2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges for DNP Programs

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With tuition rates averaging $10,176 per year, these 25 schools offer the most affordable online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. Fort Hays State University and University of Missouri lead the pack, with tuition rates of $6,000 and $6,602, respectively. University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus, ranked #24 with an annual tuition of $13,080, offers 10 different DNP program options including neonatal care and adult-gerontology care.

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 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,000
#2 #2 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $6,602
#3 #3 Delta State University Annual Tuition $7,076
#4 #4 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $7,125
#5 #5 University of Alabama in Huntsville Annual Tuition $7,416
#6 #6 University of Massachusetts-Boston Annual Tuition $7,475
#7 #7 Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $8,100
#8 #8 University of Colorado Colorado Springs Annual Tuition $8,723
#9 #9 Ball State University Annual Tuition $8,924
#10 #10 Wilmington University Annual Tuition $9,480
#11 #11 Misericordia University Annual Tuition $10,200
#12 #12 Montana State University Annual Tuition $10,420
#13 #13 Boise State University Annual Tuition $10,500
#14 #14 University of South Alabama Annual Tuition $10,692
#15 #15 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $10,875
#16 #16 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $11,250
#17 #17 Bradley University Annual Tuition $11,570
#18 #18 University of St Francis Annual Tuition $11,700
#19 #19 La Salle University Annual Tuition $12,180
#20 #20 Illinois State University Annual Tuition $12,574
#21 #21 University of New Hampshire-Main Campus Annual Tuition $12,675
#22 #22 Murray State University Annual Tuition $12,880
#23 #23 Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville Annual Tuition $13,000
#24 #24 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Annual Tuition $13,080
#25 #25 The College of Saint Scholastica Annual Tuition $13,872
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,613
  • Example Classes:
    Epidemiology in Public Health; Evaluation and Management in Health Care Systems; Evidence Based Practice and Scholarly Tools; Healthcare: Policy/Politics/Organization/Cost

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,602
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,362
  • 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: $7,076
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 821
  • 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: $7,125
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 987
  • Example Classes:
    BioStatistics; Clinical Prevention and Population Health; Global Healthcare Advocacy and Transformation; Healthcare Policy: Analysis, Advocacy, and Transformation; Organizational Theory and Systems Leadership; Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $7,416
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,961
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Experiential Clinical; Clinical Data Management and Analysis; Health Policy and Politics: Implications in Health Care; Informatics for Advanced Practice Nursing; Interdisciplinary Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence; Philosophical, Theoretical, and Conceptual Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,475
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,000
  • Example Classes:
    Health Economics/Finance; Health Systems Leadership; Introduction to Biostatistics: Biostatistics I; Principles of Epidemiology

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACCET
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,588
  • Example Classes:
    Analytical Methods for Evidence Based Practice; Healthcare Economics and Finance; Informatics in Healthcare Delivery; Public Health Policy
  • Annual Tuition: $8,723
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,940
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Health Care Policy, Ethics and Law; Business, Finance and Entrepreneurship for Advanced Practice Nursing; Inferential Statistics; Organizational System Leadership and Quality Improvement; Population Based Health Care for Improving the Nation’s Health; Theoretical Foundations of Reflective Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $8,924
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,987
  • 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: $9,480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,454
  • Example Classes:
    Bioethics for Advanced Nursing Practice; Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice; Healthcare Economics and the Business of Practice; Politics and Policy in the Healthcare System; Quality Improvement in Healthcare
  • Annual Tuition: $10,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 613
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Biomedical Ethics and Healthcare Policy Development; Analytical Methods and the Scholarship of Inquiry; Epidemiology, Health Promotion and Illness Prevention for Diverse Populations; Evidence Based Practice Theory and Role; Financial Management and Grant Writing; Leadership, Systems Management, and Inter-professional Collaborative Practice

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,420
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,019
  • 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: $10,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,668
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Principles of Population Health Nursing; Designing Models of Health Care Delivery; Financial Strategies for Nurse Leaders; Healthcare Technology, Information Systems, and Quality; Leadership for Organizations, Systems, and Populations; Quality Improvement and Evaluation Methodology

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,875
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,341
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Care of the Individual and Family; Advanced Evaluation Strategies in Nursing Education; Advanced Topics in Population Health; Clinical Teaching Strategies in Nursing; Leading Nursing in Healthcare Systems; Principles of Adult Learning in Nursing Education

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,664
  • 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: $11,570
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,125
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Pathophysiology; Economic Markets; Competition and Monopoly; Ethics in Advanced Practice Nursing; Health Promotion in Populations; Planning, Decision-Making and Performance Measurement; Principles of FNP Practice I – Acute/Chronic
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,244
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,180
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,545
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Therapeutics; Clinical Issues in Genetics and Genomics; Clinical Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration; Patient Safety and Health Care Outcomes; Professional Ethics; Public Policy Initiatives: Local to Global

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,574
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,396
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Financial and Resource Management for Health Care Systems; Applied Data Management and Analysis; Changing Health Care Systems: Quality Science and Management; Financial and Resource Management of Health Systems

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,675
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,331
  • 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: $12,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,609
  • Example Classes:
    Biostatistics; Ethics in Nursing; Philosophy of Science; Principles of Epidemiology; Research in Nursing; Theory and Concept Analysis in Nursing
  • Annual Tuition: $13,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,422
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $13,080
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,541
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum, Instruction and Evaluation in Nurse Anesthesia Education; Data Analytics and Clinical Systems Design; Evidence Based Management & Quality Improvement; Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations; Introduction to Genetics and Molecular Therapeutics; Leadership in Complex Systems
  • Annual Tuition: $13,872
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,561
  • 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
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