Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master's degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program at UNC Charlotte is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

**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 
  • 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/precepted clinical hours or documentation of an approved national certification. (ANCC or AANP National certification as a Nurse Practitioner in specialty, NBCRNA as a Nurse Anesthetist, AONE Certification in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP), ANCC Nurse Executive-Advanced, ANCC Clinical Nurse Specialist in specialty, CNC as a Clinical Nurse Leader, ANCC Informatics)
  • Submit a completed application to Graduate School.

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Applications should be received no later than July 1st, 2021

The  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 on this program, please contact Dr. Katherine Shue-McGuffin, DNP Coordinator