Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Build your career helping others.
Loyola University New Orleans has partnered with Ochsner Health to offer a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree that combines patient-centered clinical care with an academically-competitive liberal arts curriculum. Through our Jesuit education, you'll develop critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and communication skills to grow as a leader in the healthcare industry and make a difference in your community.
Loyola’s pre-licensure nursing program stands out with these advantages:
- You'll spend all four years on our beautiful campus in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, enjoying the opportunities of a full college experience in one of the most unique cities in the world.
- You will connect your coursework to our Jesuit values focusing on “cura personalis” – care of the whole person – as well as becoming men and women in service to others.
- You’ll learn by doing through guaranteed clinical placements with our partner, Ochsner Health.
- You will graduate prepared to analyze complex situations and make evidence-based clinical judgments for your patients in a rapidly-changing healthcare environment.
Your future in healthcare starts here.
Find your place as an innovator and realize your vision to help heal others. With a BSN from Loyola, you’ll have the tools you need to bring your career goals to life. Learn more about our admissions process and start your application today.
Learn by Doing
Starting in your second year, you’ll learn by doing with immersive lab and clinical hours. Through simulation experiences, you can test your response to real-world situations in a safe and controlled learning environment to gain your confidence as you work toward becoming a professional nurse. You’ll learn about nursing specializations, build your interpersonal skills working with real patients, and develop your ability to find solutions to complex health problems on the job.
You can receive your bachelor of science in nursing after completing the prerequisites in the pre-nursing program in your first year. Unlike most schools, Loyola offers a direct admit to the nursing program for pre-nursing students enrolled in the program who earn a grade of a “C” or better and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all prerequisite courses.
Developed in partnership with Ochsner clinical faculty, the curriculum is a blend of theory and evidence-based clinical practice providing a foundation to prepare for the NCLEX licensing exam and success in a broad range of nursing and healthcare roles. Most students will be able to complete the pre-nursing and nursing curriculum in four years.
In your last two years of study, you’ll complete eight clinical rotations to develop floor-ready skills under the supervision of professional healthcare providers. You’ll explore the following nursing specialties throughout your clinical experience:
- Medical Surgical/Adult Health
- Women’s Health
- Mental Health
- Community Health
- Critical Care
A World-Class Partner
Through our partnership with Ochsner Health, you’ll gain clinical experience at one of the finest healthcare systems in the country. Ranked the top hospital in Louisiana by U.S. News and World Report, you will apply what you learn in the classroom in real clinical environments under guidance of experienced professional nurses and healthcare providers.
As the healthcare industry rapidly changes, our partnership will allow you to stay on the cutting edge of the latest scientific developments and patient-centered practices. Upon graduation, you’ll be familiar with the Ochsner system and have built a strong professional network to prepare for your career.
Explore Your Career Options
When you choose Loyola for your studies, you gain a lifetime of support and access to our wealth of professional resources. Through the Pan-American Student Success Center, you'll have access to career development support and success coaching throughout your undergraduate experience. We will help you develop the networking, communication, and writing skills required for a successful career in healthcare.
During your studies, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore a range of careers available for professional nurses in the healthcare industry and beyond. In addition to roles in hospitals, outpatient centers, and physicians’ offices, graduates may pursue careers working for insurance companies, universities, faith communities, and private companies, as well as positions in telemedicine and community health.
Continue your studies at Loyola.
For those who would like to continue their studies after earning a BSN, Loyola also offers an online graduate degree program through the College of Nursing and Health. The Master of Science in Nursing offers specialization tracks for Family Nurse Practitioner, Healthcare Systems Administration & Leadership, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Informatics to help you develop expertise according to your career goals in the industry.
Meet Our Faculty
Our faculty bring evidence-based professional nursing expertise to the classroom. They are active in the healthcare community and will challenge you to develop the real-world cognitive and psychomotor skills you need for success after graduation.