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.
Loyola’s program is designed as a two-year, post-MSN cohort program. Students admitted with a 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. Courses are scheduled for 6 SH per semester, including summer. 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 for the full five year term by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036, (202) 887-6791. This action is effective as of April 18, 2011. Admission is competitive, based on the strength of application materials and interview.
DNP Specialty Tracks
The Healthcare Quality Using Education in Safety & Technology (H-QUEST) DNP track is a post-Master's entry program to prepare nurses to assume leadership roles in healthcare organizations and community settings with a focus on quality and safety. Students in the H-QUEST track have the option to focus on either Outcomes Performance Management or Healthcare Informatics. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to design, implement and evaluate evidence-based, cost-effective, system-wide interventions which enhance healthcare quality and improve patient outcomes.
The Infection Prevention DNP track is designed as a post-BSN entry DNP and can be completed in 71 semester hours. This program is prevention and population-focused. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to assume system-wide leadership as Infection Preventionists.
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program with Specialization in Substance Use and Addiction Disorders is designed as a post-BSN entry DNP and can be completed in 72 semester hours. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to assume system-wide leadership as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners with expanded roles in substance use and addition disorders.
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 at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/DNP/DNPProgramList.htm.
For more information about the DNP program at Loyola, contact:
Audrey Klopp, Ph.D., RN, NHA
Assistant Professor and DNP Program Director
Loyola University Chicago
Building 125, Room 4527
2160 S. First Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153
Fax: (708) 216-9555
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.