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Nursing Practice, D.N.P.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States | Asheville, NC, United States
This doctoral degree will give you the opportunity to hold leadership roles within the health care system of public and private practices, can lead to administrative opportunities or you can choose to pursue teaching in a postsecondary environment. This program is a partnership between the Schools of Nursing at Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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What You'll Learn

The D.N.P. is a 42-semester hour (post-master level) program that also includes 1,000 clinical practice hours (including 500 from MSN program). The classroom curriculum will focus on subjects like Health Care Policy and Ethics; Global Health and Social Justice; Economics of the Health Care System; and other 800-level courses. During your clinical residency you will also complete a Scholarly Project that will address complex issues affecting groups of patients, health care organizations or health care systems. The Scholarly Project utilizes a student’s understanding of informatics, technology, and in-depth knowledge of the clinical and behavioral sciences.

Where You'll Go

A D.N.P. gives you the opportunity to continue clinical work at a public hospital or private practice, advance to administrative roles in the health care system, teach postsecondary courses to the next generation of nurses, research best practice policies or pursue other professional opportunities. According to the average salary for D.N.P. degree holders is $95,000. If you’re looking to explore teaching, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing states there is a shortage of qualified nursing faculty with doctoral-level degrees.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Health Care Policy and Ethics Credits
  • Economic and Financial Aspects of Healthcare Systems Credits
  • Leadership and Health Care Systems Credits
  • Global Health and Social Justice Credits
  • Communication and Technology for Transforming Healthcare 
  • Clinical Residency and Project Development 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • An overall GPA of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in the MSN program as documented by official transcripts
  • Earned master’s in nursing in an advanced nursing practice specialty from a nationally accredited program
  • Current RN licensure in their state of residence
  • Evidence of a national standardized test score (e.g. GRE, MAT, GMAT)
  • APRNS must provide evidence of current national certification and meet the requirements for practice in their state of residence
  • An essay that address, 1) advanced practice expertise, 2) career goals, 3) how the DNP will foster achievement of these goals, and 4) plans for DNP project.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Three recommendations that should address the practice capabilities of the candidate

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25154 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12577 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25154 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12577 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    14748 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7374 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs

  • Asheville, United States

    1124 - 1870 USD/month
    Living Costs
  • Cullowhee, United States

    900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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