Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Nurses are an essential part of the health-care team, providing care to both patients and families. Nurses are patient advocates, care coordinators, educators and resources to other health-care providers.
  • Nursing affords an opportunity to touch another person's life in a positive and meaningful way that few other professions experience. Nurses care for the human spirit.
  • Nurses are "knowledge workers" who use their arts and science knowledge to inform the assessment, analysis, planning, interventions and evaluation of patients and their families. According to the National Student Nurse's Association: "Nursing is both an art and a science. It blends a scientific mind, technological know-how, a compassionate heart and healing hands."
  • Hospital nursing is only one area where B.S.N.-prepared nurses practice. Other sites include home care, hospice, public health, military service, school, corporate, occupational health, pharmaceutical and insurance settings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing is one of the fastest-growing occupations.
  • Nursing exemplifies Loyola's commitment to care, concern, service, passion for quality, ethics and values, and respect for the whole person.
  • Nurses work all across the health-care continuum, from promoting wellness and disease prevention, to caring for those with terminal diseases. 

The B.S.N. offers the broad-based liberal arts and science background as well as conceptual understanding of health, illness and the role of nurses. The B.S.N. also includes leadership, management and community health nursing concepts, theory and experiences. The B.S.N. offers more career and practice options. A B.S.N. is required for entry into a master's or doctoral program in nursing.

Students are offered clinical experience at the following locations: Foster G. McGraw Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center, Evanston Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Hines VA Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Children's Memorial Hospital, Rush North Shore Hospital, MacNeal Hospital, Loyola University Nursing Center, Chicago Department of Health clinics, selected long-term care clinics, school settings, psychiatric settings, senior citizen centers and the Loyola University Mulcahy Outpatient Center.

Classes are currently held at the Lake Shore Campus

Students attend clinical rotations in a variety of settings including but not limited to Loyola University Health System, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Evanston Hospital, Rush North Shore Medical Center, Children's Memorial Hospital, Hines VA Hospital, and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

The overall NCLEX pass rate is 97%.

After graduating, students must successfully complete the NCLEX licensure exam to become a Registered Nurse.

The undergraduate program is a general bachelor's degree. Students are responsible for all facets of nursing. Specialization occurs at the graduate degree level. More information on graduate specialties can be found on the Degree/Certificate Programs page.

The nursing program does not require CNA licensure. Upon completion of GNUR 208 L during the sophomore year, students are able to work in hospitals as their skills are comparable to that of a CNA.

Spaces are available to admit 100 freshman students.

Admission is based on G.P.A, class rank, ACT scores, and science scores. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information on admission criteria.

Loyola's nursing program is a direct entry program where students begin as freshman nursing students. Students must indicate nursing on their application to the University. Once admitted, students are admitted to the School of Nursing.

Yes, nursing students are able to study abroad.  Studying abroad may require additional time to complete the nursing requirements.