How long will it take me to complete the online RN-to-BSN program?
Once all support courses are complete, it is possible to complete the BSN in one year. Of the 120 credit hours required, you make transfer up to 90 credit hours, including up to 64 credit hours from your ASN or Diploma degree.
Will I ever be required to travel to the Loyola New Orleans campus?
No. All coursework is completed entirely online.
How will my career options improve by obtaining a BSN?
You can read more about career options for those holding a BSN degree on the BSN Career Outlook page.
How do I apply for financial aid?
Visit the tuition and financial aid page to learn more regarding tuition, including financial aid and scholarship opportunities, as well as detailed information regarding the Employer Tuition Reimbursement policy.
I hold an associate’s degree in nursing and a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. Should I apply to this program?
No, an even better choice for applicants with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree is the RN to MSN Bridge option. Visit this page to learn more about the two-course option that qualifies you for entry into the MSN program without requiring a BSN.
I AM AN RN WITH AN ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE IN NURSING, BUT I DO NOT HAVE A BACHELOR’S DEGREE. ULTIMATELY, I WANT TO EARN MY MSN. SHOULD I APPLY TO THIS PROGRAM?
For RNs in your situation, you have two options. You can apply to the BSN program and come back once you’ve completed your BSN to apply to one of our three MSN programs.
Another option would be to apply to the RN to MSN option. Loyola’s RN-MSN curriculum is composed of undergraduate general education, undergraduate nursing, and graduate nursing coursework that leads to the conferral of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The BSN degree is a total of 120 hours (114 undergraduate and 6 graduate credits), but you may transfer up to 64 credit hours from a 2-year institution and up to 90 total credit hours. You then move directly into the remainder of graduate-level coursework in your intended MSN specialization (Family Nurse Practitioner – 42 credit hours; Nursing Leadership – 30 credit hours; Nurse Educator – 33 credit hours.)
Pursing the RN to MSN option rather than pursing a traditional BSN followed by a traditional MSN shortens the overall credit hours required by six credit hours (two courses).
What is it like taking online courses?
You will be enrolled alongside other online students who will frequently engage in dialogue so you will never feel isolated. Most importantly, outside of meeting assignment deadlines, you will be free to learn when it is most convenient for you so you can work your education around your already active schedule. You will have constant, 24/7 access to tech support, plus other great benefits. Take a look at our online learning experience page to learn more.
Will I be required to appear online at particular times?
No. Courses in our online RN-to-BSN program are offered asynchronously.
What accreditation does this program have?
Loyola University New Orleans is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the online BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).