. nursing license.

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.