Located in the Uptown section of New Orleans, one of the city's most prestigious residential neighborhoods and 15 minutes away from downtown and the French Quarter, Loyola University New Orleans is a private "not-for-profit" Catholic institution that emphasizes the Jesuit tradition of education. Loyola is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and is open to students of all faiths.
Our Mission Statement
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 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.
Engaging students from all walks of life and from all corners of the world, Loyola's Online Programs represent state-of-the-art best practices in online pedagogy and course design, centered in the core values that lie at the heart of our Jesuit Catholic university. Our Online Programs promote rigorous yet sensitive attention to the demands of the professions and of technology.
The School of Nursing’s mission is based on our vision of “a world where every nurse is a leader.” As both an academic and professional school, we take seriously our core Jesuit values of educating nurses to lead and translate science into practice in a dynamic health care environment.
Loyola’s School of Nursing has graduated over 1,600 baccalaureate and 1,300 graduate students since 1979. The School of Nursing initiated a new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program in 2010.
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 was launched with a focus on Health Care Systems Management (now known as Nursing Leadership). Most recently, the School of Nursing started the DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) program offered in an online format in 2010.
Jesuit education is a call to human excellence, to the fullest possible development of all human qualities. This implies a rigor and academic excellence that challenges the student to develop all of his or her talents to the fullest. It is a call to critical thinking and disciplined studies, a call to develop the whole person, head and heart, intellect and feelings.
The Jesuit vision of education implies further that students learn how to be critical, examine attitudes, challenge assumptions, and analyze motives. All of this is important if they are to be able to make decisions in freedom, the freedom that allows one to make love-filled and faith-filled decisions.
Loyola University’s online nursing programs are fully accredited and have been ranked by publications such as U.S. News & World Report and Forbes as an outstanding institution of higher learning. Learn more about what distinguishes our programs on our Rankings and Accreditation page.
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