Increase font size
Decrease font size

The green roof of the Carrington Hall addition.

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)
  • An RN-MSN option
  • Post-master’s program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice program
  • Doctoral program (PhD)
  • Pre- or post-doctoral fellowships

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).


  • Among US graduate nursing specialty programs ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2018, the School of Nursing had five ranked in the top twenty:
    • 5th for Clinical Nurse Leader
    • 9th for Nursing Administration
    • 11th for Family Nurse Practitioner
    • 12th for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • 16th for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • The School of Nursing ranked 9th in the 2016 QS Top Universities World Ranking of Colleges of Nursing.
  • Of the UNC School of Nursing students who took the NCLEX in 2016, 95 percent passed it on the first try.


The UNC School of Nursing Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)  through June 30, 2022 and has received full approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing. The Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the CCNE through June 30, 2022. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program and Post-Master’s Certificate Programs are accredited by the CCNE through June 30, 2020.


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

  • We offer renowned continuing education programs.
  • Faculty partner with Area Health Education Centers to provide educational programs aimed at improving the health of the people of North Carolina.
  • The School maintains clinical partnerships allowing our faculty to practice in some of the best health care organizations and agencies in North Carolina and the nation.