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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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 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. Students are admitted as a cohort into the DNP program. BSN to DNP cohorts begin in both the Fall and Spring semesters; post-MSN cohorts begin only in the Fall semester. Didactic courses in the program are offered online. Students are required to participate in on-campus activities immediately prior to the start of the program and at the conclusion of the program when presenting synthesis projects, however. In addition, there are several courses in the curriculum (residency courses) with practicum requirements.

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 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.

If you are an out-of-state student enrolling in an online program at UL Lafayette, you automatically receive the in-state tuition incentive. That means you pay the in-state tuition amount instead of the out-of-state costs.

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For application deadlines, application materials, and GRE score expectations, visit the Graduate School's application information page.

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Application Materials

The following Departmental Application Materials are submitted in addition to the general Graduate School application materials.

For all applicants

Both BSN to DNP applicants and Post-MSN applicants:

  • Evidence of current, unencumbered U.S. RN nursing licensure (no restrictions).
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A formal letter of application and a statement of purpose (typed, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, no longer than 3 pages in length) that provides the following:
    • The applicant’s goals for doctoral study which are congruent with DNP Program goals. (See The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice)
    • The applicant’s focused area of interest for a synthesis project.
    • The applicant’s understanding of how acquiring the DNP degree is important to fulfillment of his or her career goals.
    • The application’s potential contributions to the DNP Program.   
  • Three recommendations from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s capacity for doctoral study.
    • One recommendation must be from a former faculty member in a nursing program, a current or former nursing supervisor or nursing leader.
    • One recommendation must be from someone who can attest to the competencies and expertise of the applicant at the Advanced Practice level.
    • The third recommendation may be from an individual of the applicant’s choice; however, the letter should address the applicant’s ability to successfully complete doctoral education in nursing.
  • A telephone interview with the DNP Program coordinator.

Additional requirements for BSN to DNP applicants only

  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A satisfactory GRE score.
  • Completion of a physical assessment (across the lifespan) course or evidence of physical assessment skills.

Additional requirements for post-MSN applicants only

  • Evidence of current, unencumbered U.S. APRN Nurse Practitioner nursing licensure (no restrictions).
  • A master’s degree from an accredited university in one of the following areas of advanced nursing practice:
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • Nursing Administration/Leadership
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale on all master’s level coursework.

For detailed instructions, please see the DNP website.

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


Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Helen M. Hurst
Phone: 337-482-5601
Wharton Hall, 309

DNP Coordinator

Dr. Jennifer Lemoine
Phone: 337-482-1029
Wharton Hall, 307-C

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