Doctor of Nursing Practice

Known as a leading institution for the advancement and education of health care professionals, Loyola University New Orleans offers a 100% online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program benefit from Loyola’s world-class faculty and resources while also taking advantage of a convenient, fully online format.


Program Options:
  • BSN to DNP
  • MSN to DNP

Rooted in the Jesuit tradition of social justice, care for the whole person, and value based leadership, Loyola’s DNP degree equips students with the tools needed to effectively lead teams, organizations, and individuals within the complex healthcare industry. Not only is Loyola’s DNP degree program nationally ranked, the DNP degree is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

Loyola offers two online paths to earning the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The BSN to DNP path is for registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and the MSN to DNP path is for those with a BSN (or a BSN equivalency) and a Master of Science in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing.

BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

The online BSN to DNP degree enables registered nurses with an earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to take a more direct approach in obtaining a highly valuable DNP degree in the Family Nurse Practitioner track.

The BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner track consists of 78 credit hours and 1,260 hours of supervised practicum, and can be completed in just three years. The BSN to DNP immerses students in both the theory and practice of primary care through curriculum that combines advanced nursing practice, informatics, and healthcare leadership coursework. Upon graduation, students will be qualified to sit for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Family Nurse Practitioner or the American Nurses Credentialing Center exam for Family Nurse Practitioner. Progression in this program must be continuous and a master’s-level degree is not awarded for partial completion. Program must be completed within 5 years of enrollment. Students attend an on-campus conference each spring and defend their scholarly project on-campus prior to graduation.

Courses in the Family Nurse Practitioner track include:

  • Integrating Behavioral Health in Primary Care
  • Primary Care of Adults & Women’s Health
  • Primary Care Pediatrics
  • Gerontology in Primary Care
  • Health Policy & Economics

MSN to DNP

The online Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice degree path is designed for master’s-level nurses looking to earn a terminal DNP degree and gain targeted skills in one of two specialized tracks – Nurse Practitioner or Executive Leader – based on professional interests and aspirations. The MSN to DNP program prepares students to work with interdisciplinary teams, make ethical and informed decisions, as well as translate research evidence to solve intricate healthcare challenges. The program consists of 39+ credit hours and a minimum of 1,000 hours of supervised practicum. Students may transfer up to 500 hours from prior graduate coursework. Program must be completed within 5 years of enrollment. Students attend an on-campus conference each spring, and defend their scholarly project on-campus prior to graduation.

Nurse Practitioner Track

The Nurse Practitioner track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program equips students with advanced skills in both clinical practice as well as healthcare leadership. The advanced knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities gained in the Nurse Practitioner track prepares graduates to become influential nurse leaders who bring a superior level of care to patients. To enroll in this track, students must already be a certified nurse practitioner and have a master’s degree in nursing.

Courses in the Nurse Practitioner track include:

  • Program Planning & Evaluation
  • Epidemiology
  • Leadership of Systems Change & Innovation
  • Health Policy

Executive Leader Track

Strongly centered around leadership, this track prepares students to champion the mission of a healthcare organization. The program equips students with a critical understanding of governing regulations to improve policy, work designs, patient safety, and risk management. Students with a master’s degree in nursing and a strong interest in leadership can apply for this concentration.

Courses in the Executive Leader track include:

  • Ethics and Social Justice
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Leadership
  • Informatics & Finance