Doctor of Nursing Practice
Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Program Details

The online DNP degree program from Northwestern State University of Louisiana provides a clinical doctorate for master's prepared RNs who desire to practice at the highest level and significantly impact health care outcomes for vulnerable populations. Graduates are prepared to transform health care by:

  • Utilizing advanced clinical skills
  • Translating evidence into practice
  • ​Implementing systems changes
  • Establishing standards and policies
  • ​Acting as organizational leaders


  • Unencumbered, unrestricted RN or APRN license (depending on concentration)
  • Verification of national certification as an APRN (only for APRN concentration)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One to two page (maximum) paper describing the DNP degree, the role of the DNP (using the DNP Essentials), and how the applicant believes the DNP will benefit his/her career goals. The paper should be formatted according to the latest edition of APA and include references
  • All academic transcripts, with cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 or greater on a 4.00 scale
  • Three letters of recommendation using DNP recommendation forms

Special Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges