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).

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

  • 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.
  • 9th among undergraduate nursing programs in the nation by nursing deans and scholars in an article published in Nurse Educator magazine in 1995.

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.

  • We 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.

Diversity Facts

The School of Nursing promotes an environment that embraces racial, ethnic and cultural differences. It fosters cultural sensitivity in teaching, learning, practice and research through its Office of Multicultural Affairs.

In Spring 2008, UNC graduated its first full class of Carolina Covenant Scholars. The Carolina Covenant offers a debt-free education to low-income students. Through Fall 2008, UNC has awarded more than 1,500 scholarships. In addition, the university has launched a mentoring component of the program that matches students with volunteer faculty. Last year, the mentoring expanded to include peers, offering support to the incoming Covenant Scholars.

University Rankings

  • U.S. News & World Report: UNC ranks No. 5  among “Best Colleges”
  • The Journal of Blacks in High Education has ranked UNC No. 1 for six of the past nine years in the percentage of first-year African-American students

The School of Nursing

The School promotes a School-wide environment that embraces racial, ethnic and cultural differences. Through our Office of Multicultural Affairs, the School fosters cultural sensitivity in teaching, learning, practice and research.

In 2013-2014, persons of ethnic/racial diversity comprised:
 ■22% of Undergraduate Students
 ■24% of Graduate Students
 ■18% of faculty
■32% of staff

Males comprise: 
■13% of Undergraduate Students
■8% of Graduate Students
■9% of faculty
■23% of staff

Recent Highlights:

  • The office leads Courageous Dialogues, structured conversations in which School of Nursing faculty and staff participate regularly. Courageous Dialogues are designed to attack anti-flourishing mechanisms and power elements that perpetuate, accentuate, create and tolerate inequities.
  • A book club for faculty and staff increases cultural awareness, sensitivity and appreciation through open discussion.
  • The Pauline W. Brown Diversity Scholarship Award is given to a student who examines diversity in care through coursework.
  • A dozen men from the School’s Chapter of American Assembly of Men in Nursing participated in the National American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) conference held at Duke University.
  • The office has assisted the UNC Hospitals and Health Systems Nursing Department with the diversity component of their Magnet application as well as the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Department of Nursing, UNC-Charlotte School of Nursing and the UNC School of Public Health in their diversity efforts.
  • The School of Nursing’s Ethnic Minority Visiting Scholar Lecture Series highlights the research and contributions of ethnic minority nurse scholars. Past scholars have included Dr. Marilyn P. Chow from Kaiser Permanente, Dean of Georgetown University School of Nursing Dr. Bette Keltner Jacobs and Dr. Beverly Malone, the CEO of the National League for Nursing

For more information please contact:

G. Rumay Alexander EdD, RN
Clinical Professor & Director
Office of Multicultural Affiars
School of Nursing
CB #7460 Carrington Hall
(919) 966-7767

Or visit The School of Nursing website:


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