Online courses are 7 weeks in the spring and fall terms and 6 weeks in length in the summer. Students can graduate in two years by taking one course at a time. Each course is comprised of asynchronous online discussion forums and written assignments. There are no set class hours so students have the freedom to complete the discussion postings and assignments around their work schedule. Students are primarily evaluated on individual writing assignments and participation in online discussions.
How flexible are the professors when it comes to family, full-time jobs, and other responsibilities outside of school?
As a Jesuit institution, Loyola University New Orleans follows the principles of Ignatian pedagogy (care for the individual). What this means for you as a student is that the online course format is designed for professionals with hectic work schedules and busy lives filled with multiple responsibilities.
How do I find time for the HCSM Practicum and how can I use the Practicum to jump start some of my career goals?
Students have the autonomy to select where they complete their Practicum. Upon approval of the faculty, the Practicum prepares students for advancement within their intended career path in Nursing. With the help of your Faculty Advisor and Preceptor, you can create a schedule to complete the Practicum hours over a two semester sequence, in a way that fits in with your work schedule.
What doors will this degree open?
The Health Care Systems Management curriculum prepares students for advanced leadership roles in management and administration. An example of the titles held by our students and graduates include: Director of Nursing, Nurse Manager, Director of Clinical Services, Chief Nursing Officer, Case Manager and Nurse Educator. Graduates can also use their MSN credential to teach at the collegiate level.