Master of Science in Nursing
The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, part of Loyola's Health Sciences Division, offers a wide range of degree programs including undergraduate, graduate, and dietetics programs. Graduate programs include the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); Master of Science in Dietetics; Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a focus in Nursing.
Choosing the Right Program
|Master of Science in Nursing with Specialty Tracks||Students with a BSN and RN License||
|To become a Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, or earning an advanced nursing degree|
|RN-MSN||Associates Degree or Diploma-prepared nurses||Graduate||To earn an advanced nursing degree and become an Advanced Practice Nurse|
|Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)||Students with a MSN degree. Students seeking the Population-based Infection Prevention & Environmental Safety (PIPES) DNP track may enter as post-BSN.||Graduate||To prepare nurses for the highest level of advanced nursing practice or management in complex healthcare organizations and the community.|
|PhD||Students with a BSN and Advanced Practice degree in Nursing||Graduate||Students interested in becoming nursing scholars or researchers|
|Certificate Programs||Post-baccalaureate nurses and other health professions||Graduate||Students interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in practice areas and expanding career options|
|Dietetic Internship Programs
Admission and Application
Please note: The United States Department of Education requires that any institution offering distance education programs to students outside of its home state must acquire authorization from the states in which students reside. Please visit Loyola's State Authorization page for a comprehensive list of Loyola's authorization status in all states plus the District of Columbia.
Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) students complete the MSN program and are prepared to sit for a national certification exam. Prospective students should determine appropriate certification required to practice in his/her respective state as licensure requirements vary.