North Carolina DNP Programs

Get your Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree in North Carolina - online & campus-based options.
Contact a school today for more info.

Online DNP Programs & nursing PhD programs may be available for North Carolina students. Check current course listings.

New graduates celebrate with their families at their nursing commencement ceremony.

North Carolina DNP Programs

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is fairly new to North Carolina. Currently, there is only one DNP program in the state, which is taught at Duke University. Other colleges and universities are likely to follow in Duke's footsteps in the future, as the AACN wishes to move the minimum level of education for advanced practice from the MSN to the DNP.

The mission of Duke University's DNP program is to prepare nurses to be leaders in healthcare. The program aims to better prepare graduates for advanced practice and scholarly roles. Graduates of the program will be able to evaluate best practices, help to develop new models for care, and influence policy.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Duke University offers three pathways to the DNP: BSN to DNP, MSN to DNP, and PhD to DNP. Many of the courses for the DNP are offered online. There are two specialty areas in the BSN to DNP pathway: Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia. The BSN-DNP curriculum varies from 73-94 credits depending on the chosen specialty. The post-MSN program ranges from 34-41 credits. Those who have earned a PhD and wish to earn a DNP at Duke University must complete at least 35 credits. All DNP students must complete a capstone project as part of the curriculum.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for all applicants to Duke's DNP program are as follows:

  • BSN or MSN from an NLN or CCNE accredited program
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Current RN licensure
  • Resume/CV
  • Official Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • E-portfolio
  • Interview

Post-BSN applicants must submit the following additional items:

  • Satisfactory GRE scores (waived for those with GPA above 3.4)
  • Proof of undergraduate statistics course

Post-MSN applicants must submit the following additional items:

  • Certification as advanced practice nurse (if applicable)
  • Proof of completing a graduate course in inferential statistics and in research methodology


Tuition for the DNP program is subject to change. Per credit tuition for 2013-2014 is listed at $1,425.

Additional Resources

Quick Search

Jump to Another State

Jump to City

Find Local or Online
Nursing Programs

Select a program:

Select your state:

Browse Other North Carolina Cities

North Carolina Board of Nursing
3724 National Drive, Suite 201
Raleigh, NC 27602
Phone: (919) 782-3211
Fax: (919) 781-9461

North Carolina Nurses Association


Schools with Doctoral & PhD Nursing Programs Accepting Students in North Carolina

Featured Accredited Online Programs

Other Schools with DNP Programs in North Carolina

Gardner-Webb University
110 South Main Street
Boiling Springs, NC 28017
University of Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
University of North Carolina - Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Duke University
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

North Carolina Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (NC)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most North Carolina DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

North Carolina DNP Degree Prerequisites

In North Carolina, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there are strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your North Carolina educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the North Carolina Board of Nursing to find out more about how North Carolina recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one North Carolina schools current DNP program prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for North Carolina Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in North Carolina, more and more North Carolina higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in North Carolina to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, North Carolina nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvement in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

Resources for North Carolina Nurses Seeking a DNP Degree

Find DNP Programs by State