Doctor of Nursing Practice
College of Nursing

Applications for Fall 2019 have been closed, and Admission Decisions will be sent by March 15th.

Family Nurse Practitioner

The BSN to DNP curriculum in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Specialty is a 70 semester-hour curriculum that prepares nurses for entry into advanced practice. The curriculum is designed for students who have earned a bachelor's (or higher) degree in nursing, and who now wish to pursue an advanced nursing practice role.  The FNP program includes 840 clinical practice hours in primary care settings, and also includes completion of a four-semester DNP project.

As part of the mission and vision of ECU and the College of Nursing, the FNP program emphasizes community-oriented primary care.  Graduates provide comprehensive health promotion services to ambulatory clients; evaluate presenting problems at the client’s initial contact with the primary care system; and provide continuing care to clients and their families with acute and stable chronic illnesses.  We seek students who have a commitment to rural and underserved populations in Eastern North Carolina and beyond.

Our students work collaboratively with interprofessional teams in a variety of settings, such as clinics, schools, health departments, and long-term care organizations.  Our program is offered in a hybrid format with the majority of classroom work being completed online.

Students are required to hold an active registered nurse licensure in North Carolina (or a compact state.)  Clinical rotations are also completed solely in North Carolina. We offer assistance with clinical placements, academic advising, and student-support services.  Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses’ Association (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification examination for Family Nurse Practitioners.


*All applicable ECU academic programs prepare students to sit for licensure in North Carolina. In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure ECU is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure outside the state of North Carolina. ECU cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of North Carolina. Please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student's responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside North Carolina.*

Please use this link to access our program's "Gainful Employment Disclosure" statement.

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