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Loyola’s New Bachelor of Science in Nursing program receives approval from Maryland Board of Nursing

A Loyola faculty member walks with a student past a sign at Mercy Medical Center.

Loyola University Maryland’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) has received approval from the Maryland Board of Nursing.

The program, which is scheduled to launch in Fall 2025, has already been recommended for implementation by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The program will be run through a partnership with Mercy Medical Center, which will provide clinical placements at Mercy’s downtown Baltimore campus, in addition to other resources and support.

“Our BSN program will have a tremendous impact on Loyola and on the exceptional education we are able to deliver to our students,” said Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs. “This program will also have a profound and meaningful impact on our community, which is facing a nursing shortage.”

The launch of the BSN will be part of Together We Rise: Loyola University Maryland’s Strategic Plan for 2030, which calls for advancing the University’s STEM education, including in the health sciences.

“Our University has a long and distinguished history of educating students in STEM fields, and we look forward to expanding our offerings in the health sciences,” said Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D., president of Loyola. “Loyola is excited and honored to partner with Mercy Medical Center in helping to address Maryland’s ongoing nursing workforce shortage—and we look forward to welcoming our first nursing students.”

Loyola and Mercy have a shared history as faith-based, mission-driven institutions deeply committed to the City of Baltimore. Founded in 1852 by the Society of Jesus, Loyola merged in 1971 with Mount Saint Agnes College, a women’s college founded by the Sisters of Mercy, who also founded Mercy Medical Center in downtown Baltimore in 1874.

"As a community teaching hospital, Mercy is excited to partner with Loyola University Maryland to begin building a leading nursing program amid the ongoing nursing shortage in Maryland," said David N. Maine, M.D., president & CEO of Mercy Health Services. "Our shared mission of service, core values, and Catholic identity form a strong foundation to build an exemplary academic program. This promising collaboration will generate a new pipeline of high-quality nurses dedicated to clinical excellence and improving community health in Baltimore City."

Loyola is also searching for a director of the BSN program with the hope of filling that role this summer.