The DNP program is a 42-credit post-master’s program that requires a completion of a total of 1,000 clinical practice hours, including 500 from the student's MSN program. If students do not have 500 hours from their MSN, the DNP Coordinator will meet with them to create a plan of study tailored to their specific needs.The DNP program is offered online with a synchronous immersion session at the beginning of each semester, except for summer.

 

  • Earned master's in Nursing in an advanced nursing practice specialty* from a nationally accredited program
  • An overall GPA of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in the MSN program
  • Current RN licensure in the U.S. at the time of application with eligibility for NC licensure
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNS) must provide evidence of current national certification and meet the state requirements for practice in their state of licensure
  • An essay that addresses 1) advanced practice expertise, 2) career goals, 3) how earning the DNP degree will foster achievement of these goals, and 4) plans for a DNP project
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Three professional recommendations (should address the practice capabilities of the candidate)
  • For international students, submission of TOEFL scores 
  • Additional evidence for consideration of the application can be uploaded to the online application (e.g., publications, posters, evidence-based practice projects)
  • Evidence of 500 supervised/precepted clinical hours or documentation of an approved national certification. (ANCC or AANP National certification as a Nurse Practitioner in specialty, NBCRNA as a Nurse Anesthetist, AONE Certification in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP), ANCC Nurse Executive-Advanced, ANCC Clinical Nurse Specialist in specialty, CNC as a Clinical Nurse Leader, ANCC Informatics)
  • Submit a completed application to Graduate School.