The doctoral program is 44 credit hours, which includes a capstone project and required clinical hours.
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).
3 elective credits required, approval of program coordinator needed.
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 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.
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.