Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice-focused doctoral nursing degree designed for nurses seeking careers in advanced clinical nursing practice and nurse executive ranks. The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is to prepare graduates in two general categories: 1) advanced practice nurse roles and 2) roles that specialize in aggregate, systems, or organizational level practice.

Advanced Practice Roles

Aggregate, Systems Roles

The DNP program consists of two pathways: BSN to DNP or Post-Masters to DNP. DNP education emphasizes research application and utilization in clinical practice settings as well as interdisciplinary team building skills, organizational leadership and management development, utilization of information technology and quality improvement techniques, development and initiation of public policy, and the establishment of evidence-based practice. The goal of the DNP program is to prepare doctoral level nurses to improve patient outcomes through the integration of evidence into nursing practice. Graduates of the DNP program are able to translate research, promote evidence based practice, and develop systems of care based on research utilization. Additionally, the DNP program serves to meet the growing need for insightful, visionary leaders and educators in the specialty that practice at the most advanced level of nursing.


Choose a Pathway:
I earned a BSN degree



BSN-DNP Concentrations

Dual Concentrations

  • AGACNP and AGCNS
  • AGACNP and PCFNP
  • AGACNP and PNP-AC
  • PCFNP and PMHNP
  • PNP-PC and PNP-AC

Advanced Specialty elective courses

  • Advanced Emergency Nursing
  • Advanced Nephrology Nursing
  • Advanced Oncology Nursing

I earned a MSN/MN degree



Post-Masters-DNP in the same role and population as master's degree and current certification

Post-Masters-DNP to add a new APRN role or population to current certification

  • AGACNP
  • AGPCNP
  • PNP-AC
  • PNP-PC
  • PCFNP
  • PMHNP


For more information on the BSN to DNP Concentrations and Post-Masters DNP options, please contact the Office of Student Services/Affairs:

Phone Numbers: 504-568-4113
Email Address: nsstuaffairs@lsuhsc.edu