2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for DNP Programs

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The following 24 universities offer the most affordable online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. With annual tuitions under $22,000, each of these schools is an excellent choice for aspiring nurse practitioners. Top-ranked Delta State University offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program for only $6,739 per year. Tenth-ranked University of South Alabama, offers nine DNP specialties with annual tuition starting at $13,018.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 rankings of the most affordable online nurse practitioner master's degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Delta State University Annual Tuition $6,739
#2 (tie) #2 (tie) Arkansas State University Annual Tuition $10,013
#2 (tie) #2 (tie) Ball State University Annual Tuition $10,013
#4 #4 Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville Annual Tuition $10,500
#5 #5 University of New Hampshire-Main Campus Annual Tuition $11,830
#6 #6 Chamberlain College of Nursing Annual Tuition $12,000
#7 #7 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $12,024
#8 #8 University of North Florida Annual Tuition $12,558
#9 #9 Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi Annual Tuition $12,612
#10 #10 University of South Alabama Annual Tuition $13,018
#11 #11 Murray State University Annual Tuition $13,480
#12 #12 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $15,000
#13 #13 University of St Francis Annual Tuition $15,600
#14 #14 Montana State University Annual Tuition $16,300
#15 #15 The College of Saint Scholastica Annual Tuition $16,760
#16 #16 Gonzaga University Annual Tuition $17,321
#17 #17 Messiah College Annual Tuition $17,380
#18 #18 University of Michigan-Flint Annual Tuition $18,005
#19 #19 University of Wyoming Annual Tuition $18,172
#20 #20 Idaho State University Annual Tuition $18,186
#21 #21 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Annual Tuition $19,475
#22 #22 DeSales University Annual Tuition $19,620
#23 #23 Nebraska Methodist College Annual Tuition $19,825
#24 #24 Radford University Annual Tuition $21,168
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,739
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 801
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pharmacology; Advanced Theoretical Issues in Nursing & Ethics; Differential Diagnosis in Primary Care; Informatics in Clinical Practice; Role Synthesis; Scholarly Project Development
  • Annual Tuition: $10,013
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,818
  • Example Classes:
    Epidemiology and Population Health; Leadership, Policy, and Healthcare Systems; Principles of Healthcare Ethics and Genetics; Theoretical Foundations for Doctor of Nursing Practice; Translational Research for Doctor of Nursing Practice II

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,013
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,594
  • Example Classes:
    Health Care Business and Economics; Leadership and Health Policy in Advanced Practice; Population Focused Care; Research for Evidence-Based Practice; Seminar: Advanced Topics in Management of Client Health/Illness Status; Statistics for Health Care Research

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,484
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Management of Pediatric Client and Practicum; Diagnostic Tests and Interpretations and Procedures; Ethics Studies for Advanced Nursing Practice; Evaluating Evidence for Improving Practice; Health Policy and Finance; Organizational and Systems Leadership in Health Care

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,830
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,321
  • Example Classes:
    Health Care Quality; Health Policy & Finance; Organizational Behavior; Organizations, Leadership & Environments; Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement & Design; Technology & Health Care

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,118
  • Example Classes:
    Application of Analytic Methods; Applied Organizational & Leadership Concepts; Concepts in Population Health Outcomes; Fiscal Analysis and Project Management; Healthcare Informatics & Information Systems; Scientific Underpinnings

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,024
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,633
  • Example Classes:
    Family Dynamics & Interventions; Health Disparities of Rural & Other Underserved Populations; Newborn through Adolescence Primary Care Outcomes; Nursing & Health Policy; Public Health & Sociocultural Issues; Reproductive and Sexual Health Primary Care
  • Annual Tuition: $12,558
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,858
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pharmacologic Management; Global Health Care and Culture; Health Economics; Public Policy Implications for Advanced Practice; Quality Management for Advanced Nursing Practice; Statistical Interpretation for Advanced Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $12,612
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,107
  • Example Classes:
    Application of Evidence in Practice; Epidemiology and Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice; Genomics in Health Care; Informatics and Technology for Practice; Nurse Practitioner Leadership in Health Policy; Principles of Nursing Education for Teaching and Patient Care

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,730
  • Example Classes:
    Biostatistics; Ethics in Nursing; Philosophy of Science; Principles of Epidemiology; Research in Nursing; Theory and Concept Analysis in Nursing
  • Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,521
  • Example Classes:
    Application of Social and Behavioral Theories in Public Health; Contemporary Issues in Public Health Practice; Financial Management of Health Institutions; Health Disparities and Social Justice; Introduction to US Health Care System; Principles of Epidemiology
  • Annual Tuition: $15,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,289
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Research; Diversity and Social Justice Issues in a Global Society; Healthcare Finance and Practice Management; Information Management in Advanced Practice; Professional and Organizational Communication; Translational Research Scholarly Initiative: Completion and Dissemination
  • Annual Tuition: $16,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,603
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Clinical IV (Psychology/Mental Health); Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology; Diagnostic Reasoning; Ethics, Law and Policy; Health Care Informatics; Vulnerability and Health Care in Diverse Communities
  • Annual Tuition: $16,760
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,512
  • Example Classes:
    Leadership in Health Care: Organizational Innovations; Lifespan Health Assessment; Outcomes Research; Rural Health; Theories of Human Development Across the Lifespan; Women's Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan
  • Annual Tuition: $17,321
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,429
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation; Evidence Synthesis for Practice; Health Policy and Advocacy; Inferential Statistics; Population-Focused Care; Quality Improvement, Information Management, and Leadership in Health Care
  • Annual Tuition: $17,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 483
  • Example Classes:
    Application of Theory to Research in Evidence Based Practice for Advanced Practice; Collaboration in Interā€professional Teams; Economics of Healthcare; Epidemiological Principles in Family Nursing Practice; Health Policy and Legal Aspects of Healthcare; Principles of Clinical Genetics
  • Annual Tuition: $18,005
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,602
  • Example Classes:
    Epidemiology for Advanced Practice in Health Care; Medication Management for Psychiatric Mental Health NP Theory/Practicum; Primary Health Care of Adolescents/Adults/Elders; Primary Health Care of Adolescents/Adults/Elders/Practicum; Special Populations in Mental Health Nursing; Theoretical Perspectives in the Discipline of Nursing for Advanced Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $18,172
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,603
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision-Making; Health Behavior Change I: Foundations; Health Behavior Change II: Primary Prevention & Wellness; Health Communication/Informatics; Pharmacotherapy for Primary Care Practitioners; Wellness for Adults in Primary Care

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  • Annual Tuition: $18,186
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,878
  • Example Classes:
    Human Pathophysiology; Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nurses; Primary Care of Child & Adolescents; Primary Care of the Older Adult; Research and Practice in Rural and Global Communities; Statistical Analysis in Evidence Based Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $19,475
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 16,607
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment and Interventions for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs; Holistic Health Assessment and Therapeutics for Advanced Practice Nurses; Interprofessional Healthcare Informatics; Moral and Ethical Positions and Actions in Nursing; Primary Care: Assessment and Management of Common Conditions Affecting Children; Primary Care: Assessment of Health and Care of Well Children
  • Annual Tuition: $19,620
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 845
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Health Outcomes Management; Health Policy and Ethics; Leadership Residency; Scholarly Project and Defense; Translational Research

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  • Annual Tuition: $19,825
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 226
  • Example Classes:
    Biostatistics; Community Health Program Planning; Health Systems, Informatics & Leadership; Maternal and Children Nursing Theory; Population Based Health Care; Rural Nursing
  • Annual Tuition: $21,168
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 863
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pharmacology; Health Care and Information Systems and Business Practices; Health Care Policy, Ethics and Law; Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Healthcare Informatics; Neuropathophysiology & Differential Diagnosis
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