Program Overview

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. Today's nursing practitioners provide complex care for patients and families in hospitals and community-based environments, design and evaluate nursing and healthcare systems, and serve as mentors and educators of nursing students.


If you currently hold a Master of Science in Nursing and have experience as a nurse practitioner or nurse executive, you are eligible for Southeastern's post-MSN DNP program.


Southeastern's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree builds on the university's strong bachelor's and master's nursing programs. This advanced degree will enhance nurses' professional opportunities.The 39 credit-hour (post-master's) program is intended to broaden the practice experiences of nurses, enhance evidence-based care, and prepare nurses to fill key leadership positions in healthcare agencies and settings.


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.



Most of the coursework required in the program is conducted through online technology, allowing for flexible course completion.



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