Loyola University New Orleans, a Jesuit and Catholic institution of higher education, welcomes students of diverse backgrounds and prepares them to lead meaningful lives with and for others; to pursue truth, wisdom, and virtue; and to work for a more just world. Inspired by Saint Ignatius of Loyola's vision of finding God in all things, the university is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, while also offering opportunities for professional studies in undergraduate and selected graduate programs. Through teaching, research, creative activities, and service, the faculty, in cooperation with the staff, strives to educate the whole student and to benefit the larger community.
Leader in Distance Learning
Loyola is well known for its success in the education of adult non-traditional learners. The University first began providing distance education in 1983 through the Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension Program (LIMEX). Then in the fall of 1990, the Department of Nursing initiated the Off-Campus Learning Program (OCLP) to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at a number of hospital sites throughout Louisiana. In the summer of 2004, a completely online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program and an RN to MSN Bridge was launched with a focus on Health Care Systems Management (now known as Nursing Leadership). In 2010, the School of Nursing started the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program offered in an online format. Most recently, the school launched an entire suite of nursing programs, including:
- Traditional RN-to-MSN
- MSN – Nurse Educator
- MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
- MSN – Nursing Leadership (formerly Health Care Systems Management)
- Post-baccalaureate to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner
- Post-master's to DNP – Executive Leader
- Post-master's to DNP – Nurse Practitioner
Loyola has a well-prepared and diverse faculty to implement a curriculum that includes content to help prepare nurse leaders to serve a wide variety of populations and communities. Courses are taught by full-time faculty, with 89% holding doctoral or equivalent degrees in their areas of expertise. Professors have been recognized nationally and internationally by the Pulitzer Committee, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by numerous other professional and scholarly associations.
Online Degree Benefits:
- Targeted curriculum designed and led by experienced faculty.
- CCNE-accredited coursework conveniently available via any internet-accessible computer.
- No need to be online at specific times or days.
- Reliable tech support from a team of knowledgeable professionals.
- Frequent contact with professors through online discussion boards.
- Virtual bookstore in which high-quality new and used textbooks can be ordered online and delivered directly to your home.
- Online orientation provided for new online learners.
Why Earn Your Advanced Degree in Nursing at Loyola University New Orleans?
- Loyola is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and its nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
- The School of Nursing was ranked among the Best Graduate Schools of Nursing in the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools edition since 2012.
- Loyola is well known for its success in educating adult, non-traditional learners and has one of the most established online programs for educating RNs.
- Loyola's flexible online course format is designed to fit in with your lifestyle and schedule.
- The online program delivers high-quality education with no more than one visit to campus per year, if any, are required.
- The MSN and DNP curricula prepare you for certifications upon completion of the program.
- Loyola has an outstanding, talented faculty, most of whom hold doctoral degrees.
- Loyola provides online access to one of the best academic libraries in the country.
- Tuition at Loyola University New Orleans is competitively priced.
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