Why Study Nursing at Loyola University Chicago?

Since 1992, Loyola University Chicago’s 16-month ABSN program has fast-tracked hundreds of students into the nursing profession. In 2017, the university launched an online-based ABSN program in Downers Grove, Illinois, to make its Jesuit accelerated nursing education more accessible to qualified students.

No matter which location you choose, you can expect an accredited education that teaches clinical competence within the context of ethical practice. You’ll also establish a solid foundation for networking at leading health-care facilities across the Chicago area.

In keeping with Loyola’s promise to ‘prepare people to lead extraordinary lives,’ you learn how to serve with integrity and compassion while providing quality, evidence-based care to diverse patient populations. More specifically, you’re taught to:

  • Deliver competent, compassionate care to patients from all walks of life.
  • Navigate the unique cultural and religious needs of patients.
  • Incorporate values, ethics, and legal knowledge into nursing care.
  • Collaborate with other health-care professionals to deliver safe patient care.
  • Integrate scientific evidence and patient/family preferences into nursing care.
  • Understand the influence government and institutional policies have on public health.

Overall, when you graduate from either Loyola ABSN program, you’ll have the knowledge and skills required to enter the workforce as a team-based, practice-ready nurse. But that’s not all; you’ll leave our university with a passion for justice and a commitment to the greater good.

Two Chicagoland ABSN Locations

Garden from Loyola University Chicago's Maywood Health Science Campus

Whether you’re an accelerated nursing student at our Maywood campus or Downers Grove learning center, you’re part of a learning culture that believes in inclusiveness, individual support, and cohesiveness. Nursing faculty and clinical instructors at both locations are committed to student success, teaching you everything you need to know to change people’s lives for the better, including your own.

 Students of the Maywood ABSN program complete their nursing courses, hands-on skills labs, and nursing simulation labs in person at our Health Sciences Campus. Clinical rotations take place at area health-care facilities. Students are responsible for transportation to and from clinicals.

Our Health Sciences Campus is located at:
2160 S. 1st Avenue
Maywood, Illinois 60153

Students of the Downers Grove ABSN program complete their core nursing courses online via an intuitive e-Learning platform. These students still come to our ABSN Learning Center a few times per week to participate in face-to-face skills labs, nursing simulation labs, and proctored exams. Clinical rotations take place at area health care facilities. Students are responsible for transportation to and from clinicals.

Our ABSN Learning Center is located at:
1020 W. 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Sweet Home Chicago

If enrolling in either ABSN program requires you to relocate, you’ll immediately find yourself at home in the Chicagoland area. From world-class health-care providers to great food and entertainment, you really can’t go wrong living in or near the Windy City.

Much like our university, many of our clinical partners have been expanding and innovating to meet the diverse health-care needs of vulnerable populations as well as proactively responding to an ever-evolving health-care climate. Therefore, you can expect your Accelerated BSN clinicals to provide you with well-rounded nursing experiences.

When it comes time to take a break from your nursing studies, you’ll find Chicago is home to more than 250 theaters, 225 music venues and 200 dance companies; 26 miles of lakefront with an 18.5-mile lakefront path; and more than 125 art galleries and 20 neighborhood art centers. While the city offers countless things for you to see and do, these attractions and cultural institutions top the list:

  • Adler Planetarium
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Navy Pier
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • The Field Museum

Contact us to learn more about what it’s like to study nursing at Loyola University Chicago.

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