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What's next for your nursing career?

Master of Science in Nursing (Online)

Loyola University New Orleans offers a 100% online master of science in nursing (MSN) degree to prepare nurses for high-demand, specialized positions in health care. The demand for nurses is expected to grow 16% from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For nurses with advanced degrees and specializations, the projection nearly doubles to a staggering 31%. Read on to learn more about the different options Loyola offers in our online MSN programs to help you leverage your past education and find the best route to the career you’ve always wanted.


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How to Apply

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Degree Paths

Find your path to a master of science in nursing.

Loyola offers two degree paths that leverage your current education and training to create the fastest path to your online MSN and the career you've always wanted.


Accelerated RN to MSN

for applicants with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree

This RN to MSN program, also known as the “MSN Bridge” program, is designed for students who are entering with a diploma or an associate degree in nursing and a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. This online MSN program is a “fast track” to the MSN, in which students earn the MSN without earning a terminal BSN Students will receive a BSN equivalency recognized by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.



for applicants with a bachelor of science in nursing

This online MSN program is designed for students who have already earned the BSN and are looking to earn their MSN.

Specialized Programs

Loyola’s nationally recognized master’s in nursing online program offers a track to prepare nurses for in-demand careers as family nurse practitioners.


Flexible online MSN courses taught by experts.

The master of science in nursing program at Loyola University New Orleans is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Loyola’s online MSN program educates nurses to provide effective and cost-efficient care, as well as to take on leadership roles to improve and extend healthcare delivery to specific populations.


MSN – FNP Curriculum

48 credits

720 hours of supervised practicum


The MSN – family nurse practitioner (FNP) track develops your advanced nursing skills so you can provide evidence-based, holistic care to individuals, families, and populations across the health continuum. The family nurse practitioner track consists of 48 credit hours and 720 hours of supervised practicum. All courses are provided online, except for supervised practicum work, which is completed in a state in which the student is licensed to practice. Graduates of the FNP program are eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Core Courses

  • NURS 732: Population Health Management (3 credits)
  • NURS 800: Theoretical Foundations (3 credits)
  • NURS 805: Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NURS 810: Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
  • NURS 812: Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (3 credits)
  • NURS 820: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (3 credits)
  • NURS 825: Primary Care of Pediatrics (3 credits)
  • NURS 830: Primary Care of Pediatrics Practicum (3 credits)
  • NURS 835: Advanced Research Methods (3 credits)
  • NURS 840: Primary Care of Adults (3 credits)
  • NURS 845: Primary Care of Adults Practicum (3 credits)
  • NURS 850: Primary Care of Adults & Women’s Health (3 credits)
  • NURS 855: Primary Care of Adults & Women’s Health Practicum (3 credits)
  • NURS 860: Gerontology in Primary Care (3 credits)
  • NURS 950: Integrating Behavioral Health in Primary Care (3 credits)
  • NURS 955: Informatics & Finance (3 credits)

View more curriculum information on the University Bulletin.

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What can you do with an MSN degree?

Earn a highly specialized master’s in nursing online from a top program.

Loyola’s online MSN program has four career-focused tracks, equipping graduates with the expertise and credentials needed to take on new opportunities and prepare for advanced roles in healthcare.


"One of the best online graduate nursing programs in the nation."

– U.S. News & World Report

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