Best Online Doctorates in Nursing: Students Before Profits Award 2015-2016

Best Online Doctorates in Nursing: Students Before Profits Award 2015-2016The Students Before Profits Award was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.  For our 2015/2016 Online Doctorates in Nursing award winners, we selected online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with lower than average tuition cost and have ranked the programs according to their affordability.

A PhD or DNP in Nursing may prove particularly valuable for nurses who want to obtain senior management positions, teach nursing at the college level, direct nursing research, or direct clinical services as an administrator in health care facilities. Overall prospects for job growth in the field of nursing are excellent. Nurses who have obtained doctorate degree in nursing will be positioned to work for overall improvement in health care while doing well for themselves from a salary standpoint.  While both PhD and DNP degrees are considered terminal doctoral level degree, they differ from one another in key ways. The PhD is a research oriented degree aimed at generating new knowledge in the field of nursing, while the DNP is a practice oriented degree aimed at translating knowledge generated in nursing research into practice and at the improvement of overall outcomes in nursing practice.

We have included both Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) as well as PhD in Nursing programs in this ranking.  As a research intensive degree, the PhD will typically have more requirements than the DNP and thus tend to take longer to complete and cost more.  Because we are including these different degrees in a single ranking, we have tried to fairly rank them accordingly.  Thus some PhD programs may appear higher in the ranking than DNP programs with a lower total tuition.  Many programs in this ranking have entry points at both the post-bachelor’s and post-master’s level. Those entering a doctorate program with a bachelor’s degree will have significantly more credit requirements than those entering with a master’s.  We have noted the differences in credits and listed separate tuitions in these cases.

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

#1. University of Arkansas

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The University of Arkansas is a public research university founded in 1871 and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a university with very high research activity, a distinction which only two percent of universities and colleges nationwide have received. Enrolling over 25,000 students the U of A is the largest University of the Arkansas University System. U of A ranks #128 in Best National Universities and #63 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
The University of Arkansas offers an online Doctorate of Nursing Practice with concentrations available in Family Nursing, Adult Geriatric Acute Care, and Adult Geriatric Clinical Specialist. Students will focus their studies on learning to solve complex health issues, design and sustain quality improvement in organizations, lead transformation of health care, provide evidence-based clinical prevention and health services, and design, deliver and evaluate care to improve patient outcomes. The program is open to both students who possess a BSN or MSN degree. Students entering with a BSN will be required to complete 79 credits, while students entering with an MSN will complete 35-39 credits.

Accreditation: The University of Arkansas is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized throught the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
MSN to DNP: $14,000-$15,600
BSN to DNP: $31,600

#2. Indiana State University

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Indiana State University is a public, doctoral research university located in Terre Haute, Indiana. The school was founded in 1865 as a “Normal School” for the preparation of teachers in the region and gained university status in 1965. ISu offers over 100 different programs of study at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels and enrolls over 13,100 students.

Program Overview
Indiana State University offers an online Doctorate of Nursing Practice designed to prepare nurses to be innovative leaders and environmental change agents to transform our healthcare delivery system. This program will broaden the graduate’s ability to process and translate new evidence into nursing practice, which is essential to maximizing the safety and efficacy of nursing practice to improve patient outcomes. A minimum of 39 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: Indiana State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and School.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Tuition: $15,132

#3. University of South Alabama

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Located in Mobile, Alabama, the University of South Alabama is a public research university founded in 1963. USA offers over 90 programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate level through 10 colleges and enrolls over 16,000 students.

Program Overview
Northeastern University’s online Doctorate of Nursing Practice program includes advance coursework in leadership, research translation, population health, informatics and health policy. The program is designed to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders with a greater breadth of expertise so they can collaborate more effectively with interprofessional partners and provide leadership to enhance quality and safety. The DNP program curriculum is delivered on-line in a hybrid format. Registered nurses with at least 2 years of advanced nursing experience may enter the DNP program after completing a master’s degree in nursing or in some cases a related health field. Applicants who do not hold national certification in one other four APRN roles must provide evidence of the equivalent of 500 practicum hours in previous master’s program. The program requires a minimum of 30 credits for completion.

Accreditation: The University of South Alabama is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $15,630

#4. University of Massachusetts—Amherst

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A public research and land-grant university, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system and is the largest university in New England. The university is ranked among the top thirty public universities in the United States and is situated on almost 1,500 acres in Amherst, a renowned college town. UMass Amherst was founded in 1863 as an agricultural, mechanical, and military school and gained university status in 1947.

Program Overview
UMass Amherst offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice program, designed to help students develop the advanced practice knowledge and skills needed to manage patients as well as lead health care systems, evaluate and apply research and other forms of evidence, enhance and evaluate clinical outcomes, and help facilitate progress toward more effective and sustainable health care. Students may choose from specializations in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Public Health Nurse Leader (PHNL), Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. A minimum of 79 credits are required for completion of the program, but post master’s students may complete the DNP for as little as 36 credits.

Accreditation: The University of Massachusetts—Amherst is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  The progams in Nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
In-State: MSN to DNP: $3,960 BSN to DNP: $8,690
Out-of-State: MSN to DNP: $14,904 BSN to DNP: $32,706

#5. University of Missouri—Kansas City

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The University of Missouri, or Mizzou, was the first public institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi and is currently the largest University in the state of Missouri, enrolling some 34,000 students. Founded in 1839, MU is one of the nations finest R1 research institutions and the first public university in the nation to establish a college specifically for the preparation of teachers. Mizzou’s extensive Online college offers 70 online degree options and more than 900 online courses. Approximately 3,000 students earn their degrees via Mizzou Online each year. MU is ranked #97 in Best National Universities and #44 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
The University of Missouri—Kansas City’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers an online PhD in Nursing designed to equip nurses with the tools as a nurse scientist to conduct meaningful research to advance the nursing profession and health care. The program is predicated on a strong mentoring relationship between students and faculty. Students work with a faculty mentor/adviser throughout the program and establish a supervisory committee which formally approves individual plans of study, is responsible for your comprehensive examination and helps students transition into dissertation work. A minimum of 61 credits will be required for completion of the PhD. UMKC also offers a BSN to PhD option for individuals who do not already possess their MSN which will require a minimum of 73 credits for completion.

Accreditation: The University of Missouri is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
MSN to PhD: $21,350
BSN to PhD: $25,550

#6. Georgia Southern University

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Located in Statesboro, Georgia, Georgia Southern University is a public research university affiliated with the University System of Georgia and is the largest center of higher education in southern half of Georgia. The University was established in 1906 as an agricultural and mechanical school and later developed into a teacher’s college. Today, GSU is classified as a comprehensive doctoral research university and currently enrolls over 20,500 students in over 120 academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.

Program Overview
Georgia Southern University’s online Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree prepares students to provide the highest level of nursing care to individuals and communities. The program is structured around an eight semester curriculum including topics in direct care of individual patients, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of nursing systems, and development and implementation of health policy. Students entering with a master’s degree in nursing will complete 43 credits, while students entering with a bachelor’s will need to complete 77 credits for completion of the doctorate.

Accreditation: Georgia Southern University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Its programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
MSN to DNP: $19,866
BSN to DNP: $35,574

#7. New Mexico State University

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New Mexico State University – also known as NMSU-Las Cruces or New Mexico State – is a research university located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The school was founded in 1888 to teach agriculture and is the oldest public institution of higher learning in New Mexico. Home to New Mexico’s NASA Space Grant Program, the university now enrolls over 18,000 students from the United States and 71 other countries on a 6,000 acre campus.

Program Overview
New Mexico State University’s School of Nursing offers an online PhD in Nursing designed for those interested in pursuing academic or research careers, as well as an online Doctorate of Nursing Practice program designed to prepare graduates to pursue careers as leaders in nursing practice. These programs develop nursing knowledge with a focused emphasis on meeting the health care needs of diverse populations on the US-Mexico border and in rural communities. The programs enable graduates to reach their potential as nurses facing the global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. They challenges students’ intellectual curiosity, focus their passion for nursing science, and build lifelong collegial relationships in an international community of students, faculty, alumni, and scholars. 81 credits are required for the PhD and 77 credits are required for completion of the DNP.

Accreditation: New Mexico State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
In-State: DNP: $21,175 PhD: $22,275
Out-of-State: DNP: $22,407 PhD: $23,571

#8. Liberty University

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Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University was founded as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971 by the Reverend Jerry Falwell. It has long been considered a Christian academic community, the institution’s stated intention being the development of both the intellectual and spiritual nature. When including the number of online matriculated students (90,000 as of May 2013), Liberty University is the nation’s largest private nonprofit university and the world’s largest Evangelical Christian university.

Program Overview
Liberty University’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice program equips nurses learn to translate evidence-based research into practice to improve patient safety and quality of care. They also develop the ability to lead inter professional teams driving innovations to improve health care, systems, and policies. The program is open to Post-Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students and enrolls nurse leaders, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists. Courses in this pathway are offered in an online cohort model with some required residency and practicums. Practicum hours may be available in your area if approved through your state approval process. A minimum of 41 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $23,370

#9. Maryville University of Saint Louis

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Maryville University of St. Louis is a private, coeducational university located in the city of Town and Country, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. It was founded in 1872 and today offers more than 70 degrees at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels to nearly 6,000 students.

Program Overview
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program offered online at Maryville University of St. Louis prepares advanced practice nurses for complex practice that will enable them to more fully meet the healthcare needs of the community. The program focuses on development of evidence-based practice, and research utilization for the improvement of clinical care delivery, patient outcomes, system management, and organizational leadership to inform health care policy. Graduates of the program are prepared to lead at the highest clinical levels. The DNP program is open to post-master’s students and requires 30 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Maryville University of Saint Louis is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $23,430

#10. University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee

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University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee is a public research university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founded in 1885, UWM is one of two doctoral doctoral degree granting public universities and the second largest university in Wisconsin. UWM has a total student enrollment of 27,813 It is located in Milwaukee’s upper East Side close to Lake Michigan, and is home to the only graduate school of freshwater science in the U.S., the largest School of Architecture, College of Nursing, and College of Health Sciences in the State of Wisconsin. The university offers a total of 181 degree programs, including 94 bachelor’s, 53 master’s and 33 doctorate degrees and is categorized as a Research University with High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Program Overview
The online PhD in Nursing offered at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee is a research-intensive program that prepares doctoral students as scientists who generate knowledge to advance nursing. Similar to graduates of the college’s traditional PhD program, online PhD graduates are ready for careers in education, research, practice, and to assume leadership positions. Students work closely with faculty mentors to define their success early, and plan and conduct cutting-edge research using a variety of research methods. A minimum of 46 credits of coursework are required for completion of the degree plus approximately 9 credits of dissertation work which can vary on a student by student basis depending on the length of time required for completion of the dissertation. Also offered is Doctorate of Nursing Practice online program for post master’s students designed for Advanced Practice Nurses (NP, CNS, CNM, CRNA) who are ready to build on their Master’s level education and experience in healthcare. This program requires a minimum of 28 credits for completion.

Accreditation: The University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition:
DNP: $18,172
PhD: $35,695

#11. University of Alberta

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Located in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, the University of Alberta is a public research university founded in 1908. The university consists of four campuses across Alberta and is Alberta’s fourth largest employer. U of A has been recognized by multiple national and international publications as one of the top 5 universities in Canada and one of the top 100 universities world wide. The University currently enrolls over 39,300 students.

Program Overview
The University of Alberta offers an online PhD in Nursing program focused within a research-intensive context, and designed to generate new knowledge and facilitate change to advance healthcare outcomes and nursing within a global context. Students in the PhD Program are engaged in and educated for excellence in the development, organization and evaluation of new knowledge. A minimum of 76 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation:  The University of Alberta is recognized by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada which in conjunction with its recognition by the provincial legislative body of Alberta stands as an equivalent of regional accreditation in the U.S. The School of Public Health is accredited by the U.S. Council on Education for Public Health.

Tuition
In-State: $22,200 CAD ($16,784 USD)
Out-of-State: $$36,680 CAD ($27,733 USD)

#12. University of Utah

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Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the University of Utah is a public, space grant university and the state’s flagship campus. Established in 1850, the university is the state’s oldest institution of higher learning, today enrolling over 32,300 students. University of Utah is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an institution with “very high research activity.”

Program Overview
The University of Utah’s College of Nursing offers a distance program of study leading to a PhD in Nursing. The program admits students who have earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing, or a master’s degree in nursing or related disciplines. The traditional BS-PhD and MS-PhD tracks share a common program of study with the exception of nine additional MS cognate credits required for BS-PhD students. Occasionally the PhD program also admits cohorts of BS- and MS-PhD students with a specialty focus such as gerontology or oncology. All coursework is set up through conference based synchronous classes with a cohort and some on-campus intensives will also be required. A minimum of 60 credits are required for completion of the PhD.

Accreditation: The University of Utah is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $30,660

#13. University of Mississippi Medical Center

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The University of Mississippi, is a health sciences campus of the University of Mississippi, located in Jackson, Mississippi. Founded in 1955, UMMC is the state’s only academic medical center. The center comprises six health science schools and includes the state’s only children’s hospital. Over 2,900 students enroll in nearly 30 degree programs offered by UMMC at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.

Program Overview
The School of Nursing and the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences at UMMC offers a PhD in Nursing in an online or hybrid format. A clinical research degree for exceptional students, the PhD in Nursing integrates the exploration of a clinically-based question into the relationship-intensive plan of study, which can be completed in five years or less. Graduates of the program will be prepared for careers in nursing leadership, education, policy or research. Post BSN and post MSN entry points are available. Students who possess a BSN will be required to complete 72 credits while students who possess an MSN degree will need to complete just 50 credits to obtain the PhD.

Accreditation: The University of Mississippi Medical Center is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
MSN to PhD: $20,400
BSN to PhD: $29,376

#14. Chatham University

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Chatham University is a private coeducational university, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was, until recently, an all-women’s college, but voted on May 1, 2014 to allow both genders to enroll in its bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. It has an enrollment of over 2,300 students and was founded in 1869. U.S. News ranks Chatham University #56 in Best Regional Universities (North).

Program Overview
Chatham University’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice is an online program that prepares the nursing graduate to become an expert in specialized advanced nursing practice. This advanced nursing practice focuses on innovative and evidence-based practice with ongoing scientific inquiry and the application of credible research findings to promote safe, quality, and patient-centered healthcare to a diverse population with complex needs. Students may choose a full time or part time schedule and only one residency is required. Students may determine a focus specific to their interests for their capstone project pending faculty approval. 27 credits minimum are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: Chatham University is regionally accredited by the Middle States commision on Higher Education and the programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $23,679

#15. University of Maryland

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University of Maryland, Baltimore, was founded in 1807. It comprises some of the oldest professional schools of dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy, social work and nursing in the nation. It is the original campus of the University System of Maryland. Located on 60 acres in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, it is part of the University System of Maryland. UMB enrolls over 6,000 students in a wide variety of academic programs. Many of UMB’s programs include flexible options of study involving a mix of online and face-to-face study.

Program Overview
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program offered online through the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing is designed to provide students with an immersive education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership. Graduates will possess clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills that have a direct impact on health care outcomes. Both Post BSN and Post Master’s tracks are available with multiple specialties and concentrations to further hone students studies. A minimum of 79 credits are required for the post BSN track while a total of 36 credits are required for post Master’s students.

Accreditation: The University of Maryland is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
MSN to DNP: $24,912
BSN to DNP: $54,668

#16. Regis University

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Located in Denver, Regis University is a private, Jesuit university founded in 1877 in New Mexico. RU enroll over 9,700 students annually and is continually recognized as a national leader in quality higher education. Regis is ranked #27 by U.S. News Best Regional Universities (West).

Program Overview
The Loretto Heights School of Nursing at Regis University offers an online Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. This post-masters DNP educates nurses working in advanced practice and leadership roles with the values and additional knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to practice in an ever-changing health care environment. The DNP graduate will be poised to take on a leading role in direct patient care, in the management of care for individuals and communities, in health care policy decision making, and at the senior level of management within healthcare organizations. A minimum of 31 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Regis University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $25,575

#17. University of Nevada—Las Vegas

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The University of Nevada in Las Vegas is a public research university with a strong emphasis on technology, business management, and law programs. The university was founded in 1957 as an extension of University of Nevada in Reno. Today UNLV is classified as a “research intensive university” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and enrolls over 27,300 students.

Program Overview
The School of Nursing at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas Doctor of offers an online PhD in Nursing Education program to prepare nurse educator scholars. These scholars advance the scientific discipline through research, innovation in the classroom, dynamic leadership and a passion for transforming the educational experience. Nurse educators are found in schools of nursing as faculty members or in health care agencies as staff development and patient education specialists. The online program uses a variety of teaching strategies designed to actively engage students. Two to three day-long orientation sessions are held on campus during the beginning of each fall semester to enhance the connections among students and with the nursing faculty. The program requires a minimum of 62 credits for completion, but students who hold a DNP can complete this PhD for just 45 credits.

Accreditation: The University of Nevada—Las Vegas is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $31,248

#18. Walsh University

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Walsh University is a private non-profit, 4-year, Roman Catholic university in North Canton, Ohio. WU was founded in 1960 by the Brothers of Christian Instruction as a liberal arts college. Walsh College became Walsh University in 1993. The University offers more than 50 majors, and five graduate programs and enrolls over 2,900 students. Walsh has satellite campuses in Medina, Canfield, Springfield Township, and its newest campus in Castel Gandolfo, Italy.

Program Overview
Walsh University’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice is available through an online format and allows students to complete the requirements for a DNP with relative ease and on their own schedule. Each student is challenged to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to meet client needs in a variety of health care settings, all while maintaining a grounding in Judeo-Christian values. A minimum of 39 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Walsh University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $25,155

#19. Wilkes University

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Wilkes University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian university located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, with branch centers in Mesa, Arizona and Bartonsville, Pennsylvania. It enrolls over 4,400 students. Wilkes was founded in 1933 as a satellite campus of Bucknell University, and became an independent institution in 1947, naming itself Wilkes College, after English radical politician John Wilkes. The school was granted university status in January 1990.

Program Overview
The Doctor of Nursing Practice online program offered through Wilkes University’s School of Nursing is designed in concert with the mission of the University and the School of Nursing. The goal of the doctoral program is to produce knowledgeable, competent, and clinically proficient advanced practice nurses with the skills and dispositions needed to serve in leadership capacities in their respective fields. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is designed as a practice-focused doctoral program to prepare clinical experts in a specialized field. MS-DNP students who are advanced practice nurses or nurse executives are required to complete the 30 credit DNP Core. MS-DNP students who are non advanced practice nurses or nurse executives are evaluated individually and will require an estimated 46-57 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Wilkes University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
MSN to DNP: $25,200
MS to DNP (non advanced practice): $38,640-$47,880

#20. University of Michigan—Flint

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University of Michigan—Flint is a public university located in Flint, Michigan and is one of two University of Michigan satellite campuses. UM Flint was established in 1956 as a two-year college and became a four year institution in 1965. The university currently enrolls over 8,200 students in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs and is the fastest growing public university in the state of Michigan.

Program Overview
The Doctorate of Nursing Practice program offered through the University of Michigan—Flint is designed to equip students with the skills necessary for advanced nursing practice in primary health care. It is available in both BSN and MSN to DNP tracks. Concentrations are available in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Family Nurse, and Psychiatric Mental Health. Students with an MSN degree will be required to complete 33-36 credits while with a BSN will be required to complete 78-91 credits for completion of the DNP.

Accreditation: The University of Michigan—Flint is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
In-State: MSN to DNP: $18,720 BSN to DNP: $37,440-$46,800
Out-of-State: MSN to DNP: $25,456 BSN to DNP: $50,912-$63,640

#21. College of St. Scholastica

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Located in Duluth, Minnesota, The College of St. Scholastica was founded in 1892 by Benedictine sisters – headed by Mother Scholastica Kerst – who arrived to establish a Benedictine-mother house and academy in the new town. The academy developed into a high school named Sacred Heart Institute; in 1912 the school began offering junior-level college courses, and in 1924 became a four-year liberal arts college. Regarding her vision for the town of Duluth and the academy, Mother Scholastica has been quoted as saying,“My dream is that someday there will rise upon these grounds fine buildings like the great Benedictine abbeys. They will be built of stone: within their walls higher education will flourish.” The main campus in Duluth is comprised of 186 acres and overlooks Lake Superior.

Program Overview
The College of Saint Scholastica’s School of Nursing offers an online Doctorate of Nursing Practice program based on The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice curriculum guidelines, and reflects a multidisciplinary design incorporating appropriate graduate level courses from other disciplines. This program guides Registered Nurses and APN professionals as they develop more complex leadership skills within organizational and systems levels of practice. Furthermore, students learn to be change agents for improving health care outcomes. The program is 100% online with exception of campus visits for defense of the clinical project proposal and final project. A B.S. to DNP and post Master’s track are both available. The BS to DNP track requires a minimum of 82 credits, and the post Master’s track requires 34 credits for completion.

Accreditation: The College of St. Scholastica is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
MSN to DNP: $27,200
BSN to DNP: $65,600

#22. Concordia University

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Concordia University is a private liberal arts university founded in 1881 and affiliated with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. CUW enrolls over 7,900 students and offers over 130 degree programs and certificates at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level. The university is ranked #68 by U.S. News in Best Regional Universities (Midwest). A wide variety of online programs are also offered through Concordia University Online.

Program Overview
The Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Concordia University Online prepares nurses with the medical and ethical leadership skills necessary to meet the changing demands of the industry. Medical workers are busy, dedicated professionals, which is why our DNP program is centered around an inclusive and supportive cohort class strategy that can be completed in only 18 months. Graduates will be able to put nursing education, leadership principles, and scientific background into practice to improve care quality and patient safety and assume leadership positions in a wide variety of health care settings. The program is open to individuals with a Master’s degree in nursing or a related field and requires 38 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Concordia University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $27,740

#23. University of North Dakota

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Established by the Dakota Territorial Assembly in 1883, six years before the establishment of the state of North Dakota, the University of North Dakota is still located in Grand Forks. The campus sits on over 550 acres. US News and World Report ranked UND among the top 100 public universities in the country.

Program Overview
The University of North Dakota’s College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines offers an a PhD in Nursing as a distance degree program that requires some minimal face-to-face intensives at the UND campus. The program will prepare students for careers as independent researchers and faculty members, with a research emphasis on the nursing care of vulnerable and diverse populations. The program is available as both a BSN to PhD or MSN to PhD completion program with advanced placement possibilities for individuals with a bachelor degree in nursing and master’s in another field. 90 credits are required for completion of the PhD.

Accreditation: The University of North Dakota is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $35,370

#24. Graceland University

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Graceland University is a small, private liberal arts university founded in 1895 by the Recognized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS Church), though it is now a non-sectarian university. With campuses in Lamoni, Iowa and Independence, Missouri, the school enrolls about 2,300 students. The university is rated #92 by U.S. News in Best Regional Universities (Midwest).

Program Overview
Graceland University’s School of Nursing offers an online Doctorate of Nursing Practice program designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles and as clinical scholars skilled in the translation of theory, research, clinical practice, measurement of patient outcomes and transformation of health care systems to ensure quality and safety. Graduates will be able to use relevant emerging technology to advance research, education and health outcomes, synthesize, interpret and apply knowledge from nursing practice, research and theory to create, implement and evaluate practice interventions, health delivery systems and clinical teaching, assume complex leadership roles at the organizational and systems level to improve health outcomes of individuals and populations, advocate for social justice, equality and ethical policies in health care, and evaluate policy, care delivery and organizational systems for current and future health care for individuals, families and populations. The program is open to post-master’s students and will require a minimum of 36 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Graceland University is Graceland University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $29,700

#25. Texas Woman’s University

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Texas Woman’s University is a public university located in Denton, Texas. The university is coeducational, and while men are admitted into all programs offered, TWU is best known as being the largest state-supported university for women in the US. TWU was founded in 1901 and is an independent public institution, not affiliated with any of Texas’ university systems. Today, TWU enrolls over 15,200 students.

Program Overview
Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing at Denton offers a 100% online PhD in Nursing program and in a hybrid online/face-to-face format at the Houston campus. Students in this program will engage in scholarship that will add to the body of nursing knowledge, influence professional values and practice, investigate substantive questions of human health, and will be prepared to assume leadership roles in nursing and health care, and teach and mentor other nurses and nurse scholars. A minimum of 60 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: Texas Woman’s University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
In-State: $14,580
Out-of-State: $37,980

#26. Hampton University

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Hampton University is a private, nonprofit, historically black university located in Hampton, Virginia, United States. It was founded in 1868 by black and white leaders of the American Missionary Association after the American Civil War to provide education to freedmen. In 1878 it established a program for teaching Native Americans, which lasted until 1923. Today the university enrolls over 5,000 students.

Program Overview
The PhD in Nursing program offered by Hampton University Online is focused on Family and family-related research. Students are able to pursue their individual interests by taking elective and cognate courses. The program is designed to be flexible enough to be adjusted to the appropriate needs of the students. Hampton University also offers a Nurse Educator Cognate Track which will equip graduates to sit for the national certification as nurse educators. The program requires a between 54 and 60 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Hampton University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $34,530-$41,700

#27. Pennsylvania State University

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Established in 1855, Pennsylvania State University is a state-related research university with 24 statewide campuses. In 2010, the university’s enrollment, including online learners, totaled 94,300 students. Pennsylvania State University World Campus is often referred to as “Penn State Online” and is the virtual campus of Pennsylvania State University. The World Campus was founded in 1998, but Pennsylvania State University has been offering distance education courses since 1892, when it developed one of the nation’s pioneer correspondence study programs for statewide farmers.

Program Overview
Pennsylvania State University’s College of Nursing, in partnership with Penn State World Campus, offers an online Doctorate of Nursing Practice for nurse practitioners hoping to update their knowledge and skills to meet the demands of the constantly changing health care field and advance as leaders and deliver expert nursing care and ultimately improve health care outcomes. Students can enter this program either directly from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for nurse administrators or post–Master of Science in Nursing for nurse administrators and advanced practice nurses. The MSN track will require between 38 and 46 credits, while the BS track will require 61 credits for completion. While coursework is complete primarily online in this program a number of in-person intensives will be required on campus at Penn State.

Accreditation: Pennsylvania State University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
MSN to DNP: $30,590
BSN to DNP: $37,030

#28. La Salle University

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La Salle University is a private, Roman Catholic university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and affiliated with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Named for St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, the university was founded in 1863 by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The university offers traditional, online, and hybrid courses and programs in a variety of disciplines. La Salle enrolls over 6,000 students.

Program Overview
La Salle University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers an online Doctorate of Nursing Practice designed in response to the call for health care improvement and innovation. This is a post-Master’s program and is a practice-focused doctorate with a strong clinical component designed for all health care environments providing opportunities for expert knowledge and skill development through completion of clinical hours and a clinical capstone project. The program delivered online, but also includes immersion experiences three times throughout the program. 38 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: La Salle University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $35,340

#29. Loyola University

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A private, Roman Catholic, Jesuit university, Loyola University—Maryland is located within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The school was established as Loyola College in 1852 by the Society of Jesus and is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the ninth oldest Jesuit college in the US, and the first college in the United States to be named after St. Ignatious of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Loyola University—Maryland enrolls over 5,800 students in bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs.

Program Overview
The mission of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program offered through Loyola University is to provide a rigorous Jesuit education while to preparing advanced nursing practice leaders to direct health care systems and inter-professional teams. Graduates will be able to refine critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills to reduce health disparities and advance quality of care, translate the science of nursing and health care to clinical practice, and execute new practice options for doctorally prepared nurses in health care systems. The program comprises two post-masters to DNP tracks depending on the student’s particular goals and interests, and one BSN to DNP track. The post-master tracks require a minimum of 45 credits, while the BSN to DNP track requires 84 credits for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Loyola University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
MSN to DNP: $36,810
BSN to DNP: $68,712

#30. University of Northern Colorado

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Established in 1889 as the State Normal School of Colorado, the University of Northern Colorado is a public research university located in Greeley, Colorado, with a strong background in teacher education. The university offers over 100 undergraduate programs in the arts, sciences, humanities, business, human sciences, and education all with a strong emphasis in liberal arts education. The university offers nearly 50 graduate programs primarily in education.

Program Overview
The Nursing Education PhD post-master’s program offered online through the University of Northern Colorado is designed to prepare scholars for academic settings or health care organizations. The program encourages students to develop excellence in teaching the discipline of nursing and a research trajectory specific to nursing education. This doctoral program extends content acquired at the baccalaureate or master’s levels to emphasize knowledge development, education strategies, leadership and research. In this program, students will draw upon the educational expertise of the university at large by utilizing curricular and research resources of other disciplines as well as those of nursing. A minimum of 66 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: The University of Northern Colorado is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $38,940

#31. University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh

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Part of the University of Wisconsin System, UW—Oskosh is the third largest university in Wisconsin enrolling over 13,400 students. Founded in 1871 as Oshkosh State Normal School for the preparation of teachers in the region, the school became a comprehensive university in 1964. U.S. News ranks UW—Oshkosh #69 in Best Regional Universities (Midwest) and #19 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
The University o Wisconsin—Oshkosh offers a Doctorate of Nursing Practice available to both post-bachelor’s and post-master’s students. The program prepares graduates for the highest level of nursing practice by integrating courses in evidence-based practice, informatics, leadership, collaboration, and knowledge of systems and healthcare policy with specialized FNP practice education. The program culminates in an intensive FNP residency immersion and completion of a scholarly capstone project. A 3 year full-time and 5 year part-time plan of study are available. BSN students will complete 74 credits, while MSN students complete 30 credits for completion of the degree. This is a hybrid program of study with some significant on-campus presence required especially toward the 3rd year of the program, but much of the coursework is completed online.

Accreditation: The University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
In-State: MSN to DNP: $21,930 BSN to DNP: $54,094
Out-of-State: MSN to DNP: $37,140 BSN to DNP: $91,612
UW Oshkosh is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and has a tradition of being a leader in higher education, with an NCLEX pass rate of 94–96 percent for first time test takers.

#32. Drexel University

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Enrolling over 25,500 students between three campuses in Philadelphia, and one in Sacramento, California, Drexel University is private, nonprofit, research university founded in 1891. Drexel University is consistently ranked as having one of the best cooperative education programs in the nation. Named “the Ultimate Internship,” Drexel’s Co-op program grants students a variety of hands on, paid, full-time working experiences before graduation through some 1,600 corporate, governmental, and non-profit partners in 28 states and 25 international locations. DU has offered online courses since 1996 and is recognized as one of the nation’s pioneers in distance learning. U.S. News ranked the university #95 in Best National Universities and #10 in Up-and-Coming Schools.

Program Overview
Drexel’s accredited online Doctorate of Nursing Practice program is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The mission of the DNP program is to prepare individuals to assume leadership roles as executives or practitioners and to apply evidence-based practice to improve individual, family, and community health outcomes. Nurses who graduate from Drexel’s DNP program are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates. Two tracks are available: the Practitioner Track, for students who want to remain in clinical practice post-graduation, and the Executive Track, for students who want careers in executive nursing and health care management, but who still prefer a nursing doctorate with a connection to clinical practice. A minimum of 46 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Drexel University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $38,870

#33. University of Colorado Springs

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Part of the University of Colorado System, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) enrolls almost 13,000 students on 520 acres in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Established in 1965, UCCS has been ranked highly multiple times by U.S. News & World Report and tied 51st of all top private and public institutions in the West.

Program Overview
The University of Colorado Springs Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences offers a post master’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice online. The program builds upon the base of a Master’s Degree in Nursing Preparation in Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Clinical Nurse Specialty (CNS) programs and excellence of practice based on validations by standard sets of competencies in national certification processes and specialty credentials. Graduates will have developed competencies in the use of scientific evidence, theories, and practice methods to develop and evaluate health care models to improve health care delivery and will be able to provide effective leadership to create cost-effective, culturally competent, population focused, quality improvement programs that fill current health care needs among a host of other skills and knowledge to succeed as leaders in today’s complex nursing practice environments. A minimum of 35 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: The University of Colorado Springs is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
In-State: $23,540
Out-of-State: $39,395

#34. Medical University of South Carolina

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The Medical University of South Carolina was founded in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824 as a small private college for the training of physicians. It is one of the oldest continually operating schools of medicine in the United States and the oldest in the Southern United States. The school has since expanded into a state university with a medical center and six colleges for the education of health professionals, biomedical scientists and other health care personnel. It also operates as a center for research and has a public hospital.

Program Overview
The Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing offers an online PhD in Nursing Science which prepares graduates to pursue a career of externally funded research, scholarly publication, and professional leadership. MUSC’s faculty’s expertise and program curriculum focuses on the care of vulnerable populations and the innovative ways to promote health equity for individuals and communities. The program is designed to fast track students to graduation in as little as three years of full-time study or four years of part-time study. Typical career goals of our graduates include university faculty, researchers, and clinical and organizational leaders. Non-nurses with health-related experience or interests may also benefit from this terminal degree, and should seek advice from the program director about eligibility. A minimum of 45 credits beyond a Master’s degree are required for completion of the PhD.

Accreditation: The Medical University of South Carolina is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
In-State: $40,580
Out-of-State: $47,765

#35. Bradley University

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Bradley University is a private, mid-sized university in Peoria, Illinois. Founded in 1897, Bradley University currently enrolls 5,700 students. The school was founded in 1896 as Bradley Polytechnic Institute. Today, Bradley offers a full range of academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Program Overview
Bradley University offers two online Doctorate of Nursing Practice programs: one in Nurse Leadership, and another in Family Nursing Practice. The Leadership program provides the opportunity for licensed registered nurses who hold an MSN to complete instruction in advanced leadership theory and practicum to prepare for upper-level management positions in a variety of health care settings. This program requires a minimum of 48 credits for completion. The Family Nursing Practice program provides the opportunity for licensed registered nurses who hold a BSN to become family nurse practitioners at the doctoral level. The goal of the program is to prepare program majors for advanced practice with individuals and families throughout the lifespan and across the health continuum. This program requires a minimum of 82 credits.

Accreditation: Bradley University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition
MSN to DNP: $39,840
BSN to DNP: $68,060

#36. Nova Southeastern University

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Nova Southeastern University’s main campus is situated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A nonsectarian research university, NSU is the nation’s eighth-largest not-for-profit private university. Founded in the 1960s, the land occupied by the university was formerly a naval training airfield built during World War II. The campus also hosts the “University School of Nova Southeastern University”, a college preparatory school that serves grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. NSU’s online programs are in full compliance with the Southern Regional Education Board’s set of Principles of Good Practice for electronic campuses.

Program Overview
The online PhD in Nursing Education offered at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Nursing is designed to prepare for to teach and train the next generation of nursing practitioners. The program is administered online with the exception of one one-week Summer Institute. The theme of leadership flows through this program, to help students achieve the roles they aspire to in higher education. Students will take several interdisciplinary courses that provide access to experts across the university’s health programs and other academic areas. Emphasis is given to both quantitative and qualitative research, biostatistics, and grant writing in specialized core courses. Three doctoral seminars provide an intensive immersion into current academic issues. A minimum of 60 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: Nova Southeastern University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $51,900

#37. Northeastern University

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Northeastern University was founded in 1898 as the “Evening Institute for Younger Men” at a YMCA in Boston, Massachusetts. It is now an increasingly competitive and esteemed private research university. Northeastern University’s online school offers over 70 certificates and degree programs that adhere to the rigorous academic standards of the on-ground campus.

Program Overview
The Northeastern University Doctorate of Nursing Practice program includes advanced coursework in leadership, research translation, population health, informatics and health policy. The goal of the program is to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders with a greater breadth of expertise so they can collaborate more effectively with interprofessional partners and provide leadership to enhance quality and safety. The DNP program curriculum is delivered on-line in a hybrid format. Registered nurses with at least 2 years of advanced nursing experience may enter the DNP program after completing a master’s degree in nursing or in some cases a related health field. A total of 30 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: Northeastern University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $40,050

#38. University of Kansas

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The University of Kansas is a public research university and the largest university in the state of Kansas. KU campuses are located in Lawrence, Wichita, Overland Park, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas, with the main campus located in Lawrence. The university was opened in 1866, under a charter granted by the Kansas Legislature in 1864 following enabling legislation passed in 1863 under the Kansas Constitution. KU enrolls around 27,000 students in a full-range of academic programs. KU is particularly noted for the quality of its City Management programs which are ranked 1st in the nation.

Program Overview
The University of Kansas School of Nursing PhD in Nursing program is available online and is designed to prepare nurse educators and research scholars for positions in college, university or health care settings. Graduates are prepared to advance the art and science of nursing and to assume leadership positions in the profession. Three on-campus one-week summer intensives are required in addition to the online coursework. A minimum of 65 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: The University of Kansas is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
In-State: $24,375
Out-of-State: $57,200

#39. University of Texas—Tyler

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Founded in 1971 the University of Texas—Tyler is a public university located in Tyler, Texas and a member of the University of Texas System. The university offers over 90 programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels and enrolls over 6,700 students. UTT is ranked #68 in Best Regional Universities (West) and #24 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
The University of Texas at Tyler School of Nursing online PhD in Nursing program offers doctoral education to those who have limited access to doctoral education and is available 100% online with the exception of a five-day orientation each summer prior to beginning course work. The degree is a community focused nursing degree emphasizing health in communities within the context of culture,and is unique among doctoral programs in Texas and in the United States. Both post BSN and post MSN tracks are available. 78 credits are required for post BSN students while 60 credits are required for post MSN students.

Accreditation: The University of Texas at Tyler is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
In-State: MSN to PhD: $20,520 BSN to PhD: $26,676
Out-of-State: MSN to PhD: $43,920 BSN to PhD: $57,096

#40. Saint Louis University

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Saint Louis University of St. Louis, Missouri, is a private research university founded in 1818. A member institution of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Saint Louis University is the second-oldest Jesuit university in the nation. The school’s historic campus is comprised of 271 urban acres and includes libraries, museums, and the relatively new clock tower that has become the heart of Saint Louis University’s on-campus life.

Program Overview
The School of Nursing at Saint Louis University offers an online PhD in Nursing designed to be an intellectually stimulating, innovative, and student-friendly PhD program that prepares RNs as scholars and beginning nurse researchers/scientists. Students who complete the PhD program contribute to the continued development of the discipline and profession of nursing. Graduates are prepared to articulate multiple perspectives on knowledge development and a broad understanding of research methods, critique and synthesize nursing and interdisciplinary knowledge in a substantive area of inquiry, generate and disseminate nursing knowledge through research that is innovative, rigorously conducted, ethically sound, and culturally sensitive, and steward the discipline by serving as leaders in health care and academic setting. The program is open to post BSN as well as post MSN students. Online classes are delivered synchronously via web-teleconference technologies. 51 credits will be taken by post-master students, while post-bachelor students will be required to take 69-71 credits for completion of the program.

Accreditation: Saint Louis University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
MSN to PhD: $53,550
BSN to PhD: $72,450-$74,550

#41. West Virginia University

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A public land-grant research university founded in 1867 and located in Morgantown, West Virginia, West Virginia University currently enrolls approximately 30,000 students. WVU has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal and is designated a High Research Activity University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Program Overview
The PhD in Nursing at West Virginia University’s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center is a part-time blended program composed of in-person and distance learning components. Three years of coursework, delivered online during Fall/Spring and 2 weeks in-person during Summer, are followed by a qualifying examination. Students then complete the research and dissertation phase, culminating in a written and oral dissertation defense. The purpose of the PhD program is to prepare nurse scholars/scientists for roles in research, teaching, and service. The program prepares graduates who will contribute to the body of nursing knowledge, educate the next generation, and assume collaborative leadership roles in shaping health policy, improving health, and reducing disparity. A total of 55 credits of post-master’s work are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: West Virginia University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
In-State: $22,330
Out-of-State: $63,800

#42. Idaho State University

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Idaho State University is a public institution of higher learning classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a doctoral research and teaching institution. ISU was founded in 1901 and the main campus is in Pocatello, with other locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls. ISU offers access to education in more than 280 programs. Almost 14,300 students attend ISU. Idaho State University is the state’s designated lead institution in health professions and medical education.

Program Overview
Idaho State University’s School of Nursing offers both a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree program designed to prepare clinical leaders for comprehensive clinical nursing practice that influences health care outcomes for individuals or populations, grounded in evidence-based application, within a changing health care system, and a PhD in Nursing degree program will prepare the candidate to conduct independent research, collaborate as a scholar and leader, and educate for improving health and health care globally. Both programs are delivered in an online format. The DNP includes both MSN and BSN to DNP tracks and includes a variety of concentration options. The BSN to DNP will require 76 credits for completion, while the MSN to DNP will require 28 credits. The PhD program is designed for entry at a post BSN level though students with an MSN will also be considered for admission. A minimum of 59 credits are required for the PhD.

Accreditation: Idaho State University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
In-State: PhD: $26,615 MSN to DNP: $12,631 BSN to DNP: $34,284
Out-of-State: PhD: $70,531 MSN to DNP: $33,472 BSN to DNP: $90,853

#43. University of Central Florida

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Located in Orlando, the University of Central Florida is part of the State University System of Florida and is, by undergraduate enrollment, the largest university in the United States. The university was founded by the Florida Legislature as Florida Technological University in 1963 with the intent of training personnel to support the U.S. Space Program at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Kennedy Space Center. The school’s name was changed to the University of Central Florida in the late 1970’s to better reflect the diversification of its academic reach. A Tier 1 National University, UCF has been recognized very favorably for its value and academic standing by The Princeton Review, USA Today, Kiplinger, and U.S. News & World Report.

Program Overview
The University of Central Florida offers an online PhD in Nursing designed to prepare students as research scientists for positions as nursing faculty members, leaders in the application of innovative technologies to nursing education and clinical care, executive leaders in health care systems, and scientists who contribute to the body of nursing knowledge through their research. The Nursing PhD program is delivered online with two multiple-day onsite intensives per year. Cohorts will be encouraged to attend research conferences together, along with faculty, to increase dialogue and socialization. The program requires a minimum of 60-credit hours beyond a master’s degree in nursing.

Accreditation: The University of Central Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
In-State: $17,280
Out-of-State: $64,380

#44. University of Texas Medical Branch

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Established in 1891 as the University of Texas Medical Department, the University of Texas Medical Branch is a component of the University of Texas System located in Galveston, Texas. It is an academic health center with 11,000 employees and a medical school that is the oldest in Texas. UTMB currently enrolls over 3,100 students in a variety of health science programs.

Program Overview
The PhD in Nursing offered thought the University of Texas Medical Branch’s School of Nursing is available online using synchronous and asynchronous delivery modalities with only one required on-campus visit (5 days) each year. BSN to PhD and MSN to PhD tracks are both available. The program has a full-time and a part-time option and both programs prepare students to become researchers, educators, or administrators in nursing. Using an online delivery modality, a combination of theoretical and evidence based approaches provide stimulating interactions in an environment conducive to scholarly exchanges and student development. The program has as its foundation a focus on health promotion, human response, and healing with research emphases in biobehavioral research, vulnerable populations, and contemporary pedagogies. This unique focus gives students the opportunity to investigate nursing from a holistic perspective. It encourages students to develop their original research efforts and ideas from the perspective of the individual, family, and community as integrated systems rather than one or more separate parts functioning independently. BSN to PhD students will complete 87 credits while MSN to PhD track students will take 63 credits for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: The University of Texas Medical Branch is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
In-State: MSN to PhD: $41,895 BSN to PhD: $57,855
Out-of-State: MSN to PhD: $66,465 BSN to PhD: $91,785

#45. Duquesne University

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A private Catholic university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Duquesne University was founded as the Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost in late 1878. By 1911, what is now Duquesne University became the first Catholic university in Pennsylvania. Duquesne has a sister campus in Rome and, at its main campus, hosts international students from over eighty different countries. Considered a research university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Duquesne University is the only Spiritan institution of higher learning in the world.

Program Overview
The PhD in Nursing program offered by the School of Nursing at Duquesne University began is a research focused degree and has been offered online to a national and international audience since 1997 and is was the first online PhD program in nursing in the country. While the coursework is delivered online, short, intensive residency periods will be required throughout the course of study. The PhD curriculum reflects not only the national trends in nursing research, but also the faculty research agenda including vulnerable and underserved populations. Applied research courses in both qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies will prepare students to function as independent researchers upon graduation. Pre-doctoral funding will be emphasized early on in the program. Courses (cognates) to supplement the student’s dissertation study have been developed and will also be offered online. 56 credits minimum are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Duquesne University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $68,208

#46. University of Pittsburgh

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The University of Pittsburgh is a public research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was founded on the edge of the American frontier as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787, and evolved into the Western University of Pennsylvania by alteration of its charter in 1819. After surviving two devastating fires and various relocations within the area, the school moved to its current location in the Oakland neighborhood of the city and was renamed as the University of Pittsburgh in 1908. For most of its history Pitt was a private institution, until it became part of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education in 1966. Today the university enrolls over 28,600 students. Pitt has been ranked by The Center for Measuring University Performance, along with only six other schools, in the top tier of U.S. public research universities and in the 6th tier (or top 25) among all universities.

Program Overview
The online Doctorate of Nursing Practice offered by the School of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh prepares nursing leaders for the highest level of clinical nursing practice. Throughout the program students develop the clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills to design and implement programs of care delivery which significantly impact health care outcomes and have the potential to transform health care. Graduates with this terminal practice degree are prepared for roles in direct care or indirect, systems-focused care. The online program is available to post-master students. Concentrations are available in a number of different areas of nursing practice. Between 36 and 40 credits are required for completion of the DNP.

Accreditation: The University of Pittsburgh is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
In-State: $48,640-$54,720
Out-of-State: $56,096-$63,108

#47. University of Colorado Denver

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The largest research institution in Colorado, the University of Colorado Denver is the largest research institution in the state. The university had its beginnings in 1883 as a medical branch of the University of Colorado in Boulder, and by 1910 the school was granted an allowance to permanently relocate to Denver and combine with the Denver and Gross Medical College. Subsequently, the school is especially renowned for its programs in biomedical sciences, developmental biology, oncology and cancer biology, structural biology, toxicology, and human and medical genetics. UC Denver has been recognized by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Modern Healthcare, Forbes, and The Scientist.

Program Overview
The College of Nursing at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus offers an online PhD in Nursing that is a research degree designed to prepare nurse scholars to advance the art, science and practice of the discipline. The College of Nursing’s online PhD program equips nurses to conduct research and to engage in knowledge development and scholarly inquiry across a variety of roles and settings including scientist/researcher, scholar, educator, administrator, and health care policy analyst. Students can enter the program either with a BS or an MS in nursing. Students entering with a BS will take 30 additional credits of coursework and will be awarded an MS in Nursing while pursuing their PhD. The PhD program requires a minimum of 72 credits for completion.

Accreditation:

The University of Colorado at Denver is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Tuition: $73,440

#48. Loma Linda University

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Loma Linda University (LLU) is a Seventh-day Adventist coeducational health sciences university located in Loma Linda, California. The University comprises eight schools and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. More than 100 certificate and degree programs are offered by the schools of allied health professions, behavioral health, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and religion. Curricula offered range from certificates of completion and associate in science degrees to doctor of philosophy and professional doctoral degrees. LLU also offers distance education. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world’s second largest Christian school system. The school enrolls over 3,400 students.

Program Overview
The Loma Linda University School of Nursing’s research-focused PhD in Nursing program prepares nurse scientists to combine scientific research with leadership roles in nursing policy formation. The PhD program emphasizes research by including 3 statistics classes in the core curriculum, while other programs only require 1. The curriculum builds on the foundational information and skills acquired through BSN education, and on the advanced knowledge and expertise gained in MSN education. The online delivery is not available in all 50 states, so prospective students will want to verify that the program is available in their home state before proceeding too far in the application process. A total of 90 quarter (60 semester) units are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: Loma Lind University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $76,500

#49. Mercer University

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Founded in 1833 as a boys’ preparatory school, Mercer University is the oldest private university in Georgia with its main campus is in Macon, Georgia. Mercer enrolls over 8,500 students Additionally, Mercer has two other campuses: a graduate and professional education campus in Atlanta, and a four-year campus of the School of Medicine in Savannah. Mercer also has regional academic centers in Henry County, Douglas County, Eastman, and Newnan.

Program Ovrview
Mercer University’s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing offers an online PhD in Nursing degree program designed to develop nurse scholars for careers in education, practice, and research. Graduates of the program will advance nursing knowledge, improve nursing practice, and be leaders in the profession. The Doctor of Philosophy degree program will prepare nurse scholars to: develop advanced expertise in the application of theories and conceptual models to nursing education, practice, and research, conduct research that advances nursing knowledge, evaluate the influences of ethical, social, political, demographic, and economic issues on health care and nursing, and assume leadership roles in education, practice and research to improve health care. The program is offered online, but may only be available to students in some states. A minimum of 67 credits are required for completion of the PhD.

Accreditation: Mercer University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $77,559

#50. Washington State University

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Washington State University, founded in 1890 five months after Washington’s statehood, is located on 620 acres in the Palouse region of the nation in Pullman, Washington. The school is the nation’s largest, and first, land-grant university. The main campus of WSU enrolls approximately 28,000 students, and the online campus an additional 26,000.

Program Overview
The PhD in Nursing program at Washington State University’s College of Nursing prepares nurse scientists to advance nursing practice, improve health care delivery, and educate the next generation of nurses. WSU’s faculty and PhD students are engaged in research aimed at enhancing effectiveness of nursing care and practice in specific populations and within various health care settings, contributing to evidence-based knowledge in todays rapidly changing health care system. The majority of coursework is completed online with on-campus presence required the first and last two weeks of the first summer semester. Online courses are delivered through synchronous video sessions. A minimum of 72 credits are required for completion of the PhD.

Accreditation: Duquesne University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition
In-State: $42,264
Out-of-State: $90,648