Doctor of Nursing Practice
College of Nursing



With a focus on rural, underserved populations, our interprofessional curriculum will prepare you to lead in today's ever-changing health care ecosystem. A DNP from the East Carolina University College of Nursing will prepare you to:

  • assess and understand published evidence to inform your practice;
  • improve systems of care to influence patient outcomes; and
  • make changes to enhance quality of care.

Our faculty - each of whom maintain an active clinical practice or research agenda - bring to the classroom broad experience in advanced clinical practice, leadership, and patient safety. Each student receives personalized faculty mentorship throughout the process of working on his or her DNP project. Students can select to focus on a growing number of specialty areas.

Because our program is completed primarily through distance education (only a handful of on-campus days are required each semester), we pride ourselves on giving you the best possible online learning experience. Our college is a nationally recognized leader in online education, and we use the latest computer and digital technologies available, including an innovative virtual clinic that we've pioneered here at ECU.

Since admitting our first cohort of advance practice DNP students in fall 2013, students in the program have represented bedside nursing professionals seeking to become nurse practitioners; nurses from advanced nursing practice including nurse-midwives, neonatal and pediatric nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse leaders, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioners, and family nurse practitioners.

In fall 2016, we admitted our first cohort of Leadership DNP students and professional nurses holding the DNP or PhD degrees to pursue a post-doctoral certification in the concentrations of family nurse practitioner or adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. These new cohorts expand the DNP Program to meet the needs of nurses across the state.


The Doctor of Nursing Practice and/or post-graduate APRN certificate at East Carolina University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.