Doctor of Nursing Practice, D.N.P.

For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

Post-Baccalaureate D.N.P. applicants must meet the following Application and Admission Requirements:

  • Current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in one of the 50 states or validated credentials by CGFNS for international students. Residents of North Carolina must hold unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a registered nurse.
  • A baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
  • A minimum of one year full-time critical care clinical nursing experience for the Nurse Anesthesia concentration.
  • An inferential statistics course, a chemistry course, and health assessment course at the undergraduate level are required prerequisite courses.
  • A minimum of a 3.2 GPA is required from the undergraduate nursing program.
  • A resume.
  • A personal statement of 400 words or less that discusses the applicant's nursing background and discusses future goals.
  • Three professional nursing references (mix of educational and professional sources).
  • An interview is required for applicants.
  • Nonresidential international students are required to participate in a telephone interview.

Post-Master's D.N.P. applicants must meet the following Application and Admission Requirements:

  • Current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in one of the 50 states or validated credentials by CGFNS for international students seeking to study in the U.S.  Residents of North Carolina must hold unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a registered nurse.  International students who complete their entire course of study outside the U.S. must be approved to practice as a Registered Nurse or the equivalent title in their home country.
  • Master's degree in Nursing with the specialty of Nursing Leadership/Administration, Clinical Nurse Leader, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nursing Informatics from a program accredited by a nationally recognized nursing accrediting agency.  International students who complete their entire course of study outside the U.S. must hold a Master’s Degree in Nursing from an approved University in their home country. Additionally, they must have clinical experience in an advanced nursing role in their home country.
  • All APRNs must hold national certification appropriate to their specialty. If national nursing specialty certification is not available in the home country, this certification is not required to apply for the DNP.
  • Applicants with a master's degree in Nursing with a focus in Nursing Education from a program accredited by a nationally recognized nursing accrediting agency are eligible for admission after successful completion of the UNC Greensboro School of Nursing 15-credit Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing with the Nursing Leadership and Management specialty.
  • An undergraduate statistics course is a required prerequisite course for the Post-Master's D.N.P.
  • A minimum of a 3.2 GPA is required from the master's nursing program.
  • A resume.
  • A personal statement of 400 words or less that discusses the applicant's nursing background and future goals.
  • Three professional nursing references (mix of educational and professional sources).
  • An interview may be required.
  • Nonresidential international students are required to participate in a telephone interview.

Degree Program Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate D.N.P. Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration

Required: 73 credit hours

Required Courses (67 credits)
NUR 620Law, Policy, and Economics of Healthcare3
NUR 705Research and Evidence Based Practice3
NUR 708Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NUR 709Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NUR 709SPharmacology Seminar for Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioners1
NUR 713Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning3
NUR 713LAdvanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Skills Lab1
NUR 714Informatics in Healthcare3
NUR 810Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NUR 811Primary Care Management of the Adult I for Advanced Practice Nursing4
NUR 811LPracticum for Primary Care Management of the Adult I for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NUR 812Primary Care Management of the Adult II for Advanced Practice Nursing4
NUR 812LPracticum for Primary Care Management of the Adult II for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NUR 813Primary Care Management of the Older Adult and Frail Elder4
NUR 813LPracticum for Primary Care Management of the Older Adult and Frail Elder3
NUR 814Integrated Clinical Management I for the Advanced Practice Nurse in Primary Care2
NUR 814LIntegrated Clinical Practicum in Primary Care I for the Advanced Practice Nurse3
NUR 815Advanced Concepts for Professional Communication in Primary Health Care2
NUR 815LAdvanced Procedures in Primary Care1
NUR 816Integrated Clinical Management II for the Advanced Practice Nurse in Primary Care6
NUR 817Advanced Practice Nursing for the DNP: Role, Theory, and Practice3
NUR 818Biostatistics and Epidemiology Principles for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NUR 819Effective Leadership for Practice3
Capstone Sequence (6 credits)
NUR 898AApplied Evidence-Based Practice & Translational Methods Project I1
NUR 898BApplied Evidence-Based Practice & Translational Methods Project II1
NUR 898CApplied Evidence-Based Practice & Translational Methods Project III1
NUR 898DApplied Evidence-Based Practice & Translational Methods Project IV1
NUR 898EApplied Evidence-Based Practice & Translational Methods Project V *2-6
Total Credit Hours73
*

NUR 898E may be taken up to three times for a maximum of 6 credits total.

Required Withdrawal

A student will be withdrawn from the program if the student:

  • Fails to register for two consecutive semesters in the nursing curriculum.
  • Has earned a grade of U or B- in more than one AGNP DNP specialty course.
  • Has earned a grade below a B- any AGNP DNP specialty course.
  • Has earned a grade of U, F, or WF in any core course.
  • Has a GPA that indicates the inability to meet the 3.0 required for graduation.
  • Demonstrates unsafe practice as defined in the School of Nursing Unsafe Practice Policy.
  • Does not complete requirements for the degree within the 7-year time limit.

The Associate Dean for Academic Programs reviews the credentials of each applicant in collaboration with faculty from each specialty area. Exceptions to the requirements can be made on the recommendation of the faculty. The Associate Dean for Academic Programs forwards the admission recommendation to the Vice Provost for Graduate Education who makes the final decision.

Post-Baccalaureate D.N.P. Nurse Anesthesia Concentration

Required: 107 credit hours

Required Courses (101 credits)
NUR 620Law, Policy, and Economics of Healthcare3
NUR 705Research and Evidence Based Practice3
NUR 714Informatics in Healthcare3
NUR 727Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice5
NUR 728Physics and Mechanics of Anesthesia Delivery Systems1
NUR 728LPhysics and Mechanics of Anesthesia Delivery Systems Laboratory1
NUR 729Health Assessment for Nurse Anesthesia1
NUR 729LHealth Assessment Laboratory for Nurse Anesthesia1
NUR 730Neuropathophysiology of Nurse Anesthesia3
NUR 732Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice4
NUR 751Pharmacology of Nurse Anesthesia I2
NUR 752Biochemistry for Nurse Anesthesia1
NUR 753Cardiovascular Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthesia2
NUR 754Pharmacology of Nurse Anesthesia II2
NUR 755Cell Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthesia 1
NUR 756Respiratory Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthesia3
NUR 757Pharmacology of Nurse Anesthesia III1
NUR 758Pathophysiology of Abdominal Systems for Nurse Anesthesia3
NUR 759Pharmacology of Nurse Anesthesia IV1
NUR 771AClinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia I6
NUR 771BClinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia I8
NUR 772Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia II6
NUR 773AClinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia III6
NUR 773BClinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia III7
NUR 774Clinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia IV6
NUR 775AClinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia V6
NUR 775BClinical Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia V6
NUR 797Integrated Clinical Concepts2
NUR 818Biostatistics and Epidemiology Principles for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NUR 819Effective Leadership for Practice3
NUR 820Seminar for Nurse Anesthesia Advanced Practice1
Capstone Sequence (6 credits)
NUR 898AApplied Evidence-Based Practice & Translational Methods Project I1
NUR 898BApplied Evidence-Based Practice & Translational Methods Project II1
NUR 898CApplied Evidence-Based Practice & Translational Methods Project III1
NUR 898DApplied Evidence-Based Practice & Translational Methods Project IV1
NUR 898EApplied Evidence-Based Practice & Translational Methods Project V *2-6
Total Credit Hours107
*

NUR 898E may be taken up to three times for a maximum of 6 credits total.

Required Withdrawal

Withdrawal from the program will be recommended to the Graduate School if the student:

  • Fails to register for two consecutive semesters in the nursing curriculum.
  • Has earned a B- or below in more than 6 credits of course work.
  • Has earned a B- or below in any Nurse Anesthesia specialty course.
  • Has a GPA that indicates the inability to meet the 3.0 required for graduation within the required curriculum.
  • Does not complete requirements for the degree within the 7-year time limit.

The Associate Dean for Academic Programs reviews the credentials of each applicant in collaboration with faculty from each specialty area. Exceptions to the requirements can be made on the recommendation of the faculty. The Associate Dean for Academic Programs forwards the admission recommendation to the Vice Provost for Graduate Education who makes the final decision.

Post-Master's D.N.P. Concentration

Required: 30 credit hours

Required Courses (24 credits)
NUR 705Research and Evidence Based Practice3
NUR 714Informatics in Healthcare3
NUR 818Biostatistics and Epidemiology Principles for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NUR 819Effective Leadership for Practice3
NUR 824Analysis and Application of DNP Essentials: Scientific Underpinnings for Practice and Advanced Nursi2
NUR 825Analysis and Application of DNP Essentials: Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence1
NUR 826Analysis and Application of DNP Essentials: Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care; and Inte3
NUR 827Analysis and Application of DNP Essentials: Organizational and Systems Leadership, Information Syste3
Select 3 credits of electives3
Capstone Experience (6 credits)
NUR 898AApplied Evidence-Based Practice & Translational Methods Project I1
NUR 898BApplied Evidence-Based Practice & Translational Methods Project II1
NUR 898CApplied Evidence-Based Practice & Translational Methods Project III1
NUR 898DApplied Evidence-Based Practice & Translational Methods Project IV1
NUR 898EApplied Evidence-Based Practice & Translational Methods Project V *2-6
Total Credit Hours30
*

NUR 898E may be taken up to three times for a maximum of 6 credits total.

Required Withdrawal

Withdrawal from the program will be recommended to the Graduate School if the student:

  • Fails to register for two consecutive semesters in the nursing curriculum.
  • Has earned a B- or below in more than 6 credits of course work.
  • Has earned a B- or below in any course.
  • Has a GPA that indicates the inability to meet the 3.0 required for graduation within the required curriculum.
  • Does not complete requirements for the degree within the 7-year time limit.