Best Online Doctorate in Nursing Programs: Students Before Profits Award 2017

BEST ONLINE DOCTORATE IN NURSING PROGRAMSThe Students Before Profits Awards were created to recognize nonprofit colleges and universities offering degrees that put students before profits and education before the bottom-line.  For our ranking of the 2017 Online Doctor’s in Nursing winners, we chose online Nursing degree programs from nonprofit colleges and universities, accredited by independent and trusted accreditation boards, with lower than average tuition costs, and have ranked them by affordability.

The process of deciding of picking a college and college program that is best may seem like a daunting and challenging task.  Today, students are offered more choice than ever before when deciding where to go to college and what programs to choose from.  With this increase in choice, students might find themselves overwhelmed with where to even begin looking.  At Nonprofit Colleges Online, we believe that pursuing an online education has many key advantages that students will find to be invaluable when pursuing their college degree.  By studying online, students are able to save large amounts of money as online tuition tends to be cheaper than on-campus tuition.  By eliminating the costly overhead of an on-campus experience, colleges can pass on the savings directly to the student.  And most of the time, the online curriculum is the same as, or changed minimally, from its on-campus counterpart.  Online programs also have the distinct advantage of allowing more flexible scheduling of classes, a boon to those students who are employed full-time or working in an internship.  Also, online programs free students up from the geographical constraints of on-campus experiences, allowing students to study anywhere from anywhere.

After the completion of a Master’s in Nursing degree, nursing students can purse a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree to even further their nursing education, and, in doing so, increase the heights to which they can reach within their nursing careers.  By completing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, nursing students will reach the highest-level of nursing training.  They will spend time developing leadership skills while studying research methods, statistics and data analysis, as well as evidence-based nursing practice.  This degree is in high-demand in the job market.  Many healthcare organizations are actively seeking out students with Doctor’s of Nursing Practice degrees for some of their organizations most senior-level positions.  As highly-trained nurses, students with these degrees will find themselves working in roles in management and at the executive level of a variety of different nursing practices.  With such high-level jobs, students with a Doctor’s of Nursing Practice degree will have increased their earning potential immensely within the field of nursing practice.

Note that tuition rates listed below are based on cost per credit and individual programs may have additional fees.

 

#1. University of North Dakota

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Prior to North Dakota receiving statehood, the University of North Dakota was founded.  Established by George H. Walsh, a native to Grand Forks, North Dakota, the University of North Dakota was established through the drafting and submission of a bill to the North Dakota Legislature calling for a new school in Grand Forks.  Construction began immediately after the passage of the bill and the first classes were held in 1884.  The University of North Dakota brought a great deal of prosperity to Grand Forks.  The city grew in step with the newly-founded university. Today, the University of North Dakota is home to a student body of nearly 15,000 students.  University of North Dakota is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at the University of North Dakota are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Through this program of study, students will continue their studies of nursing to become clinical leaders who are ready to lead interdisciplinary healthcare teams.  This program is available mostly online.  Students are required to visit the University of North Dakota campus once each semester in order to compete this degree program.  A minimum of 33 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of North Dakota’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $13,200

#2. University of Arkansas

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Founded on a hilltop farm in the Ozark Mountains, the University of Arkansas was given the nickname “The Hill”.  Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas was established as a beneficiary of the Morill Land-Grant Act of 1862.  The Arkansas State Legislature called for the establishment of a new school at which point cities throughout the state began to bid for the school being located within their city.  Pledging over $130,000, the city of Fayetteville won the bidding and construction of the university began there.  The first building, “Old Main”, was completed in 1875 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.  Now, the University of Arkansas is home to a student body of over 27,000 students.  University of North Dakota is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered to students at the University of North Dakota.  Through this program of study students will learn to solve complex health issues, sustain the quality of health care within organizations, and much more.  This program is offered in two concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.  These programs are available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the University of North Dakota to complete their studies.  A minimum of 35 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of North Dakota’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $14,315

#3. University of Alabama

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Upon acceptance into the Union, the General Assembly of Alabama called for the establishment of what would become the University of Alabama.  In 1820, the University of Alabama accepted its first class of students making it the oldest public university in the state of Alabama.  The school was built in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which at the time of the school’s construction was the capital of Alabama.  Influenced by the designs of Thomas Jefferson, the University of Alabama is laid out very similarly to the campus at the University of Virginia.  After almost two centuries of operation, the University of Alabama has become the flagship university in the Alabama system of higher education.  Currently, the University of Alabama enrolls around 37,000 students. University of Alabama is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at the University of Alabama are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Through this course of study, students will receive the highest-level of nursing education.  Students will be ready to lead nursing teams and solve complex health care issues as they arise.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the University of Alabama campus to compete their studies.  A minimum of 40 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Alabama’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $14,680

#4. Fort Hays State University

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In 1902, the Western Branch of Kansas State Normal School was established as an expansion in order to accommodate the rapid popularity and growth of the Kansas State Normal School.  Built upon the former site of a frontier military outpost, the Western Branch of Kansas State Normal School was located on what was once Fort Hays.  Soon after, the school had outgrown its location at Fort Hays and construction began on a newer campus that was located more closely to the city of Hays.  Still utilizing the Fort Hays campus, the majority of Fort Hays State University was moved to the new location within Hays, Kansas.  Now, Fort Hays State University has grown to become the third-largest public university in the state of Kansas with a student body of over 11,200 students that are offered over sixty different programs of study. Fort Hays State University is a public institution.

Program Overview

Fort Hays State University offers students a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Through this program of study students will gain the highest-level of education and training in preparation for their career in nursing.  Students in this program are able to take all of their courses entirely online.  Fort Hays State University does not require students to visit their campus in order to complete their studies.  A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Fort Hays State University Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $17,220

#5. Georgia Southern University

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 Through an act of federal legislation, Georgia Southern University was established as a land grant college originally named the First District Agricultural & Mechanical School.  In 1908, the First District Agricultural & Mechanical School accepted its first class of students.  Over the coming decades, the school shifted its focus away from agricultural and towards the education of teachers.  In 1924, the school was renamed to Georgia Normal School, and then renamed again in 1929 to South Georgia Teachers College.  The school underwent even more name changes, being renamed to Georgia Teachers College in 1939, then Georgia Southern College in 1959, and finally Georgia Southern University in 1990.  Located in Statesboro, Georgia, Georgia Southern University enrolls nearly 21,000 students. Georgia Southern University is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at Georgia Southern University are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Through this program of study students will learn how to directly care for individual patients, manage care for large populations of patients, administer nursing systems, and develop and implement health policy.  This program is available entirely online and does not require students to visit the Georgia Southern University campus to complete their studies. A minimum of 43 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Georgia Southern University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $19,866

#6. West Virginia University

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Established in 1862, West Virginia University was originally named the Agricultural College of West Virginia.  Founded through the Morill Land-Grant Colleges Act, West Virginia University was able to use federal funding in order to begin accepting its first class of students in 1867.  West Virginia University’s campus was founded on the sites of three former schools: the Woodburn Female Seminary, the Morgantown Female Academy, and the Monongalia Academy.  The Agricultural College of West Virginia was short-lived, as it was quickly changed to West Virginia University in 1868.  Currently, West Virginia University has received a “R1” designation for its research efforts by the Carnegie Foundation.  Located in Morgantown, West Virginia, West Virginia University is home to a student body of 30,000 students. West Virginia University is a public institution.

Program Overview

West Virginia University offers its students a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Through this course of study, nurses will be prepared with the skills and knowledge needed to implement new methods of treatment and healthcare deliver and improve patient health.  This program is available entirely online and does not require students to visit the West Virginia University campus to complete their studies.  A minimum of 33 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: West Virginia University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $21,021

#7. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ beginnings can be traced back to a single classroom at Las Vegas High School.  In 1959, the University of Las Vegas, Reno, began operating a regional extension program out of the Las Vegas High School.  During this time, construction on the official campus was underway and students began taking their classes there in 1957.  In 1965, the school was spun-off from the University of Nevada, Reno and was named Nevada Southern University.  In 1969, the name of the school was changed once again to its current name, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas currently enrolls a student body of almost 30,000 students.  University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Through this course of study student will be prepared to assume leadership position in clinical practices, administration, clinical teaching, and clinical research.  This program is offered entirely online and does not require that students visit the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, campus.  A minimum of 36 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Tuition: $21,312

#8. Florida International University

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After the construction of the Miami-Dade Airport, the older Tamiami Airport was no longer in use, serving as the perfect site for the founding of a new public university in Miami, Florida.  Citing concerns over a lack of a public university in south Florida, Senator Ernest Graham called for the construction of a new university in 1943.  For years, the State Legislature went back and forth until finally it was decided that construction on Florida International University would begin at the site of the defunct Tamiami Airport.  Florida International University opened in 1972 with an initial class of 5,667 students.  Today, Florida International University has grown to become the largest public university in south Florida, the second-largest in the sate, and the four-largest university in the entire United States with a student body of over 54,000 students. Florida International University is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered to students at Florida International University. This program of study will prepare nurses with the highest-level of education before they enter into leadership roles within the healthcare community.  This program of study is available entirely online and does not require students to visit the Florida International University campus.  A minimum of 36 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Florida International University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $22,222

#9. Northern Arizona University

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Located within the ponderosa pine forest of Flagstaff, Arizona, Northern Arizona University was established in 1899.  Originally, Northern Arizona State University was opened as the Northern Arizona Normal School and was the largest educator of children in the state of Arizona.  Over sixty years later, it was decided by the Arizona Board of Regents that the school would be granted university-status and would be renamed to Northern Arizona University.  Recently, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education have designated Northern Arizona University of having “high research activity”.  The school is home to a student body of nearly 28,000 students and offers over 250 different programs of study. Northern Arizona University is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at Northern Arizona University are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  In this program of study, students will learn all the skills and knowledge needed to provide high quality health care.  This program is available to students entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Northern Arizona University campus in order to complete their studies.  A minimum of 41 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Northern Arizona University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $22,550

#10. Ball State University

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In 1876, the Eastern Indiana Normal School was established on the grounds that would eventually become the Ball State University campus. Operating for a quarter of a century, the Eastern Indiana Normal School hit financial problems in 1901 and was forced to close down.  A year later, Palmer University was established on the site and began accepting its first class of students.  Palmer University was soon renamed to the Indiana Normal College.  But in 1907, the school was forced to shut down again.  Fortunately, the Ball Brothers purchased the property and reopened the school.  Under their guidance the school prepared.  In 1961, the school was renamed to Ball State College in their honor, and then renamed to Ball State University in 1965.  Now, Ball State University is home to a student boy of 22,000 students and is located in Muncie, Indiana.  Ball State University is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered to students at Ball State University.  In this program of study students will prepare to assume leadership position in nursing practices.  This program will have nurses focusing on the translation of research into practice in order to improve health care.  Students are able to take this course entirely online and are not required to visit the Ball State University campus to complete their studies.  A minimum of 38 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Ball State University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $22,724

#11. University of Colorado Colorado Springs

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In the 1940s, the University of Colorado began offering classes in the city of Colorado Springs.  Classes were held in various locations throughout the city.  By the 1960s, it was decided that the University of Colorado would seek out a permanent campus for the school.  Quickly, the school found the Cragmor Sanatorium and wanted it to be the site of new school.  George T. Dwire sold the Cragmor Sanantorium to the state of Colorado for just $1 and classes were moved there in 1965.  It was at this point that the University of Colorado Colorado Springs was named.  Now, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is home to a student body of nearly 13,000 students.  University of Colorado Colorado Springs is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Through this course of study students will continue their education in the science of nursing in preparation to enter into leadership roles within the healthcare field.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus to complete their studies. A minimum of 33 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $23,298

#12. Eastern Kentucky University

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Founded in 1874, Eastern Kentucky University was originally named Central University.  Eastern Kentucky University operated under this name for the next twenty-five years.  At the turn of the century, Central University merged with the nearby Centre College.  After this merger, the Kentucky General Assembly renamed the school the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School No. 1 in 1906.  In 1922, the school began issuing four-year degrees to its students.  Eight years later, the school was renamed to the Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College, and the school was renamed one final time in 1966 to Eastern Kentucky University.  Enrolling a student body of 16,000 students, Eastern Kentucky University is located in Richmond, Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky University is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered to students at Eastern Kentucky University.  Through this course of study students will study topics including Public Health Policy, Healthcare Economics and Finance, Informatics in Healthcare Delivery, and much more.  This program is available entirely online and does not require students to visit the Eastern Kentucky University campus to complete their studies. A minimum of 36 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Eastern Kentucky University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $23,400

#13. Liberty University

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The Lynchburg Baptist College was established by Jerry Falwell, Senior Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, in 1971.  In time, the Lynchburg Baptist College would eventually become Liberty University.  Jerry Falwell founded Lynchburg Baptist College with the goal of providing students with an option for higher education through a Christian perspective.  Four years, later the school was renamed to Liberty Baptist College, and then renamed another time to Liberty University in 1985 after receiving university-status.  Now, Liberty University enrolls approximately 15,000 students on campus and an additional 100,000 online. Liberty University is a private institution.

Program Overview

Students at Liberty University are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Through this program of study nurses will learn the advanced practice of nursing, clinical prevention, biostatistics, and much more.  This program is available entirely online and does not require students to visit the Liberty University campus at any point during their studies to complete this degree.  A minimum of 41 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Liberty University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)..

Tuition: $24,395

#14. Indiana State University

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The Indiana General Assembly convened in 1865 and determined that Indiana was in need of a new institution of higher learning.  On December 20th, 1865, the Indiana General Assembly called for the establishment of Indiana State Normal School laying the groundwork for what would eventually become Indiana State University. The school was originally established as a teacher training school, but then quickly changed.  In 1908, the school began offering Bachelor’s degrees to students and then Master’s degrees.  In 1929, the school was renamed to the Indiana State Teachers College, then renamed to Indiana State College in 1961, and then finally Indiana State University in 1965.  Located in the Indiana city of Terre Haute, Indiana State University currently enrolls just over 10,200 students.  Indiana State University is a public institution.

Program Overview

Indiana State University offers its students a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  In this program of study nurses will be trained to become innovative leaders within the changing field of health care delivery.  Students will learn how to improve patient outcomes while maintaining proper safety and treatment efficacy.  This program is offered entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Indiana State University campus to complete their studies. A minimum of 39 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Indiana State University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $24,451

#15. Boise State University

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The Episcopal Church founded Boise Junior College in 1932.  Operating under the Episcopal Church for two years, Boise Junior College became undefended in 1940 and moved to its current location along the Boise River.  By 1965, the school was offering students the ability to enroll in Bachelor’s degree programs.  It was at this point that the school was renamed to Boise College.  Idaho’s state system of higher education took over the school in 1969 and the name was changed to Boise State College.  After gaining university-status in 1974, the name was changed for a final time Boise State University. Located in Boise, Idaho, Boise State University enrolls 22,000 students. Boise State University is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at Boise State University are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Through this program of study students will be prepared to enter into leadership roles within the health care delivery system.  This program is offered to students entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Boise State University campus at any point during their studies to complete their degree.  A minimum of 36 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Boise State University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Tuition: $24,660

#16. Idaho State University

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Governor Frank W. Hunt established the Academy of Idaho in 1901 through the signing of Senate Bill 53.  Later that year, the school was opened in Pocatello, Idaho at the behest of Mayor Theodore F. Tuner.  The first class of students were enrolled in 1902.  By 1915, the Academy of Idaho was renamed to the Idaho Technical Institute.  During World War I, the Idaho Technical Institute saw a rise in enrollment.  This led to the school begin renamed another time to the University of Idaho – Southern Branch due to its growing size. By 1963, the school was officially named Idaho State University.  Located in Pocatello Idaho, Idaho State University boasts a student body of 13,569 students.  Idaho State University is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered to students at Idaho State University.  Through this course of study, students will undergo a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare them for leadership in the health care field.  This program is available mostly online. Students are required to visit the Idaho State University campus once a semester in order to complete this program.  A minimum of 32 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Idaho State University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Tuition: $24,928

#17. Chatham University

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The Pennsylvania Female College was founded by Reverend William Trimble Beatty in 1869.  This school would eventually become Chatham University.  Originally, classes were held in Berry Mansion but over time the school grew.  As the school grew, neighboring mansions were purchased in order to accommodate for the additional student population.  In 1890, the school was renamed to the Pennsylvania College for Women.  Over fifty years later, the school was renamed in honor of William Pitt, the First Earl of Chatham, to Chatham College in 1955.  In 2007, the school’s name was changed to Chatham University after being granted university status by the state of Pennsylvania.  Now enrolling nearly 2,300 students, Chatham University is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Chatham University is a private institution.

Program Overview

At Chatham University, students are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  This program of study will prepare nurses to enter into a variety of different leadership roles within the health care community.  This program is offered to students entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Chatham University campus to complete any of their courses. A minimum of 27 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Chatham University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Tuition: $25,110

#18. Regis University

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In 1877, a group of Italian Jesuits fled to America seeking asylum and settled in Las Vegas, New Mexico.  Upon their arrival in the city of Las Vegas the group decided that they would establish a college and they would name it Las Vegas College.  This school would eventually become Regis University. After operating successfully for a few years, the Bishop of Denver asked the Jesuits to move to the city of Denver in order to establish another school.   After moving, the school also merged with the nearby Sacred Heart College forming the College of the Sacred Heart.  In 1921, the school was renamed in honor of Saint John Francis Regis to Regis University.  Now, Regis University is home to over 8,700 students, and is located in Denver, Colorado.  Regis University is a private institution.

Program Overview

Students at Regis University are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  In this program of study students will deepen their understanding of informatics, epidemiology, health policy analysis, while learning to strengthen their research and leadership skills.  This program is also offered in two specializations: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, and Advanced Leadership in Health Care.  Regis University offers this program entirely online and does not require students to visit their campus.  A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Regis University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $25,200

#19. East Tennessee State University

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The East Tennessee State Normal School was founded in 1911 and would eventually become East Tennessee State University.  Originally, the school was founded to train teachers to teach students K-12.  This program is still in operation today at the modern day Eastern Tennessee State University.  After receiving accreditation in 1925, the school was renamed to East Tennessee Teachers College.  The school underwent a few other name changes.  It was named East Tennessee State Teacher’s College, Johnson City, in 1930, then East Tennessee State College in 1943, and finally East Tennessee State University in 1963.  Currently located in Johnson City, Tennessee, East Tennessee State University enrolls 14,000 students. East Tennessee State University is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered to students at East Tennessee State University.  Through this course of study students will learn advanced nurse practices in order to become executive nurse leaders.  This program is available in four different concentrations including: Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Executive Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  This program is mostly online and required visits to the East Tennessee State University campus once a semester. A minimum of 36 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: East Tennessee State University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $25,956

#20. Thomas Edison State University

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Thomas Edison State University began in 1971 with the idea that the college-level knowledge adults gain outside the classroom could be measured and applied toward an academic degree. Approved by the New Jersey Board of Education in December 1971, the idea became a reality with the establishment of the University on July 1, 1972. The University was aptly named in honor of Thomas Alva Edison, the New Jersey inventor who gained encyclopedic knowledge of many subject areas without attending college classes. Presently, Thomas Edison State University enrolls a student body of approximately 17,500 and offers 100 different programs. Thomas Edison State University is a public institution.

Program Overview

Thomas Edison State University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is an online doctoral degree program with a specialty area in Systems-Level Leadership that can be completed in 18 months. In this course of study, students will learn advanced nursing practice while studying evidence-based outcomes and theoretical knowledge relevant to health care. The program prepares students to lead health care organizations, and prepares nurse leaders with competencies in advanced nursing practice, organizational leadership, economics and finance, health care policy and technology. This program is offered entirely online; students are not required to visit the Thomas Edison State University campus to complete this program. A minimum of 36 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Thomas Edison State University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Tuition: $26,640

#21. College of St. Scholastica

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Mother Scholastica Kerst and 28 Sisters arrived in Duluth from St. Joseph, Minnesota in 1892.  Upon their arrival they began work on establishing a Benedictine mother-house and academy with the newly settled city.  Growing quickly, Mother Scholastica Kerst and her Sisters moved the school three two times, ending up in its current location in 1909.  Three years later, in 1912, the school added junior college classes to its curriculum.  It was at this point that the school was renamed to the College of St Scholastica, in honor of Mother Scholastica Kerst who helped to found the school.  Located Duluth, Minnesota, the College of St. Scholastica enrolls a student body of just over 4,200 students.  College of St. Scholastica is a private institution.

Program Overview

The College of St. Scholastica offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree to its students.  Through this course of study, students will learn advanced nurse practices while also working to develop and hone their leadership skills in preparation to enter into leadership roles in the health care industry upon graduation.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the College of St. Scholastica campus to complete their studies.  A minimum of 32 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: College of St. Scholastica’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $26,816

#22. University of Massachusetts Amherst

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The Massachusetts Agricultural College, what would eventually become the University of Massachusetts Amherst, opened in 1863 after the state received federal funding through the Morill Land Act.  The school continued to grow over the coming years and the name was changed in 1932 from the Massachusetts Agricultural College to the Massachusetts State College.  Experiencing a surge of applicants due to the close of World War II, Massachusetts State College experienced a period of great prosperity.  During this time, programs expanded which eventually led to the school being renamed to the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1947.  By the early 2000s, the University of Massachusetts Amherst had become the flagship school of the UMass system.  Now, the school has a student body of 30,000 students and offers two-hundred different programs of study.  University of Massachusetts at Amherst is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program.  Through this program, students will learn to develop advanced nursing practice knowledge and skills needed to manage patients while learning to evaluate and apply research in order to enhance clinical outcomes.  This program is offered to students entirely online and does not require any visits to the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.  A minimum of 36 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Tuition: $27,000

#23. University of Michigan-Flint

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In 1837, it was decided that a branch of the nearby Michigan University at Ann Arbor would eventually open a branch in the city of Flint, Michigan.  It wasn’t until over a century later that the Flint Board of Education would request the University of Michigan to open a satellite campus in the city of Flint.  Due to the increased interest in college education brought forth by the GI Bill, it was decided that construction on Flint College would begin.  The school opened in 1956 and the first class graduated in 1958.  Soon after, the school was renamed to the University of Michigan-Flint.  Now, located along the Flint River in Flint, Michigan, the University of Michigan-Flint enrolls a student body of 8,289 students.  University of Michigan-Flint is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered to students at the University of Michigan-Flint.  In this program, nurses will train to advance their understanding of nursing and health care practices while working to develop their leadership skills.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the University of Michigan-Flint campus in order to complete their studies.  A minimum of 33 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Michigan-Flint’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $27,357

#24. Mercer University

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Baptist Minister Adiel Sherwood and Professor Billington McCarthy Sanders partnered together in order to open a new university together.  In January 1833, the duo had opened the Mercer Institute together.  The school was originally named after Jesse Mercer, a prominent leader within the Baptist community who donated a large amount of money to the school in order to fund its opening.  Originally a boy’s preparatory school, the school was officially recognized by the Georgia General Assembly in 1837.  The school was renamed at this point to Mercer University.  Soon after, the school moved to Macon, Georgia.  Still located in Macon, Georgia, Mercer University now enrolls approximately 9,000 students.  Mercer University is a private institution.

Program Overview

Students at Mercer University are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  In this program of study students will continue their nursing education in order to prepare themselves to enter into clinical and organizational leadership roles within the health care community.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the Mercer University campus for its completion.   A minimum of 56 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Mercer University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $27,960

#25. New Mexico State University

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Established in Las Cruces, New Mexico, New Mexico State University’s history dates back over a century. Founded in 1888, New Mexico State University was founded as Las Cruces College in order to provide agricultural education as part of the Morill Land Act.  The following year, Las Cruces College was renamed New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts.  This name remained until 1960 when it was decided that the school would be renamed to New Mexico State University.  Now, New Mexico State University has grown to become one of the largest college campuses in the state, spanning 6,000 acres of land throughout the downtown area of Las Cruces.  Offering over 180 different degree programs, New Mexico State University enrolls nearly 18,500 students.  New Mexico State University is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered to students at New Mexico State University.  Students in this program of study will learn advanced nursing practices, leadership skills, and health care procedures in order to advance their knowledge and prepare them to work in health care.  This program is available in four tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, and Public/Community Health Nursing.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the New Mexico State University campus.  A minimum of 33 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: New Mexico State University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $28,050

#26. Concordia University Wisconsin

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Opened in 1881, Concordia University of Wisconsin was originally located within the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.  After a year of operating in the church basement, the school was renamed to Concordia College and the search began for a permanent home for the college.  Land was purchased nearby and the school was soon moved.  Operating a high school and junior college, as well as a college, Concordia College originally was an men-only institution.  In 1964, the college began accepting women but the high school and junior college remained men-only.  Later, the school was renamed Concordia University Wisconsin.  Located in Mequon, Wisconsin, Concordia University Wisconsin enrolls a student body of just over 7,700 students.  Concordia University Wisconsin is a private institution.

Program Overview

Student at Concordia University Wisconsin are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Through this program of study, students will learn leadership skills needed in order to operate at the highest level of nursing practice.   This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Concordia University Wisconsin campus in order to complete their studies.  A minimum of 38 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Concordia University Wisconsin’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Tuition: $28,538

#27. Wilkes University

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Established by Bucknell University, Bucknell University Junior College was established in 1933 as the precursor to Wilkes University.  Originally, classes were held in the basement of the Wilkes-Barre Business College Building in downtown Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  The program became incredible popular and the school had quickly outgrown its location within the basement of the Wilkes-Barre Business College Building which led to the purchase of neighboring buildings and mansions to house the new classes and students.  By 1947, the school had grown so much that the program had been spun-off into its own school knows Wilkes College.  Over forty years later, the school received university-status and was renamed Wilkes University.  Currently located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Wilkes University has a student body of over 2,300 students. Wilkes University is a private institution.

Program Overview

Wilkes University offers its students a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  In this program of study, students will exit as knowledgeable, competent, and clinically proficient nurses prepared to lead clinical practices and enter into other leadership positions within the field of health care.  Students are not required to take any of their classes online.  This program does not include any campus visits to Wilkes University.  A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Wilkes University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Tuition: $29,550

#28. University of Kansas

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Governor of Kansas, Thomas Carney, signed a piece of legislation that called for the creation of a new state university that was to be located in the city of Lawrence, Kansas.  The legislation stipulated that in order for the school to be build, the city of Lawrence was required to match the funding from the state government in order to help fund construction and operation of the new university.  The city of Lawrence obliged, money was raised, and former Kansas Governor Charles L. Robinson donated land within the city for the new school.  In 1865, the Kansas Board of Regents officially established what would eventually become the University of Kansas and the school began accepting students one year later.  Still located in Lawrence, Kansas, the University of Kansas enrolls a student body of 28,000 students. University of Kansas is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at the University of Kansas are able to enroll in the school’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Through this program of study, students will learn advanced nursing practices and skills.  They will also learn leadership and management skills in order to prepare them for executive-level positions within health care organizations.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the University of Kansas campus to complete.  A minimum of 32 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Kansas’ Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $29,568

#29. Maryville University of Saint Louis

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The Religious of the Sacred Heart founded the Maryville University of Saint Louis in 1872.  Because of its early founding, Maryville University of Saint Louis is the oldest private institution in the Greater St. Louis-area.  Originally, the school acted as an academy for young women.  By 1921, the school had added a junior college and then a four-year college in 1923.  Towards the end of the 1950s, Maryville University of Saint Louis began seeking out additional land to expand its campus.  The campus expanded in 1960s leading to an expansion in the school’s curriculum which also led to the school becoming coeducational. In 1991, the school received university status.  Currently, Maryville University of Saint Louis, has a student body of 6,400 students and is located in St. Louis, Missouri.  Maryville University of Saint Louis is a private institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered to students at Maryville University of Saint Louis.  This program is designed for nurses to advance their nursing knowledge to the highest level.  By focusing on advanced nursing practices and leadership skills, nurses will be prepared to enter into leadership roles in a variety of health care organizations.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the Maryville University of Saint Louis campus for its completion.  A minimum of 33 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Maryville University of Saint Louis’ Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $29,601

#30. University of Missouri-Kansas City

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In the early 1920s, the Methodist Church and Bishop Ernest Lynn Waldorf proposed Lincoln and Lee University, a university that would be dedicated to the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee.  The idea was to create a university that acted as a monument to the Civil War and to symbolize a coming together of the two disparate parts of the nation.  In 1930, Lincoln and Lee, the University of Kansas City was established.  However, the name was soon abandoned due to infighting amongst the administration.  Now known as the University of Kansas City, the school continued to grow over the coming years. In 1963, the university became part of the University of Missouri system resulting in a name change to its current name.  Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the University of Missouri-Kansas City enrolls 16,160 students. University of Missouri-Kansas City is a public institution.

Program Overview

The University of Missouri-Kansas City offers its students a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Through this program of study students will hone their nursing skills to the highest level while engaging in leadership development and business management training.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus in order to complete this program of study.  A minimum of 32 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $29,952

#31. Texas Woman’s University

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At the turn of the century, the Texas Women’s Association, the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs the Grange and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and more advocacy groups called for the establishment of a women’s university within the state of Texas.  In 1901, the state of Texas established the Texas Industrial Institute and College for the Education of White Girls of the State of Texas in the Arts and Sciences.  In 1903, the name was shortened to Girls Industrial College, and then changed again to the College of Industrial Arts and Sciences in 1905.  The name was changed again in 1934 to the Texas State College for Women and then in 1957 to Texas Woman’s University   Despite its name, the school became coeducational in 1994.  Located in in Denton, Texas, Texas Woman’s University enrolls just over 15,000 students. Texas Woman’s University is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at Texas Woman’s University are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Through this program of study, students are able to advance their understanding of advanced nursing skills including health care informatics, clinical practices, and much more.  They will also study management and leadership skills.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the Texas Woman’s University campus for its completion.  A minimum of 46 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Texas Woman’s University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $31,004

#32. University of Pittsburgh

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The Pittsburgh Academy was founded in 1787 by Hugh Henry Brackenridge and would eventually become the University of Pittsburgh.  Due to its incredibly early date of establishment, it is one of the oldest schools in the United States and is the oldest school west of the Allegheny Mountains.  In 1819, the school’s name was changed to the Western University of Pennsylvania and was being set up to become the sister school of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  Following a fire in 1845, the school moved its campus to northern Allegheny City.  In 1908, the school’s name was changed once more to the University of Pittsburgh. Still located in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh enrolls a student body of nearly 30,000 students and offers a wide variety of degree programs.  University of Pittsburgh is a public institution.

Program Overview

The University of Pittsburgh offers students a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. In this program of study, students will study advanced nursing skills while also taking on courses in leadership and management in order to best prepare themselves to enter into leadership roles within the field of health care.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the University of Pittsburgh campus.  A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Pittsburgh’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Tuition: $31,170

#33. Pennsylvania State University

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Know as Penn State to students, faculty, and alumni, Pennsylvania State University was founded in 1855. Originally, the school was named the Farmer’s High School of Pennsylvania but shortly after its founding, the school received a 200-acre parcel of land as a donation leading to the school being renamed to the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania due to its newly increased size.  Later on, the school expanded again after receiving federal funding through the Morill Act.  This funding and expansion resulted in an other named.  The school was renamed in 1874 to Pennsylvania State College.  The school was finally named Pennsylvania State University in 1953 after receiving university status.  Located in State College, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University enrolls over 100,000 students.  Pennsylvania State University is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at Pennsylvania State University are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  In this program of study students will learn how to deliver the highest-level of nursing care while developing and honing their abilities as leaders and managers within the field of health care.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the Pennsylvania State University campus for its completion.  A minimum of 38 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Pennsylvania State University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Tuition: $31,198

#34. East Carolina University

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Earning the distinction for “Innovation and Economic Prosperity” from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, East Carolina University is one of North Carolina’s largest research universities.  Chartered by the state of North Carolina in 1907, East Carolina University was originally named the East Carolina Teachers Training School.  Two years later, in 1909, the East Carolina Teachers Training School began accepting its first class of students.  A decade later, the school was chartered by the state to grant degrees and the name was changed again to East Carolina Teachers College. Over the coming decades, the school would continue to grow and was eventually renamed to East Carolina University.  Located in Greenville, North Carolina, East Carolina University enrolls a student body of approximately 28,000 students.  East Carolina University is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered to students at East Carolina University.  Students in this program of study will advance their nursing skills to the highest possible level while working to become stronger leaders within their field.  They will learn management skills as well to prepare them for executive-level positions in the health care field.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the East Carolina University campus for its completion. A minimum of 36 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: East Carolina University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $31,536

#35. Loyola University New Orleans

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The Society of Jesus founded Loyala University in New Orleans in the year 1904.  Originally named Loyola College, the school was operated by a group of Jesuits out of a small section of Foucher Plantation.  Following Jesuit tradition, Loyola College included both a college and a preparatory school.  In 1907, construction on Loyola College’s first permanent campus building was completed. In 1911, all of the Jesuit schools in New Orleans underwent a reorganization.  During this reorganization, the school was chartered as a university and the name was changed from Loyola College to Loyola University.  The name was changed once more to Loyola University New Orleans in 1996. Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, Loyola University boasts a student body of just over 5,000 students.  Loyola University New Orleans is a private institution.

Program Overview

Students at Loyola University are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Through this program of study, students will learn the most advanced nursing skills and practices while working to increase their leadership and management skills.  Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to assume leadership roles within the health care industry.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the Loyola University of New Orleans campus. A minimum of 39 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Loyola University New Orleans’ Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $31,902

#36. Nova Southeastern University

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Highly-lauded for its research efforts by the Carnegie Foundation, Nova Southeastern University is well known as a top-tier research university.  Founded on the site of an abandoned Naval Outlying Landing field that had been unused since World War II, Nova Southeastern University accepted its first class of students in 1964.  In the beginning, Nova Southeastern University only offered graduate-level studies in either physical or social sciences.  Starting with just seventeen students, Nova Southeastern University soon outgrew the Naval Outlying Landing Field and moved to the nearby city of Davie, Florida.  To accommodate for even more continued growth, the school began operating additional satellite campuses in the area.  Now, Nova Southeastern University offers over 175 different programs to its 25,000 students.  Nova Southeastern University is a private institution.

Program Overview

Nova Southeastern University offers students a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program.  Through this program, nurses will learn advanced nursing practices in order to succeed in the complex and demanding field of health care.  Students will also train in leadership and management course to prepare for executive-level positions.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the Nova Southeastern University campus to complete.  A minimum of 36 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Nova Southeastern University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $32,220

#37. Graceland University

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To help the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints establish Graceland University, then called Graceland College, Marietta Walker donated twenty acres of land for the campus in 1895. The name Graceland College was picked by Colonel George Barrett in reference to the locations “graceful” sloping hill that the school was located upon.  After two decades of operation, Graceland College was accredited by both Iowa and Missouri.  By 1960, Graceland College was offering students four-year degrees.  Established originally in Lamoni, Iowas, the school has added additional campuses in Centerville and Cedar Rapids, as well as an out-of-state campus in Trenton, Missouri.  Currently, Graceland University offers fifty different academic program to its student body of 2,300 students. Graceland University is a private institution.

Program Overview

Students at Graceland University are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  In this program, students will be prepared for advanced practical roles as clinical scholars.  They will be skilled in evidence-based practice, advanced clinical practice, and measurements of patient outcomes.  This program is available to students entirely online.  Students are not required to visit Graceland University in order to complete this program.  A minimum of 40 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Graceland University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $33,000

#38. University of Texas Medical Branch

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 Through a popular vote, it was decided in 1881 that the University of Texas was to open a Medical Department between the cities of Galveston, Texas, and Houston, Texas.  However, construction did not begin immediately.  The state had delayed its establishment in order to wait for construction to be completed on main campus in Texas.  But the need for medical training in Texas was so great that the city of Galveston went ahead and established Texas Medical College a year later in 1891.  This school would eventually become the University of Texas Medical Branch.   After becoming part of the University of Texas system, the school later became a part of the Texas Medical Center in 2010.  Located in Galveston, Texas, the University of Texas Medical Branch enrolls over 3,000 students. University of Texas Medical Branch is a public institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered to students at the University of Texas Medical Branch.  Through this program of study, students will be prepare with strong clinical competencies, as well as skills in science, leadership, and inquiry.  Students will learn to focus on providing care for all people while specializing in vulnerable populations.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the University of Texas Medical Branch campus to complete this program.A minimum of 42 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Texas Medical Branch’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $33,876

#39. La Salle University

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 Brother Teliow and Archbishop James Wood of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia founded La Salle University in 1863.  Originally, Las Salle University was founded as an all-male college.  Established in St. Michael’s Parish, the school then moved to the abandoned campus of St. Joseph’s College.  In 1886, the school moved again to the a mansion.  Las Salle University remained at this location until 1930 until it moved to its current location in the Logan neighborhood or Philadelphia.  During World War II, La Salle University experienced a massive drop in enrollees which almost led to the school closing, however, the end of the war and the GI Bill brought about a period of growth and prosperity for the school.  Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, La Salle University enrolls a student body of nearly 6,000 students.  La Salle University is a private institution.

Program Overview

Students at La Salle University are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Through this program of study, students will be prepared to enter into the nursing workforce with a strong clinical sciences background that will prepare them to work in all kinds of health care environments.  This program is available almost entirely online.  Students do not have to take their course at the La Salle University but are required to participate in immersion experiences three times during the program.  A minimum of 35 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: La Salle University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Tuition: $34,475

#40. University of South Alabama

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In the early 1960s, the University of Alabama ran several extension programs in Mobile, Alabama for students located in south Alabama.  In 1963, the Alabama Legislature called upon the University of Alabama to consoled these disparate extension programs into one.  Upon consolidation, the Alabama Legislature realized the size of the programs and realized that it would be best to spin them off into their own university.  In 1963, the University of South Alabama was formed.  The only public institution of higher learning located in the Upper Gulf Coast, the University of South Alabama is affectionately known as “South” by students, faculty, and alumni.  Enrolling over 16,700 students, the University of South Alabama is located in Mobile, Alabama. University of South Alabama is a public institution.

Program Overview

The University of South Alabama offers students a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  In this program of study, students will study topics covering the direct care of individual patients, management of care for individuals and populations, the administration of health care and nursing systems, and the development and implementation of health policy.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the University of South Alabama campus for its completion. A minimum of 36 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of South Alabama’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $34,920

#41. Medical University of South Carolina

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 Founded in 1823, the Medical University of South Carolina was originally known as the Medical College of South Carolina.  With just seven doctors from the city of Charleston as its original faculty, the school enrolled its first class of thirty students in 1824.  The Medical University of South Carolina operated continuously to this except during the Civil War when the school was forced to close.  Operating privately at the beginning, the school underwent a survey in 1908 that was very critical of the facilities.  This prompted the state to take control of the school, and the Medical University of South Carolina became a public university in 1913.  Located in the city of Charleston, South Carolina, the Medical University of South Carolina enrolls over 2,500 students.  Medical University of South Carolina is a private institution.

Program Overview

Students are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the Medical University of South Carolina.  Through this program of study, students will become experts in clinical knowledge while gaining in-depth knowledge of leadership, health systems design and evaluation, as well as health policy and applied research.  This program is offered entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Medical University of South Carolina during their studies.  A minimum of 36 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Medical University of South Carolina’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $35,460

#42. Saint Louis University

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Most Reverend Louis Guillaume Valentin Dubourg, Bishop of Louisiana and the Florida, founded the Saint Louis Academy in 1818.  Eventually becoming Saint Louis University, Saint Louis Academy was initially located in a private home along the Mississippi River.  In 1820, Saint Louis Academy moved into its own building and the name was changed to Saint Louis College.  Over the coming years, Saint Louis University moved to different locations throughout the city until the close of the Civil War.  In 1867, Saint Louis University purchased a parcel of land known as Lindell’s Grove and construction began on the campus that Saint Louis University is currently located upon.  Now, Saint Louis University is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River and enrolls over 13,000 students.  Saint Louis University is a private institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered to students at Saint Louis University.  In this program of study students will learn advance nursing techniques while learning leadership skills in preparation to enter into executive-level roles within the health care industry.  This program is available entirely online.  Students are not required to visit the Saint Louis University Campus in order to complete their studies. A minimum of 38 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Saint Louis University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $41,800

#43. University of Colorado Denver

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Originally, the University of Colorado Denver was operated as the University of Colorado’s Department of Correspondence and Extension, the school’s distance education program designed to provide students in Denver, Colorado with the ability to take classes at the main University of Colorado Campus.  The program was originally run by just one teacher and was operated out of the C.A. Johnson Building in downtown Denver.  After growing immensely popular, the program was forced to move to a new location.  After purchasing the Denver Tramway Company Building, the program was relocated and it was decided that this program was so large that it needed to become its own school.  The school was named the University of Colorado – Denver Center and was eventually changed to the University of Colorado Denver in 1973.  Now, the University of Colorado Denver has a student body of approximately 18,000 students.  University of Colorado Denver is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at the University of Colorado Denver are able to enroll in the school’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  In this program, students will study to reach the highest level of professional nursing practice.  Students will become experts in patient care, health care policy and implementation, and much more.  This program is offered to students entirely online.  The University of Colorado Denver does not require students to visit the main campus in order to complete this degree. A minimum of 41 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Colorado Denver’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $41,820

#44. Drexel University

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Anthony J. Drexel, founding partner of Drexel, Morgan & Co.(now knowns as J.P. Morgan & Co.), founded Drexel University in 1891.  The school was founded under the idea that the students would be accepted into the school based upon merit and would not be discriminated against by their sex or background.  Drexel opened his school in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Over time, the school began to grow and additional campuses were opened throughout the city of Pennsylvania.  Drexel University even operates a West Coast campus in Sacramento, California.  Offering over 170 different programs of study, Drexel University boasts a student body of just over 26,000 students.  Drexel University is a private institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered to students enrolled at Drexel University.  Students in this program will be prepared to enter into leadership roles as executives or practitioners upon completion of this program.  This program is offered to students in two distinct tracks: the Practitioner Track, and the Executive Track.  This program is available entirely online.  Drexel University does not require its students to visit their campus at any point during this program of study. A minimum of 46 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Drexel University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Tuition: $43,838

#45. Duquesne University

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In the autumn of 1878, the Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost was established by Father Joseph Stub and the Holy Ghost Fathers.  This school would eventually become Duquesne University  Located originally in downtown Pittsburgh on Wylie Avenue, the Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost operated in a rented space above a local bakery.  By 1911, the school was recognized as the school’s first Catholic institution for higher learning and the name was changed.  Called Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost, the school was named in honor of Michel-Ange Du Queens de Menneville, the governor of New France who had brought Catholic traditions to Pittsburgh.  Still located in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Duquesne University enrolls 10,400 students.  Duquesne University is a private institution.

Program Overview

Students at Duquesne University are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  In this program, students will become experts in advanced nursing techniques while honing their expertise in leadership and management skills.  Students will be expected to provide expert-level individual patient care while learning to manage larger health populations.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the Duquesne University campus.  A minimum of 35 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Duquesne University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Tuition: $45,920

#46. University of Maryland

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The Maryland Agricultural College, the precursor to the University of Maryland, was chartered in 1856.  Charles Benedict Calvert purchased land for the school two years later and the school was founded in 1859 and the first class of students enrolled that year.  In 1864, Maryland Agricultural College received federal funding through the Morill Land Act.  However, the school would fall on hard times.  During the Civil War, enrollment had plummeted which deprived the university of funding and resources.  Then in 1912, the school suffered a campus fire.  The school soon bounced back.  I 1916, the school was renamed to Maryland State College and enrollment surged.  By 1988, the higher education system of the state was restructured and the University of Maryland was made the flagship school. Located in College Park, Maryland, the University of Maryland enrolls over 38,000 students. University of Maryland is a public institution.

Program Overview

The University of Maryland offers students a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Through this program of study students will receive an education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership.  Upon completion of this program students will have gained the highest-level of nursing education and will be prepared to enter into the health care field.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the University of Maryland campus.  A minimum of 36 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Maryland’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Tuition: $47,664

#47. University of Texas at Tyler

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Known as Tyler State College at its founding, the University of Texas at Tyler was originally established in 1971.  Four years later, in 1975, Tyler State College determined that it would change it’s name to Texas Eastern University.  In 1979, Texas Eastern University was asked to join the University of Texas system of higher education.  At the time, Texas Eastern University was known as a senior-level institution and it only offered upper-level courses.  Up until that point, all of the school’s students were transfer students from other schools.  In 1998 all that changed when the school began offering full undergraduate programs which resulted in the school’s name being changed to the University of Texas at Tyler.  The University of Texas at Tyler enrolls 10,000 students and is located in Tyler, Texas.  University of Texas at Tyler is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at the University of Texas at Tyler are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  This program of study focuses on nurses learning how to design, implement, and improve systems within healthcare, while learning to provide expert-level patient care to individuals and large populations.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the University of Texas at Tyler’s campus. A minimum of 42 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Texas at Tyler’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $48,510

#48. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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 The Wisconsin State Normal School opened in downtown Milwaukee in 1885.  Operating in the heart of downtown Milwaukee for the next forty-two years, it was determined that in 1919 that the Wisconsin State Normal School would relocate out of downtown and to its current location along the lakefront.  Eight years later, in 1927, the school was renamed from Wisconsin State Normal School to Wisconsin State Teachers College-Milwaukee.  Refocusing on becoming a teacher’s training college, the school quickly became one of the top schools in the nation.  In 1951, the school became Wisconsin State College-Milwaukee and then was renamed one last time in 1955 as to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Today, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee enrolls approximately 27,000 students and offers over 190 different degree programs. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a public institution.

Program Overview

At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, students are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  In this program, students will advance their nursing education to the highest level.  While studying proper patient care on the individual and population level, students will also work to hone their leadership and management skills.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus.  A minimum of 28 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukuee’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition: $49,224

#49. University of Central Florida

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The largest public research university in the United States, the University of Central Florida is also the largest space-grant university in the state of Florida.  Established as the Florida Technological University, the University of Central Florida was established by the Florida Legislature in the 1963.  The Florida Legislature opened the school in order to train and educate students in preparation for work within the United States Space Program at the nearby Kennedy Space Station.  In 1978, the school’s name was changed to the University of Central Florida in order to better reflect the wider variety of programs available at the school.  Today, the University of Central Florida enrolls 63,000 students.  University of Central Florida is a public institution.

Program Overview

Students at the University of Central Florida are able to enroll in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  In this program of study, students will be prepared to enter into leadership roles in specialized ares of advanced nursing practice.  Upon completion of this program, students will have received the highest-level possible of nursing education and training.  This program is available entirely online and does not require any visits to the University of Central Florida campus.  A minimum of 43 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: University of Central Florida’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $49,493

#50. Duke University

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Founded in the city of Trinity, North Carolina, Duke University was originally Brown’s Schoolhouse, a subscription school operated by the Union Institute Society.  Operated by the Union Institute Society, the school was eventually renamed in 1841 to the Union Institute Academy.  By 1851, the school was renamed to Normal College, then again to Trinity College in 1859.  Under the guidance of Julian S. Carr and Washington Duke, Trinity College was moved to Durham, North Carolina.  Over the coming years, the Carr and Duke donated large sums of money and land to help grow the Trinity College.  In 1924, the school was renamed to Duke University in honor of the generosity of the Duke family. Still located in downtown Durham, North Carolina, Duke University enrolls almost 15,000 students.  Duke University is a private institution.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is offered to students at Duke University.  This program will provide students with the advanced nursing skills to assess published information in order to make informed decision for their practice, improve systems of care within their practice, and enhance the quality of care within their practice.  This program is available mostly online. Students are required to visit the Duke University campus for a two-day on-campus orientation at the beginning of the program and four additional times throughout the program. A minimum of 35 credits are required to complete this degree.

Accreditation: Duke University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Tuition: $49,952