Dual DNP Program

**Plan for Transitioning the Nurse Anesthesia program to a Doctoral Degree Program**

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The Nurse Anesthesia program has submitted an application to the COA for approval to award the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in March of 2019. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in May 2020. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the program at Carolinas Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program/UNCC by phone at 704 355-2375 or via email at Yvonne.mobley@carolinashealthcaresystem.org  or contact cgavin2@uncc.edu in the School of Nursing at UNC Charlotte.

Post Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice Dual (DNP) Program, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Western Carolina University Dual Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the terminal practice degree in Nursing. This degree builds upon the student's current knowledge of clinical practice.  The DNP will prepare students to practice at the highest clinical level and provide leadership in our dynamic healthcare systems.  Graduates of the program will  be able to analyze systems of care and provide high level leadership to improve patient safety and quality of care and to implement evidence based culturally competent care practices.

The School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC-C) and Western Carolina University (WCU) offers a post-masters DNP dual program. As a student, you will have access to expert faculty from both universities. The DNP Degree will be awarded at the admitting university.

The Dual DNP is a hybrid program designed to prepare nurses for leadership in clinical practice. The Dual DNP program can be completed in as little as five semesters. New cohorts begin each fall semester. Students will be required to attend immersion sessions of less than one week at the beginning of each semester alternating between UNC-C and WCU.   

For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Katherine Shue McGuffin, DNP Coordinator kdshue@uncc.edu