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Board approval gives Loyola first B.S.N. to D.N.P. program in Louisiana

December 16, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans became the first university in Louisiana to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree, following a unanimous vote by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing on Wednesday in Baton Rouge. Loyola’s School of Nursing has been developing and promoting the program and its curriculum for nearly a year, which concluded with a site visit from board officials last month to finalize the state approval process.

The B.S.N to D.N.P program is an example of the reality of the nation’s changing health care options. Before this program was offered, nurses in Louisiana wanting to receive a D.N.P. degree were required to first obtain a master’s degree. Now, nurses wishing to receive the doctoral degree can receive their D.N.P degree by completing this three-year, 78 credit hour program and then be eligible for certification as a family nurse practitioner.

“There are so many people out there right now without proper access to primary health care. So, with the need for more primary care providers, our professional societies have determined that nurse practitioners need to step up and fill that need,” said Loyola associate professor Cynthia Collins, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., A.N.P.-B.C., G.N.P. “The research suggests, and our professional societies are recommending, that we train our nurse practitioners at a higher level to meet that mandate.”

The program is offered in an online format, enabling working nurses to advance their careers in their communities, while simultaneously continuing their education.

The deadline for applications for the B.S.N. to D.N.P. program is Feb. 1, 2012, with orientation set for April and classes slated to begin in May of 2012.

To learn more about the D.N.P. program or to apply, visit the School of Nursing and select doctoral program or contact Elena Ransom at 504-865-2499 or eransom@loyno.edu.

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