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Doctor of Nursing Practice

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DIRECTOR: Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., MPH, RN, A-CCC OFFICE: 203 Stallings Hall
PROFESSORS: Ann H. Cary, Gail Tumulty
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR: Barbara A. Bihm, Cynthia Collins, Debra B. Copeland, Michael T. Landry, Heidi T. Landry, Mary D. Oriol
ASSISTANT PROFESSORS: Beverly A. Anderson, Kim B. Brannagan, Gwendolyn George, Lisa J. Linville, Martiza Selgado

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program was approved by the Board of Trustees of Loyola University New Orleans in May 2009 and will admit students in spring 2010 pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The program will initially admit post masters students who hold a masters degree as family/adult nurse practitioners and wish to pursue the practice doctorate, DNP.

Mission of the Doctor of Nursing (DNP) Practice Program

The mission of the DNP program is congruent with the philosophy and organizing framework of the School of Nursing and flows from the mission statement of the College of Social Sciences and the statement of purpose of Loyola University New Orleans. The mission of the DNP program is to provide a rigorous Jesuit education: to prepare advance nursing practice leaders to direct health care systems and interprofessional teams; to refine critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills to reduce health disparities and advance quality of care; to translate the science of nursing and health care to clinical practice; and to execute new practice options for doctorally prepared nurses in health care systems.

Goals of the DNP Program

The goals of the DNP program are as follows:

1. Prepare advanced nursing practice leaders in doctoral nursing education in the Jesuit tradition of social justice.

2. Prepare advanced nursing practice leaders to improve and extend health care to diverse populations.

3. Prepare advanced nursing practice leaders to evaluate scientific knowledge to ensure quality and improve outcomes in health care systems.

4. Prepare advanced nursing practice leaders to promote culturally relevant health care to reduce health disparities.

5. Prepare advanced nursing practice leaders to demonstrate information literacy to improve and transform health care.

6. Prepare advanced nursing practice leaders to influence health care policy.

Objectives of the DNP Program

Upon completion of the DNP program, graduates will be able to:

1. Analyze critical practice and system elements to provide comprehensive and ethically defensible health care delivery;

2. Design systems of care recognizing organizational dynamics and independent and interprofessional practices, which result in improved health status for populations;

3. Demonstrate leadership that facilitates health care system changes in practice delivery, resulting in improved quality of care;
4. Evaluate new practice approaches based on the critical appraisal and integration of nursing and interprofessional sciences;

5. Use best available evidence to assure quality in clinical practice;

6. Lead the development of culturally relevant systems;

7. Evaluate system influences which can remediate health disparities globally;

8. Demonstrate information literacy in complex health care decision-making;

9. Provide leadership for health care that shapes health care financing, policy, regulation, ethics, and delivery.

Admission Requirements For The DNP Program

Admission into the DNP program is competitive. Students are admitted into the DNP program based on a review of all materials provided to the School of Nursing faculty. Students may be admitted unconditionally or provisionally.

DNP Admission Criteria

As a condition of the application process, all applicants must provide the following:

1. BSN or equivalent and master’s in nursing from a school accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

2. Official transcripts from each degree-granting college or university attended.

3. Copies of current, unencumbered RN license and advanced practice license (if applicable), in the state in which all clinical practica for this program will occur.

4. Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher on earned graduate degree course work.

5. Minimum of one year’s recent post-master’s work experience.

6. Three letters of recommendation (using the form provided by Loyola) from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s aptitude for doctoral study, such as former professors.

7. Copy of a current Basic Cardio Life Support (BCLS).

8. Essay addressing three areas: 1) description of goals for doctoral study, 2) research translation area of interest, and 3) career goals.

9. Formal interview with one or more Loyola School of Nursing faculty members.

10. **Prior to admission or as a condition of progression, evidence of completion of a 3 credit hour graduate-level statistics course with an earned grade of C or better prior to NURS 920 Biostatistics.

11. Evidence of a minimum of 500 practice hours at the master’s level in the area of specialty for which this application is being considered. .

** Graduate-level statistics course must be taken prior to the Spring term of the first year.

A deposit will be required when a student accepts an offer of admission to the DNP program. This deposit will be applied to the tuition bill after the final drop/add period in the second semester. The deposit will not be refunded for any reason should the student who accepts admission subsequently not enroll in the semester authorized for admission.

Transfer Credits

Students who have earned academic credit at another accredited college or university may be allowed to transfer up to six credits into the DNP program. In all cases course work will be evaluated for equivalency to Loyola requirements; therefore students must provide course descriptions and syllabus to assist faculty in the evaluation process. However 36 of 38 credits of course work must be earned at Loyola for the DNP.

Registered Nurse Licensure Requirements

As a condition of Admission, each student must supply a copy of a current unencumbered, unrestricted valid registered nurse license in the state in which the student will be conducting the practicum courses and declare there are no grounds for disciplinary proceedings. If at any point during the program a student’s RN license becomes encumbered or restricted, the student must provide written notification to the director of the School within 24 hours

DNP Program

The DNP program is 38 semester credit hours in length and delivered online. Students may remain in their communities while taking all course work online. One week of orientation on the Loyola University New Orleans campus is required prior to the first semester of study and one week face to face attendance on the campus of Loyola University New Orleans is required after completing the first full year of the curriculum in order to work on the capstone planning project with the capstone committee No other on-campus visits are required.

DNP Curriculum

Students progress through the curriculum as a cohort following the rotations schedule below.

Course Rotation Schedule

Semester I Summer

N900 Philosophy of Science (3 credits)

N905 Ethics & Social Justice (3 credits)

Total Credits: 6 credit hours

Semester II Fall

N910 Epidemiology (3 credits)

N915 Evidence-based Practice & Research Translation (3 credits)

Total Credits: 6 credit hours

Semester III Spring

N920 Biostatistics (3 credits)

N925 Program Planning (3 credits)

N930 DNP Advanced Practicum I (2 credits)

Total Credits: 8 credit hours

Semester IV Summer

N935 Leadership of Systems Change & Innovation (3 credits)

N940 Health Policy & Economics (3 credits)

Total Credits: 6 credit hours


Semester V Fall

N945 DNP Advanced Practicum II (3 credits)

N950 Prescribed Elective (3 credits)

N955 Informatics & Finance (3 credits)

Total Credits: 9 credit hours

Semester VI Spring

N960 Capstone Project (3 credits)

Total Credits: 3 credit hours

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DNP Clinical Practicum

1. The DNP program will require 512 hours of practice experience conducted in the practicum, and capstone courses beyond the master’s level. Those students (NPs) taking N950 will have an additional 64 practice hours. The total number of practice hours is 576.

2. Clinical experiences for DNP students will occur at health care organization sites in the state in which the nurse is licensed. The practice component is conducted with the assistance of preceptors who practice in the community where the student lives. Goals and objectives of the clinical experience are negotiated with the student’s faculty committee and advisor. Oversight of the practice experience is the responsibility of the faculty.

3. The overall practice hours for the DNP are a minimum of 1000 hours of which 576 hours are satisfied by the DNP curriculum. The remaining hours are validated in the masters curriculum by a transcripts analysis or a certified letter describing the number of practicum hours earned from the accredited school awarding the masters degree.

Capstone Project Course and Other Program Requirements

The Loyola University New Orleans Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is a terminal practice degree in the same sense as the M.D. (physicians), PharmD (pharmacists) and D.P.T. (physical therapists) degrees and requires a rigorous analytical capstone project. The practice doctorate differs from the Ph.D. in Nursing. The Ph.D. focuses on the generation of research for new knowledge and culminates in a dissertation by the student. The D.N.P., however, is focused on translating the scientific research generated by the Ph.D. to health care in a timely manner so that patients experience the best applications of science and practice. The D.N.P. degree includes an integrated practicum or practice immersion experiences that generate a final scholarly project as a vital part of the experience. A completed scholarly practice portfolio provides evidence of student achievement of the Essentials and will result in at least one publishable scholarly paper to disseminate the results. The development, implementation and evaluation of this project will occur over three semesters throughout the practicum courses and culminates in the capstone course during the final semester. Each student will defend their DNP Capstone Project proposal in an open forum to an interprofessional committee of at least two members.

Student Progression

Students must maintain a cumulative of 3.0 GPA and not earn a grade below B- in any course to progress in the curriculum. Only DNP courses are calculated for the GPA.

Length of Time to Complete the Program

Students are required to complete the program within five years of their first term of enrollment.

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