Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


This post-master's program requires 34-39 semester hours [sh] of coursework. Core courses include courses in advanced practice, leadership, inquiry, and clinical excellence/ practicum. Once accepted into the program, the student will meet with a faculty academic advisor to determine a final course of study.

Students are able to individualize their program through the selection of at least one elective from a variety of graduate level offerings within nursing or from another discipline. Electives provide the student with the opportunity to develop expertise in a focused area which will enrich their individualized program of study and contribute to the knowledge base required for their specific scholarly work or future clinical practice. Clinical practice experiences provide the foundation for the translation of evidence and theoretical knowledge into practice.

The hallmark of a successful DNP student is the ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of one’s area of specialty nursing practice and to effectively communicate this expertise to others. This is accomplished through a final “capstone project” that demonstrates how evidence can be used to change or improve practice or outcomes for patients, families, and/or populations. The capstone project is generally completed in one year. The development, implementation and evaluation of this project will occur over three semesters, in conjunction with the Practicum immersion experiences.

Fall 01Spring 01Summer 01
DNP 501 Leadership (3 sh) DNP 504 Translational
Research (3 sh)
Elective  (3 sh)
DNP 502 Population Health (3 sh) MPBH 404  Statistics for Health and Biological Sciences (3 sh) DNP 511 Practicum I (2 sh)
Fall 02Spring 02Summer 02
DNP 506/CMAN 416
Epidemiology (3 sh)
DNP 511 Practicum III (3 sh) DNP 505 Finance (3 sh)
DNP 511 Practicum II (2 sh) DNP 510 Capstone II (1 sh)  
DNP 510 Capstone I (1 sh) DNP 503 Policy (3 sh) DNP Capstone III (1 sh)
Note: This plan assumes student needs only 7 SH of Practicum to complete required 1000 hours post baccalaureate degree.

Students admitted with masters degree in an area other than nursing will be evaluated on an individual basis. At a minimum, students will be required to take three (3) courses to lay foundation for DNP coursework and to meet the Master's Essentials on which the DNP curriculum is based. These courses are GNUR 401: Nursing Concepts and Theories, GNUR 402: Ethics, and GNUR 450: Nursing Research. These courses do not appear on the program plan above.

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