Louisiana DNP Programs

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Louisiana DNP Programs

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal level nursing degree that focuses on clinical practice, which differs from the research-centered PhD. There are currently five DNP programs in Louisiana. This number is likely to grow as the DNP becomes necessary for advanced practice certification in the future.

The common mission of these programs is to prepare nurses to be leaders in the healthcare field. The programs often have a strong focus on evidence-based practice and on improving the quality of care provided in medical facilities. The programs aim to not only further the expertise of advanced practice nurses, but also to prepare graduates to transform clinical practice and shape healthcare policy.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Some Louisiana DNP programs are open to only applicants with a master's degree, while others also offer a post-baccalaureate pathway. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, for example, offers a post-MSN program which consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours and 1000 post-BSN clinical hours, and a doctoral project with a 3.0 GPA. Students must earn at least a "B" in a course or they must repeat it. Loyola University New Orleans, on the other hand, offers two post-master's tracks and one post-bachelor's track. Students must complete 1000 post-BSN clinical hours in addition to coursework (about 78 credits post-BSN and 39 for post-MSN) and a capstone project.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements differ slightly for each program, but there are many similarities. Applicants to Louisiana DNP programs should expect to meet the following requirements:

  • Master's or bachelor's degree from an accredited program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts
  • Current, unencumbered RN or APRN license and certification
  • Applicants who are not primarily English speakers: TOEFL
  • Completed application with essay describing motivation for DNP
  • Current resume
  • Interview
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completion of an approved statistics course
  • Background check


Tuition varies from program to program. This information is sometimes difficult to find online. Loyola University New Orleans discloses that it costs $818 per credit hour to attend its DNP program.

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5207 Essen Lane, Suite 6
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
Phone: (225) 763-3570
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New Orleans, LA 70118

Louisiana Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (LA)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most Louisiana DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

Louisiana DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Louisiana, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there are strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your Louisiana educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Louisiana Board of Nursing to find out more about how Louisiana recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one Louisiana schools current DNP program prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for Louisiana Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Louisiana, more and more Louisiana higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in Louisiana to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, Louisiana nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvement in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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