Online MSN to DNP – Nurse Practitioner Program

You will find the foundational Jesuit values of the online MSN to DNP Nurse Practitioner program — a perseverance of social justice and service, and a commitment to life-long learning — align with your goals in becoming a DNP Nurse Practitioner. The advanced knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities gained in the DNP Nurse Practitioner program empower you to become an influential nurse leader who brings a superior level of care to patients. We expect you to excel in the top-management positions of your field.

Online MSN to DNP Nurse Practitioner Program Competencies

The objective of the MSN to DNP Nurse Practitioner curriculum is to impart advanced knowledge and leadership abilities to develop highly skilled Nurse Practitioners. The learning outcomes focus on excellence in eight foundational competencies based on the AACN’s guide, The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

1. Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
The advanced knowledge gained allows you to integrate nursing information from the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice. Additionally, you will be able to measure and evaluate outcomes to health and health care delivery systems and develop and evaluate new practice approaches.

2. Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking
Stand out as a nursing leader when you can ensure accountability for quality of health and patient safety. At the end of the program, you should be able to develop, implement, and evaluate care delivery approaches for current and future needs. You will also manage ethical dilemmas inherent in patient care, the health care organization, and research, and evaluate and create strategies for managing them.

3. Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-based Practice
As the DNP Nurse Practitioner, you will view patient care through a more analytical approach and act as the practice specialist in collaborative research. You will use technology to design and implement processes to evaluate outcomes of practice patterns and systems of care against national benchmarks, identify gaps in practice, and implement quality-improvement methodologies to promote patient-centered care. The relevant findings will help you as you then develop practice guidelines.

4. Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care
As a DNP Nurse Practitioner, you develop the conceptual ability and technical skills necessary to run an efficient practice. You will be the point person to design, select, use, and evaluate programs that monitor and assess outcomes of care, care systems, and quality improvement. You will also provide leadership and guidance in the evaluation and resolution of ethical and legal issues within health care systems as it relates to the use of information and technology, communication networks, and patient care technology.

5. Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care
The ability to understand and critically analyze health policy and proposals, especially from the stakeholder’s point of view, is critical in influencing the development and implementation of institutional local, state, federal and/or international health policy. You may advocate for the nursing profession as well as for social justice, equity, and ethical policies within the policy and health care communities.

6. Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
As a DNP Nurse Practitioner, you can develop and implement practice models and guidelines, peer reviews, health policy and standards of care. Using your advanced collaboration skills, you can lead teams in the analysis of complex practice and organizational issues and to create lasting change in health care.

7. Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health
On the community level, DNP Nurse Practitioners analyze epidemiological, biostatistical, environmental, and other scientific data related to individual, aggregate and population health and evaluate their care delivery models. They will use their findings to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions to address health promotion and disease prevention efforts, improve health status, and address gaps in care.

8. Advanced Nursing Practice
When you become a DNP Nurse Practitioner, you improve health and wellness when you provide your team and your community with an advanced level of care and knowledge. In this role, you will use conceptual and analytical skills in evaluating the links among practice, organizational, population, fiscal and policy issues, and mentor other nurses to achieve excellence in nursing practice.


Discover the coursework that drives you to become an in-demand DNP Nurse Practitioner who provides an advanced level of care to patients and communities. The MSN-DNP Nurse Practitioner program consists of 42 credit hours over 14 courses, with a minimum of 1,000 practicum hours. Students may transfer up to 500 hours from prior graduate coursework. Learn more about the specific courses taken to achieve the prestigious title of DNP Nurse Practitioner.


Loyola University New Orleans proudly hosts an award-winning full-time faculty dedicated to serving and leading our DNP students to excel in their organizations by applying the cutting-edge skills and latest knowledge learned in the program. All full-time faculty teaching the MSN-DNP Nurse Practitioner program hold a doctoral degree, and each faculty member has years of experience and expertise in the courses they teach. Meet the faculty who will guide you set you on your personal path of success.

Career Outlook

As nursing roles expand, the need for DNP Nurse Practitioners grows. You can enjoy a long career in treating patients and their families in a holistic sense, acting as their primary care provider and expanding their healthcare knowledge. Discover the rewarding Nurse Practitioner career opportunities and salary ranges available to you when you complete the MSN-DNP Nurse Practitioner program.

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