Loyola’s MSN curriculum is structured to foster your spirit of independent inquiry. You will enhance your critical thinking and communication skills, as well as develop a mastery of key tools essential to practice in a dynamic health care environment.
Each course within the MSN curriculum builds on your existing skills and empowers you to provide effective and cost-efficient care to both individuals and populations. With three career-centered tracks to choose from, you can pursue the concentration that best aligns with your career goals and aspirations. Whether you want to advance into leadership within a health organization, potentially transition into an academic setting, or become a family nurse practitioner, Loyola’s online MSN program can help you get there.
MSN Concentration Courses
Visit the curriculum sections of our MSN concentration pages to learn more about courses for:
Family Nurse Practitioner
An MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner education will prepare you to provide comprehensive primary care to patients throughout the lifespan.
The MSN in Nursing Leadership (formerly Health Care Systems Management) will equip nursing professionals with the credentials and leadership capabilities to manage efficient health systems.
An MSN in Nurse Education will address the ever-growing problem of the country’s nurse educator shortage and prepare students to become the next generation of teachers.
RN-to-MSN Bridge (BLEND) option
Active RNs with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree may also pursue an MSN through our BLEND option—Bridge to Leadership Education in Nursing at a Distance. This unique program bridges your professional nursing experience with foundational knowledge of topics including population health and professional communication.
The MSN practicum consists of 180 clock hours in the nursing leadership and nurse educator tracks. The MSN-FNP track requires 720 practicum hours because it is a pre-licensure program. Each practicum experiences enables you to partner with a preceptor of your choice to gain the essential hands-on experience that leads to continue nursing success. With the support and guidance of your preceptor and faculty advisor, you will design and implement a unique, evidence-based experience pertinent to your concentration that will demonstrate your level of understanding of both theory and practice.
Prepare for Advanced Certification
Graduates of the online MSN program at Loyola will be eligible to sit for one or more of the following certification exams, depending on the selected career concentration:
- AANP or ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner Board
- Commission for Case Manager Certification Exam
- American Nurses Association Certification Exam in Nursing Executive, Advanced
- National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator Exam