Loyola University New Orleans and Ochsner Health are preparing to launch a new pre-licensure undergraduate nursing program. The first class will start in the fall of 2021. The four-year, full-time undergraduate program, which leads to a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, features in-person classroom instruction at Loyola and hands-on clinical training with Ochsner Health.
Currently, Loyola offers post-licensure nursing education and graduate programs for nursing. The launch of this new program marks the return of undergraduate nursing to Loyola. After graduation, students will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses (RNs).
Students pursuing the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will study alongside their peers at Loyola, pursuing the university’s core liberal arts curriculum with a pre-nursing focus for one year. Starting in year two, the curriculum will move to a completely nursing science focus full of experiential learning opportunities. On campus, students will participate in simulated learning in a new Nursing Simulation Lab in Loyola’s Monroe Hall. The new space built by Loyola and Ochsner is projected to be completed by mid-2022.
A key component of the new program is Loyola’s partnership with Ochsner Health, which will provide Loyola undergraduate nursing students with clinical faculty and clinical placements. On average, Ochsner offers more than 2,100 clinical placements to undergraduate students from a variety of nursing programs. Loyola undergraduate nursing students will complete a total of eight clinical rotations at various Ochsner facilities.
This was reported by Ochsner Health and Loyola University New Orleans on October 21, 2020.
Contact information: Patricia M. Murret, Associate Director of Public Affairs, Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118; 504-352-8775; Email: email@example.com; Website: https://www.loyno.edu/
Contact information: Christine Rigamer, Senior Specialist, Public Relations, Ochsner Health, 1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, Louisiana 70121; 281-793-3206; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: https://www.ochsner.org/