DNP Program

Post-Graduate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

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 practice and healthcare. The DNP program builds upon current practice knowledge. Graduates will be prepared to practice at the highest level to provide leadership and affect change within dynamic and diverse healthcare systems.  
The DNP program will facilitate and enhance students' engagement in critical inquiry, scholarship, policy, and innovation in healthcare. Following program completion,  graduates will analyze systems of care and provide transformational leadership to improve practice through the implementation of evidence-based, culturally competent practice.
Translation of research findings into evidence-based practice is emphasized throughout the program. The broad goals of the program include the ability to interpret, analyze, and apply research findings to practice settings, determine and measure outcomes, manage information systems, and use appropriate technology for practice management and communication.
The DNP program is a 42-credit post-graduate program that requires the completion of 1,000 clinical practice hours, which includes 500 hours from the student's Master's degree program. Students unable to verify the completion of 500 hours from their Master's program will meet with the DNP Program Coordinator to create a plan of study tailored to their specific educational needs. While the DNP program is offered online, it currently requires an on-campus immersion session at the beginning of each semester, excluding summer. 

The DNP program at UNC Charlotte is consistent with the standards set forth in the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and complies with all of the current clinical practice guidelines. The DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Admission Requirements

For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Katherine Shue-McGuffin, DNP Coordinator