Loyola University New Orleans Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Advance Your Nursing Career to the Next Level.

Applications for the RN to BSN and RN to MSN programs are not being accepted at this time.

Loyola’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program provides advancement for associate degree and diploma graduates who are registered nurses (RNs) licensed to practice in the United States. This RN to BSN track provides the opportunity for registered nurses to enhance their success in the health care environment and to advance their career to the next level. Students can choose from two available tracks:

  • RN-BSN: The RN to BSN track provides students with a broad base of liberal studies in the Jesuit tradition in order to enhance understanding of self, others, and the world in which we live, in addition to a working knowledge of concepts essential to contemporary professional nursing practice.
  • RN-MSN Track: The RN to MSN option is available to qualified students who plan to pursue a graduate degree at Loyola in the Health Care Systems Management program. In the RN to MSN option students receive both the BSN degree and MSN degree.

RN to BSN Overview

A minimum of 121 semester credit hours is required for the Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) 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 credits hours must be completed from the Loyola University New Orleans curriculum.  

Courses Leading to a BSN are Available Online.

A leader in distance education, Loyola understands a busy schedule. The online nursing courses are asynchronous and ideal for students who have busy schedules and need a program that can be flexible.

Students may enter the BSN program during any semester: Summer, Fall or Spring. Nursing courses are offered in sixteen week and/or seven-week sessions. When a course is taught in a seven-week session, students typically schedule one or two classes each session.  Additional program features include:

  • Practicum requirements are compatible with busy work and home life.
  • Non-nursing courses are offered online through Loyola or through a specific consortium of universities.
  • User-friendly transfer policies for nursing and non-nursing courses, which allows course substitution whenever possible.
  • A deferral plan is available for those participating in an employer reimbursement program.

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If you have any questions about the program, please call the nursing office at (504) 865-3250.

RN to MSN Overview

The RN to MSN option is available to qualified students who plan to pursue a graduate degree at Loyola in the Health Care Systems Management (HCSM) program. RN to MSN students who complete the HCSM program will receive both the BSN degree and MSN degree. The RN to MSN option allows students to substitute two MSN graduate-level nursing courses (6 semester credit hours) for lower level BSN undergraduate nursing courses.

Save Time and Money with an RN to BSN to MSN.

The benefit to the student is that 6 semester hours of MSN graduate course work are applied to the BSN degree, leaving fewer hours left to complete the MSN degree. Students who take graduate (700-level) nursing courses, while completing BSN curriculum requirements, pay graduate tuition for the 700-level courses.

Upon entry into the nursing program, students are asked to declare an intention to pursue either the BSN degree or the RN to MSN option.

For more information on admission requirements for the RN to MSN option, click here

If you have any questions about the program, please call the nursing office at (504) 865-3250.

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