Nursing and Instructional Building on UNC Greensboro's campus

Post-MSN Concentration (Now Online)


  • Complete your DNP in 4 semesters (15 months for full-time students) 
  • The program is completely online asynchronous (students access course materials on their own time; self-directed independent learning based on one’s own schedule)
  • Variable DNP project hours based on previous certification and clinical hours
  • Affordable tuition and fees; scholarships available
  • Small classes taught by nationally recognized faculty

The Post-MSN DNP students integrate their Masters’ expertise with core DNP outcomes to achieve skill advancement that positions graduates to meet current and future health care challenges.

NOTE: All classes are asynchronous, web-based. During orientation or first week of classes; students will meet with their advisors and sign a finalized plan of study that will be filed in the student folder and updated as needed.

Applications are being accepted for Fall 2023.


Plan of Study

Course SemesterCourse Title/Delivery Method/CreditsOn-Campus Time
Year 1
Semester I – Fall

  • NUR 705 – Research and Evidence-Based Practice [3 cr.]
  • NUR 783 – Advanced Health Policy and Ethics [3 cr.]
  • NUR 824 – Theoretical Foundation for Practice [3 cr.]

Semester II – Spring

  • NUR 714 – Informatics in Health Care [3 cr.]
  • NUR 818 – Biostatistics and Epidemiology Principles for Advanced Practice Nursing [3 cr.]
  • NUR 890A – Scholarly Seminar I: Project Development [2 cr.]

Semester III – Summer

  • NUR 819 – Effective Leadership for Practice [3 cr.]
  • NUR 826 – Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient Care [3 cr.]
  • NUR 890B – Scholarly Seminar II: Project Implementation [2 cr.]

Year 2
Semester IV – Fall

  • NUR 810 – Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Population Health [3 cr.]
  • NUR 890C – Scholarly Seminar III: Evaluation, Conclusion and Dissemination [2 cr.]

Prospective Student

The Post-Master’s DNP is designed to be completed in four semesters (15 months for full-time students), beginning in the fall semester and ending in the fall of the following year. The post-master’s DNP requires a minimum of 30 credits and 1,000 advanced practice hours. The 1,000 hours are obtained by combining the clinical hours obtained in the master’s program and DNP project work and experiences. All post-master’s DNP students, regardless of master’s program hours, are required to complete a  minimum of  300 hours of work on the DNP project.*

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in one of the fifty states or validated credentials by CGFNS for international Residents of North Carolina must hold unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a registered nurse
  • Master’s degree in nursing in an advanced practice field: nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthesia, clinical nurse specialist, nursing informatics, or nursing administration/CNL/nursing leadership from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting
  • A personal statement of 400 words that comments on applicant’s nursing background and discusses future goals for the specialty and for the DNP degree
  • A resume or CV
  • An interview may be required
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred, but other holistic admission criteria will be considered
  • Three professional nursing references (mix of educational and professional sources)
  • Nonresidential international students are required to participate in a virtual interview

*For Post-master’s DNP students with Nursing Administration/Nursing Leadership or CNL degrees, National Certification in your specialty may qualify for hours of credit toward the 1,000 program hours required. In the Appendices is information about qualifications for these hours and how to document the accepted National Certifications.

Connect With Us

UNC Greensboro School of Nursing faculty members Dr. Wanda Williams

Dr. Wanda Williams
DNP Program Director
Telephone: 336-334-3431

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