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Live Locally… Learn Globally… Lead confidently… with your DNP from Loyola University New Orleans…online!

Why the Loyola University New Orleans
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree?

For over 30 years, the Loyola School of Nursing has initiated innovative distance learning programs to address the demand for dramatic changes in nursing and healthcare.

In our tradition of excellence, we offer an accredited online DNP program. The program is a 2 year, 39 credit online learning community where you can live locally and learn globally. By using a model of critical reflection and inquiry, we help you accelerate your professional competence so that you lead confidently in the emerging healthcare systems.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Loyola University New Orleans is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola University New Orleans offers two DNP options:

  1. Nurse Practitioner Option: The Doctor of Nursing Practice program, for those who are nurse practitioners, incorporates the science and use of behavioral health approaches in primary care system designs and practice to provide a more comprehensive and effective outcome experience for patients and systems.
  2. Executive Leadership Option: The DNP program option for the executive leader incorporates the use of organization development science in health care organization design, practice, and innovation to provide comprehensive, effective outcomes for leadership in high performance organizations.

What is unique about the Loyola University New Orleans DNP?

  • Our DNP graduates are steeped in Ignatian values and educated in the Jesuit tradition of social justice, critical thinking, and commitment to service- making them even more marketable to medical and healthcare communities.
  • Our DNP students experience diversity of thought from various professionals around the country, adding to an expanded "thought leadership" approach in education. Our priority is the development of your personal potential.
  • The online DNP program has no campus residency requirements other than an annual orientation and your return to defend the capstone at the conclusion of your program.
  • Finally, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is crafted around the "AACN 8 Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice."

My experience in the DNP program at Loyola has been very positive and rewarding. The faculty are very supportive and available to the students. The curriculum content is right on target. I am halfway finished the program and have learned so much new information that I am able to use now in my daily practice. I am confident that the latter half of this program will be as rewarding and I am excited about starting my Capstone Project.

- DNP alumna Michelle Midkiff, APRN-C

Who is eligible to apply?

If you are a registered nurse with a masters degree and who is certified as a nurse practitioner in the US in adult, family, pediatrics, women's health, or gerontology, or interested in performing at the executive leadership level, you are eligible. Please proceed to the application program.

The early application/decision deadline is November 1. Final applications are due by February 15. Each cohort enrollment starts in May each year and progresses together through the plan of study to graduation.

Nurse traineeships, Nurse Faculty Loan Repayment Program, and other loans are available after enrollment.

Interested in finding out more? Please attend one of our virtual open houses.