Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University’s ABSN Tracks

Loyola University Chicago is a Jesuit Catholic institution founded in 1870. Loyola offers several nursing programs, including a second-degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program as well as several graduate and certificate programs.

Loyola’s ABSN track is offered at the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, IL, and the ABSN site in Downer’s Grove, IL. The program offered at their Maywood campus offers a fully in-person experience, whereas the Downer’s Grove program follows a hybrid model, requiring students to complete coursework online and go to the learning facility several times each week for labs and exams.

Regardless of which learning modality and location ABSN students choose, they will have access to skills and simulations labs which provide medical equipment and manikins to emulate a safe, mock hospital environment for student learning.

Students also will have the opportunity to carry out their clinical rotations at some of the top health care facilities in the Chicago area across a variety of nursing specialties. During their final semester, students will participate in Clinical Role Transition (CRT). During this course, they will work with a nurse preceptor for an intensive set period of clinical hours, meant to help students transition into taking active roles in management of patients.

The ABSN track has start dates in January and August each year, and in 16 months, students can graduate from the ABSN program, completing the curriculum over four full-time semesters.

ABSN Admission Requirements

Demand for Loyola’s ABSN track is high, so it is important that you meet their admissions requirements. This is an accelerated 16-month program, so applicants must possess a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to qualify. Several prerequisite courses are also required for acceptance into the program. The science prerequisite courses must be completed with a C grade or better and the non-science courses must be completed with a C- grade or better.

Students with undergraduate degrees from outside of the United States are also expected to score within proficiency requirements for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).


Loyola University Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), headquartered at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 800.621.7440. Founded in 1895, the HLC is an independent corporation that serves to ensure the quality and advancement of learning at colleges and universities located within the North Central region of the United States.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Loyola University Chicago are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The pre-licensure BSN program at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), Division of Professional Regulation.

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