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Nursing DNP (Post-Master's) – Eligibility

Admission Requirements

  • Possess a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from an accredited (NLN/ACEN or CCNE) nursing program, and a master’s degree from an accredited (NLN/ACEN or CCNE) program in nursing with a GPA of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale).
    If you are still completing your master's degree at the time you apply, admission will be based on your current cumulative GPA, and you will need to re-submit your official transcript (showing your conferred degree and final GPA) during your first semester. If your final GPA fell below 3.00, you will be given additional academic stipulations to remain enrolled at UNC.
  • Preparation as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) with documentation of national certification as an APN.
  • Minimum of 500 clinical practicum hours in the APN master’s program.
  • Eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse and APN in the state where you practice.
  • Demonstrate professional writing ability in the field of nursing (see School of Nursing Post-Master's DNP Application page for details)
  • Graduate level inferential statistical methods course: SRM 602 Statistical Methods or equivalent. (If you communicate your intent to complete this requirement prior to the start of your program, you may be able to be admitted and then fulfill this additional requirement prior to your initial enrollment.)
  • Note: the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is NOT required for this program.
  • A personal interview may be required.

Eligibility by State

At this time, UNC has secured approval to serve online education to students from every state and the U.S. Virgin Islands via our participation in NC-SARA and some additional state-by-state authorizations. However, we are not currently accepting students to our online programs who reside in Puerto Rico or the CNMIs. Due to how fluid these agreements can be at the state or federal level, we recommend checking our Eligibility by State page for details.

International Students

International students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Applicants for online programs must demonstrate English proficiency in order to be considered. Possible ways to demonstrate proficiency:

  • Qualifying test scores: TOEFL: 80, IELTS: 7.0, PTE-A: 54
  • Completion of a degree in the U.S., or from an English speaking country (parts of Europe, Canada), within the last two years.

For this program, you do not need to submit financial documentation with your initial application. You will need to submit financial documentation about 6-8 weeks in advance each time before you plan to come to the U.S. for your coursework. The financial documentation needs to demonstrate that you can cover the cost of tuition and living expenses for the time period that you will be in the U.S. This is so that we can issue a DS-2019 for you to be able to apply for a J1 visa.

Transferring Credit

Applicable graduate credit with a grade of A or B from an accredited university may be able to be applied towards this academic program. However, all doctoral students must complete a minimum number of semester hours through UNC, so please check with the Program Coordinator. Transfer credit cannot have been counted in the completion of another degree, will not be used to meet any residency requirements, and is not used in calculation of the grade point average. All work counted in a doctoral degree program must be completed within eight years. The time limit is calculated from the beginning of the first class transferred in and counted in the degree program. See the full Graduate Transfer Credit Policy.

Students must submit an original transcript to their advisor for review. Student and advisor then complete a Transfer of Credit form to submit along with the original transcript to the Grad School for review and final approval.

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Snapshot

Credits Required:
44
Time to Completion:
2 years part-time
Tuition:
$620/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Kathleen Dunemn, PhD, APRN, CNM-BC

970-351-3081

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