Take your career to the highest level.

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 specialized tracks based on a student’s career goals and 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
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Earn a highly specialized degree from a top program.

Loyola’s online DNP program has three career-focused tracks that are tailored to your professional goals, giving you a competitive edge in the job market and the expertise needed to become a leader in any healthcare setting.

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 exam or the American Nurses Credentialing Center exam for Family Nurse Practitioner. 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 the BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner courses and course descriptions, as well as a sample course progression that will help you outline a pathway towards degree completion.

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MSN to DNP – Nurse Practitioner

The MSN to DNP – Nurse Practitioner track of the MSN to DNP program equips master’s level nurses 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.

The program consists of 39+ credit hours and a minimum of 1,000 hours of supervised practicum. Students attend an on-campus conference each spring, and defend their scholarly project on-campus prior to graduation.

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 the MSN to DNP – Nurse Practitioner courses and course descriptions, as well as a sample course progression that will help you outline a pathway towards degree completion.

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MSN to DNP – Executive Leader

Strongly centered around leadership, the MSN to DNP Executive Leader track prepares nurses 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.

The program consists of 39+ credit hours and a minimum of 1,000 hours of supervised practicum. Students attend an on-campus conference each spring, and defend their scholarly project on-campus prior to graduation.

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 the MSN to DNP – Executive Leader courses and course descriptions, as well as a sample course progression that will help you outline a pathway towards degree completion.

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Find your path to the DNP.

Loyola offers two degree paths that leverage your current education and training to create the fastest path to earning the DNP degree.

BSN to DNP

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 program consists of 78 credit hours and 1,260 supervised practicum hours. Progression in this program must be continuous and a master’s-level degree is not awarded for partial completion. Program can be completed in as little as three years, but must be completed within five years of enrollment.

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.

Flexible online courses, taught by experts.

The BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track consists of 78 credit hours and 1,260 hours of supervised practicum.

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The MSN to DNP – Nurse Practitioner track consists of 39+ credit hours and at least 1,000 hours of supervised practicum.

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The MSN to DNP – Executive Leader track consists of 39+ credit hours and at least 1,000 hours of supervised practicum.

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