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Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctorate

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program from 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 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program from University of North Carolina Wilmington 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. UNCW's DNP is a program that can be completed in as few as five semesters. We also offer you the opportunity to specialize in nursing education, transcultural nursing, nurse executive leadership, or technology and informatics.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the DNP curriculum, 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.
  • Demonstrate high levels of skills in health promotion and disease prevention strategies for individuals, populations and systems.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time Part-time
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philosophical and Theoretical Basis for Clinical Scholarship and Practice
  • Methodologic Approaches to Evidence-based Practice
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Genomics for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Clinical Leadership, Ethics, and Legalities for Role Development
  • Health Care Systems Policy and Financial Management
  • Improving Health Outcomes: Understanding Global Justice and Social Determinants
  • Information Systems and Technology in Health Care
  • Methods for Evidence Based Practice in Specialty Focused Practicum

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.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 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

  • All applicants must be Advanced Practice Registered Nurses with an earned master's degree in nursing or post-master's certificate from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), or the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) is required.
  • Current unrestricted registered nurse (RN) license in the state in which practice will occur.
  • Advanced Practice RNs (APRN - CNS, CRNA, CNM, NP) must have current national certification and be licensed and approved to practice as an APRN in their state of residence and currently employed in an advanced practice role.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18548 USD per year and a duration of .
  • National

    4720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
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