Loyola University New Orleans’ School of Nursing awarded $340K grant

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The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing has recently received more than $340,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration in support of the post-master’s to Doctor of Nursing Practice online program through June 2013. The HRSA grant will be used to support core programmatic needs, including the partial funding of 10 faculty and staff positions, as well as programs that expand services and faculty access to DNP students.

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“Funding like this is also important because it helps provide critical infrastructure for the DNP program, which we continue to build and brand,” said Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., director of the School of Nursing.

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing has recently received more than $340,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration in support of the post-master’s to Doctor of Nursing Practice online program through June 2013.

The HRSA grant (D09HP18996) will be used to support core programmatic needs, including the partial funding of 10 faculty and staff positions, as well as programs that expand services and faculty access to DNP students.

“This grant is significant because it was approved by the HRSA’s peer review board, which means that the national peer review team has examined our program, approved of it and deemed it worthy of funding,” said Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., director of the School of Nursing. “Funding like this is also important because it helps provide critical infrastructure for the DNP program, which we continue to build and brand.”

The focus of the DNP program is to educate students to redesign primary care delivery systems to integrate behavioral health as a seamless part of primary care. Currently, Loyola offers the only accredited DNP program in Louisiana. In addition to the grant-funded post masters primary care track in the DNP program, the School of Nursing offers a separate post-master’s track in Executive Leadership and a post-baccalaureate to DNP track to prepare entry nurse practitioners.

Loyola graduated its first DNP students in May 2012, and recently received the highly-coveted accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The DNP online program was also rated among the top five online graduate nursing programs by U.S. News and World Report. Currently, both the post-masters and post-baccalaureate to DNP programs are accepting applications for the next entrance class and anticipates growing to 125 students within three years.

The deadline for early-decision application for the 2013 Loyola University New Orleans’ Doctor of Nursing Practice online programs is November 1, 2012. Application and detailed program information for all DNP programs are available at http://css.loyno.edu/nursing/doctor-nursing-practice

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