UNC School of Nursing

The School of Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill is nationally recognized as one of the premiere nursing schools in the country, with a tri-fold mission of excellence in nursing education, research and practice.

Nursing education

The School offers a full complement of nursing education programs, as well as the first PhD program in North Carolina. Programs include:

  • A bachelor of science in nursing program (BSN)
  • A master’s of science in nursing program (MSN)
  • RN-BSN and RN-MSN options
  • Post-master’s program
  • Doctoral program (PhD)
  • Pre- or post-doctoral fellowships
  • Off-campus nursing degree programs available

Since its inception in 1950, the School has been a leader in nursing education in North Carolina, with a number of firsts:

  • first in the state to offer a four-year baccalaureate nursing degree (1950)
  • first to offer a nursing master’s degree (1955)
  • first to initiate continuing education for nurses (1964)
  • first to offer a nurse practitioner program (1970)
  • first school in North Carolina to offer a Ph.D. in nursing (1989).

Attesting to its success, School of Nursing programs are highly ranked:

  • 9th among undergraduate nursing programs in the nation by nursing deans and scholars in an article published in Nurse Educator magazine in 1995.
  • Graduate programs in the top 10 according to U.S. News and World Report: Family Practice, Nursing Service Administration, Pediatrics and Psychiatric/Mental Health (2008)

School of Nursing students historically exceed the state and national average scores on the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

The School of Nursing is dedicated to the pursuit of new knowledge. The School is committed to, and recognized for, the study of prevention and management of chronic illness, capitalizing on the faculty’s diversity and strengths in the arenas of health promotion and health protection, human responses to illness, and models and outcomes in health care systems.

  • The School is one of only a handful of schools in the country to house a Biobehavioral Laboratory, with the primary purpose of assisting and promoting faculty and graduate students’ efforts in the use of biobehavioral measures and physiological parameters in their research.
  • The School is ranked fourth nationally in receipt of nursing research funds from the National Institutes of Health.


The School not only educates students and performs research in a variety of health care related areas, but also amply serves the community.

  • They offer renowned continuing education programs.
  • Faculty practice through the statewide Area Health Education Centers.
  • The value of direct care provided by faculty and students to state citizens exceeds $1 million annually.
  • The School maintains clinical partnerships with some of the best health care organizations and agencies in North Carolina and the nation.

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (including Adult Oncology option)
  • Health Care Systems
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Primary Care
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health (CNS, Combined CNS-NP)
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Costs for MSN programs

Options for RNs

  • RN to BSN
  • RN to MSN

Post Master’s Certificate Program

  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Health Care Systems
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Primary Care
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health (CNS, Combined CNS-NP)
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Doctoral Program

  • Costs for PhD programs

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships

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