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Loyola University New Orleans – Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)2019-07-26T18:16:02+00:00

Loyola University New Orleans – Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Program Overview

From Loyola University:

“Renowned as a leading institution for the advancement and education of health care professionals, Loyola University New Orleans offers two entry options to your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)—a Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-to-DNP) and a Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN-to-DNP). Rooted in the Jesuit tradition of social justice, care for the whole person, and values-based leadership, these CCNE-accredited programs prepare you to lead teams, organizations, and individuals within the complex health care system.”

At a Glance

Total credit hours BSN-to-DNP: 78

MSN-to-DNP: 39+

Tuition per credit Tuition and fees
Accreditation Loyola University New Orleans is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; the School of Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Practicum, internship and/or on-campus intensive BSN-to-DNP:

  • 1,260 clinical hours
  • Four (4) FNP clinical courses with practicum (720 clock hours).
  • Three (3) DNP Scholarly Project clinical courses including additional clinical hours of preparation as an FNP (420 direct patient care hours, 120+ DNP Scholarly Project hours).
  • Must attend four (4) on-campus intensives sessions of 1-3 days in length throughout the program, with the final visit being the defense of the DNP Scholarly Project.


  • A minimum of 1000 post-baccalaureate supervised clinical hours are required for the DNP degree. Up to 500 hours may be transferred from master’s program clinical hours
  • Three (3) Scholarly Project clinical courses (540 clock hours).
  • Additional hours may be completed as needed by enrolling in additional practicum courses.
  • Must attend two (2) on-campus intensives sessions of 1-2 days in length throughout the program, with the final visit being the defense of the DNP Scholarly Project.
Concentrations The online BSN-to-DNP program is a pre-licensure program, which prepares Family Nurse Practitioners at the doctoral level. Graduates of the BSN-to-DNP program will be eligible to sit for AANP or ANCC FNP board certification examination.

The online MSN-to-DNP program helps master’s-level nurses earn a terminal practice degree and gain targeted skills in one of two specialized areas based on your professional interests and career aspirations — Nurse Practitioner or Executive Leader.

MSN-to-DNP Concentrations

  • Nurse Practitioner: To enroll in this concentration, you must already be a certified nurse practitioner and have a master’s in nursing. You will develop advanced skills in both clinical practice as well as health care leadership.
  • Executive Leader: Strongly centered around leadership, this concentration prepares you to champion the mission of your health care organization. You will further develop advanced practice skills with a systems and population focus. Students with both advanced practice and non-clinical master’s degrees can apply for this concentration.
Full-time/part-time/accelerated Full-time/part-time
Time to complete BSN-to-DNP: 3+ years

MSN-to-DNP: 2+ years

Admission requirements According to Loyola University, to be eligible for admission to the DNP program, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete the free online application
  • Two-page type-written, double-spaced essay must be submitted online when filling out an application, addressing three areas: 1) description of goals for doctoral study, 2) research translation area of interest for the DNP Scholarly Project, and 3) career goals.
  • Copy of current and unrestricted RN license to practice in the United States
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Evidence of a BSN from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited U.S. college/university, or the equivalent from an international college/university, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Resume indicating a minimum 1 year (1,800 hours) recent nursing work experience
  • Three recommendations (on the form provided by Loyola) from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s aptitude for graduate school such as former Professors or Nursing Supervisors
  • Certified Background Check: Upon admission into the program and at least 60 days prior to enrollment, applicants are required to apply for a certified background review with the results reported to Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing. (School Code: LO22)
  • $500 deposit (upon acceptance)