2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Nurse Practitioner (NP) Degrees

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These 24 online colleges offer the most affordable nurse practitioner (NP) programs. With tuitions under $14,000, the schools on this list provide a variety of NP degree specializations with online degree options at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate levels. Top-ranked Middle Georgia State University offers an online MS in Nursing with an Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialization for only $3,825 per year. Arkansas State University, ranked second on our list, offers the most affordable online Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Nurse Practitioner Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Middle Georgia State University Annual Tuition $3,825 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master's
#2 #2 Arkansas State University Annual Tuition $4,369 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Doctoral
#3 #3 Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne Annual Tuition $6,216 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master's
#4 #4 Delta State University Annual Tuition $6,298 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#5 #5 Columbus State University Annual Tuition $6,930 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master's
#6 #6 Ball State University Annual Tuition $7,080 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#7 #7 Montana State University Annual Tuition $7,555 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Doctoral
#8 #8 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $7,584 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master's
#9 #9 Nicholls State University Annual Tuition $8,085 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master's
#10 #10 Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $8,250 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Doctoral and Certificate
#11 #11 Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $8,515 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#12 #12 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $8,850 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master's
#13 #13 Alcorn State University Annual Tuition $8,952 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#14 #14 Jefferson College of Health Sciences Annual Tuition $9,300 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master's
#15 #15 Washburn University Annual Tuition $9,707 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Doctoral and Certificate
#16 #16 Rivier University Annual Tuition $10,078 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master's
#17 #17 Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi Annual Tuition $10,560 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#18 #18 Ashland University Annual Tuition $10,640 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Doctoral
#19 #19 Upstate Medical University Annual Tuition $11,105 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Doctoral
#20 #20 University of New Hampshire-Main Campus Annual Tuition $11,968 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Doctoral
#21 #21 East Tennessee State University Annual Tuition $12,257 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master's
#22 #22 University of North Florida Annual Tuition $12,558 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Doctoral
#23 #23 Angelo State University Annual Tuition $12,700 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#24 #24 Clarkson College Annual Tuition $13,344 Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master's and Certificate
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  • Annual Tuition: $3,825
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Assessment/Diagnostic Reasoning; Advanced Pharmacology/Therapeutic Interventions; Leadership/Management & Healthcare Policy; Project Management in Healthcare; Quality/Safety/Improvement Processes; Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $4,369
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Example Classes:
    Doctor of Nursing Practice Evidence Based Project; Epidemiology and Population Health; Healthcare Informatics; Leadership, Policy, and Healthcare Systems; Principles of Healthcare Ethics and Genetics

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,216
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Applications in Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing Practicioners; Health Promotion in Special Populations; Primary Care of the Aging Family; Primary Care of the Aging Family Preceptorship; Primary Care of the Young Family Preceptorship; Synthesis and Application
  • Annual Tuition: $6,298
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Healthcare Policy and Politics; Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice; Differential Diagnosis in Primary Care; Informatics in Clinical Practice; Role Synthesis (Nurse Practitioners)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,930
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Example Classes:
    Diagnostic & Clinical Reasoning for Advanced Practice Nurses; Health Promotion of Adults; Health Promotion of Elderly; Health Promotion of Women and Children; Heath Care Delivery Models, Economics and Policy; Scientific Underpinnings of the APN Role
  • Annual Tuition: $7,080
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Clinical Pharmacology; Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Practice Nursing and Role Theory; Nursing Concepts in Health Promotion/Disease and Injury Prevention in Populations; Pathophysiology and Nursing Practice; Primary Care of Women
  • Annual Tuition: $7,555
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Design of Health Care Delivery Systems; Finance and Budget; Program Planning and Evaluation, Outcomes & QI; Statistical Applications for Graduate Nursing; Translational Research for Advanced Practice; Vulnerability and Health Care in Diverse Communities
  • Annual Tuition: $7,584
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Assessment Advance Practice Nurses; Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics; Advanced Practice Nurse Role; Family Nurse Practitioner Diagnosis, Management; FNP Diagnosis, Management Women, Children
  • Annual Tuition: $8,085
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Example Classes:
    Business, Leadership and Health Policy for Nurse Practitioners; Diagnostic Considerations & Psychopharmacology for Psychiatric Disorders; Generating Evidence for Nursing Practice; Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Nursing; Population Based Primary Care; Psychotherapy for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing
  • Annual Tuition: $8,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Biomedical Ethics; Biometrics; Epidemiology and Transcultural Issues; Family Theory and Issues Management; Role Transition and Nursing Informatics; Women’s Heath
  • Annual Tuition: $8,515
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACCET
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Nursing Practice Issues; Differential Diagnosis in Primary Care; Epidemiology and Risk Management; Informatics in Clinical Practice; Role Synthesis; Synthesizing Evidence for ANP
  • Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Family Dynamics; Pharmacotherapeutics; Role of NP in clinical Practice; Role of the NP in Business; Social Forces in Nursing Practice; Theory-Oriented Nursing Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $8,952
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology; Clinical Management Theory I; Role Development; Rural Health Care Policy; Synthesis Practicum
  • Annual Tuition: $9,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology; Integration of Evidence in Advanced Nursing Practice; Primary Care in Reproductive Health; Primary Care of Adults and Geriatrics; Primary Care of Children/Adolescents and Women; Translation of Evidence
  • Annual Tuition: $9,707
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Doctoral Leadership; Healthcare Economics; Implementation Science; Innovations in Quality Care; Philosophical World View; Policy/Leadership for Global Health
  • Annual Tuition: $10,078
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Policy; Advanced Role of the Nurse; Biostatistics for the Health Sciences; Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare; Quality Healthcare Improvement; Research Capstone Advisement
  • Annual Tuition: $10,560
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Acute Chronic; Diverse Care Environments; Economics of Advanced Practice; Epidemiology and Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice; Genomics in Health Care; Health Assessment and Differential Diagnosis

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Health Policy and Advocacy; Healthcare Delivery, Quality, and Safety; Healthcare Informatics; Principles of Practice Management; Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,105
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Nursing Research; Clinical Management/FPMHNP; Clinical Pathophysiology; Family Nursing Theory; Innovation in Information, Quality and Safety; Leadership for APN

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,968
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Caring for People with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness; Evolution of the Doctor of Nursing Practice; Families in Health and Illness; Health Policy and Finance; Psychotherapeutic Frameworks and Modalities; Technology and Health Care

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,257
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Clinical Pharmacology; Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Role Development; Family Nurse Practitioner I; Scholarly Synthesis
  • Annual Tuition: $12,558
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Bioscience; Advanced Pharmacologic Management; Global Health Care and Culture; Health Economics; Public Policy Implications for Advanced Practice; Role Development in Advanced Practice Nursing

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pathophysiology; Family Primary Care I; Leadership & Roles in Advanced Nursing; Mental Health Concepts for Advanced Practice Nurses; Pharmacotherapeutics; Population Health Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing
  • Annual Tuition: $13,344
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Physical Assessment; Behavioral Health Care for Practitioners; Evidence-Based Practice Research Project I; Health Care Delivery Systems/Managed Care; Pharmacology for Practitioners; Primary Care of the Geriatric Client
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