Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice is the terminal practice degree in Nursing. This degree builds upon the student's current knowledge of clinical practice. The program will prepare students to practice at the highest clinical level and provide leadership in our dynamic healthcare systems. Graduates of the program will be able to analyze systems of care and provide high level leadership to improve patient safety and quality of care and to implement evidence-based culturally competent care practices. The School of Nursing offers two concentrations: BSN to DNP: Nurse Anesthesia Across the Lifespan (Admits to: Summer; Location: On Campus; Deadline: Jun 10-Aug interviews, Sep 10-Nov interviews) We provide students with both the theory and clinical practice required to meet the educational requirements to take the national certifying examination upon graduation. The specialty in Nurse Anesthesia Across the Lifespan is offered in partnership with Atrium Health. Clinical experiences are offered at Atrium Health facilities in the Charlotte area. Post-Master’s DNP (Admits to: Fall; Location-Online; Deadline: Mar 1-priority, Aug 1-final) Our post-master's is designed to prepare health systems and organizational nursing leaders (non-APRNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to lead nursing practice, organizations, and systems of care through the translation and application of evidence-based research into practice.

Program Director

Dr. Katherine Shue-McGuffin