Ranked 51st overall among the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs U.S. News & World Report

 

Known as a leading institution for the advancement and education of healthcare professionals, Loyola University New Orleans offers a 100% online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree designed to train working nurses to take on the highest-level roles in healthcare. Students in the DNP program benefit from Loyola’s world-class faculty and resources while also taking advantage of a convenient, fully online format.

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and taught by leaders in the healthcare field, Loyola’s DNP degree program equips students with the tools needed to effectively lead teams, organizations, and individuals within the complex healthcare industry. To prepare students to achieve their professional goals, Loyola offers these three paths to the DNP degree based on whether the student is entering the program with a BSN or MSN degree:

  • BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner Track
  • MSN to DNP – Nurse Practitioner Track
  • MSN to DNP – Executive Leader Track

BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

The online BSN to DNP degree enables registered nurses who have earned the 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. This program 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

Visit the curriculum page for a full list of courses and course descriptions, as well as a sample course progression that will help you outline a pathway towards degree completion.

MSN to DNP

The online MSN to DNP degree path is designed for master’s-level nurses looking to earn a terminal Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and gain targeted skills in one of two specialized tracks – Nurse Practitioner or Executive Leader. The MSN to DNP program prepares students to work with interdisciplinary teams, make ethical and informed decisions, and implement evidence-based solutions to complex 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. 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 and healthcare leadership. The advanced knowledge and experience gained in the Nurse Practitioner track prepare 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 hold a master’s degree in nursing.

Courses in the Nurse Practitioner track include:

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

Visit the curriculum page for a full list of courses and course descriptions, as well as a sample course progression that will help you outline a pathway towards degree completion.

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

Visit the curriculum page for a full list of courses and course descriptions, as well as a sample course progression that will help you outline a pathway towards degree completion.

About the College of Nursing and Health

The College of Nursing and Health has been preparing students and working nurses to be innovative, ethical, and well-rounded leaders in the healthcare field for more than 30 years. Graduates of Loyola’s School of Nursing are committed both to serving individual people, as well as working to improve the healthcare field as a whole. Not only is the School of Nursing consistently ranked among the Best Graduate Schools of Nursing (USN&WR), but it is also considered one of the Top Online Graduate Nursing Programs – and the highest-ranked Jesuit online graduate nursing program (USN&WR). The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice at Loyola University New Orleans are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.