Online Accredited DNP Programs Overview

Renowned as a leading institution for the advancement and education of health care professionals, Loyola University New Orleans offers two entry options to your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)—a Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-to-DNP) and a Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN-to-DNP). Rooted in the Jesuit tradition of social justice, care for the whole person, and values-based leadership, these CCNE-accredited programs prepare you to lead teams, organizations, and individuals within the complex health care system.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (C C N E) Accreditation

Loyola’s online nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


The BSN-to-DNP program allows you to progress from BSN preparation straight to earning your DNP with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration. It is important to note that progression in this program must be continuous and a master’s-level degree is not awarded for partial completion.

  1. Family Nurse Practitioner — In this program, you will be prepared to provide, as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), comprehensive care for individuals across the lifespan in a variety of practice areas and as a member of interdisciplinary teams. Upon graduation, you will be qualified to sit for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Family Nurse Practitioner or the American Nurses Credentialing Center exam for Family Nurse Practitioner.
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Offered online with its associated flexibility, the online MSN-to-DNP program helps master’s-level nurses earn a terminal practice degree and gain targeted skills in one of two specialized areas based on your professional interests and career aspirations — Nurse Practitioner or Executive Leader. The program prepares you to work in and with interdisciplinary teams, make ethical and informed decisions, as well as translate research evidence to solve intricate health care challenges.

MSN to DNP Concentrations
  1. Nurse Practitioner — To enroll in this concentration, you must already be a certified nurse practitioner and have a master’s in nursing. You will develop advanced skills in both clinical practice as well as health care leadership.
  2. Executive Leader — Strongly centered around leadership, this concentration prepares you to champion the mission of your health care organization. You will further develop advanced practice skills with a systems and population focus. Students with both advanced practice and non-clinical master’s degrees can apply for this concentration.
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Learn from a Leader in Nursing Education

Loyola University was the first to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in the state of Louisiana and continues to lead nursing education through its online DNP program.

Where other online DNP programs solely emphasize science and theory, Loyola’s online DNP enables you bridge the gap between theory and advanced practice. This active-learning approach allows you to create sustainable, cost-effective solutions for individuals and groups, as well as uncover efficiencies to enhance health care in general.

As a DNP graduate, your leadership can span beyond the realm of your immediate community. The program equips you with the tools and critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and improve existing health care systems a as well as improve and extend care to diverse populations.

Online Accredited DNP Program Outcomes

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

  • Analyze clinical practice and system elements to provide comprehensive, ethically defensible health care delivery
  • Design systems of care recognizing organizational dynamics and independent and interprofessional practices to improve health status for populations
  • Demonstrate a leadership style that facilitates organization-wide changes in practice delivery resulting in improved quality of care
  • Evaluate new practice approaches based on the critical appraisal and integration of nursing and interprofessional sciences
  • Use best available evidence to assure quality in clinical practice
  • Lead the development of culturally relevant systems
  • Evaluate system influences that can remediate health disparities globally
  • Demonstrate information literacy in complex health care decision-making
  • Provide leadership for health care that shapes health care financing, policy, regulation, ethics, and delivery.

While in the online DNP program, your approach toward problem solving and health care assessment will change and evolve. As a Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate, you will be able to confidently evaluate scientific knowledge to ensure both overall quality, as well as identify opportunities to elevate and improve patient outcomes. Upon completion of the program, you will graduate with a fresh outlook on health care, a renewed spirit of inquiry, and a lifelong passion for continued learning.

Why Loyola University New Orleans’ online DNP?

  • Online coursework with only one visit to New Orleans per year required
  • Dedicated School of Nursing librarian ready to help you with research
  • SACS-accredited university with a CCNE-accredited DNP program
  • Since 2012, Loyola’s online DNP has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs.” The program is also top ranked in:
    • Faculty Credentials and Training
    • Student Engagement
    • Student Services and Technology
  • Opportunity for additional professional certification upon completion of the degree program
  • A dedicated network of credentialed faculty and staff as well as accomplished alumni ready to help you achieve your goals
  • Personal Support Center offers 24/7 technical support
Loyola University New Orleans Nursing Program at U.S. News and World Report

Program Ranking

Loyola's online graduate Nursing degrees (MSN and DNP) ranked among Top 50 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

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