Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
About the Program
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Southeastern Louisiana University is an advanced practice degree designed to prepare graduates at the highest level of nursing practice. The DNP Program focuses on advanced nursing practice to influence health outcomes for individuals (populations including direct care, care management or indirect care such as nursing administration, health policy, informatics, or population health).
The Post-MSN DNP applicant holds a Master of Science in Nursing and has experience as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), including nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwife, certified registered nurse anesthesist, or clinical nurse specialist and/or a nurse executive.
The BSN-DNP applicant holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and has experience as a registered nurse. The applicant desires a specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).
The DNP is a practice-focused terminal degree. Practice-focused graduates are prepared to generate knowledge through innovation of practice change, translation of evidence and the implementation of quality improvement processes in a variety of practice settings, systems, or with specific populations to improve health or health outcomes. Organizational and systems leadership are critical for DNP graduates to develop and evaluate new models of care delivery and sustain change at the orgaization and systems levels.
The curriculum includes areas such as biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical scholarship and analytic methods, preventive care, informatics, organizational and systems leadership, ethics, healthcare policy, project planning and practicum hours.
Students successfully graduating with an MSN concentration as a Family Nurse Practitioner meet the educational requirements to take either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) national certification examinations for Family Nurse Practitioner. Certification is required to be eligible for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Louisiana.
Most of the coursework required in the program is conducted through online technology allowing for flexible course completion. The online courses are reviewed by Quality Matters at Southeastern to ensure rigor.
Students must be on campus for DNP orientation and defense of the DNP project. Practicum hours are obtained within various facilities.
DNP Program Goals
The DNP Program prepares graduates to:
- Function at the highest level of professional practice to provide complex care for patients and families in a variety of settings.
- Incorporate scholarship, research, and analytic methods to redesign and evaluate nursing and healthcare systems.
- Function as leaders in healthcare, service, and academic settings.
Those who earn a Southeastern DNP degree:
Synthesize advanced theoretical concepts from nursing and other disciplines to support clinical leadership practices
Incorporate scholarship, research, and analytic methods to lead evidence-based practice change and continuous quality improvement
Generate clinical prevention and population health improvement strategies
Translate complex scientific findings into clinical and leadership practice
Integrate processes that support technology-enhanced, data-based healthcare
Foster intra- and interdisciplinary collaborations, which advance the level and quality of care across populations and systems
Utilize knowledge of health policy to facilitate advocacy initiatives, social justice, and ethical care
Assume high-level leadership roles in organizations and systems to positively impact the health of individuals and populations
For More Information
Dr. Laurie Kinchen, Graduate Coordinator
College of Nursing & Health Sciences
SLU Box 10448
Hammond, LA 70402