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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). 

The Post-BSN-DNP and Post MSN-DNP programs at Loyola University New Orleans are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. Additionally, the Post-BSN to DNP program is approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

The Baccalaureate degree in nursing/Master's degree in nursing at Loyola University New Orleans is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, and (202) 887-6791. Applying for accreditation is not a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

The Baccalaureate degree in nursing/Master's degree in nursing at Loyola University New Orleans is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation). Applying for accreditation is not a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 3033

Phone: (404) 679-4500

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Phone: (404) 975-5000

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

Texas Workforce Commission Compliance
The Texas Workforce Commission has approved Loyola's Programs
The School of Nursing programs and Loyola is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code.

Graduate Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for MSN Health Care Systems Management (HCSM) Program

  1. A completed application to the MSN program - (Application fee $40)
  2. A BSN degree from an accredited school

    Applicants with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree can qualify for the HCSM 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, type-written, double-spaced statement of approximately three-quarters to one page in length describing career goals and interest in graduate education.
  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 C or better prior to NURS 735.
  10. Completion of a formal interview.
  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 (www.certifiedbackground.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

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

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.

 

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 practice 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 capstone project.


  1. A completed application submitted through NursingCAS (http://www.nursingcas.org/
  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 3.20 or higher on earned graduate degree course work.
  6. Minimum of one year’s recent 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 capstone 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.)
  11. Evidence of a minimum of 500 supervised practice hours in one area of specialization in the accredited master's level program from which you 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 (www.certifiedbackground.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 campus visit to defend the capstone project at the conclusion of the program.

  1. A completed application submitted through NursingCAS (http://www.nursingcas.org/)
  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 3.2 or higher on all course work.
  6. Minimum of one year’s recent 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 capstone 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 (www.certifiedbackground.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. Only DNP courses are calculated for the GPA.

Graduation Criteria
Students are eligible for graduation upon completion of the 78 credit Post-BSN DNP curriculum with a 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 RN license becomes encumbered or restricted, the student is obligated to immediately inform the director of the School of Nursing.

Practicum and Affiliation Agreement Requirements

In order for nursing students to begin their 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 SON retains a malpractice insurance policy covering all nursing students during their student clinical practicum hours in a University pre-approved clinical facility or medical practice.   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.