Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Acute Care


Philip H. Corboy Law Center

Lewis Towers Suite 630

Chicago, IL 60626

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.N. - Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS); M.S.N. - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP); M.S.N. - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) Subspecialty

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This Master of Science in Nursing program prepares professional nurses to assume leadership roles at an advanced practice level in the care of critically ill or injured patients and their families. Within this major, students can choose either the acute-care nurse practitioner (ACNP) and/or the clinical nursing specialist (CNS) role. Within the acute-care nurse practitioner option, students can concentrate in either the emergency nurse practitioner (ENP) subspecialty or the critical-care subspecialty. ACNP and ENP students have the option of taking additional clinical and adding the CNS portion to their existing program. Each role shares a blend of practice, education, consultation and collaboration. After completing the program, students will be prepared to practice at an advanced practice level in a critical-care, emergency-care or acute-care setting.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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