Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Accelerated BSN

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is the oldest baccalaureate program in the State of Illinois, admitting its first BSN class in 1935.  The program has since expanded to include a range of educational options including BA, MA, PhD degrees.   

The undergraduate program educates and graduates competent and caring nursing professionals. The academic program teaches the skills required for nursing and helps students develop the abilities to think critically, to analyze complex situations, to make sound clinical decisions and to deliver safe nursing care. Beginning Fall 2012, the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will be located at Loyola's Maywood Campus. 

Accelerated Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (ABSN)

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program accepts students who hold non-nursing bachelor’s degrees. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all college work completed and 37 hours of prerequisite coursework are required for application to this program. The sequence of courses in nursing is offered in a 16 months, full-time day program.

The nursing portion of the program is identical to the traditional BSN, only compressed. Students in the BSN program have the same quality faculty and experiences as other students in the School of Nursing. However, the core requirements and prerequisites are slightly different.

Clinical Simulation Learning Laboratory

The Clinical Simulation Learning Laboratory (CSLL) gives students the opportunity to learn basic clinical skills in a comfortable, non-threatening environment prior to entering patient care settings. Faculty and experienced laboratory instructors use state-of-the-art video and computer teaching tools to assist in developing nursing knowledge.

Clinical Rotations

With the solid foundation of theory and clinical skills learned in the classroom and the CSLL, students complete eight clinical rotations in a variety of settings that include:

  • Loyola University Health System, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Rush North Shore Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Mac Neal Health Network, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
  • Selected long-term care facilities and senior centers.
  • School-based health centers such as Proviso East High School.
  • Psychiatric settings and other medical facilities.

ABSN students begin clinical rotations during the second semester of the program, either in the morning or the evening.  Morning clinical rotations occur from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and evening clinical rotations occur from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Please note that clinical scheduling information is typical but is subject to change.

Professional Role Development (PRD)

Clinical Role Transition is the final clinical rotation and is considered to be the capstone course of the program.  CRT provides an intensive clinical experience with students assuming the role of a beginning nurse under the guidance of a professional mentor. Professional Role Development is the final course of the program. 

Clinical Assignments

Clinical placements are assigned by the School of Nursing at random.  Each student will receive a clinical placement/s based on their current theory course.  Clinical groups are fluid and often change from semester to semester.  Students should not expect to remain in the same clinical group.

Clinical Transportation

Students are responsible for transportation to and from clinical sites.

Course Scheduling and Registration

The sequence of courses in nursing is offered in a full-time day program.  Course scheduling depends on many factors and is subject to change.  Theory courses are scheduled during the week and are offered at the Medical Center Campus located in Maywood, Illinois. 

NCLEX Exam/Preparation

Kaplan Testing

Undergraduate nursing students are required to take standardized tests to help prepare for computer-based tests, such as the NCLEX.  Students begin taking Kaplan testing during the first semester and continue throughout the duration of the program. Each test covers a relevant content area learned in the undergraduate curriculum. 


After completing the ABSN program, students are eligible to complete the NCLEX examination to obtain the RN license.  

To learn more about the ABSN program, complete this online profile.