Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


For RN-BSN students admitted prior to Fall 2020, please click here.

Program Requirements

The 120 hour curriculum consists of four separate areas: transfer credits, nursing courses, university Core requirements, and a Professional Nursing ePortfolio. RN to BSN students must complete a minimum of 33 credits online through Loyola.

Loyola's RN-to-BSN online program fast tracks your bachelor's degree.  It is specially designed to include previous education and current work experience.

Transfer Requirements:
Maximum total 66 credit hours
30 nursing credits
36 general education credits  

Nursing Course Requirements:
30 credit hours

CMAN 375: Community Health
GNUR 307: Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice
GNUR 338A: Health Assessment
GNUR 344: Quality and Safety
GNUR 356: Nursing Infomatics
GNUR 360: Nursing Research: For Evidence-based Practice
GNUR 361: Nursing Ethics
GNUR 363: Health Care Transitions
GNUR 383: Leadership for Professional Nursing Practice
GNUR 390: Integrative Clinical Practicum










University Core Requirements: 
3–24 credit hours
Requirements may be fulfilled by general education transfer credit.

Quantitative Knowledge, PSYC 304: Statistics
Loyola's Mission, THEO 190: Ignatian Traditions
Artistic Knowledge
Historical Knowledge
Literary Knowledge
Foundational Ethics

Professional Nursing Portfolio Requirement:
Maximum of 18 credit hours 
Students are required to earn credits through a Professional Nursing ePortfolio, up to 18 credits depending on professional accomplishments. If a student does not meet the needed credits from the ePortfolio, additional credits must be earned from Loyola courses. Elective or core courses may satisfy a portion of this requirement. Download information about the Professional Nursing Portfolio Requirement.

Program Plan Options

Full-time and part-time enrollment options are available to online RN to BSN students. Each course is 3 credit hours and taught over 6-8 weeks.

Full-Time Program Plan
Full-time students complete a total of 12 credit hours each semester and take 2 courses each session. The full-time program plan may be completed in a minimum of one academic year if all core courses transfer in at the time of admission. Download the Full-Time Program Plan.

Part-Time Program Plan
Part-time students complete a total of 6 credit hours each semester and take 1 course each session. The part-time program plan may be completed in a minimum of two academic years if all core courses transfer in at the time of admission. Download the Part-Time Program Plan.

The 2010 U.S. Department of Education Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies found that online students performed better than in a traditional face-to-face instruction, especially when the instruction was collaborative.

Our 100% online program is delivered by qualified and trained professionals. The carefully structured curriculum focuses on interactive learning for working professionals looking to further their careers in a shorter time.

If you have questions about the program, application requirements, or would like a transfer credit evaluation, contact Shannon Yeager at syeager1@luc.edu, or call 312.915.8859 to schedule a phone appointment.