Graduate Programs


The Master of Science in Nursing degree is designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice in clinical Nursing, or Systems/Populations Nursing. Active concentrations in Advanced Clinical Practice include Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Concentrations in Systems/Population include Community/Public Health Nursing, Nurse Administrator, and Nurse Educator. Students apply to all graduate and post graduate APRN certificate programs through the Graduate School.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) overview:

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) across the Lifespan concentration offers nurses the opportunity to provide primary care in family practice settings. FNPs provide care to individuals and families across the lifespan, promote wellness and disease prevention, and provide leadership in the delivery of quality health care. The 2-year program begins each Fall (46 credits & 600 Clinical Hours). Up to 6 graduate semester credit hours may be accepted from a previous accredited institution. Admission to the FNP program is highly competitive: applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Practitioner (AGACNP) overview: 

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) concentration offers nurses with an acute care/critical care clinical practice background the opportunity to provide care to acutely ill adults. The AGACNP provides evidence-based care to acutely ill adults with urgent and emergent complex health issues and to critically ill adults with life-threatening, rapidly changing physiological conditions. The program also focuses on complex chronic disease management. Full time 2-year program begins each Fall (47 credits & 600 Clinical Hours). Up to 6 graduate semester credit hours may be accepted from previous accredited institution. Admission to the AGACNP program is highly competitive: applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Application Deadlines:  Students are admitted annually. Applications for entry in the Fall Semester are due to the Graduate School by December 1st.


Advanced Clinical Nursing Coordinator
Tonya Anderson, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE
UNC Charlotte School of Nursing
Charlotte, North Carolina


There are two types of Certificates offered by the School of Nursing: a post graduate APRN certificate and a graduate certificate. Students apply to all graduate and post graduate certificate programs through the Graduate School.

Graduate Certificates

Post Graduate APRN Certificates

Masters of Science in Nursing degree and certificate program information: Including Nursing Administration, Nurse Educator and Community Health

Application Deadlines:

Fall start August 1

Spring start December 1

Summer start May 1 

Applications are reviewed on a year-round basis. 

Process: All applications are submitted online to the Graduate School.


Systems Population Coordinator
Meredith L. Troutman-Jordan
UNC Charlotte School of Nursing Charlotte, North Carolina

UNC Charlotte Distance Education Office
John McCulley
Program Manager, Distance Education


BSN to DNP (Nurse Anesthesia)The Nurse Anesthesia Across the Lifespan is a post-baccalaureate DNP concentration requiring a BSN to apply. It provides students both the theory and clinical practice required to meet the educational requirements to take the national certifying examination upon graduation. The specialty concentration in Nurse Anesthesia is offered in conjunction with Atrium Health. The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs (COA).

Dates: Application due by June 10 (August Interviews) and September 10 (November Interviews).

Nurse Anesthesia program information:

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate School and the Nurse Anesthesia program no later than six weeks prior to the intended interview date.  Interviews are held in November and February.

Dates: Application deadlines for admission to the Graduate School and the Nurse Anesthesia DNP program are as follows:

For August interviews, the deadline is June10
For November interviews, the deadline is September 10

Process: The application process requires two applications – one to UNC Charlotte and one to Carolinas Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program.  All applications to the University are submitted online to the Graduate School.  Information pertaining to the University Catalog, the GRE Exam, the online application system, and other materials can be obtained from: Graduate Admissions

The Carolinas Medical Center NAP application forms and materials can be obtained from:

Carolinas Medical Center
Nurse Anesthesia Program
P.O. Box 32861
Charlotte, NC 28232-2861
704-355-2375 (phone)
704-355-7263 (fax)

Post Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

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 nursing practice and healthcare. The DNP degree builds upon current knowledge of clinical practice and will prepare students to practice at the highest clinical level and provide leadership across our dynamic healthcare systems.  
The DNP program will facilitate and enhance students' engagement in clinical inquiry, scholarship, policy, and innovation in healthcare. Following completion of the DNP program, graduates will analyze systems of care and provide transformational leadership to improve patient safety and quality of care as well as implement evidence-based, culturally competent care practices.
Translation of research findings into evidence-based practice is emphasized throughout the program. Broad goals of the program include the ability to interpret, analyze, and apply research findings to clinical and systems/population level practice settings, determine and measure system and population outcomes, manage information systems, and use appropriate technology for health and risk management and communication.
The DNP program is a 42-credit post-master’s program that requires a completion of a total of 1,000 clinical practice hours, including 500 from the student's MSN program. If students do not have 500 hours from their MSN, the DNP Coordinator will meet with them to create a plan of study tailored to their specific needs.The DNP program is offered online with a synchronous immersion session at the beginning of each semester, except for 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

Program course information below:


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Graduate Certificate

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