School of Nursing

DIRECTOR: Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., MPH, RN, OFFICE: 205 Stallings Hall
PROFESSORS: Ann H. Cary, Patricia Lane, Gail Tumulty
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR: Barbara A. Bihm, Cynthia Collins, Debra  Copeland, Laurie Anne Ferguson, Michael T. Landry, Heidi T. Landry, Mary D. Oriol, Jane Savage 
ASSISTANT PROFESSORS: Beverly A. Anderson, Adrienne Bethancourt, Kim B. Brannagan, Gwendolyn George, Lisa J. Linville, Martiza Salgado
INSTRUCTOR: Mary C. Foley
WEB PAGE: css.loyno.edu/nursing/

Mission Statement for the School of Nursing

The mission of the School of Nursing is to educate professional nurses based on Jesuit values who lead change and translate science into practice in a dynamic global health care environment. Our vision is a world where every nurse is a leader.

The School of Nursing sponsors the following degrees: BSN, MSN and Doctor of Nursing Practice. 

Accreditation

Loyola’s bachelor of science in nursing and master of science in nursing degree programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) through spring 2015. To contact the NLNAC, use the following information. Address: 3343 Peachtree NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326; Phone: (404) 975-5000

RN-to-BSN Program

Mission Statement for the RN to BSN 

The primary mission of the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Program of Loyola University is to enhance the RN-BSN students' abilities to act as nurse generalists who possess professional competencies to provide and coordinate client care in a variety of settings. The curriculum is designed to achieve this end. Through upper division nursing studies, the curriculum offers the opportunity for high quality professional nursing education within the multidisciplinary context of Jesuit university education.

Loyola University’s School of Nursing is an innovative upper division professional nursing program designed to meet the needs of registered nurses who wish to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree.  The program prepares the graduate for expanded professional roles and for graduate study.  The B.S.N. program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) through Spring 2015 and is available both in New Orleans and through Loyola’s Distance Learning Program (DLP).  The NLNAC may be contacted by writing to: 3343 Peachtree, NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326 or by calling (404) 975-5000.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be admitted into the nursing program, a student must be a registered nurse with a current license to practice in the United States. The student must complete the regular university admissions process. A student who does not complete the admissions process prior to registration can enroll as a transient student for one semester by presenting the R.N. license at registration. Sixty days prior to enrollment, the student it required to apply for a certified background review at their own expense, by a provider designated by Loyola University New Orleans, with results provided to Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing, Attention: Lisa Williams. Information on this process will be provided upon acceptance of an admission offer. 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of 121 semester credit hours is required for the B.S.N. degree. No lower division nursing courses are taught at Loyola. Credit for lower division nursing (i.e., adult health, parent-child health, mental health) is awarded by validation of transfer credit for associate degree graduates or validation of advanced placement credit for diploma nursing school graduates. The last 30 credit hours must be completed at Loyola University New Orleans.

R.N.-to-M.S.N. Option

An R.N.-to-M.S.N. option is available to qualified students who plan to pursue a graduate degree at Loyola in the Health Care Systems Management Program. This option allows qualified applicants to substitute several M.S.N. graduate-level nursing courses for similar, but lower-level, B.S.N. undergraduate nursing courses. The benefit to the student is that 6 semester hours of M.S.N. coursework are applied to the B.S.N. degree, leaving fewer semester hours remaining to complete the M.S.N. degree. The R.N.-to-M.S.N. options are described more fully in Loyola’s Graduate Bulletin.

BLEND Program (M.S.N Bridge)

An RN who has a non-nursing bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university may enter Loyola's MSN program without obtaining a BSN degree. The BLEND program provides the RN the opportunity to enroll in the M.S.N. Health Care Systems Management (HCSM) program. To be admitted to the M.S.N. program, the RN must complete Loyola's BLEND program which is comprised of two, three-credit courses (NURS 482 & NURS 483) that serve as prerequisites to 700- level nursing courses. BLEND courses are delivered in distance learning format. Students in the Blend program do not receive a BSN. Blend students are awarded an MSN degree upon completion of the MSN Bridge Course requirements. 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE–NURSING

Major (50 credit hours)  
Cr. Hrs.
Lower Division Nursing Courses (see previous page)
24
NURS 364 Health Assessment
3
NURS 379 Nursing Leadership & Promotion of Quality Care and Patient Safety
4
NURS 384 Spirituality in Health and Illness
3
NURS 452 Nursing Research and Evidenced-based Practice
3
NURS 482 Issues in Professional Nursing
3
NURS 483 Population Health
3
NURS 485 Information Management & Patient Care Technology
3
NURS 486 Introduction to Health Care Delivery Systems & Policy
 3

NURS 468                                                      Advanced Topics in Nursing

Required Core and Adjunct Courses (42 credit hours)

BIOL C210, C211 Anatomy and Physiology
6
CHEM C105 General Chemistry I Lecture
3
BIOL C280 Microbiology
3
BIOL C335 Basic Nutrition
3
HOD C260 Elementary Statistics
3
PSYC C330 Developmental Psychology
3
PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology
3
SOCI A100 Introduction to Sociology
3
ENGL T122 Critical Reading/Writing
3
ENGL T125 The Emerging Self
3
PHIL T122 Introduction to Philosophy
3
RELS T122 Intro to World Religions
3
HIST T122 World Civilizations to 1650
3
or HIST T124 World Civilizations from 1650  
Elective Core and Adjunct Courses (16 credit hours)
 
Fine Arts  
3
Literature  
3
Philosophy  
3
Religious Studies  
3
Science Laboratory  
1
Liberal Studies  
3
Social Science  
3
Free Electives  
9
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS  
121

View Nursing Course Descriptions

(View College of Social Sciences Common Curriculum Requirements.)