Online DNP

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

Application Deadline

Applications for the Lourdes DNP Program are currently being accepted for the Fall and Spring upcoming semesters.

DNP applications will be accepted until all seats are full. Priority admission interviews begin immediately.

Registered nurses (RNs) who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree are admitted directly into the DNP program upon satisfactory fulfillment of the following requirements.

    • Graduated from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in nursing
    • Completed a graduate level statistics course prior to admission
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
      • Unofficial transcripts of undergraduate courses may be reviewed by program advisor prior to application process at applicant’s request.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • A current, unrestricted license as a registered nurse in attendee’s state of residence.
    • Complete a satisfactory interview (by invitation only).
    • Complete and submit the Graduate Application for Admission and pay a non-refundable $100 application fee. For more information please contact Student Accounts at 419-824-3727.

A completed application that also includes the following:

  1. One recommendation using the Lourdes University recommender form supporting the applicant’s potential success in the DNP program from graduate prepared nurses or faculty members who can address the applicant’s potential or ability for functioning in the advanced practice role (clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, collaborative skills with other health professionals, and nursing leadership). Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program must submit at least one (1) recommendation from a faculty member in that program or a current manager/supervisor.
  2. Resume or CV that includes work experience, educational, leadership and professional organization activities, and scholarly activities including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards.
  3. Official transcripts from all previous higher education institutions attended.
  4. Documentation of post baccalaureate clinical hours completed in Master’s program. All DNP graduates are expected to complete a minimum of 1,000 post-baccalaureate clinical hours. This requirement may be met wholly or partly by clinical hours completed in the student’s MSN program with verified documentation from the academic institution where they were completed. Participation in NUR 715, NUR 716, and NUR 717 will be waived or the credit hours will be assigned and the Plan of study will be updated based upon the verification of practice hours assessment of each student. Students may need to complete additional requirements of specific clinical sites at their own expense prior to commencing clinical hours.

Students located in California, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are not eligible for the Lourdes DNP Program at this time.


Applications for the Lourdes DNP Program will be accepted year-round for admission consideration. Classes will begin in Fall and Spring each year.

For additional information, contact the DNP Program Director at 419-824-3797.

NOTE: The administration of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program reserves the right to offer and allow adjustments to the admission requirements, deadlines or processes on an individual case by case basis while remaining consistent with the University’s policy of nondiscrimination in its admission processes.