We use the definitions of advanced practice from the
National Council of State Boards of Nursing and advanced nursing practice leaders.
Yes, we encourage you to apply, but you will enter as a BSN to DNP student and will be able to select either the FNP or the AGPCNP concentration. Nurses who enter as post-master's students are already practicing in one of the four APRN roles, as defined by AACN, or have a MSN in Nursing Leadership.
Though a doctorate is the appropriate degree for a faculty role, neither the DNP or PhD prepares nurses as educators. Graduates from both doctoral programs, DNP or PhD, who wish to be educators should have additional preparation that adds pedagogical skills to their base of clinical practice (
http://www.aacn.nche.edu/dnp/about/frequently-asked-questions). You need 9 semester hours in curriculum development (NURS 6903, NURS 6904 & NURS 6909) as required by 21 NCAC 36.0318(f)(3). Students are encouraged to work with his/her academic adviser to find out more about this opportunity, which is best completed at the end of the DNP Program.
All students in the DNP Program and the post-doctoral AGPCNP or FNP certification programs begin study in the fall semester.
Most of our students work while they are in enrolled in the BSN-to-DNP programs of study. Students engaging in a full-time program of study are recommended to limit employment to no more than two days per week (16-24 hours/week).
The most successful students will spend a minimum of 3-4 hours per week for every semester hour taken.
Information about financial aid and scholarships is available
Yes, you will be assigned an academic adviser who will serve as your first line of contact for issues or concerns regarding your program of study.
The application deadline is
th each year. We admit students once a year, in the fall semester. All application materials, including all transcripts, references, and official test scores must be received by the university graduate school by the application deadline to be considered for the admission cycle.
If you are unable to meet the current admission cycle, you may request to keep your application active for the next admission cycle at no additional charge simply by emailing the university graduate school. Your application will then be considered during the following year's admission cycle. You will be responsible to keep the graduate school apprised of your address and phone number during this time.
Congratulations on your acceptance into the DNP program! You will be assigned an academic adviser who will contact you regarding your individual program of study. It is important that you respond to questions from your adviser, as this will impact course registration and your educational trajectory.
Application for graduation must be made at
least one semester prior
to the completion of the requirements of the degree on the form provided by the registrar. Students who complete the degree requirements after the last day of final exams in the intended term of graduation
will be certified for graduation in a subsequent term. Students completing degree requirements in spring semester are eligible for graduation in spring semester (annually in May). Students completing degree requirements in summer session or fall semester are eligible for graduation in fall semester (annually in December).
Contact the administrative support associate for the AGPCNP and FNP concentrations, Mr. Tom Andreskey, (
firstname.lastname@example.org). You will need to e-mail your name as listed on your ECU transcript, dates of attendance, your area of concentration (AGPCNP or FNP) and a specific name and address where your information should be sent.
Yes, use this link to view resources for review courses. Courses are offered online and in-person.