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Louisiana's only B.S.N. to D.N.P. nursing program underway at Loyola

Loyola press release - May 7, 2012

Nurses from across the United States converged on the Loyola University New Orleans campus last week for orientation into Louisiana’s first and only program that offers nurses currently holding a bachelor’s degree a chance to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Loyola’s School of Nursing welcomed 40 nursing candidates to town for a three-day orientation before they begin the three-year, 78-credit hour, post-baccalaureate to D.N.P. program.

Before the B.S.N to D.N.P curriculum was offered, nurses in Louisiana wanting to receive a D.N.P. degree were required to first obtain a master’s degree. Now, nurses with a bachelor’s can receive their D.N.P. degree by completing the program, which makes them eligible for certification as a family nurse practitioner.

Loyola has been developing and promoting the program and its curriculum for more than a year, and according to School of Nursing Director Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., the B.S.N. to D.N.P. program was created as a way to meet the demands of a changing health care field.

“Right now, there is a shortage of primary health care providers, and one of the ways to address the shortage is to have nurse practitioners step up and fill that need,” Cary said. “By offering the post-baccalaureate to D.N.P. program, we make the nurse practitioner field more attractive. Last week’s orientation marked a positive, tangible first step in our efforts to put more quality nurse practitioners into the field.”

The School of Nursing also announced Jeri Buckley of Naples, Fla. as the winner of the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence national scholarship, which will pay Buckley’s tuition to attend the program. There are only 250 Jonas Scholars in the United States, and Loyola is the only nursing school in Louisiana to successfully compete for this national scholarship.

For more information, contact Matt Lambert in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448 or mlambert@loyno.edu.

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