Diane L. Parker: DNP, FNP-BC, APRN
Clinical Assistant Professor & Graduate Clinical Coordinator

Diane ParkerDiane Parker is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Graduate Clinical Coordinator at the UNC Wilmington. She is the primary responsible party for helping several hundred graduate students in the Nurse Educator and Nurse Practitioner programs find appropriate clinical placement and preceptors in many specialty areas each semester. Parker works very closely with various providers across the state to ensure safe and credentialed nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians are clinically educating advanced practice nursing students at UNCW. This responsibility is combined with her assignments of teaching clinical pediatrics to advanced practice nursing students in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program as well as Leadership and Management in Nursing and Complementary and Alternative Health to students enrolled in the RN-BSN program.

Parker is a legacy student, having graduated from UNCW with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2020 and her MSN/ FNP in 2001. In addition to her experience in advanced nursing practice for 19 years, she has also been a registered nurse for 30 years, primarily in the field of child health and focused expertise in adolescent health. In addition to teaching and coordinating clinical care for UNCW nursing students, Parker practices part-time as an FNP in a federally qualified adolescent clinic at a school-based health center at Hoggard High School in Wilmington. Parker’s research interests revolve around the utilization of technology as a supplemental source in teaching as well as adolescent reproductive health issues and the improvement of health outcomes in this population.


  • 2020 DNP, Doctorate of Nursing Practice, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • 2001, MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of North Carolina Wilmington 
  • 1994, BSN, Nursing, Fayetteville State University 
  • 1987, ADN, Nursing, Cuesta Community College 

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