Doctor of Nursing Practice

42 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall
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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a practice-focused doctoral program designed to prepare health systems/organizational nursing leaders and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to lead innovation in nursing practice and healthcare. The DNP degree builds upon current knowledge of clinical practice and will prepare students to practice at the highest clinical level and provide leadership across our dynamic healthcare systems.  

The DNP program will facilitate and enhance students' engagement in clinical inquiry, scholarship, policy, and innovation in healthcare. Following completion of the DNP program, graduates will analyze systems of care and provide transformational leadership to improve patient safety and quality of care as well as implement evidence-based, culturally competent care practices.

Translation of research findings into evidence-based practice is emphasized throughout the program. Broad goals of the program include the ability to interpret, analyze, and apply research findings to clinical and systems/population level practice settings, determine and measure system and population outcomes, manage information systems, and use appropriate technology for health and risk management and communication.

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education. 

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Application Deadline:

  • July 1 (fall)

Admissions and Requirements: 

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.

The DNP program requires 42 post-master’s graduate credit hours and completion of a total of 1000 clinical practice hours (includes 500 hours from the MSN program).

Core Courses (18 credit hours)

  • NUDN 8140: Foundations and Applications of Evidence-Based Practice (3)
  • NUDN 8145: Leadership and Project Planning (3)
  • NUDN 8202: Community Epidemiology (3)
  • NUDN 8220: Healthcare Policy and Ethics (3)
  • NUDN 8230: Economic and Financial Aspects of Healthcare System (3)
  • NUDN 8270: Technology for Communication and Transforming Healthcare (3)

Concentration Courses

  • Theory Courses (9 credit hours)
    • NUDN 8160: Global Health and Social Justice (3)
    • NUDN 8260: Leadership and Healthcare Systems (3)
    • NURS 6XXX or above: Elective (3)
  • Methods Courses (6 credit hours)
    • NUDN 8147: Applied Biostatistics (3)
    • NUDN 8150: Healthcare Program Evaluation and Quality (3)
  • Residency and Project Courses (9 credit hours)
    • NUDN 8441: Clinical Residency and Project Development I (2)
    • NUDN 8442: Clinical Residency and Project Development II (2)
    • NUDN 8443: Clinical Residency and Project Development III (3)
    • NUDN 8444: Clinical Residency and Project Development IV (2)
*Rates are subject to change*


  • $288.82 per credit hour
  • $266.67 per tuition increment
  • $23,331.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:  

  • $536.98 per credit hour
  • $266.67 per tuition increment
  • $33,753.00 est. program cost 

Non Resident:

  • $1,098.21 per credit hour​
  • $266.67 per tuition increment
  • $57,325.00 est. program cost