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Cost comparison another reason Loyola's School of Nursing lives up to national ranking

Loyola press release - January 9, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing is consistently ranked by both U.S. News and World Report and thebestcolleges.org as one of the premier nursing schools in the country. A recent cost breakdown of comparable nursing schools offering the post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice and the post-Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, highlights why.

Research shows that Loyola is significantly less expensive than other comparable universities offering a doctorate degree in nursing. For instance, obtaining a post-B.S.N. to D.N.P. degree at Vanderbilt University costs the average student $124,748, compared to just $57,288 at Loyola. At St. Louis University, tuition and fees put the price tag at $70,095, and to get the same degree at Loyola University Chicago, it costs $69,180.

For nursing students already holding a master’s and interested in obtaining a D.N.P. degree, Loyola again proves to be a great investment, at $28,272 for 38 graduate hours of instruction. Vanderbilt and Loyola University Chicago cost $59,268 and $36,840, respectively.

Other universities on thebestcolleges.org list, such as Emory University and the University of Pennsylvania, do not offer D.N.P. programs.

“We feel that being ranked by U.S. News and World Report and thebestcolleges.org list is validation of the quality of the programs that we have developed at Loyola,” said Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., director of the School of Nursing at Loyola. “We are also very proud that we have been able to make higher education more affordable to the next generation of working nurses.”

In addition, students who agree upon graduation to accept a faculty position at any accredited school of nursing are eligible to have 85 percent of graduate degree loans paid for by the federal government through the Nurse Faculty Loan Repayment Program.

The 2011 U.S. News and World Report placed Loyola in the top 30 percent of the 467 nursing schools examined by the publication, while thebestcolleges.org ranked Loyola’s online B.S.N. to M.S.N. program as the eighth best in the country. It is also the only university in Louisiana currently enrolling students in a D.N.P. program.

The deadline for applications to the nursing program have been extended until Feb. 15, 2012. Application and detailed program information are available at http://css.loyno.edu/nursing/doctor-nursing-practice.

For information about the post-Master's to D.N.P. program, contact Adero Moore at 504-865-2582 or amoore@loyno.edu. Students interested in the B.S.N. to D.N.P. program can contact Elena Ransom at 504-865-2499 or eransom@loyno.edu.