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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
  • 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).

Rankings

  • The School of Nursing tied for fourth in the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School Rankings for 2012. For nursing specialties, the School tied for fourth in the psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist category, was sixth for nursing service administration, placed tenth for pediatric nurse practitioner, and was eleventh for family nurse practitioner.
  • Of the UNC School of Nursing students who took the NCLEX between January and June 2010, 95 percent passed it on the first try.

Accreditation

The School of Nursing has both CCNE and NC BON accreditation through 2021.

Research

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.

Service

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 practice through the statewide Area Health Education Centers.
  • The School maintains clinical partnerships with some of the best health care organizations and agencies in North Carolina and the nation.