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).

(DNP Student Handbook)


DNP Applicants

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.


Online Learning

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


Students must be on campus for DNP orientation and defense of the DNP project.  Practicum hours are obtained within various facilities.



Program Outcomes

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. Janet Jones, DNP Program Coordinator
College of Nursing & Health Sciences
SLU Box 10448
Hammond, LA 70402

Tel: 985-549-5045
Fax: 985-549-5087