Loyola University New Orleans is a private Jesuit university located in New Orleans, LA, one of 28 Jesuit colleges in the US. Founded in 1904, Loyola has grown to a university ranked as one of the best in the south by US News and World Report; Loyola has also been acclaimed by The Princeton Review. Though Loyola sustained damage and the displacement of students after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it was the first New Orleans college to recover, graduating students in 2006.

The Loyola School of Nursing has been ranked as one of the best nursing schools in the nation by US News and World Report. The School of Nursing offers NLN-accredited online RN to BSN, RN to MSN, and BSN to MSN degree programs. An acclaimed online program, the BSN course of study is for licensed registered nurses; the potential for multiple tracks allows an RN to study for the BSN, or to track straight into a blended MSN program. The MSN degree specializes in Health Care Systems Management (HCSM) and can be entered by registered nurses with a non-nursing Bachelor’s degree.

Students applying for the BSN require:

  • Completed application
  • Either ACT* or SAT* official test scores
  • Official high school transcripts.
  • 500-word personal essay.
  • Letter of recommendation.
  • Resume of activities.
  • Rank in class
  • $20 application fee. (US dollars)

Students applying for the MSN will need:

  • A completed application
  • B.S.N. degree
  • Official transcripts
  • Registered Nurse license.
  • A minimum of one year of recent/appropriate work experience
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Three recommendations from persons
  • Statement describing career goals and interest in graduate education.
  • A formal interview with one or more graduate faculty at Loyola.
  • Proof of Professional Liability insurance
  • Certified Background Check

121 credit hours are required for the BSN; 36-5 credit hours are required for the MSN. Qualified students may apply for federal financial aid, and nursing students may qualify for various forms of tuition assistance.