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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Leadership for Population Health, Post-Masters

100% Online Course Content Delivery



Application Deadline

Applications for the Lourdes DNP Program are currently being accepted for spring and fall 2019. Spring classes begin January 14, 2019, Fall classes begin August 19, 2019.

DNP Application deadline for Fall 2019 is April 1, 2019 or until available seats are filled.


An online DNP program designed for post master’s prepared RNs.

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Tara Hanna
Director of Graduate Admissions


Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as the highest level of preparation for clinical nursing. A DNP is a terminal degree that offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. DNP-prepared nurses are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers prepared in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates.

Designed for Post Master’s Prepared RNs

The Lourdes Doctor of Nursing Practice in Leadership for Population Health Program is designed for post Master’s prepared RNs. The program embraces an online format of core content and allows students to complete the requirements for a DNP with relative ease on their own schedule from a remote location.

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Define Your Population of Health

The DNP program is intended to be a student-driven experience. Each student defines his/her specific population of health in which to study and to develop expertise.

As a Lourdes DNP student, you are challenged to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to meet client needs in a variety of health care settings while maintaining a grounding in Franciscan mission & values. Nursing education at Lourdes University is rooted in Franciscan values of community, learning, reverence, and service, highlighting a respect for the integrity of all creation with an emphasis on the spiritual, psychosocial, and physical health of persons.

Doctoral-prepared faculty and qualified support staff collaborate regularly with students throughout the program. Content related to population health and models of leadership for nursing and healthcare are provided with the DNP Essentials in mind. Students learn the skills of population health and global advocacy involving social policy as well as business planning for program development, implementation, and evaluation.

Time to Degree Completion

The core DNP program develops future nurse leaders over 6 semesters. It is anticipated that the enrollees will be able to continue working while attending.

Students can complete the program in as few as two years but are allowed up to five years if needed. Project and course work run concurrently and all courses help students meet the AACN DNP Essentials.