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Students are admitted each Fall term as a cohort into the online post-master's Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program.  Coursework for the program is online with the exception of on-campus activities immediately prior to the start of the program and at the conclusion of the program when synthesis projects are presented.  In coordination to with the Graduate School, admission to the online DNP program requires:

  • Evidence of current, unencumbered U.S. RN and 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 or nursing administration/leadership.)
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale on all master's level coursework.

We are authorized to deliver this program online in these states

Required Application Materials
  • Online application with application fee $25;
  • Official Transcripts from all universities attended;
  • *Proof of Immunization (not required if you attended UL Lafayette for undergraduate or advanced coursework.)
  • (3) Three Letters of Recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's capacity for doctoral study. Get the form here.
    • 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.
  • 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) addresssed to the DNP Program Coordinator 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 which can be accessed here.)
    • Focused area of interest for synthesis project.
    • Statements reflecting how acquiring the DNP is important to fulfillment of the applicant's career goals.
    • The applicant’s potential contributions to the DNP program.
  • Completion of a telephone interview with the DNP Program coordinator.
  • Prior to enrollment in residency courses, students will be required to submit to background checks, drug and alcohol screening, and must meet program health requirements. These screenings will be conducted at the student's expense.
  • Prior to NURS 801 - Biostatistics, students must provide evidence of completion of a graduate level statistics course. This graduate level statistics course must be both current and approved by the DNP Program Coordinator.
  • Students should be proficient with methodologies utilized in distance education and must possess computer equipment and technology compatible with university learning management systems and technology.  See information here.