Curriculum

Loyola’s online Bachelor of Science in Nursing consists of 120 credit hours, which includes:

  • 51 hours of major courses
  • 30 hours of Loyola Core courses
  • 20 hours of adjunct courses
  • 19 hours of general electives

Major Courses (51 credits)

Lower Level Nursing Courses (24 crs.)

Credit for lower division nursing (i.e., adult health, parent-child health, mental health) is awarded by validation of transfer credit for associate degree graduates or validation of advanced placement credit for diploma nursing school graduates.

NURS 364: Health Assessment (3 crs.)

This course provides students with tools to appraise the health of individuals. Knowledge of biological sciences is used within the context of the nursing process to develop skill in systematic assessment of clients in all phases of the life cycle.

NURS 379: Nursing Leadership & Promotion of Quality Care (3 crs.)

This course focuses on the role of nurse leaders in professional nursing practice and provides an introduction to the theory and practice of nursing leadership and management. The emphasis is on understanding the key components of the leadership/management process which include critical thinking, communicating effectively, handling conflict, delegating successfully, controlling resources, improving quality and safety, and leading change.

NURS 384: Spirituality in Health and Illness (3 crs.)

This course explores the relationship between spirituality and nursing and focuses on spiritual assessment of a diverse client population across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the role of the nurse in providing spiritual and nursing care. Key concepts explored in the course include: spiritual well-being, end-of-life issues, hospice, palliative care, and bereavement.

NURS 452: Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3 crs.)

This course is an introduction to nursing research. Emphasis is placed on understanding how to conduct research, as well as analyze and utilize research findings in the practice setting. The outcome of the course is for the student to become an informed consumer of research. Key concepts discussed in the course include the research process, evidenced-based practice, and research utilization.
Prerequisite: Statistics

NURS 468: Advanced Topics (3 crs.)

This course focuses on selected nursing topics (e.g. Spanish for Health-Care; Genetics).

NURS 482: Issues in Professional Practice (3 crs.)

This course is designed to assist in the transition of the student to the role of the BSN-prepared professional nurse in a healthcare setting. Emphasis is placed on professional communication, as well as current professional and healthcare issues that impact the professional nurse practicing in a contemporary healthcare environment.

NURS 483: Population Health (3 crs.)

This course focuses on the delivery of population-focused nursing care to aggregates, communities, or population groups. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and disease prevention of population groups and the nurse’s role in improving the population health of specified groups.

NURS 485: Information Management & Patient Care Technology (3 crs.)

This course provides an overview of nursing informatics and the role of the nurse in managing healthcare information in a healthcare setting. Key concepts explored in the course include history of healthcare informatics, basic informatics concepts, current issues, and health information management applications.

NURS G486: Introduction to Healthcare Delivery (3 crs.)

This course provides students with an introduction to healthcare delivery systems, health policy and policy formation, finances, and healthcare outcomes in the U.S. system. Emphasis is placed on improving delivery of care to population and vulnerable groups. Current trends and issues in the healthcare delivery system and nursing will be discussed.

Loyola Core Courses (30 credits)

The goal of the Loyola Core is to foster students’ competency in five key areas:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical Reasoning

To help students develop these competencies, the Loyola Core embraces an interdisciplinary approach to learning with an emphasis on the spiritual and intellectual, the moral and ethical, the natural and social scientific, the humanistic, and the artistic.

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses should be taken in your first year at Loyola and include:

  • English – Critical Reading & Writing
  • Math Models, Finite Math, or Calculus
  • Science Process – Investigating Nature

Nursing Adjunct Courses (20 Credits)

The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program requires 20 credits of nursing adjunct courses, which includes:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
  • General Chemistry I
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology

General Elective Courses (19 credits)

The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program requires 19 credits of general electives. There is a wide range of online elective courses to choose from in other departments, including:

  • Classical Studies
  • Languages and Cultures
  • Economics
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Sociology