On admission, each student’s record is evaluated to determine how many hours of practicum are needed to finish the curriculum with 1000 or more hours of total graduate practicum time, which is required to obtain a DNP. Semesters designated for this practicum above are recommended. With advisor approval, the student may have an alternate plan for completing these.
DNP Clinical Practicum
The DNP program requires:
The Loyola University New Orleans Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is a terminal practice degree in the same sense as the M.D. (physicians), PharmD (pharmacists) and DPT (physical therapists) degrees and requires a rigorous analytical capstone project. The practice doctorate differs from the Ph.D. in Nursing. The Ph.D. focuses on the generation of research for new knowledge and culminates in a dissertation by the student. The DNP, however, is focused on translating the scientific research generated by the Ph.D. to health care in a timely manner so that patients experience the best applications of science and practice. The DNP degree includes an integrated practicum or practice immersion experiences that generate a final scholarly project as a vital part of the program. A completed scholarly practice portfolio provides evidence of student achievement of the Essentials and will result in at least one publishable scholarly paper to disseminate the results. The development, implementation, and evaluation of this project will occur over three semesters throughout the practicum courses and culminates in the capstone course during the final semester. Each student will defend their DNP Scholarly Project proposal in an open forum to an interprofessional committee of at least two members.
Students must maintain a cumulative of 3.0 GPA and not earn a grade below B- in any course to progress in the curriculum. Only DNP courses are calculated for the GPA.
Students are required to complete the program within five years of their first term of enrollment.