Program Overview

The online Master of Science in Nursing / Population-Based Infection Control & Environment Safety (PICES) Advanced Practice Nursing degree is designed to  prepare nurses to deal with health care challenges such as infections, emerging diseases, environmental hazards, and other threats. 

Graduates will have enhanced their knowledge of infection and safety in order to ensure the health and well-being of the patients they care for by learning about preventing, detecting, and treating infections and diseases. 

This program requires students to complete core courses, advanced specialty courses, PICES specialty courses, an elective course, and a clinical practicum. 

Advanced specialty courses include:

  • Health Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Health Policy and Healthcare Delivery
  • Advanced Concepts in Community Health
  • Theory, Methods, and Advanced Concepts in Health Systems Management

Students must complete a Clinical Practicum within this specialty. In order to begin the practicum, students are required to have 2,000 hours of recent clinical nursing experience. This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.


    • Official Transcripts
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • A Personal Statement
    • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
    •  Interview
    • Current Nursing License
    • A BSN degree with a 3.0 GPA


    Due to Nursing faculty requirements, the following online programs will not be available to residents of Minnesota, Washington, Washington and Colorado.

    School Overview

    Loyola University Chicago is a two-year public school located in Chicago, Illinois. LUC was founded in 1870 by the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus as St. Ignatius College. Today, the school is the largest Jesuit University in the United States and is one of the 28 members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The institution is associated with the Roman Catholic Church in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. Although the school is primarily Roman Catholic, LUC encourages each person to celebrate their personal faith and to respect and learn from other people of faith within our Loyola community.

    Loyola University Chicago offers associate's, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, certificates of completion at the graduate level, and doctorate degrees. LUC is home to the following schools and colleges:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • Arrupe College
    • Quinlan School of Business
    • School of Communication
    • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
    • School of Education
    • The Graduate School
    • School of Law
    • Stritch School of Medicine
    • Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
    • School of Social Work

    Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. Online degrees are offered at all levels from most schools.


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