Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


*The Dual DNP Program invites applications with master's degree in clinical nursing fields such as Nursing Administration, Nursing Anesthesia, Nurse Practitioner, Community Public Health and Clinical Nurse Specialist.  

**Students with less than 500 hours must meet with the DNP Program Coordinator to develop a clinical plan.

  • 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 with 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 to the online application (e.g., publications, posters, evidence-based practice projects)
  • Evidence of 500 supervised clinical hours
  • Submit a completed application to Graduate School.

** Currently Accepting Applications **

The Dual DNP program is full-time with students enrolling in 8-9 credit hours/semester.  Part time Option is available on a limited basis.  Please Inquire for further information.

Please click here for Information regarding Tuition and Fees for Doctoral Education.

An additional nursing practice tuition increment is part of the tuition and fee's as indicated in the link above to support doctoral education.


For more information or assistance, please contact Dr. Charlene Whitaker-Brown, DNP Coordinator, cdwhitak@uncc.edu