Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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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 and may complete an online application through the Office of Professional and Continuing Studies. A student who does not complete the admissions process prior to registration can enroll as a transient student for one semester by presenting the Registered Nurse license at registration. Upon admission to the university, all students must complete a criminal background check through certified background.com.

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

  • Courses leading to a BSN are available online.
  • Students may enter the B.S.N. program during any semester: Summer, Fall or Spring.
  • Nursing courses are offered in seven-week sessions. Students typically schedule one or two classes each session.
  • No clinical required; practicum projects 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.

Please contact the nursing office at 504-865-3250 if you have questions regarding the new curriculum.
 

Degree Requirements Hrs.
Lower Division Nursing Courses 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. 24
Upper Division Nursing Courses   27
NURS 364 Health Assessment 3
NURS 379 Nursing Leadership 3
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 and Patient Care Technology 3
NURS 486 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery Systems & Policy 3
NURS 468  Advanced Topics in Nursing Practice
Core/Adjunct Requirements 42
BIOL 210 Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIOL 211 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I 3
BIOL 280 Microbiology 3
BIOL 335 Nutrition (challenge/transfer) 3
SOCI 100 Intro to Sociology 3
PSYC 100 Intro to Psychology 3
PSYC 330 Developmental Psychology 3
COMP 122 English Composition 3
LIT 125 Literary Forms 3
PHIL 122 Intro. Philosophy 3
RELS 122 Intro Religious Studies 3
HOD 260 Elementary Statistics 3
HIST 122 or 124 World Civilization I or II 3
     
Core/Adjunct Electives 16
  Fine Arts Elective 3
  Literature Elective 3
  Philosophy Elective 3
  Religious Studies Elective 3
  Science Laboratory 1
  Social Science Elective 3
     
Core/Adjunct Electives 3
   Any humanities, social science, science  
Free Electives 9
     
Total Credit Hours 121

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Plan of Study

RN-BSN Course Sequence

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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 program. In the RN-to-MSN option students receive both the BSN degree and MSN degree.  Students in the BLEND/MSN Bridge program only receive a MSN degree.

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

BLEND Program (MSN Bridge)

An RN who has a non-nursing bachelor’s degree may enter Loyola’s MSN program without obtaining a BSN degree. The Blend program provides the RN the opportunity to enroll in the MSN 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 3 credit courses (NURS 482 & NURS 483) that serve as prerequisites to 700-level (graduate) nursing courses. Blend courses are delivered online. For more information on the Blend program, call the nursing office at 504-865-3250.  All RNs who enter the BLEND program must submit all documents to complete the application for admission to the MSN program. Students are then provisionally admitted to Loyola’s M.S.N. program. The term “provisional” is used because admission to the BLEND sequence does not guarantee admission to the M.S.N. HSCM program. To be eligible for entry into the M.S.N. program, BLEND students must complete the required undergraduate BLEND sequence with a minimum grade of B in each course and meet all other stated admission requirements.

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