Nursing

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing, based on Jesuit values, educates professional nurses who lead change and translate science into practice in a dynamic global health care environment. For more than 30 years, School of Nursing Faculty & Staff have been preparing students and working nurses for their critical leadership role in the health care industry. Graduate programs include a Master's of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. 

Overview

Graduate Degree Programs

Nursing (NURS) Course Descriptions

Accreditation

Graduate Admissions

Practicum & Affiliation Agreements 

Graduate Degree Programs 

The School of Nursing offers the following degree programs:

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program has three track options: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Leadership. All options are fully online, and application procedures are similar. Course requirements for each track differ.  

Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN - FNP)

The School of Nursing offers an online, clinical track in the Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP).  The MSN-FNP track is focused on preparing BSN-prepared, experienced nurses to become family nurse practitioners, with emphasis in primary care, strong critical thinking, and a comprehensive approach to patient care.  The MSN-FNP track requires satisfactory completion of 48 credit hours. Practicum experiences are completed with preceptors in practice settings located in the areas in which the student resides. 

View a full list of course requirements to complete this academic program: 

MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum 

Course  Course Name Credits
NURS G800 Theoretical Foundations & Role 3 crs.
NURS G805 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 crs.
NURS G810 Advanced Health Assessment 3 crs.
NURS G812 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 3 crs.
NURS G820 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3 crs.
NURS G825 Primary Care of Pediatrics 3 crs.
NURS G830 Primary Care of Pediatrics Practicum 3 crs. 
NURS G835 Advanced Research Methods 3 crs.
NURS G840 Primary Care of Adults 3 crs.
NURS G845 Primary Care of Adults Practicum 3 crs.
NURS G850 Primary Care of Adults & Women's Health 3 crs.
NURS G855 Primary Care of Adults & Women's Health Practicum 3 crs.
NURS G860 Gerontology in Primary Care 3 crs.
NURS G711 Informatics 3 crs.
NURS G732 Population Health Management 3 crs.
NURS G950 Integrating Behavioral Health 3 crs.
  Total Credit Hours: 48 crs.

 

Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator (MSN - NE)

The School of Nursing offers an online track in the Master of Science in Nursing – the Nurse Educator (MSN-NE) to prepare nurses to teach in a variety of settings, and to provide the required educational preparation to qualify to sit for the National League for Nursing certification for nurse educators (CNE).

The MSN-NE track is focused on preparing bachelors-prepared experienced nurses to become educators, with emphasis on understanding teaching and learning processes based on sound pedagogical principles. The MSN-NE track requires satisfactory completion of 39 credit hours. A three-credit (180 clock hours) nurse educator practicum course (NURS 980) is completed in the student’s final fall or spring semester of the program using a preceptor-mentorship model. The practicum course allows the student to gain hands on experience in the nursing faculty role under the mentorship of a masters prepared nursing faculty who meets eligibility requirements of preceptors. The practicum is conducted in an educational setting in the student’s geographic area. Clinical teaching is a requirement during the practicum experience.

View a list of course requirements to complete this academic program: 

MSN - Nurse Educator Curriculum 

Course Course Name Credits
NURS G711 Informatics 3 crs.
NURS G716 Health Care Quality and Safety 3 crs.
NURS G732 Population Health Management 3 crs.
NURS G817 Scientific Writing 3 crs.
NURS G835 Advanced Research Methods 3 crs.
NURS G810 Advanced Health Assessment 3 crs.
NURS G805 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 crs.
NURS G820 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3 crs.
NURS G970 Philosophy, Theory & Role 3 crs.
NURS G975 Teaching Methods 3 crs.
NURS G977 Assessment of Learning Outcomes 3 crs.
NURS G979 Curriculum Design & Evaluation 3 crs.
NURS G980 Nurse Educator Practicum 3 crs.
  Total Credit Hours: 39 crs.

Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Leadership (NL)

The School of Nursing offers an online non-clinical track in the Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Leadership (MSN-NL) program to prepare nurse leaders or executives.

The Nursing Leadership track is focused on leadership strategies and covers major aspects of nursing and healthcare administration, including health promotion, to workforce management, quality, safety, policy, and healthcare financial management. The program consists of 36 credit hours, culminating in a 3 credit hour practicum experience. The MSN-NL curriculum is delivered online.

Nursing Leadership Practicum
The nursing leadership practicum course consists of 180 clock hours of practicum experience. Students engage in practicum activities pertinent to a nursing or health care leadership role. A preceptor-mentorship model is used, in which leaders in health care organizations play a substantial role in facilitating the practicum. The practicum occurs over one semester.

View a full list of course requirements to complete this academic program: 

MSN - Nursing Leadership Curriculum 

Course Course Name Credits
NURS G703 Theories in Health Care Systems 3 crs.
NURS G709 Legal & Ethical Issues in Health Care 3 crs.
NURS G711 Informatics 3 crs.
NURS G712 Nursing Financial Resources I 3 crs.
NURS G716 Health Care Quality and Safety 3 crs.
NURS G724 Outcomes Measurement & Data Management 3 crs.
NURS G732 Population Health Management 3 crs.
NURS G735 or G835 Advanced Research Methods 3 crs.
NURS G740 Health Care Systems 3 crs.
NURS G744 Nursing Financial Resources II 3 crs.
NURS G748 Human Resource Management 3 crs.
NURS G752 Nursing Leadership Practicum 3 crs.
  Total Credit Hours: 36 crs.

 

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is comprised of two tracks: Post BSN-DNP and Post-Master’s to DNP.  The Post BSN-DNP track prepares BSN nurses to be family nurse practitioners with an emphasis on incorporating comprehensive behavioral health into primary care. Graduates of the Post BSN-DNP program are eligible to apply for certification as a family nurse practitioner. The Post MSN- DNP has two concentrations: Nurse Practitioner and Executive Leadership.  Students can choose one of these two plans of study depending on their career goals: Post MSN-DNP for Nurse Practitioners with an emphasis in Integrated Behavioral Health or, Executive Leadership to prepare executive nurse leaders. (Students who enter the Post MSN-DNP program as a Nurse Practitioner must select the concentration area for which they are already certified.) Successful progression in the DNP Program requires achievement of 3.0 GPA, and all courses must be completed within five years from entry into the program. 

Degree Program Course Listings (DPCL)
The School of Nursing offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice program on the following three tracks:

 

DNP - Post-Baccalaureate DNP Curriculum

Course Course Number Credits
NURS G800 Theoretical Foundations & Role 3 crs.
NURS G805 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 crs.
NURS G810 Advanced Health Assessment 3 crs. 
NURS G812 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 3 crs.
NURS G820 Advanced Pharmacology 3 crs.
NURS G825 Primary Care of Pediatrics 3 crs.
NURS G830 Primary Care of Pediatrics Practicum 3 crs.
NURS G835 Advanced Research 3 crs.
NURS G840 Primary Care of Adults 3 crs.
NURS G845 Primary Care of Adults Practicum 3 crs.
NURS G850 Primary Care of Adults & Women 3 crs.
NURS G855 Primary Care of Adults & Women Practicum 3 crs.
NURS G860 Gerontology 3 crs.
NURS G900 Philosophy of Science 3 crs.
NURS G905 Ethics & Social Justice 3 crs.
NURS G910 Epidemiology 3 crs.
NURS G915 Evidence-Based Practice/Translation of Science 3 crs.
NURS G920 Biostatistics 3 crs.
NURS G925 Program Planning & Evaluation 3 crs.
NURS G930 Advanced DNP Practicum I 3 crs.
NURS G935 Leadership 3 crs.
NURS G940 Health Policy 3 crs.
NURS G945 Advanced DNP Practicum II 3 crs.
NURS G950 Integrated Behavioral Health 3 crs.
NURS G955 Informatics & Finance 3 crs.
NURS G960 DNP Scholarly Project 3 crs.
  Total Credit Hours: 78 crs.

 

Post-Master's DNP - Executive Leadership Track Curriculum 

Course Course Name Credits
NURS G900 Philosophy of Science 3 crs.
NURS G905 Ethics & Social Justice 3 crs.
NURS G910 Epidemiology 3 crs.
NURS G915 Evidence-Based Practice/Translation of Science 3 crs.
NURS G920 Biostatistics 3 crs.
NURS G925 Program Planning & Evaluation 3 crs.
NURS G930 Advanced DNP Practicum I 3 crs.
NURS G935 Leadership 3 crs.
NURS G940 Health Policy 3 crs.
NURS G945 Advanced DNP Practicum II 3 crs.
NURS G954 Organizational Behavior 3 crs.
NURS G955 Informatics & Finance 3 crs.
NURS G960 DNP Scholarly Project 3 crs.
NURS G965 EL Advanced Practicum 3 crs.*
NURS G967 EL Directed Leadership Practicum  1 crs.*
  Total Credit Hours: 39+ crs.
* EL student transcripts are evaluated individually for basis fo practicum hours from master's program, and combination of NURS G965 and NURS G967

 

Post-Master's DNP - Nurse Practitioner Track Curriculum 

Course Course Name Credits
NURS G900 Philosophy of Science 3 crs.
NURS G905 Ethics & Social Justice 3 crs.
NURS G910 Epidemiology 3 crs.
NURS G915 Evidence-Based Practice/Translation of Science 3 crs.
NURS G920 Biostatistics 3 crs.
NURS G925 Program Planning & Evaluation 3 crs.
NURS G930 Advanced DNP Practicum I 3 crs.
NURS G935 Leadership 3 crs.
NURS G940 Health Policy 3 crs.
NURS G945 Advanced DNP Practicum II 3 crs.
NURS G950 Integrating Behavioral Health 3 crs.
NURS G955 Informatics & Finance 3 crs.
NURS G960 DNP Scholarly Project 3 crs.
  Total Credit Hours: 39 crs.

 

Post-Masters Certificate

Post-Masters Nurse Educator Certificate Program

The School of Nursing also offers an online Nurse Educator Post Masters Certificate (NEPMC) to MSN and DNP students, as well as masters prepared students who are interested exclusively in the certificate program. The NEPMC will prepare the masters or doctorally prepared nurse or student to teach in a variety of settings and to fulfill the faculty role. The program provides the required educational preparation to qualify for the National League for Nursing certification for nurse educator (CNE) exam.

The post-masters nurse educator certificate program consists of 12credit-hours or four (4) masters level nurse educator courses. Students conduct on-site observations and interviews within schools of nursing. Emphasis is on understanding teaching and learning processes based on sound pedagogical principles. Nurse Educator Certificate students will also have the option of taking the three-credit (180 clock hours) nurse educator practicum course (NURS 980) to gain hands on experience in the nursing faculty role under the mentorship of a masters prepared nursing faculty who meets eligibility requirements of preceptors. 

View a list of course requirements to complete this academic certificate program:

Course Course Name Credit Hours
NURS G970 Education, Theory, & Role 3 crs.
NURS G975 Teaching Methods 3 crs.
NURS G977 Assessment of Learning Outcomes 3 crs. 
NURS G979 Curriculum Design & Evaluation 3 crs. 
NURS G980 (Optional) Nurse Educator Practicum 3 crs. 
 

Course Descriptions

Browse a list of graduate-level Nursing (NURS) course descriptions required to complete these graduate programs.  

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Accreditation

Accrediting Organizations

Loyola University New Orleans and all of its degree programs are accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Loyola's undergraduate and master's nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 

All of the Loyola University nursing programs are accredited. The Baccalaureate degree in Nursing, Master's degree in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. Additionally, the MSN-FNP and Post-BSN to DNP programs are approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 3033
Phone: (404) 679-4500

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 887-6791

Louisiana State Board of Nursing
17373 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Phone: (225) 755-7500

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Graduate Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for MSN Program

  1. A completed application to the MSN program at https://applyonline.loyno.edu/
  2. A BSN degree from an accredited school

    Applicants with an associate degree in nursing and a non-nursing bachelor’s degree can qualify for the Master's program upon successful completion of the Loyola MSN Bridge to Leadership Education in Nursing at a Distance (BLEND) program.

  3. Official transcripts from each college/university attended.
  4. Evidence of a current unencumbered Registered Nurse license.
  5. Evidence of a minimum of one year of recent nursing experience.
  6. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on all course work or a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on the last 60 hours in an undergraduate accredited nursing program. For RNs with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on all undergraduate work plus a minimum grade of B on each course taken in the Loyola BLEND program.
  7. Three recommendations from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s aptitude for graduate school, such as former professors, or master’s prepared nursing supervisors.
  8. A well-thought-out, typewritten, double-spaced statement of a maximum of one (1) page in length including the following:
    1. Describe your career experience (including primary area of expertise) and goals.
    2. Describe how a master's degree in the track to which you are applying will facilitate your career goals. 
    3. Your expectations related to the time commitment required for graduate school. 
  9. Prior to admission or as a condition of progression, evidence of completion of a 3 credit hour undergraduate level statistics course with an earned grade of B (83%) or better for all MSN tracks.
  10. A formal interview is required for MSN - FNP applicants. 
  11. Upon admission into the program and prior to enrollment in the first course, each student will provide:
  • Completed Certified Background Check

    Sixty days prior to enrollment, students are required to apply for a certified background review, at their own expense, by a provider designated (http://www.castlebranch.com/) by Loyola University New Orleans (School Code: LO22) with the results reported to Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing.

  • Documentation of physical examination by a licensed provider
  • Documentation of Immunizations required by the University
  • Documentation of current CPR certification
  • Documentation of a valid Registered Nurse License

Each student must have a computer system that complies with Loyola University Blackboard Specification requirements and a webcam.

Transfer Credits

Students who have earned academic credit at another accredited college or university may be allowed to transfer a maximum of six credit hours into the MSN program. In all cases, course work will be evaluated for equivalence to Loyola requirements; therefore, students must provide course descriptions, course syllabi and/or other supporting materials to assist faculty in the evaluation process. Please see Loyola's transfer of academic credit regulations

 

Admission Requirements for Post MSN - DNP Program

Loyola University offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice program for Post MSN-DNP students with two tracks:
Nurse Practitioner track: applicants must hold current license and certification as a nurse practitioner in one of the following areas:

  • Adult
  • Family
  • Gerontology
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s Health

Executive Leadership track: applicants must have a master’s degree in nursing and have an interest in Executive Leadership.

Students are admitted as a cohort for this 39+ credit program. The number of credits will be determined by transcript evaluation to give credit for supervised practicum hours taken at the master’s level. This program is online with students coming to campus for one week each year prior to summer classes and prior to graduation to defend their scholarly project.

  1. A completed application to the DNP program at https://applyonline.loyno.edu/
  2. BSN or equivalent and master’s in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
  3. Official transcripts from each degree-granting college or university attended.
  4. Copies of current, unencumbered RN License and advanced practice license (if applicable) in the state in which all clinical practicums for their program will occur; NP certification (if applicable).
  5. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on earned graduate degree course work.
  6. Minimum of one year’s full-time post-master’s work experience.
  7. Three letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s aptitude for doctoral study, such as former professors.
  8. Two page type-written, double-spaced essays must be submitted online when filling out an application, addressing three areas: 1) description of goals for doctoral study, 2) research translation area of interest for the scholarly project, and 3) career goals.
  9. A formal in-person or web-based interview with one or more Loyola School of Nursing faculty members.  Applicants are required to have all necessary equipment in order to complete the web-based interview (i.e. webcams, speakers & microphone if needed).
  10. Prior to admission or as a condition of progression, evidence of completion of a 3 credit hour graduate-level statistics course with an earned grade of C or better prior to NURS 920 Biostatistics.** (credits earned more than five year prior to enrollment will not ordinarily be considered.) Students can take NURS G802 Advanced Statistics and Data Management in summer session at Loyola to satisfy this requirement.
  11. For Nurse Practitioners, evidence of a minimum of 500 supervised practice hours in one area of specialization in the accredited master's level program from which the student graduated.
  12. Upon admission into the program and prior to enrollment in the first course, each student will provide:
  • Completed Certified Background Check

    Sixty days prior to enrollment, students are required to apply for a certified background review, at their own expense, by a provider designated (http://www.castlebranch.com/) by Loyola University New Orleans (School Code: LO22) with the results reported to Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing. 

  • Documentation of physical examination by a licensed provider
  • Documentation of Immunizations required by the University
  • Current CPR certification

Each student must have a computer system that complies with Loyola University Blackboard Specification requirements.

A deposit of $500 will be required when a student accepts an offer of admission to the DNP program. This deposit will be applied to the tuition bill after the final drop/add period in the second semester. The deposit will not be refunded for any reason should the applicant subsequently not enroll in the semester authorized for admission.

Transfer Credits

Students who have earned academic credit at another accredited college or university may be allowed to transfer up to six credits into the DNP program upon approval. In all cases course work will be evaluated for equivalency to Loyola requirements; therefore students must provide course descriptions and syllabus to assist faculty in the evaluation process.

 

Admission Requirements for Post BSN - DNP Program

Loyola University offers an online Post-BSN-Doctor of Nursing Practice program in a Family Nurse Practitioner track.
Students are admitted as a cohort for this 78 credit program. This program is online with a one-week campus orientation required each year and a final campus visit to defend the scholarly project at the conclusion of the program.

  1. A completed application to the DNP program at https://applyonline.loyno.edu/
  2. BSN from an accredited school of nursing
  3. Official transcripts from each degree-granting college or university attended.
  4. Proof of current, unencumbered RN license, in the state in which all clinical practica for this program will occur (typically the student’s home state).
  5. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on all course work.
  6. Minimum of one year’s recent full-time nursing work experience.
  7. Three letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s aptitude for doctoral study, such as former professors.
  8. Two page type-written, double-spaced essay must be submitted online when filling out an application, addressing three areas: 1) description of goals for doctoral study, 2) research translation area of interest for the scholarly project, and 3) career goals.
  9. A formal in-person web-based interview with one or more Loyola School of Nursing faculty members.
  10. Upon admission into the program and prior to enrollment in the first course, each student will provide:
  • Completed Certified Background Check

    Sixty days prior to enrollment, students are required to apply for a certified background review, at their own expense, by a provider designated (http://www.castlebranch.com/) by Loyola University New Orleans (School Code: LO22) with the results reported to Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing. 

  • Documentation of physical examination by a licensed provider
  • Documentation of Immunizations required by the University
  • Current CPR certification

Each student must have a computer system that complies with Loyola University Blackboard Specification requirements.

A deposit of $500 will be required when a student accepts an offer of admission to the DNP program. This deposit will be applied to the tuition bill after the final drop/add period in the second semester. The deposit will not be refunded for any reason should the applicant subsequently not enroll in the semester authorized for admission.

Student Progression
Students must maintain a cumulative of 3.0 GPA and may not earn a grade below B in any course to progress in the curriculum.

Graduation Criteria
Students are eligible for graduation upon completion of the 78 credit Post-BSN DNP curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students are required to complete the degree within five years of the first term of enrollment.

Transfer Credits
Students who have earned academic credit at another accredited college or university may be allowed to transfer up to six credits into the DNP program upon approval. In all cases course work will be evaluated for equivalency to Loyola requirements; therefore students must provide course descriptions and syllabus to assist faculty in the evaluation process.

Licensure Requirements
Each student must sign a declaration stating that she/he has a current, unencumbered, unrestricted, and valid registered nurse license and there are no grounds for disciplinary proceedings. If at any point during the program a student’s professional nursing RN license becomes encumbered or restricted, the student is obligated to immediately inform the director of the School of Nursing; without appropriate program notification of any licensure changes or issues, the student can be dismissed from the program. 

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Practicum and Affiliation Agreement Requirements

In order for nursing students in any Loyola nursing program to begin practicum, there must be a valid Affiliation Agreement in place between Loyola University New Orleans and the practicum site. The Loyola Affiliation Agreement form is used by Loyola University New Orleans' School of Nursing in contracting with third-party facilities to offer students nursing experience in real-world healthcare programs. However, healthcare organizations may require use of their own affiliation agreement form. The agreement establishes the relationship between the university and the facility in coordinating the program. Nursing students may not begin their practicum until the Affiliation Agreement has been signed by all required parties at both facilities. Failure to comply will result in the forfeiture of all clinical hours completed prior to the acceptance of the affiliation agreement and may result in having to repeat the course.

Registered Nurse Licensure, Immunization, CPR and Background Check Requirements
Prior to beginning courses, the student must provide documentation of an unencumbered current RN license, documentation of a current physical exam, immunization documentation, current CPR certification, and a criminal background check conducted by the designated third party agency.  All documentation of this type for the Loyola School of Nursing is collected and reviewed by a designated third party agency Certified Background.Com(CBC) (www.certifiedbackground.com) for Loyola University New Orleans (School Code: LO22) with the results reported to Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing.

Physical exam
Documentation must be submitted to CBC verifying that the student has had a complete physical exam conducted within the past 12 months by a licensed healthcare provider and is free of any condition that would prevent him/her from participating in practicum experience(s) in nursing courses through Loyola University New Orleans.  Attestation of a current physical examination is required prior to the student’s start date of the program and prior to the start of any practicum course. This documentation shall be submitted using the designated attestation form that clearly identifies the name of the provider and their license number.

Immunization Requirements
Documentation of immunization status is required in order to comply with Louisiana Revised Statute 17:170, which sets forth the requirements for immunization and health clearance for schools, including colleges. During a student’s clinical practicum, facilities may require additional health clearance, such as proof of current health insurance. Additional clearance concerns shall be addressed by the student, who will supply documentation pursuant to a particular facility policy. Documentation of immunization series or positive immune titer shall be required for the following:

  • Measles (2 doses)
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Influenza
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Hepatitis B

Measles, Mumps and Rubella immunity can be documented by:

  • Records of immunizations against measles, mumps, & rubella, varicella
  • Positive results of antibody titers

Tetanus protection is demonstrated by documentation of a tetanus immunization within the previous 10 years (and must be updated every 10 years). Adults, especially health care workers, should receive at least one Tdap vaccine.

Varicella immunity can be documented by:

  • Records of the immunization against Varicella
  • Positive results of a Varicella antibody titer

Hepatitis B immunity must be documented by records of three hepatitis B immunizations and a positive hepatitis antibody titer report. The recommended hepatitis B series is three injections, the second being given one month after the first, and the third being given six months after the first. The hepatitis B antibody titer should be drawn 1-5 months after the series is completed but may be drawn at any interval following the completion of the series. Positive titer results at any time are believed to infer lifelong immunity, even if later titers report negative results.

Students who do not have documented immunity to hepatitis B must have received the first two of three hepatitis immunizations in the first series in order to matriculate. The student must continue to provide documentation that the remaining immunizations are being received at the designated intervals in order to continue in clinical courses. If at the end of the series of three immunizations, the student’s titer does not demonstrate immunity to hepatitis B, the series and titer must be repeated. If the titer again does not show immunity, the student will be counseled about lack of immunity and asked to sign a statement acknowledging responsibility for practicing in health care without hepatitis B immunity. Students must inform their clinical preceptor at the facility if this form is signed by the student.  In some circumstances, students may be granted a waiver of the hepatitis B immunity requirement after the first series if they have been counseled about the health risks and have signed a statement of responsibility.

Tuberculosis
Students are required to provide evidence of  a two-step tuberculosis (TB) test  unless the student can present documentation of negative annual TB testing over 3 consecutive years prior to enrollment in the program.  Subsequent single step TB testing or a quantum gold blood test is required annually and documentation shall be provided to CBC annually.   If TB testing is positive or contraindicated for any reason, clearance must be obtained from a licensed healthcare provider.

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification
Prior to matriculation into the School of Nursing, students must provide proof of successful completion of CPR for Health Care Providers. An educational transcript from an approved health care employer showing the date of prior CPR training is sufficient evidence of course completion. CPR certification must be renewed every two years and documentation of current certification must be provided bi-annually.

Professional Liability 
The University maintains a malpractice insurance policy covering all nursing students during their student clinical practicum hours in a University pre-approved clinical facility or other practice setting. The policy does not cover professional working hours outside of those being completed as a Loyola SON student. 

Background Checks 
The School of Nursing requires a background check and a 10-panel urine drug screen for all students. The background check includes criminal, residency, fraud and abuse, sexual offender and a three-year employment verification check. The Loyola School of Nursing employs a third party service to conduct the required background check and drug screen on all accepted students. Accepted students are required to complete the background check online process as defined in their acceptance letter. NOTE: If a student is required to drop their program of study due to the results of this background check and/or drug screen, all tuition and fee charges owed will be assessed for registered courses. Students will receive a copy of their criminal background information from this service. All costs associated with this service are the responsibility of the student. If the student’s enrollment is interrupted for any reason, a new background check must be completed.

 

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