The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is to prepare advanced practice nurses to translate research, promote evidence based practice, and develop systems of care based on research utilization. The DNP curriculum will provide certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse practitioners, certified clinical nurse specialists, nurse administrators, and public and community health nurses with education beyond that required for entry into practice to meet the need for safe, quality patient care in an increasingly complex health care environment. The program emphasizes critical thinking, careful assessment of current practices, and decision-making based on evaluation of the best available research. Additionally, the proposed offering will serve to meet the growing need for insightful, visionary leaders and educators in the specialty.
Transfer of Credit
Graduate students may petition to transfer credits from other accredited universities for application to LSUHSC degree programs. The maximum transfer allowed is fifteen semester hours when studying at the doctoral level. Graduate course work may be transferred provided each course:
- Fulfills the requirements specified in the student’s graduate degree plan.
- Achieved a grade of “B” or better in course(s).
- Was not counted toward another degree or taken through correspondence courses.
- Was completed within the eight year time limit for the degree.
- Transfer credit for each course may be requested and applied to a graduate degree only one time.
Students will not receive credit for any course taken outside LSUHSC when it is offered the same semester at LSU Health New Orleans or the LSU System. Petitions must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor or major professor and the Associate Dean for the perspective program or the Dean.
No courses may be transferred for credit in the last thirty (30) hours of the curriculum.
Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG ACNP) Concentration
Leanne Fowler DNP, AG/ACNP-BC, CCRN, CNE
This program prepares an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at the graduate level who has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to care for adult patients with complex acute, chronic, and critical conditions. The AG ACNP is educated to provide comprehensive care (acute and chronic) in a variety of settings - including clinics, physicians’ offices and hospitals.
Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG CNS) Concentration
Todd Tartavoulle DNS, APRN, CNS-BC
This program prepares an Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist at the graduate level who has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to engage in advanced assessments and provide care to the entire adult to older adult age group and across the continuum of care from wellness to acute care. In addition, this graduate will have knowledge regarding transitions between care settings and clinical experiences in a variety of settings. Students will provide patient-centered, evidence-based care and design innovations to improve patient outcomes and quality of care.
Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG PCNP) Concentration
Jean Cefalu PhD, MSN, APRN, AG PCNP-C, CWOCN, CFCN, CNE
This program prepares an AG PCNP at the graduate level who has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to engage in advanced assessments and provide care to the entire adult to older adult age group and across the continuum of care from wellness to acute care.
Executive Nurse Leader (ENL) Concentration
Paula Kensler DNP, MBA, RN
The program prepares the Executive Nurse Leader at the graduate level who has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to engage in advanced leadership in nursing practice and health care delivery. The student will also gain knowledge about human resource management, finances and healthcare economics, quality and patient safety, emergency preparedness, and healthcare law and risk management.
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) Concentration
Susan Orlando DNS, APRN, NNP-BC, CNS
This program prepares the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at the graduate level who has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to engage in population-focused health care for preterm and term neonates, infants and children up to 2 years of age.
Nurse Anesthesia Concentration
Laura Bonanno DNP, CRNA
This program prepares graduates to assume leadership roles in Nurse Anesthesia and provide anesthesia care to patients in medically underserved areas. Students are educated to integrate research and evidence-based practice into their anesthesia practice.
Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (PCFNP) Concentration
Scharalda Jeanfreau DNS, FNP
This program prepares a generalist registered nurse at the graduate level who has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to engage in advanced practice nursing care across the lifespan in community-based settings. In addition, the graduate of the PCFNP program will have knowledge regarding advanced health assessment, differential diagnoses, disease state management as well as disease prevention and health promotion across the lifespan.
Public/Community Health Nursing Concentration
Kathleen Carter DNP, PHCNS-BC
This program prepares a Public/Community Health nurse at the graduate level who has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to engage in advanced individual and community assessments, program planning, development, implementation and evaluation. In addition, this graduate will have knowledge regarding environmental health nursing, disaster nursing, and public health law.