DNP Programs in North Carolina (NC)

Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Nurses in the Tarheel State of North Carolina looking to advance their career with a Doctor of Nursing degree are in luck. One of the best universities in the nation, Duke, offers a DNP program.


Duke University
School of Nursing

Duke University’s School of Nursing offers three pathways for entry: BSN to DNP, MSN to DNP and PhD to DNP. The program prepares nurses for advanced practice as well healthcare leadership roles.

The BSN to DNP pathway requires that applicants possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited program. They must also have an unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the state where they will practice. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale. If the GPA is 3.4 or higher, the GRE requirement will be waived.

BSN to DNP students must choose between either a Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Anesthesia advanced practice specialty area. This should be done at the time the student applies to the DNP program.

Duke offers the following Nurse Practitioner specialties:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
  • Oncology Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner Cardiovascular Care
  • Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The Nurse Anesthesia specialty is available to those nurses interested in being a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Duke’s MSN to DNP program is an online program. The student is required to attend sessions on campus 2-3 days per semester for the first 4 semesters of the program. Most students attend part-time taking 2 courses per semester. They can typically complete the program in 5-6 semesters.

The MSN to DNP pathway requires that applicant possess a Master of Science in Nursing degree with an advanced nursing practice specialization or indirect care specialization from a nationally accredited program. They must have an unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the state where they will practice. They must also possess an APRN certification (if applicable).

Accreditation:

Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education

Contact Information:

DUMC 3322
307 Trent Drive
Durham, NC 27710
(877) 415-3853