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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

All available seats for the fall 2014 DNP admission cycle have been filled.  Prospective applicants are invited to apply for the fall 2015 cycle.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a practice-focused terminal degree earned by specialists in advanced nursing practice. The DNP focuses on developing nursing experts in translating and applying research findings in clinical practice.  Graduates of our DNP program are prepared as nurse leaders in interprofessional health care teams and work to improve systems of care, patient outcomes, quality and safety. After graduating from the DNP program, you may decide to take a leadership role in a variety of practice settings. Perhaps you will decide to apply your skills in administration or combine teaching with clinical practice. If you are considering a career in academia/teaching, you will need to take additional courses in curriculum development and pedagogy.

Two pathways exist to enter the DNP program at the ECU College of Nursing:  The post-master’s DNP and the BSN to DNP.

The post-master’s DNP curriculum is a 36 semester-hour curriculum designed for those who have already earned a MSN and are credentialed in one of the four advanced practice RN (APRN) roles (Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Midwifery, Nurse Anesthesia, or Nurse Practitioner). The post-master’s DNP curriculum expands the master's level competencies of the APRN: to encompass the knowledge required of nurse leaders in increasingly complex healthcare systems; to assess published, evidence-informed practice; to improve systems of care; to improve healthcare outcomes; and to make changes which enhance quality of care.

The BSN to DNP curriculum is a 73 to 75 semester-hour curriculum.  The curriculum is designed for students who have earned a bachelor's (or higher) degree in nursing, and who now wish to pursue a DNP with an advanced nursing practice specialty focus of either Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) or a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). The AGPCNP program of study requires 73 semester hours, inclusive of 896 clinical practice hours, and the FNP program of study requires 75 semester hours, inclusive of 896 clinical practice hours. 


Please use this link to watch a DNP program overview video by program director, Dr. Bobby Lowery.

Please visit our DNP peripheral website for further information.

The following faculty members will be your core instructors as you move through the DNP program:

Dr. Bobby Lowery, Director
Dr. Robin Webb Corbett
Dr. Sonya Hardin
Dr. Candace Harrington
Dr. Carol Ann King
Dr. Michelle Skipper
Dr. Nannette Lavoie-Vaughan

Students will be required to attend on-campus sessions for 2-3 days at the beginning each semester for intensive faculty and peer interaction to meet program of study objectives.

The DNP program can be completed using a full or part-time plan. The curriculum plans are only a suggested course of sequence and you may be able to modify your schedule by meeting with your graduate advisor.

Post Masters's Curriculum Plan
Download the DNP Post-Master's curriculum plan here.

BSN to DNP curriculum plans.
Download the BSN to DNP, AGPCNP focus, full time curriculum plan here.
Download the BSN to DNP, AGPCNP focus, part time curriculum plan here.
Download the BSN to DNP, FNP focus, full time curriculum plan here.
Download the BSN to DNP, FNP focus, part time curriculum plan here.

For more information, please visit the ECU Graduate Catalog.

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