Featured DNP Programs (RN Required)

  • The DNP program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans is offered by their School of Nursing and is accredited by COA and CCNE. It is designed for advanced practice nurses that desire careers in specialized clinical nursing and executive leadership in numerous concentrations. The average student completes the program in two years, but it may take three years if studying part-time. Please inquire about their application deadline dates directly from the school.
  • Loyola University offers a DNP program that is available 100% online. Qualified Nurse Practitioners are able to focus on either integrated behavioral health or executive leadership. There are infrequent campus visits that will be required, and students are able to study part-time or full-time. Two years of study will ensure that full-time students complete the degree requirements. Part-time students will take three years. Deadline dates are determined by the start date and frequently change each year. Please acquire this information by contacting the school.

DNP Nurse Checklist

When applying to any DNP program, do not underestimate the competitiveness of other applicants. Classes are small, and only the most promising students are admitted each year. Ensure that your application is completed and submitted well in advance of the deadline dates, and make sure you are very aware of the application procedure. We recommend contacting the schools that interest you to obtain this information. Schools have a strict admissions process and multiple prerequisites are not negotiable. Most of these schools offer bridge programs for those without their MSN or even BSN degrees, but it is still necessary to complete graduate education before you will be eligible for the doctorate. This is the list of what is required when applying for a DNP program in Louisiana:

  • Your overall Grade Point Average score must be at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, but most schools require this to actually be a minimum of 3.5.
  • Only accredited BSN and MSN degrees are acceptable and they must already have been completed.
  • You will need to possess licensure to practice as a registered Advanced Practice Nurse in Louisiana. It must be unencumbered and valid.
  • Three letters of reference are required, and they are only acceptable if from academic supervisors, employers, medical doctors, and colleagues.
  • You will need to request official transcripts from every college or university that you have ever attended.
  • Graduate research, nursing theory, and statistics courses must have been completed within the last five years.
  • A full health check will need to be performed and evidence of certain immunizations provided. Be prepared for the school to do a full background check as well.
  • All clinical hours worked as a graduate student and as an Advanced Practice Nurse must be evidenced.
  • All academic achievements, career experiences, and voluntary undertakings should be listed in detail on your current resume.
  • Scholarly papers or creative written work will be requested by the school.
  • A personal interview with the school must be granted. Ensure that you attend without other arrangements interfering with your availability.
  • In a well-written essay, detail your career objectives. Explain your reasons for pursuing a doctoral education and describe how the program is an integral part of achieving your professional goals.