The Doctor of Nursing Practice at UL Lafayette is one of the best in the country. The program was ranked No. 143 in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 edition of “Best Colleges” in the best nursing schools: doctor of nursing practice category.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at UL Lafayette is a professional degree with a focus on advanced practice nursing or nurse executive in clinical or organizational settings. Our DNP program is designed to make you a leader in a constantly changing and complex health care system. Our curriculum emphasizes evidence-based practice, organizational and systems leadership, health policy, and theoretical foundations for advanced practice nursing.
Our aim is to advance the nursing discipline and equip you with the knowledge and skill set to improve patient outcomes in your clinic, community, health system, and country. With a national shortage of physicians, nurse practitioners with doctoral degrees are ideally educated to fill that care gap. DNPs are equipped to use research to transform health care models, health care policy, and direct patient care with evidence-based practices.
In hospitals and clinics, DNPs become leaders in interprofessional team-based care, complementing the delivery of patient care provided by MDs, PharmDs, and PTs. DNPs are qualified to work in —and, indeed, benefit — health care administration at the systems level because of their advanced education in leadership and research preparation. With that research background also comes the ability to incorporate research outcomes into direct patient care.
Why choose UL Lafayette?
Our faculty members are passionate about producing high-quality professionals, and they are nationally recognized experts in their specialties. Our focus is to connect with students from day one and to provide personalized education and feedback throughout the program. Students can expect mentoring that is personalized and relationships with their professors that continue well beyond graduation.
The majority of the DNP coursework is offered online, culminating in a rigorous synthesis project. There are, however, on-campus requirements prior to the start of the program and you are also required to present your DNP synthesis project on campus at the end of the program.
If you are an out-of-state student enrolling in an online program at UL Lafayette, you automatically receive the in-state tuition incentive. That means you pay the in-state tuition amount instead of the out-of-state costs.
We offer two options for earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree: the BSN to DNP path and the post-Master’s DNP path. For the post-MSN route to the DNP, you must already have a Master of Science in Nursing as a nurse practitioner or nurse executive; the BSN to DNP is for those who do not yet have an MSN degree. If you choose to pursue the BSN to DNP path, you must complete your master’s-level clinical hours here in Louisiana. If you’re pursuing the post-MSN path, however, you can complete the residency hours in your home state.
The mission for the DNP program is to prepare expert practitioners to meet the needs of the complex healthcare environment, utilizing the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure quality patient outcomes.
Roger Rholdon, DNP, APRN, CPNP,-AC
V.L. Wharton Hall, Room 307
Because courses in this program will only be available online, the program may not be available to all applicants. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and its online programs must be in compliance in every state where a student is located. (Visit the Online Programs website to learn more.) International students also may not be eligible. According to U.S. immigration regulations, F-1 students cannot pursue online degrees; international students in other visa categories (i.e., H-4, L2) are exempt from this restriction.