Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
School of Nursing
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Overview of the program
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program 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. Southeastern Louisiana University DNP program builds upon the strong master's level advanced practice nursing and nurse executive tracks offered at Southeastern and the University of Louisiana in Lafayette (UL).
Strengths of the program
A partnership between Southeastern and UL Lafayette provides stand-alone but mutually supportive DNP programs. The partnership maximizes efficiencies through shared classes, library and other resources; utilizing distance learning technologies to increase access to students throughout the state. The DNP program faculty are recognized for their expertise within the university, as well as throughout the health care community at local, state and national levels. Our program offers study plan options to accommodate working advanced practice nurses and leaders so that they can pursue a degree without leaving their job.
Preparing for a job in the program
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.
Those who earn a Southeastern Doctor of Nursing (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
Careers in the program
Students completing the DNP program are prepared for positions in:
- Leadership positions in health organizations, industry, government agencies
- Clinical information technology
- Academic faculty positions (evidence-based practice, clinical practice, teaching)
- Outcomes manager
- Quality Improvement Director
Starting Salaries after completing the program (estimates only)
Starting salaries vary widely by experience, practice setting, region and state.
Related fields that might interest you
- Doctor in Nursing Science (DNS)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
How do I know this is the degree for me?
Common Strengths and interests of students in the program
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is the terminal degree that prepares the highest level of nursing scholar to translate evidence into practice and to serve as leaders in nursing practice. Students take 39 credit hours (post-master's) in a distance-friendly format and are able to choose a 4-, 6-, or 8-semester study plan, depending on full-time or part-time status.
The curriculum includes areas such as biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical scholarship and analytic methods, preventive care, informatics, organizational and systems leadership, ethics and healthcare policy, project planning, and practicum hours.
Graduate Nursing Program
Luanne Billingsley, DNP, MBA, APRN, ACNS-BC, DNP Coordinator
Hammond, LA 70402
On Campus: Kinesiology and Health Studies, Room 1010
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