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Nursing DNP (Post-Master's) – Courses & Requirements

The doctoral program is 44 credit hours, which includes a capstone project and required clinical hours.

  • You can complete the program in two years, attending part-time
  • Coursework is completely online, and there are three required visits to campus (see below)

required Courses

To see a typical list of courses per term, visit an example Current Program Students page.

See the Planned Course Sequence (listing which courses will be delivered each term of your program).

DNP Core Courses (15 Hours)

NURS 618 Epidemiology in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)

NURS 668 Population Centered Health Care (3)

NURS 678 Professional Practice and Healthcare Finance Seminar (3)

NURS 700 Advanced Nursing Theory (3)

NURS 707 Leadership in Health Policy (3)

DNP Research Courses (26 Hours)

NURS 723 Design, Methods and Analysis in Health Care Research Part I (3)

NURS 724 Design, Methods and Analysis in Health Care Research Part II (3)

NURS 725 Translational Research Methods (3)

NURS 791 DNP Seminar I (1)

NURS 792 DNP Seminar II (1)

NURS 793 DNP Seminar III (1)

NURS 795 DNP Capstone Project Proposal Seminar (2)

NURS 798 DNP Project Practicum (12 hours total)

Elective (3 Hours)

3 elective credits required, approval of program coordinator needed.

On-Campus Visits

There is a required 3-day on-campus orientation, typically scheduled in mid-July. You will meet program faculty, administrators and fellow students; obtain resources for program success; receive individual advising; and have an opportunity to speak with mentors who have succeeded in the program. The only other required visits to campus are to propose and defend your capstone project.

Clinical Hours

Clinical hours are completed via NURS 685 DNP Practicum (3-7)

You need a total 1000 clinical hours to successfully complete your DNP. The hours that you completed in your master’s will count toward those 1000 hours. As a licensed APN, the additional required hours will be completed in individualized clinical activities to refresh, expand and enrich your knowledge.

DNP Capstone Project

Because of the clinical focus of this degree, rigorous academic standards are maintained throughout the program rather than completion of a dissertation. The student will complete a 6 credit hour DNP Capstone project. This will be an evidence-based, scholarly project designed by the student in collaboration with a faculty advisor (via the NURS 795 and 798 courses).


For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
2 years part-time
$620/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Kathleen Dunemn, PhD, APRN, CNM-BC


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