Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Loyola University Chicago’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program that is designed to provide additional knowledge and skills so that nurses may further enhance the health and well being of the individuals and communities with whom they work. The changing demands of the nation’s complex healthcare environment require the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure high quality patient outcomes. The DNP curriculum builds on current master’s programs and provides education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking. The DNP program enables nurses to become expert nurse leaders and collaborators in solving problems in health care systems.

As the terminal degree for nurses, a DNP offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The DNP program provides nurses with the knowledge and skill for providing innovative leadership to the profession and for ensuring high quality health care across all settings through the dissemination of evidence-based practice initiatives to patients, families, communities and populations.  These DNP leaders will be well-positioned for advancing the practice and translating the science of nursing as nursing leaders, clinical faculty, and/or practitioners.  

Courses are offered primarily online, with a required two-three day class incorporating course work, seminars, and presentations held once, each semester at the Loyola University Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, IL.

Loyola’s DNP program centers on the “Health of the Public” and the translation of evidence-based practices to improve outcomes.  The program focuses on populations at risk for disease, populations that are experiencing alterations in health, populations across the nation and globe, and systems that promote safe and efficient health care environments. The program emphasizes leadership in the implementation of transformational change in the student’s area of practice. Completion of a faculty-supervised Capstone Project provides opportunity for students to demonstrate this expertise.

The School of Nursing began offering the DNP degree in 2009.  It is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, (202) 887-6791. Admission is competitive, based on the strength of application materials and interview.

Distance Education

The United States Department of Education requires that any institution offering distance education programs to students outside of its home state must acquire authorization from the states in which students reside.  Please visit Loyola's State Authorization page for a comprehensive list of Loyola's authorization status in all states plus the District of Columbia. 

For More Information

For further information regarding AACN’s promotion of the DNP as the terminal practice degree for APNs, visit the AACN website.

For more information about the DNP program please contact gradinfo@luc.edu or 312.915.8900.

The US Department of Education requires any institution offering distance education/online programs to students outside of its home state to acquire authorization from the states in which students reside. Regulations vary from state to state. While Loyola University Chicago is authorized, exempt or pursuing authorization in most states, some restrictions apply. Please see our State Authorization page for the most up-to-date information.

Loyola University Chicago is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.