The AGPCNP, FNP and Post-Masters DNP Program at ECU College of Nursing admits post-licensure registered nurses who have earned a BSN, as well as nurses who have earned post-master’s degrees in nursing leadership and all the nationally-recognized advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) roles.
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The post-doctoral option admits professional nurses with either an earned DNP or PhD in nursing who are seeking certification in either the AGPCNP or FNP role.

The deadline for application to the AGPCNP, FNP and Post-Masters DNP program or the post-doctoral certification program is January 10th each year. Students will begin coursework in the fall semester in the year of admission.

Application criteria includes:

  • An unencumbered license from North Carolina (or a compact state) to practice as a registered nurse
  • A BSN, MSN, DNP, or PhD
  • A GPA of 3.2 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • A completed and approved application to the ECU Graduate School, including a completed e-Portfolio
  • Basic computer competency with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other components, development and use of databases, patient information systems, statistical software, and excellent command of internet search strategies
  • Though not required, a graduate level inferential statistics course within the past 5 years is strongly recommended.

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What is an e-Portfolio?

The portfolio is a digital collection on an applicant’s work that will be submitted directly to the GradApply website. Applicants will demonstrate contributions to the nursing profession that are not traditionally included in the resume or CV. Applicants should include volunteer experiences, activities for a professional organization in which they are a member, presentation for nurses or other professions (including guest lectures and conferences), political and advocacy involvement, publications, quality improvement projects, program development activity, etc. The portfolio cannot exceed 25 pages in length, but should include:

  • Updated resume
  • Copies of publications, posters, presentations, editorials, and abstracts
  • Professional organization membership and activity (including leadership positions and committee activities)
  • Description of volunteer work related to nursing (community health activities, global and domestic mission work, professional or patient advocacy, public and population health efforts)
  • Copies of certifications, licenses, awards, and honors
  • Professional and civic committee engagement
  • Participation in process improvement, quality improvement, program development, or program assessment
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