Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Course Descriptions

Online RN-to-BSN Program at Loyola: Enhance Your Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

The online RN-to-BSN program at Loyola University Chicago's Niehoff School of Nursing employs advanced techniques in learning and healthcare. As a student, you will benefit from a highly engaging curriculum and qualified teachers. We are committed to imparting the knowledge and training you need to advance your nursing career.

Catering specifically to experienced nurses, our online BSN program allows you to apply your experience and earn your degree in a minimum of three semesters. We cover a wide-range of topics including community health, ethics, research, and leadership skills in practice. We've made it convenient for you to meet the IOM Future of nursing report recommendations to increase the percentage of the nursing workforce prepared at the baccalaureate level by 2020.1 We also offer online elective courses for those who need to complete additional credits.

Take advantage of scholarships, loans, and financial aid programs that make our online BSN degree even more attainable.


CMAN 375: Community Health Nursing

This course integrates nursing and public health concepts to provide theoretical base for the care of families, aggregates, communities, and populations.  The levels of prevention model and Healthy People 2020 are used as an organizing framework to address care across the lifespan.

CMAN 375L:  Community Health Nursing Clinical

This clinical course provides the student with an opportunity to apply nursing and public health concepts to families, aggregates, communities, and populations. Opportunities to apply epidemiology and risk assessment strategies in a community assessment are provided. The role of the community health nurse as educator is addressed.

GNUR 204: Bridge Course Nursing Concepts

This course provides conceptual linkage between student's previous nursing education and clinical experiences to professional nursing. The student's background in liberal arts, science and nursing is used as the basis for exploration of theories that guide contemporary nursing practice and leadership. Historical, cultural and political factors that have shaped contemporary nursing and the U.S. health care system are explored. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of scientific problem-solving, by accessing and evaluating data from a variety of sources. Critical thinking skills and the ability to evaluate evidence for practice are stressed.

GNUR 207A: Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice
This course explores nursing concepts for professional nursing practice in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations, along the health-illness continuum. Content includes client and family- centered care, client teaching, levels of prevention, the determinants of health and illness, and the principles of population- focused and culturally sensitive care. Students are introduced to the historical and political influences of the current US health care delivery system with an emphasis on the issues of health care access, health care disparities, social determinants of health, biases in the healthcare setting, and health literacy among culturally diverse and vulnerable populations.

GNUR 327: Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care is essential to providing quality nursing care. This course is focused on the nurse as integral to the care of the whole person. Historical, theoretical and practical perspectives of providing spiritual care are discussed as well as the nursing process, cultural considerations, therapeutic use of self, and most frequently used nursing interventions related to spiritual care.

GNUR 338A: Physical Assessment for R.N.s

This course offers an experience through didactic material and simulated clinical practice to develop the skill of the registered nurse for a comprehensive health and physical assessment. The acquired skills will be integrated into the nursing process. At the conclusion of this course, the registered nurse should have the knowledge to obtain and record a complete patient database, to identify nursing and medical problems for patient care plan development, and use evidence-based approaches to facilitate communication, quality and safety.

GNUR 360: Nursing Research: For Evidence-based Practice
This course provides basic knowledge regarding the research process and the importance of evidence-based nursing practices.  Students learn to analyze how evidence is generated to make clinical judgments that inform practice in a variety of settings.

GNUR 361: Nursing Ethics
This course offers students, as future health care professionals and as health care recipients, opportunities to think philosophically, demonstrate ethical awareness, do ethical reflection, and apply ethical principles in decision-making. Students examine personal, professional, institutional, and societal values as they develop their ethics knowledge base. They identify and examine significant philosophical approaches to moral reasoning and engage in the process of ethical decision making about dilemmas encountered in health care settings. Students become increasingly aware of the linkages between philosophical views, ethics and practice. They are challenged to identify and reflect on the underlying philosophical assumptions and implications of their choices and to appreciate nursing as an ethical practice. Students will recognize the personal and interpersonal tensions inherent in the delivery of health care to individuals with conflicting views.Selected ethical issues in health care delivery are addressed and students are encouraged to discuss ethical issues encountered in the clinical setting. A special emphasis is placed on justice and healthcare issues faced by members of diverse, vulnerable populations.

GNUR 383: Leadership for Professional Nursing Practice

This course prepares the student to provide leadership in the practice setting and profession. Personal identity and role as nurse leader is addressed from unit-based to organizational and policy environments. Principles of leadership are developed and applied in clinical settings. Legal, regulatory and professional standards related to nursing practice are presented.

THEO 190: Loyola's Mission: Ignatian Traditions

The course introduces students to Loyola's mission through theological reflection on the main themes of the Transformative Education mission-statement: spirituality and faith, interlinked human knowing, moral compass, civic and environmental responsibility. 


Admission to Loyola's Online BSN Program Has No Special Requirements

Loyola's Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing wants to make it easier for you to get your BSN degree. We have no special eligibility requirements for our online BSN programs and offer year-round admissions. In addition, we accept up to 66 transfer credits recognizing your previous academic achievements and award up to 25 credits for professional development.

Apply now. Want to ask questions or request an audit of your transfer credit?  Contact Shannon Yeager at syeager1@luc.edu, or call 312.915.8859. Register for more information. 

1) Institute of Medicine (2010). The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/The-Future-of-Nursing-Leading-Change-Advancing-Health.aspx