Nursing DNP – Graduate Degree

Degree Offered: Doctor of Nursing Practice - DNP

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Program Description: The post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree prepares graduates to analyze systems of care and provide transformational leadership to improve patient safety, quality of care, and implement evidence-based culturally competent care practices. Graduates from this program will be able to interpret and apply research findings to practice settings, determine and measure system and population outcomes, manage information systems and use appropriate technology for health and risk communication.

The DNP requires 42 post-master's graduate semester credit hours of coursework and completion of a total of 1,000 clinical practice hours (includes 500 from MSN program). All students will be required to complete the curriculum that includes a sequence of courses as listed below:

Location of Course Offerings:The School of Nursing at Western Carolina University (WCU) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) have partnered to offer a post-master's DNP consortium program. As a student, you will have access to expert faculty from both universities.

The DNP is a hybrid program designed to prepare nurses for leadership in clinical practice. The DNP program can be completed in five semesters. New cohorts begin each Fall semester. Students will be required to attend 3 to 3 1/2 day immersion sessions at the beginning of each semester alternating between UNCC and WCU

Admission Requirements:

Graduate School Admission Requirements
Program Admission Requirements

  • An overall GPA of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in the MSN program as documented by official transcripts.
  • Earned master's in nursing in an advanced nursing practice specialty from a nationally accredited program.
  • Current RN licensure in their state of residence.
  • APRNS must provide evidence of current national certification and meet the requirements for practice in their state of residence.
  • An essay that addresses 1) advanced practice expertise 2) career goals, 3) how the DNP will foster achievement of these goals, and 4) plans for DNP project
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Three recommendations that should address the practice capabilities of the candidate
  • For international students, submission of TOEFL scores wth a minimum score of 557 for the paper test and 220 for the computer test.
  • Additional evidence for consideration of the application can be uploaded (eg. publications, posters, evidence-based practice projects).
  • Applicants who do not meet the above criteria can meet with the Program Coordinator to discuss other factors that may have a bearing on admission
  • Evidence of 500 supervised clinical hours within the MSN program.

Application Deadline

DNP Program Director

Dr. Karen Lewis

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