Frequently Asked Questions for our Masters of Science in Nursing Program

How long will it take me to complete the online MSN program?

The program is designed to be completed in 2 years as a full-time student. However, student progression will be based on each individual student and is dependent on their other professional and personal responsibilities.

What concentrations does the online MSN program at Loyola offer?

The MSN program offers three unique concentrations to advance your career. Click on the links below to learn about the individual concentrations.

Will I ever be required to arrive on campus?

Possibly. Students in the MSN-Nursing Leadership or MSN-Nurse Educator programs are not required to visit campus, though we strongly encourage all online students to attend graduation at the culmination of their program. MSN-FNP students will attend an on-campus orientation prior to courses beginning and an annual on-campus practice intensive.

How is the online MSN program practicum structured?

The Loyola online MSN practicum is specifically designed for students to apply the theory they have learned in class and challenge them to think at an advanced level. For MSN-Nursing Leadership or MSN-Nurse Educator students, the practicum is completed in one semester and consists of 180 clock hours of experience; MSN-FNP students take multiple practicum courses to earn a total of 720 clock hours. A preceptor-mentor model is used, so you will have an experienced health care professional guiding you. Learn more about the practicum experience at Loyola New Orleans.

How do I find a preceptor for my practicum requirements?

There are many ways to locate preceptors. One way is to look at your own network of professionals with whom you have worked and ask one (or several) of them to precept you. Another is to join professional groups where you can meet and network with potential preceptors. Finally, look around at where you might want to work – is there someone there who might precept you?

How will my career options improve by obtaining a MSN?

You can read more about career options for those holding an MSN degree.

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 Program.


While you cannot apply to the traditional MSN program without a bachelor’s degree, we do offer options that will give you the educational background required to earn your master’s in nursing. If you have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree, you may want to consider our RN to MSN Bridge option. This two-course option qualifies you for entry into the MSN program without requiring a BSN. If you do not have a bachelor’s degree in any area, you can either pursue your RN-BSN degree and apply to the MSN program later, or you can apply for the traditional RN to MSN option, which allows you to earn a BSN on your way toward earning your MSN.

What is it like taking online courses?

You will be enrolled alongside other online students who will frequently communicate within the courses so you will never feel isolated. Most importantly, 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 MSN programs are offered asynchronously. However, opportunities for “live” online sessions are offered in some courses. But, don’t worry it your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend—all are recorded for later viewing.

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 MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Request More Information

To learn more about Loyola University’s online MSN program and its concentrations, and how they can help elevate your nursing career, simply request more information or call 866-789-9809 today.