Graduate Students

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Office of Recruitment, Admissions and Programming
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

Ph. (504)816-4670


College of Nursing
Professional Studies Building, Room 102
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

Ph. (504)816-4717

Office Hours:
M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dillard University Graduate Students

Nursing Graduate Student Requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program curriculum at Dillard University College of Nursing (DUCON) embodies a coherent course of study, consistent with the competencies for the novice nurse educators, nurse leaders and nurse entrepreneur’s values. Integrated throughout each program option are role specific competencies for the nurse educator, nurse administrator, and nurse entrepreneur that align with the College of Nursing’s end-of-program student learning outcomes (EPSLOs) and DUCON master’s competency statements. You the student meet three times a semester (beginning, midterm, and final), with the remaining course work asynchronous.

We accept the following application types:

Application Fee:

Application fee of $40.00 via check or money order payable to Dillard University. Fee Waivers are accepted)-NACAC, College Board, Financial Hardship Letter, Free/Reduced Lunch Letter

Application Process:

  • Submit all electronic transcripts from institutions attended to
    • For official paper transcripts, the mailing is address is Office of Admissions, Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70122
  • Once you receive your official offer of acceptanceit will contain your DU ID.
  • Once you obtain your DU ID, follow the instructions to access your DU email.
  • Submit a DUCON Graduate Application to the College of Nursing by July 31. The Graduate Student ID must be included on the DUCON Graduate Application.
  • Your acceptance letter to the Graduate Nursing Program and nursing graduate advisor information will be sent to your DU email.

College of Nursing Graduate Admissions Criteria:

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA 3.0 or greater
  • Have a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited pre-licensure nursing program (CCNE, ACEN, CNEA)
  • Unencumbered Louisiana State Registered Nurse (RN) license or an unencumbered multistate license.
  • Admitted to Dillard University graduate studies
  • If a transfer graduate student, submitted transcripts from all previous graduate schools or programs.
  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be from a former faculty member or a supervisor in your current practice area
  • A personal statement regarding graduate education
  • A current CPR card

Note: Students admitted to the MSN degree program options receive a DUCON Graduate advisor to assist with program matriculation.


Complete a Dillard University (DU) – Graduate Studies application by July 1.

Course Requirements: Graduate nursing core – 18 credit hours

  • NUR 501 – Issues and Trends in Healthcare Delivery
  • NUR 503 – Advanced Pathopharmacology
  • NUR 505 – Advanced Health Assessment
  • NUR 507 – Theoretical Perspectives for Nursing
  • NUR 509 – Legal Implications and Ethics in Healthcare
  • NUR 511 – Transition to Advanced Practice

Role Option Specialty Courses

  • Advanced practice role development: 6 credit hours – NUR 608 -NUR 616
  • Advanced practice role strategies: 6 credit hours – NUR 600 – NUR 606
  • Research: 6 credit hours/ 9 credit hours – NUR 620 – 624

Total Credit Hours – 36 credit hours, non-thesis option; 39 credit hours thesis option.

Effective May 3, 2023, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on May 3, 2025.

Accreditation Details:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

Begin your application for admission today!


Please allow at least 5-7 business days for the processing of all documents received. Be sure that your first and last name appear on all student records submitted.

Contact the Office of Recruitment, Admissions and Programming at (504)816-4670 or for additional information regarding our application process.

  • Dillard University College of Nursing
  • 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA
  • Professional Studies Building, Room 102 @ 504-816-4717

Dr. Sharon W. Hutchinson, Dean and Professor of Nursing,

Dr. Charlotte Hurst, Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Coordinator or 504-816-4841