UNC School of Nursing

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The School of Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill is nationally recognized nursing school located in North Carolina. It was also the first school to offer a four-year baccalaureate nursing degree. The basic mission of the UNC School of Nursing is based on 3 goals including, education, research and practice. The school was founded in 1950 and since its inception; it is excelling in nursing education with additional courses and programs.

UNC is also being first in number of nursing fields all over the NC state including

  1. First four-year baccalaureate nursing degree (1950)
  2. First master’s degree (1955)
  3. First to initiate continuing education for nurses (1964)
  4. First nurse practitioner program (1970)
  5. First school in North Carolina to offer a Ph.D. in nursing (1989).

The school offers complete range of nursing education programs, together with the first PhD program in North Carolina.

Various Programs offered by the UNC School of Nursing comprises of

  • 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
  • One full degree program, RN to BSN, conducted entirely online.

The students and faculties of the school comprises of, 409 enrolled in BSN, 229 in BSN, PHD 55 students, totaling school enrollment of students to 693.

Faculties of the school include, Tenure-track: 50, Fixed-term Research/Clinical: 82

Total Full-Time Equivalent: 125

The achievements of the school since its creations can be best judged by following accolades received by the UNC:

  • According to an article published in Nurse Educator magazine in 1995 by nursing deans and scholars, the school is 9th top ranked among undergraduate nursing programs. in the nation
  • According to U.S. News and World Report: Graduate programs niches the top 10
  • Family Practice, Nursing Service Administration, Pediatrics and Psychiatric/Mental Health (2008)
  • Exceed the state and national average scores on the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX), 98 percent overall passage rate for 2008.
  • The School is ranked fourth nationally in receipt of nursing research funds from the National Institutes of Health

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing is accredited by:

  • The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • The North Carolina Board of Nursing (granted approval)
  • The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

The UNC School of Nursing is also the member of following organizations:

  • The American Association of Universities
  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • The Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing (Southern Regional Education Board)

The school is also an example of best multi cultural, diverse racial and ethnic configuration of students, where as on 2008-2009, persons of ethnic/racial diversity consisted of:

  • 24% of BSN students
  • 21% of MSN students
  • 37% of PhD students
  • 13% of faculty
  • 28% of staff

Males comprise:

  • 12% of BSN students
  • 12% of MSN students
  • 13% of PhD students
  • 6% of the faculty
  • 25% of staff


Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN 
Dean & Alumni Distinguished Professor
Carrington Hall, CB 7460
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-7460
Phone: 919-966-3731
Fax: 919-966-1280