Master of Science in Nursing (Online)
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%. To prepare nurses for these high-demand, specialized positions, Loyola University New Orleans offers a 100% online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. 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.
Loyola’s nationally recognized master’s in nursing online program offers two tracks to prepare nurses for in-demand careers as family nurse practitioners, leaders, and administrators.
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner Track
720 Practicum Hours
MSN – Healthcare Systems Administration and Leadership Track
180 Practicum Hours
Find your path to a Master of Science in Nursing.
Loyola offers three 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.
RN to BSN & MSN
for applicants without a bachelor's degree
This program is designed for active RNs who have not earned a bachelor’s degree in any subject and would like to earn both the BSN and MSN degrees. Even students who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree who plan on pursuing careers as nurse educators might consider this option, as a BSN is a common requirement in many teaching programs for nurses. At the successful completion of this program’s specially arranged undergraduate curriculum, you will be awarded your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and be eligible to pursue your Master of Science in Nursing in one of three concentrations: Nursing Informatics, Healthcare Systems Administration & Leadership, or Nurse Educator.
BSN to MSN
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.
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
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. Students attend two on-campus intensives sessions throughout their program of study.
- 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)
Optional electives to assist in program coursework.
Skills in scientific writing as well as statistics and data management are critical to a student’s success in the MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner track. The following electives are offered to strengthen this knowledge and skill set.
- NURS 802: Advanced Statistics and Data Management (3 credits)
- NURS 817: Scientific Writing (3 credits)
View more curriculum information on the University Bulletin.
What can you do with an MSN?
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