Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Mission & Goals

Educational Mission Statement

The mission of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON) is to prepare baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral level nurses, professional dietitians, and health system managers who enhance the health of persons within communities and the larger global environment.  The MNSON is an integral part of “Chicago’s Jesuit, Catholic University--a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith.”  In concert with the Jesuit Catholic educational mission of the university, the MNSON stresses excellence in teaching, research, service, and practice.

DNP Program Goals

Faculty and administrators are engaged in a collaborative effort to educate healthcare professionals who contribute to the well-being of society.  The goal of the DNP program is to prepare nurses with the highest level of knowledge and skill for providing innovative leadership to the profession and for ensuring high quality health care across all settings through the dissemination of evidence-based practice initiatives to patients, families, communities and populations.

DNP Program Outcomes

At the completion of the DNP program at Loyola University Chicago, the graduate has the knowledge and skills to:

  • Demonstrate advanced levels of ethical and moral judgment and decision-making within a Jesuit Catholic tradition.
  • Demonstrate expertise, advanced knowledge and mastery in an area of specialized nursing practice.
  • Integrate trans-disciplinary science to develop, deliver and evaluate care at the highest level of nursing practice.
  • Provide leadership in system-based care delivery models and approaches designed to eliminate health disparities and promote patient safety and excellence in nursing practice.
  • Provide leadership for evidence-based practice for the dissemination and integration of new knowledge.
  • Assume a leadership role in the evaluation, development and implementation of health policy.
  • Engage in leadership activities through intra and inter- professional collaboration.
  • Integrate clinical prevention science into “health of the public”-focused health care.