Doctor of Nursing Practice

Degree Offered: DNP

Program Overview: 
The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at N.C. A&T is a terminal practice degree to provide high-quality graduate education and training emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach to prepare nurses for advanced clinical practice and leadership focusing on two tracks: 1) Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), 2) Transformational Nursing Leadership (TNL). The projected enrollment for the DNP program in year five is 50 across the two tracks.

Program Outcomes:
The program will prepare students to:

  • Gain knowledge and skills for the highest level of professional and advanced nursing practice.
  • Establish the theoretical foundation for advanced nursing practice and prepare graduates for advanced nursing practice roles of specialization.
  • Promote the concept of nursing as caring with cultural competence skills for equitable healthcare within multicultural communities.
  • Evolve as technology-competent, responsible, and accountable nursing professionals.
  • Translate research to evidence-based practice and establish foundations in new health technology that will improve and transform care of nursing practice.
  • Analyze health systems of care and provide transformational leadership that will improve patient safety, quality of care, and culturally competent care in practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and lifelong learning skills to serve the community as nursing experts in specialization, leaders and consultants in professional healthcare organizations, health promoters, and advocates of health technology, health equity and usage of health resources.

Scholarly Engagement:
Faculty members are active in nursing research and professional organizations. Through guiding DNP Quality Improvement projects, faculty and students work together to translate nursing research and cutting-edge technology into advanced practice and healthcare system leadership. The professional nursing conferences that faculty and students make presentations will include:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CAS)-American Academy of Nursing
  • Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS)
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society

In addition, faculty serve as editors, reviewers for various nursing/health science journals. Faculty are recognized nationally and internationally with publications as book, book chapters, and peer-reviewed papers.

Simulation Labs:
Students in the DNP program will make use of the innovative training facilities at our Union Square Campus (USC), Noble Hall Smart Hospital Lab, and Hines Hall Nursing Research and Simulation Lab.

Employment Opportunities:
DNP graduates are in high demand in the labor market. Numerous job opportunities exist across various sectors of healthcare including clinical practice or leadership/administration positions at hospitals or clinics, nurse educator or clinical instructor positions at schools or universities, policy or advocacy positions at state or federal health agencies or healthcare organizations.



Contact Information

John R. and Kathy R. Hairston College of Health and Human Sciences

Director of the School of Nursing: Tiffany Morris, DNP, MS Ed, MSN
Phone: 336-334-7750

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Meng Zhao

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