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Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) Online
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at University of North Carolina Wilmington  integrates nursing science with biophysical, psychosocial, analytical and organizational sciences, which graduates use to understand the nature of health and health care delivery and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions.
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The DNP is a practice-focused doctoral degree earned by advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). The DNP serves as a clinical leader in transforming care of the individual, the community, and the healthcare system. Full and part-time degree completion options are available and can be completed in five to 14 semesters. 


Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum from University of North Carolina Wilmington, the new graduate will be able to:

  • Integrate science from nursing and other disciplines to identify, develop, and evaluate practice change initiatives that improve individual and population health
  • Demonstrate leadership within healthcare systems to adopt strategies to improve quality and safety.
  • Incorporate knowledge of evidence-based practice into advanced decision-making through the evaluation and translation of evidence into practice.
  • Analyze, apply and integrate appropriate information and technology that will improve and transform care at the individual and population level.
  • Critically analyze health policy to develop and implement health care reform that advocates for social justice and equity.
  • Engage in advanced decision-making within an inter-professional environment that results in culturally aware, ethical, and comprehensive systems of care.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

  • The faculty in the School of Nursing actively contribute to the production of new knowledge in the nursing and clinical research field through research and professional collaborations with interdisciplinary and inter-professional teams in the College of Health and Human Services, UNC system universities, as well as with other agencies and universities across the country. 
  • Additionally, faculty place emphasis on curriculum and program design, increasing opportunities to better server students in the SON programs.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • One official transcript is required from each U.S. post-secondary institution attended. Refer to the Getting Started page for international transcript instructions.  

Tuition Fee


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