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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Overview:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at UL Lafayette is an advanced practice degree program to prepare expert practitioners to meet the needs of the complex healthcare environment, utilizing the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure quality patient outcomes. Applicants to the program should hold a Master of Science in Nursing in the nurse executive or nurse practitioner role. 

The majority of the 39-credit coursework is offered online. A session of on-campus activities is required prior to the start of the program and at the conclusion of the program for presentation of the DNP synthesis project.

Because courses in this program will be available only through online distance learning it may not be available to all applicants. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and its online programs must be authorized in all states prior to offering those courses or programs to students residing in those states. (Visit the Office of Distance Learning at to learn more.) International students also may not be eligible. According to U.S. immigration regulations, F-1 students cannot pursue online degrees; international students in other visa categories (i.e., H-4, L2) are exempt from this restriction.

Department Website:
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Helen M. Hurst
Phone: 337-482-5601
DNP Coordinator: Dr. Donna Gauthier
Phone: 337-482-5601
Departmental Application Deadline:
  • Department adheres to Graduate School application deadlines.
Departmental Application Materials* Required:

*The Following Departmental Application Materials are submitted in addition to the Graduate School application materials listed in Application Materials:

  • Letter of Application
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three completed UL Lafayette College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions DNP Recommendation Forms
  • Credentials (Evidence of an unencumbered U.S. nursing licensure and of advanced certifications)

Note: The GRE requirement is waived for DNP applicants. 

For detailed instructions, please see the DNP website.

Note: International students are not eligible for any online programs.


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