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Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Fall Term 2010

August 20-22 MBA Orientation
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DIRECTOR: Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., MPH, RN, A-CCC OFFICE: 203 Stallings Hall
COORDINATOR FOR DNP PROGRAM: Gwendolyn George, DNP, FNP-BC

WEB PAGE: css.loyno.edu/nursing/

The School of Nursing offers a Post-masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Students admitted to the this program are licensed nurse practitioners certified in the following areas: adult, gerontology, family, pediatric or women's health. There is no campus residency required. One week of campus orientation each year is required

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.

Accreditation 

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (2006-2016): School of Nursing Accredited by NLNAC (2007-2015).

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 will be admitted unconditionally.

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. 
  12. Sixty days prior to enrollment, the student is required to apply for a certified background review at their own expense, by a provider designated by Loyola University New Orleans with the results reported to Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing: Attention Vanessa Bailey. Information on this process will be provided to the student upon acceptance of an admission offer.
  13. Applicant is required to attend an applicant interview at Loyola University New Orleans as part of the admission criteria and process. 

** 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, Certification and Background Check Requirements

Upon entering the D.N.P. program, each student must supply a copy of a current unencumbered, unrestricted and valid registered nurse license in the state in which  practicum course will occur. All D.N.P. students must show proof of licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse and proof or certification in one of the following tracks: adult, family, gerontology, pediatric or women's health.

Sixty days prior to enrollment, the student is required to apply for a certified background review at their own expense, by a provider designated by Loyola University New Orleans with the results reported to Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing: Attention Vanessa Bailey. Information on this process will be provided to the student upon acceptance of an admission offer.

DNP Program

The DNP program is 38 semester credit hours in length. In addition to theoretical coursework, the program requires 540 hours of practice experience conducted in the practicum, and capstone courses beyond the master's level. The overall practice hours for the DNP are a minimum of 1000 hours of which 540 hours are satisfied by the DNP curriculum. The remaining hours are validated in the master's curriculum by a transcripts analysis or certified letter describing the number of practicum hours earned from the accredited school awarding the masters degree. All new DNP students are required to attend a 5 day orientation on the campus of Loyola annually prior to the first semester of enrollment (May). All continuing students are required to attend a 5 day on campus session on Capstone projects at the conclusion of the first year of study.

DNP Curriculum

Semester I Total Credits: 6

                                        N900 Philosophy of Science (3 credits)

N905 Ethics & Social Justice (3 credits)


Semester II Total Credits:9

N910 Epidemiology (3 credits)

N925 Program Planning (3 credits)

N950 Integrating Behavioral Health in Primary care (3 credits)

Semester III Total Credits: 8

N920 Biostatistics (3 credits)

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

N930 DNP Advanced Practicum I (2 credits)


Semester IV Total Credits: 6

N945 DNP Advanced Practicum II (3 credits)

N940 Health Policy & Economics (3 credits)


 

Semester V Total Credits: 6 

N955 Informatics & Finance (3 credits)

N935 Leadership of Systems Change & Innovation (3 credits)

Semester VI Total credits: 3-6

N960 Capstone Project (3-6 credits)


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DNP Clinical Practice Hours

  1. The DNP program will require 480 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 60 practice hours. The total number of practice hours is 540.
  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 540 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.

Practice Affiliation Agreement

Affiliation Agreements between the University and a clinical agency are required before a student commences the practicum. These are to be completed before the semester of the practicum and the student must verify with the faculty of record that all requirements noted in the affiliation are met prior to the practicum, i.e. immunizations, etc.

Human Subjects Review

Capstone projects are to be subjected to University Human Subject Review process. The organization in which Capstone is performed may also require an HSR at the organization prior to execution. 

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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