Louisiana Nursing Doctorate Degree Programs

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans: DNP Program Review
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans, 433 Bolivar St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-2223.
The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) New Orleans is the division of Louisiana State University that manages healthcare programs. The university enrolls over 2,500 students and is based in New Orleans. The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport also offers healthcare related programs.

Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Nursing Science degree programs are offered at the School of Nursing of LSUHSC. The DNP is a practical degree program which trains nurses to implement evidence-based healthcare principals. The DNP program is a post-masters program designed for nurses with a masters degree. Students in the DNP program may include nurses with an advanced practiced certification such as CNA (Nurse Anesthetist) or Nurse Practitioner (NP). The DNP program also serves community health nurses and nurse managers.

Like the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Science prepares nurses for a career in research. The Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS) is a research degree with recognized focus similar to that of the PhD in Nursing. Admission criteria to the Doctor of Nursing Science include exam scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and a BSN and MSN from an accredited nursing program. Applicants to the DNS program should have a minimum 3.5 GPA in the previous graduate program.

Loyola University New Orleans: DNP Program Review

Loyola University New Orleans

6363 Saint Charles Ave

New Orleans, Louisiana 70118-6143

Loyola University New Orleans was founded in 1904 as Loyola College. The university is a private Jesuit institution located in New Orleans. Undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs are offered at Loyola University New Orleans.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice at Loyola University New Orleans is an online degree program. The doctoral program offers three tracks for both bachelors and masters prepared nurses. Nurses with a BSN are prepared to be Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs). Upon completion of the Post-BSN to PhD program, nurses receive a DNP and are eligible to take the NP certification exam. Two masters entry options, both for nurses with APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) Certification and for nurses without APRN certification seeking an Executive Leadership focus are offered. The Post-Masters DNP can be completed in six semesters of study. The BSN to DNP program can be completed in 3 years of study.

To apply to the BSN to DNP program, students should have a 3.0 GPA or higher in the last 60 credits of their degree program. Masters degreed applicants should have a minimum 3.2 GPA and be a graduate of a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE.

Nursing traineeships and federal financial aid are available to nursing students to assist in funding their education at Loyola University New Orleans.

Southern University and A&M College: PhD in Nursing Program Review

Southern University and A&M College

Southern University Graduate Nursing Programs

School of Nursing

J. K. Haynes Bldg., Room 112

170 Swan Ave.

Baton Rouge, LA

Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (more commonly known as Southern University A&M College) was founded in 1890 and is part of the Southern University System. Southern University A &M College is based in Baton Rouge. Additional campuses in the Southern University System are in Shreveport and New Orleans.

The PhD in Nursing at Southern University and A&M College prepares students for a career in research. The PhD can be completed in three years of full time study, which includes summer terms. The last two semesters of the PhD program are dedicated to dissertation research. The doctoral research program has a focus on at-risk populations, specifically women and children. PhD students are trained to become leaders in nursing education, leadership and practice. Parts of the PhD in Nursing program are delivered online.

Admission requirements for the PhD in nursing include a BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must also submit an exam score report for the GRE with a score of 1200 or higher. Only one prerequisite course in statistics is required for the doctoral program. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement may receive conditional admission pending the completion of 12 credits with a grade of “B” or better in each course.