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
GRADUATE/POST GRADUATE APRN CERTIFICATES >>
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.
Post Graduate APRN Certificates
Masters of Science in Nursing degree and certificate program information: Including Nursing Administration, Nurse Educator and Community Health
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
Program Manager, Distance Education
DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE >>
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:
Post Master's DNP (dual program offered through UNC Charlotte and Western Carolina)
Since 2013, the UNC Charlotte School of Nursing has collaborated with Western Carolina University, to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. However, in collaboration with Western Carolina University, the UNC Charlotte School of Nursing has decided to sunset its Dual DNP program effective January 2021. UNC Charlotte will retain its highly successful DNP program and, pending approval by the North Carolina Board of Governors, will offer the program online beginning Fall 2021.
UNC Charlotte and Western Carolina will continue to collaborate and provide the same high-quality educational experience for students currently enrolled in the Dual DNP program until they have completed their program of study. The UNC Charlotte School of Nursing appreciates its long-standing collaboration with Western Carolina University. It was through this unique collaborative that both Schools contributed to the educational preparation of hundreds of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and other nurses across North Carolina who sought to obtain a clinically focused doctoral degree.
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.
- Admission Requirements
- Degree Requirements
- DNP Clinical Scholarly Project Guidelines
- Dual DNP Student Handbook
- Clinical Expert Handbook
- Graduate Faculty Research Areas
For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Katherine Shue-McGuffin, DNP Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org