Loyola University Chicago



820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Loyola University Chicago’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing offers the BSN-DNP program that is designed to provide additional knowledge and skills so that nurses may further enhance the health and well being of the individuals and communities with whom they work. The changing demands of the nation’s complex healthcare environment require the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure high quality patient outcomes. The curriculum focuses on clinical practice and evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking. The BSN-DNP program enables nurses to become expert nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, leaders, and inter-professional collaborators in improving outcomes in health care systems.

As the terminal degree for nurses, a DNP offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The BSN-DNP program provides nurses with the knowledge and skill for providing innovative practice and leadership to the profession and for ensuring high quality health care across all settings through the dissemination of evidence-based practice initiatives to patients, families, communities and populations. These DNP leaders will be well-positioned for advancing the practice and translating the science of nursing as nursing leaders, clinical faculty, and/or practitioners.  

Loyola’s BSN-DNP program centers on the “Health of the Public” and the translation of evidence-based practices to improve outcomes.  The program focuses on populations at risk for disease, populations that are experiencing alterations in health, populations across the nation and globe, and systems that promote safe and efficient health care environments. The program emphasizes leadership in the implementation of transformational change in the student’s area of practice. Completion of a faculty-supervised DNP Scholarly Project provides opportunity for students to demonstrate this expertise.

BSN-DNP Specialty Tracks:

  • The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program with specialization in Substance Use and Addiction Disorders
  • Family Nurse Practitioner program with a specialization in Emergency Room
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program with specialization in Oncology
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program with specialization in Oncology


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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