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Frequently Asked Questions for our Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

How long will it take me to complete the online DNP program?

The online BSN-to-DNP program is designed so that full-time students can complete all coursework within three years. The MSN-to-DNP program is designed to be completed within two years of full-time study. Post-master’s students may transfer up to 500 practicum hours to complete the required practicum required. Actual time to finish either degree can vary based on students’ personal and professional obligations.

How is the online DNP program practicum structured?

The Loyola online DNP practicum is specifically designed for students to apply the theory they have learned in class and challenge them to think at a higher level. The practicum requirements consist of 1,260 clock hours for BSN-to-DNP students or 1,000 clock hours for MSN-to-DNP. A preceptor-mentor model is used, so you will have an experienced health care professional guiding you.

What kind of preceptors do I need in the program?

You will require preceptors with advanced degrees, such as physicians or nurse practitioners, or executives with titles such as CEO, CFO, or CNO. The type of preceptor needed will be largely dependent on the type of scholarly project planned or the type of clinical experience sought. There is much flexibility in preceptor choice.

How do I find a preceptor?

There are many ways to locate preceptors. One way is to look at your own network of individuals with whom you have worked, and ask one (or several) of them to precept you. Another is to join professional groups where you can meet and network with potential preceptors: for example, nurse practitioner groups in your state or region, and one of the national groups, such as the American Association of NPs, the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

What concentrations does the online DNP program at Loyola offer?

The DNP program offers unique concentrations that specialize your skills, depending on which entry option you begin the program in. Click on the links below to learn about the individual concentrations.

Will I ever be required to arrive on campus?

Yes. One campus visit per year is required.

How will my career options improve by obtaining a DNP?

You can read more about career options for those holding a DNP degree here.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Visit the tuition and financial aid page to learn more regarding tuition, including financial aid and scholarship opportunities, as well as detailed information regarding the Employer Tuition Reimbursement Program.

I hold a BSN and would like to pursue a doctoral degree. Do I need to obtain an MSN before enrolling in a DNP program?

No, you can apply to our BSN-to-DNP program. Visit the BSN-DNP overview to learn more about the program that fast-tracks you to a DNP without requiring an MSN.

What is it like taking online courses?

You will be enrolled alongside other online students who frequently engage in dialogue throughout the courses, so you will never feel isolated. You will have constant, 24/7 access to tech support, plus other great benefits. Take a look at our online learning experience page to learn more.

Will I be required to appear online at particular times?

No. Courses in our online DNP program are offered asynchronously. However, in some courses, there are opportunities for “live online classes”. But, don’t worry if you are unable to be present—all “live online classes” are recorded for later viewing.

What accreditation does this program have?

Loyola University New Orleans is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the online DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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To learn more about career opportunities you can look forward to with a DNP degree from Loyola University New Orleans, simply request more information or call 866-789-9809 today.