Nursing

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing, provides nursing education grounded in Jesuit values to graduate nurses who lead change and translate science into practice in a dynamic global health care environment. Since 1979 the School of Nursing faculty and staff have been preparing students for their critical leadership role in the healthcare industry. The School of Nursing offers an undergraduate program with 3 entry pathways and one undergraduate certificate. For more information about the School of Nursing, faculty and staff, and opportunities for students, please visit the School of Nursing website.

 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Nursing offers a Pre-Licensure Registered Nurse Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program and two undergraduate versions of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for already licensed RNs. The first is the standard program for undergraduate students. The second version of the undergraduate BSN is designed for students who are already RN's and plan to immediately apply for a Master of Science in Nursing after their undergraduate program is complete, and includes some graduate-level coursework to help facilitate the student's progression.

RN-BSN & RN-MSN Admission Requirements To be admitted into the RN-BSN and RN-MSN nursing programs, a student must be a registered nurse with an unencumbered, current license to practice in the United States.

 

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Pre-Licensure Registered Nurse (GNUR)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Pre-Licensure Registered Nurse (RN) is an on-ground 120 semester credit hour academic program. This BSN program leads to licensure as an RN. Students will complete the first year of enrollment in Pre-Nursing, with modified Loyola Core requirements, Nursing major requirements, and adjunct courses in sciences. Admission to Nursing major courses requires a Pre-Nursing first-year Loyola GPA of 3.0, which includes a grade of C or better in the science prerequisite courses. Beginning in the second academic year a grade of C (77%) or better is required in all nursing courses, a C or better in all non-Loyola Core courses, a 2.5 GPA in major coursework, and a Loyola cumulative 2.5 GPA.

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Modified Loyola Core: 39 crs
    • Nursing major: 69 crs
    • Adjunct - Sciences: 12 crs
    • Students begin in Pre-Nursing courses before enrolling in Nursing 
       
  • Pre-Nursing Year (PREN) 
    Students pursuing the Pre-Licensure Registered Nurse Bachelor of Science in Nursing begin their studies with a year of preparation in the Pre-Nursing courses and receive advising from Loyola’s Academic Advisor. Pre-Nursing students must complete all adjunct science courses with a grade of C or higher.  These courses will be taken alongside Loyola Core courses as assigned in consultation with the BSN Program Director and/or Academic Advisor. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to move into the Nursing major courses. Students begin in Pre-Nursing courses outlined below.
    • Fall Semester  
      • BIOL A110 & BIOL A111 Anatomy & Physiology I Lecture & Lab
      • CHEM A102 Introduction to Organic & Biological Chemistry
      • PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology
      • NURS T121 Introduction to Healthcare (counts for First-Year Seminar)
      • Additional courses will be recommended by your advisor, but not required to enter nursing major courses.
    • Spring Semester 
      • BIOL A112 & BIOL A113 Anatomy & Physiology II Lecture & Lab
      • BIOL A114 & BIOL A115 Microbiology Lecture & Lab
      • PSYC A230 Developmental Psychology
      • Additional courses will be recommended by your advisor, but not required to enter nursing major courses.
    • Detailed information about the Pre-Nursing program is outlined in the Bulletin in the Interdisciplinary section of the College of Arts & Sciences. 

 

  • Loyola Core. All Pre-Licensure Registered Nurse BSN students complete a modified Loyola Core with 39 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundations - First-Year Seminar is satisfied by NURS T121 Introduction to Healthcare 
    • Foundations - Mathematics is satisfied by MATH A110 College Algebra or higher MATH, or can be exempted through exam scores: 
      • ACT Math - 29 or above
      • SAT Math - 690 or above
      • ALEKS Math placement score - 76 or above
    • Investigating Nature requirement is satisfies with BIOL A110 Anatomy & Physiology I which must be completed with a grade of C or better. 
    • Natural Science requirement is satisfied with BIOL A112 Anatomy & Physiology II which must be completed with a grade of C or better. 
    • Philosophy II requirement is satisfied by PHIL W234 Medical Ethics
    • Social Science requirement is satisfied by PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology with a grade of C or better. 
    • Students will complete only one of the following Loyola Core requirements for 3 crs. If granted an exemption from Mathematics requirement, both courses for 6 crs are required.
      • History II
      • Religious Studies - World Religions
         
  • Nursing Major. Complete 69 crs of Nursing major courses. All Nursing major courses must be completed with a grade of C (77%) or better. Requirements include:
    • NURS G200 Foundations of Nursing Practice I Theory/Lab/Practicum (5 crs)
    • NURS G201 Foundations of Nursing Practice II Theory/Lab/Practicum (5 crs)
    • NURS G230 Pathophysiology 
    • NURS G350 Pharmacology
    • NURS G355 Genetics and Genomics
    • NURS G363 Adult Health I Theory/Practicum (6 crs) 
    • NURS G372 Child Health Theory/Practicum (5 crs) 
    • NURS G374 Women’s Health Theory/Practicum (5 crs) 
    • NURS G379 Nursing Leadership: Quality and Patient Safety
    • NURS G430 Mental Health Theory/Practicum (5 crs) 
    • NURS G452 Nursing and Evidence-Based Practice
    • NURS G454 Statistics
    • NURS G460 Nutrition 
    • NURS G463 Adult Health II Theory/Practicum (6 crs)
    • NURS G482 Issues in Professional Nursing 
    • NURS G483 Population Health Theory/Practicum (5 crs)
    • NURS G485 Information Management/Patient Technology
  • Adjunct courses - Sciences and Social Sciences. Students complete the following courses for 12 crs, which must be completed with a grade of C or better: 
    • BIOL A114 Microbiology for Nursing
    • BIOL A115 Microbiology Lab for Nursing (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A110 Anatomy & Physiology I (Fulfills Investigating Nature Science requirement in the Loyola Core)
    • BIOL A111 Anatomy & Physiology Lab I (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A112 Anatomy & Physiology II (Fulfills Natural Science in Context requirement in the Loyola Core)
    • BIOL A113 Anatomy & Physiology Lab II (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A102 Introduction to Organic & Biochemistry 
    • PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology (Fulfills Social Science requirement in the Loyola Core)
    • PSYC A230 Developmental Psychology

     

    (Loyola Core Requirements modification course numbers updated in text above to accurately reflect requirements as of June 14, 2022.)

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    RN - MSN Program

    The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - RN-MSN is a 120 semester credit hour academic program that prepares students to move directly into the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program upon completion of the BSN. In this curriculum, the undergraduate nursing research course and undergraduate information management course are replaced with a master’s-level research course and master’s-level informatics course. Upon completion of the BSN degree, the student can apply to the MSN program having already completed two of the required MSN courses. Students receive 24 credit hours of transfer credit for their diploma or Associate's Degree in Nursing after transcript review. Students will complete modified Loyola Core requirements, Nursing major requirements, adjunct courses in sciences, and general electives.  Completion of this academic program requires a a 2.5 GPA in major coursework and a Loyola cumulative 2.5 GPA.. A 3.0 GPA in major coursework, and a Loyola cumulative 3.0 GPA is required to be considered for admission to the MSN following completion of the BSN.

    • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
      • Modified Loyola Core: 30 crs
      • Nursing major: 51 crs
      • Adjunct - Sciences: 23 crs
      • General Electives: 16 crs
         
    • Loyola Core. All RN-MSN students complete a modified Loyola Core with 30 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
      • Foundations - First-Year Seminar is waived 
      • Foundations - Science course must be BIOL A314 Anatomy & Physiology I 
      • History II requirement is waived 
      • Natural Science requirement is completed in the adjunct curriculum 
      • Students will complete only one of the following requirements for 3 crs:
        • Philosophy II
        • Religious Studies - World Religions
           
    • Nursing Major. Lower Division Nursing credits are satisfied with transfer credits from the student’s ADN, or Diploma Program for 24 crs. Upper Division Nursing credits are satisfied at Loyola. Complete the following courses for 27 crs:
      • NURS G364 Health Assessment
      • NURS G379 Nursing Leadership & Promotion of Quality Care
      • NURS G384 Spirituality in Health & Illness
      • NURS G468 Advanced Topics in Nursing Practice
      • NURS G482 Issues in Professional Nursing
      • NURS G483 Population Health 
      • NURS G486 Intro to Health Care Delivery
      • NURS G711 Informatics
      • NURS G835 Advanced Research Methods (Statistics is a Prerequisite)  
         
    • Adjunct courses - Sciences. Students complete the following courses for 23 crs: 
      • CHEM A102 Introduction to Organic & Biochemistry
      • PSYC A100 General Psychology
      • PSYC A230 Developmental Psychology
      • BIOL A114 Microbiology for Nursing
      • BIOL A115 Microbiology Lab for Nursing (1 cr) 
      • BIOL A315 Anatomy & Physiology Lab I (1 cr) 
      • BIOL A316 Anatomy & Physiology II
      • BIOL A317 Anatomy & Physiology Lab II (1 cr) 
      • NURS G454 Introduction to Statistics
      • NURS G460 Nutrition & Health Care 

     

    • General Electives. BSN students are required to complete 16 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.
       
    • RN-MSN Degree Program Course Listing (DPCL). The DPCL serves as a helpful checklist of requirements for each program. Use this form in consultation with your advisor to plan your schedule.

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    Academic Regulations & Policies for Undergraduate Nursing Programs

    School of Nursing undergraduate programs follow university-wide Academic Regulations as set forth in the University Bulletin, with the following program-specific addendums: 

    School of Nursing undergraduate programs follow university-wide Academic Regulations as set forth in the University Bulletin, with the following general and program-specific requirements

    Admissions Requirements for Undergraduate Nursing 

    1. A completed application to the program
    2. Background Check and Drug Screen
    3. CPR certification
    4. Health Insurance Coverage
    5. Immunizations
    6. Physical Exam

    Background Check and Drug Screen

    Upon admission to the program and within at least 60 days of enrollment, all students regardless of program of study are required to apply for a certified background review, and drug screen/test at their own expense, as directed by invitation from a third-party vendor contracted by the School of Nursing. The background check includes criminal, residency, fraud and abuse, and sexual offender check. All results are reported to Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing.

    CPR Certification

    Prior to the second year in the School of Nursing, students must provide proof of successful completion of a Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Provider course (must be in accordance with American Heart Association or American Red Cross guidelines).

    An educational transcript from an approved health care employer showing the date of CPR training is sufficient evidence of course completion. CPR certification must be renewed every two years and documentation of current certification must be provided bi-annually.

    Immunization Requirements

    Prior to the second year in the School of Nursing, documentation of immunization status is required in order to comply with Louisiana Revised Statute 17:170, which sets forth the requirements for immunization and health clearance for schools, including colleges. In addition to the SON requirements, some practicum sites may have additional requirements that students must comply with.

    Documentation of immunization series or positive immune titer are required for the following:

    • Hepatitis B
    • Influenza (annually)
    • Measles 
    • Mumps
    • Rubella
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    • Polio
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis
    • Tuberculosis skin test or risk assessment as per CDC and practicum site guidelines
    • COVID-19 – as per CDC guidelines

    Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis B immunity must be documented by records of three hepatitis B immunizations and a positive hepatitis antibody titer report. The recommended hepatitis B series is three injections, the second being given one month after the first, and the third being given six months after the first. The hepatitis B antibody titer should be drawn 1-5 months after the series is completed but may be drawn at any interval following the completion of the series. Positive titer results at any time are believed to infer lifelong immunity, even if later titers report negative results.

    Students who do not have documented immunity to hepatitis B must have received the first two of three hepatitis immunizations in the first series in order to enroll. The student must continue to provide documentation that the remaining immunizations are being received at the designated intervals in order to continue in clinical courses. If at the end of the series of three immunizations, the student’s titer does not demonstrate immunity to hepatitis B, the series and titer must be repeated. If the titer again does not show immunity, the student will be counseled about lack of immunity and asked to sign a statement acknowledging responsibility for practicing in health care without hepatitis B immunity. Students must inform their clinical preceptor at the facility if this form is signed by the student.  In some circumstances, students may be granted a waiver of the hepatitis B immunity requirement after the first series if they have been counseled about the health risks and have signed a statement of responsibility.

    Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, Poliomyelitis

    Immunity can be documented by:

    • Records of immunizations 
    • Positive results of antibody titers

    Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis

    Tetanus protection is demonstrated by documentation of a tetanus immunization within the previous 10 years. Adults, especially health care workers, should receive at least one Tdap vaccine, followed by Td or Tdap boosters every 10 years.

    Tuberculosis

    Students are required to provide evidence of a two-step tuberculosis (TB) skin test unless the student can present documentation of negative  test dated 2019 or later.  Then a student will complete an annual CDC TB risk assessment form. If TB testing is positive or contraindicated for any reason, clearance must be obtained from a licensed healthcare provider.

    Physical Exam Requirements

    Prior to the student’s start date of the program, documentation must be submitted to the SON verifying that the student has had a complete physical exam conducted within the past 12 months by a licensed healthcare provider and is free of any condition that would prevent them from participating in practicum experiences in nursing courses through Loyola University New Orleans.  

    Minimum Acceptable Grade

    The minimum acceptable grade in an undergraduate course taken at Loyola University New Orleans is a C (77). Undergraduate nursing students must maintain a cumulative Loyola GPA of 2.5 or above. If their cumulative Loyola GPA falls below a 2.5, they will be placed on academic probation with the following conditions: 

    • They will have up to 3 semesters to bring their cumulative Loyola GPA up to 2.5. 
    • Students must achieve a cumulative term GPA of at least 2.5 while on academic probation. 
    • Students who do not remove the academic probation in the allotted timeframe will be dismissed from the program. Refer to the Student Handbook for policies related to progression and dismissal.

    Length of Time to Complete the Program 

    Undergraduate students must complete all coursework within 6 years of initial enrollment. Students who find it necessary to drop out of school for a period of time must request a formal leave of absence and complete the relevant paperwork. An approved Leave of Absence form guarantees the student the right to return to the program within one year, after which the formal leave expires. The approved Leave of Absence for one year is included in the 6-year requirement. The student will work with the Academic Advisor and/or Program Director to develop an alternate plan of study to accommodate the curriculum in effect at the time of reentry. Undergraduate nursing courses will “time-out” after 6 years and will need to be retaken


    Nursing Student Handbook

    All enrolled nursing students will be held to the applicable policies in the Nursing Student Handbook

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    Accreditation

    The bachelor’s degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Loyola University New Orleans are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

    Additionally, the Pre-Licensure BSN, MSN-FNP and DNP programs are approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, 17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810, 225

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