At bachelor and master level accelerated nursing programs, the course work and clinical training move quickly. Your successful completion of pre-requisite courses combined with a degree from Loyola show that you are prepared to absorb information and learn skills at a fast pace. In both accelerated bachelor and master’s degree nursing programs, you will learn about preventative health promotion, effective and cost-sensitive management of infectious and non-infectious diseases, and indicators of high quality health care across the continuum of health care environments and across a life span. You will take courses and do projects on pharmacology, ethics and culturally sensitive care, information management, and evidence-based health promotion. You will build your clinical competency through skills-based training and rotations in such settings as medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics, and psychiatric health care. You will also learn to offer culturally sensitive nursing care in diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic settings. Upon completion of your Bachelor's degree course work and clinical training, you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to practice nursing in your state. At this point, you can begin practicing as a registered nurse, and you may set a goal to continue into a master’s degree and advanced practice nursing later in your career.
If you are enrolled in an accelerated master’s degree program, you will continue directly onto your advance studies and advanced clinical training upon the successful completion of your baccalaureate level studies and NCLEX. During the two remaining years of your master’s degree program, you will broaden your skill set and gain competence in assessing the patient, planning and implementing care, and evaluating outcomes, especially within your chosen scope of practice. In nurse practitioner programs you have several practice areas to choose from. These include pediatric, family, adult, emergency, or acute practice areas. In nurse anesthetist programs you will become an expert in anesthesia management in surgical settings, including general and local anesthesia, and in pain management programs. As a nurse midwife you acquire an advanced skillset to work across the spectrum of reproductive health, including pre-conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. As a master's-level registered nurse, you become eligible to earn your final certification as an advanced practice registered nurse by passing APRN licensure exam offered through The American Nurses Credentialing Center and some other authorized credentialing bodies. Students in clinical nurse leader (CNL) programs focus on practices related to communicating, planning, implementing, and evaluating care delivery. As a clinical nurse leader you will take a certification examination before you are eligible to practice as a CNL. This certification is separate from the licensure exams of advanced practice nurses.