Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Admission

We invite you to apply to any term (Fall, Spring, or Summer). Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Please review the general information, the program-specific information, and the deadlines  prior to submitting your application.

submit an application online

You must submit:

  • A Completed Application: We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611
     
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.
     
  • Current Illinois Nursing License: Students, including international students, must hold a current license from a U.S. state and be eligible for endorsement in Illinois. A license is not required for those who are not nurses and will take HSM and PICES courses.
     
  • Personal Statement: Your statement should be double-spaced and should respond to the following topics:

    1. Provide a statement describing how your work experiences and professional interests have prepared you to be successful in the certificate program to which you have applied.
    2. Discuss how completing the certificate program you have selected will help you meet your professional goals.
     
  • Application Fee: A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.


For all other programs, applicants must submit:

  • A Completed Application: We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611
     
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcripts must show an earned bachelor's degree in nursing and an earned master's degree in nursing. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.
     
  • Current Illinois Nursing License: Students, including international students, must hold a current license from a U.S. state and be eligible for endorsement in Illinois. A license is not required for those who are not nurses and will take HSM and PICES courses.
     
  • Personal Statement: Your statement should be double-spaced and should respond to the following topics:

    1. Provide a statement describing how your work experiences and professional interests have prepared you to be successful in the graduate program to which you have applied (i.e.: the specialty track such as FNP, Adult CNS, HSM).

    2. Discuss how completing the graduate program you have selected (i.e.: the specialty track such as FNP, Adult CNS, HSM) will help you meet your professional goals.

    3. If you are applying to a Nurse Practitioner program, describe how you see yourself working specifically in the advanced practice Nurse Practitioner role.

  • Application Fee: A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.
     
  • Special Note about Experience: If you are applying to a Nurse Practitioner program, the amount and types of RN experience that you have had weighs into the admission decision. If you are applying to the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program, preference is given to RN clinical work experience across the lifespan. If you are applying to the FNP with Emergency Nurse Subspecialty program, recent experience as a RN in the Emergency Department is required.  All FNP with Emergency Nurse Subspecialty students are required to obtain their CEN certification prior to the start of clinical.

    If you are applying to the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) program, recent experience as a RN in the ICU is required.  All Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) students are required to obtain CCRN certification prior to the start of clinical.

Applicants may be required to submit additional materials:

  • Language Test Requirement: An official TOEFL or IELTS score report is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. For the TOEFL, a score of at least 79 on the Internet-based or 550 on the written-based test is required. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required. Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; we must receive test scores directly from the testing service.

    This requirement is waived for those who have completed a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree program and those who are citizens of or have completed a bachelor's degree at a recognized institution at which the language of instruction is English in these countries: Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
     
  • Transcript Evaluation: Applicants who completed post-secondary education abroad are required to submit non-U.S. transcripts to Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for evaluation of credentials. The evaluation report must show that your non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree or a U.S. master's degree, contingent upon application requirements, to be considered for admission.

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), www.ece.org, 414.289.3400

    Educational Perspectives, www.edperspective.org312-421-9300

    Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), www.cgfns.org

    PhD candidates must submit an evaluation done by CFGNS.

    Please request a General Evaluation with Grade Average and have the official report sent to:
    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; we must receive the report directly. Applicants currently enrolled in a program should not request the evaluation until the last term of enrollment, or until after graduation. If an evaluation is requested prior to the last term of enrollment, the appropriate equivalency cannot be established or verified.

    For more information, please visit International Admission.

DNP, MSN, Certificate, and Post-Master’s Certificate application deadlines:

TermApplication DeadlineTerm Starts
Fall June 1 Late August
Fall May 1 (DNP) Late August
Spring November 15 Mid-January
Summer March 15 Late May

PhD application deadlines:

TermApplication DeadlineTerm Starts
Fall April 1 Late August

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.