Doctor of Nursing Practice (Online)
Known as a leading institution for the advancement and education of healthcare professionals, Loyola University New Orleans offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online. This terminal degree is designed to train working nurses to take on the highest-level roles in healthcare. Loyola’s online DNP program was the first in the state of Louisiana. Students in the online DNP program benefit from Loyola’s world-class faculty and resources while also taking advantage of a convenient, fully online format.
Loyola’s online DNP degree 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 Track
1260 Practicum Hours
MSN to DNP – Nurse Practitioner
1000+ Practicum Hours
MSN to DNP – Executive Leader Track
1000+ Practicum Hours
Find your path to a Doctor of Nursing Practice.
Loyola offers two degree paths that leverage your current education and training to create the fastest path to earning your DNP degree.
BSN to DNP Program
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. The program can be completed in as little as three years, but must be completed within five years of enrollment.
MSN to DNP Program
The MSN to DNP online 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. This online doctoral 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 DNP courses taught by experts.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Loyola University New Orleans is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 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.
BSN to DNP – FNP Curriculum
1260 hours of supervised practicum
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. The BSN to DNP program online 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 four on-campus events: two FNP intensives and one DNP intensive, and return again to defend their scholarly project on campus prior to graduation.
- NURS 800: Theoretical Foundations & Role (3 credits)
- NURS 805: Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
- NURS 810: Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
- NURS 812: Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (3 credits)
- NURS 820: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (3 credits)
- NURS 825: Primary Care of Pediatrics (3 credits)
- NURS 830: Primary Care of Pediatrics Practicum (3 credits)
- NURS 835: Advanced Research Methods (3 credits)
- NURS 840: Primary Care of Adults (3 credits)
- NURS 845: Primary Care of Adults Practicum (3 credits)
- NURS 850: Primary Care of Adults & Women’s Health (3 credits)
- NURS 855: Primary Care of Adults & Women’s Health Practicum (3 credits)
- NURS 860: Gerontology in Primary Care (3 credits)
- NURS 900: Philosophy of Science (3 credits)
- NURS 905: Ethics and Social Justice (3 credits)
- NURS 910: Epidemiology (3 credits)
- NURS 915: Evidence-Based Practice, Research Translation & Implementation Science (3 credits)
- *NURS 920: Biostatistics (3 credits)
- NURS 925: Program Planning, Evaluation, & Quality Management (3 credits)
- NURS 930: DNP Advanced Practicum I (3 credits)
- NURS 935: Leadership of Systems Change & Innovation (3 credits)
- NURS 940: Health Policy & Economics (3 credits)
- NURS 945: DNP Advanced Practicum II (3 credits)
- NURS 950: Integrating Behavioral Health in Primary Care (3 credits)
- NURS 955: Informatics & Finance (3 credits)
- NURS 960: DNP Scholarly Project (3 credits)
*BSN to DNP students are strongly encouraged to take a graduate-level statistics course before enrolling in NURS 920: Biostatistics. The School of Nursing offers a graduate-level statistics course in the last six-week summer session.
Optional electives to assist in program coursework.
A student’s success in the BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner specialization is partially based upon solid skills in scientific writing as well as statistics and data management. The following electives are offered to strengthen this knowledge and skill set.
- NURS 802: Advanced Statistics and Data Management (3 credits)
- NURS 817: Scientific Writing (3 credits)
View more curriculum information on the University Bulletin.
What can you do with a DNP degree?
Earn a terminal degree from a top online DNP program.
Take your skills to the next level and develop advanced clinical and leadership skills to impact clinical problems at the systems or population level as an executive nurse leader or family nurse practitioner.