Master of Science in Nursing

NPThe 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%. The path to these high-demand specialized nursing careers begins with earning a Master of Science in Nursing degree. Loyola University New Orleans now offers a 100% online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree that prepares nurses to function in advanced roles in a variety of health care settings.


Program Options:
  • RN to MSN (MSN Bridge)
  • RN to BSN & MSN (Combined Degree)
  • BSN to MSN

The MSN program emphasizes critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills as primary skills needed by all nurses in advanced roles. The curriculum is designed to educate nurses to provide effective and cost-efficient nursing care, and to provide leadership in improving and extending health care to specific populations. In addition to accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, which ensures the quality and integrity of undergraduate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing, Loyola’s online master’s degree in nursing has received numerous accolades, including:

  • 39th overall among the Best Online Nursing Programs – U.S. News & World Report
  • 46th in the nation for Best Online Master’s in Nursing Program – College Choice
  • #24 among the best affordable online RN to MSN degree programs – Grad School Hub
  • One of the nation’s best online MSN degree programs – BestCollege.org
  • Top 30 online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner programs in the U.S. and a “Best Value” school – AffordableColleges.com

Find Your Path to the MSN

Loyola offers three degree paths that leverage your current education and training to create the fastest path to the MSN.

  • RN to MSN (MSN Bridge)

This 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 an undergraduate degree in a non-nursing field. This 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.)

  • RN to BSN & MSN (Combined Degree)

This program is designed for students who are entering with a diploma or an associate degree in nursing and would like to earn both the BSN and MSN degrees. Students 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.

  • BSN to MSN

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

Tracks to Launch Your Career

In addition to preparing nurses to take on leadership roles, improve health care, and initiate change in health care delivery, Loyola’s master’s degree in nursing offers specialized training in three different, in-demand tracks:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Nurse Educator

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

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. The actual number of credits needed to graduate is determined by the MSN FNP track Coordinator through transcript evaluation upon admission. 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 an on-campus conference each spring, and defend their scholarly project on-campus prior to graduation.

Courses in the Family Nurse Practitioner track include:

  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Primary Care of Adults & Women’s Health
  • Primary Care Pediatrics
  • Gerontology in Primary Care
  • Integrated Behavioral Health

Nursing Leadership Track

The MSN-Nursing Leadership (NURL) track is designed to provide you with information and advanced training in order to be an efficient and effective leader in a variety of health care settings. Utilizing a systems approach to leadership in health care, the Nursing Leadership concentration covers a range of topics from population health to workforce management and measurement of key performance indicators. Graduates of this track are prepared to sit for the American Nurses Association Certification Exam in Nursing Administration Advanced and/or the Commission for Case Manager Certification Exam. The NURL track consists of 36 credit hours and a 180-hour practicum.

Courses in the Nursing Leadership track include:

  • Theories in Health Care Systems
  • Population Health Management
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care
  • Nursing Financial Resources
  • Human Resource Management

Nurse Educator Track

The MSN-Nurse Educator (NE) track is designed to address the growing, nationwide shortage of nurse educators and to prepare students to become the next generation of teachers. The Nurse Educator track trains future nurse educators to develop comprehensive curricula that will inspire tomorrow’s workforce.  The NE track consists of 39 credit hours and a 180-hour practicum. Students in this track graduate with advanced training in teaching methods, curriculum design, assessment, and evaluation, ready to excel in any academic or health care educational setting. Graduates are prepared to sit for the National League for Nursing’s Certification Exam for Nurse Educators (CNE).

Courses in the Nurse Educator track include:

  • Teaching Methods
  • Assessment of Learning Outcomes
  • Curriculum Design & Evaluation