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            Most Affordable Doctorates in Nursing Online

            By BVS Staff
            October 2018

            Here are the 27 cheapest online doctorates in nursing practice in the entire US (based on information from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics website), these schools' tuition rates are all below the cost of a classic graduate college education. For ease of use, we've arrayed them in descending order of cost, with the least expensive school at #1, according to the hourly, online tuition rate.

            #27 - Texas Tech University

            Lubbock, Texas

            DNP Online


            Enrollment: 36,551
            Tuition: $12,744
            Texas Tech University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 45 credit hour degree program that allows entrance to those with a master of science in nursing. With a student to faculty ratio of 21 to 1 the program includes coursework in role transition and population health. Texas Tech University offers an online, out of state graduate tuition rate of $1,189.50 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

            #26 - University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

            Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

            Online DNP


            Enrollment: 27.918
            Tuition: $19,778
            The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center offers an online doctorate of nursing practice degree that is a 38 credit hour program open to holders of a master of science in nursing. With a student to faculty ratio of 8 to 1, coursework in the program includes applied statistics and principles of epidemiology. The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $1,158.40 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

            #25 - Georgia Southern University

            Statesboro, Georgia

            DNP Online


            Enrollment: 20,673
            Tuition: $26,518
            Georgia Southern University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is open to those with an MSN degree. It is a 43-46 credit hour program that can be accomplished in less than five years. With a student to faculty ratio of 22 to 1, the school offers two certificate options as part of the program. Georgia Southern University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $1,105 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

            #24 - University of Texas-Tyler

            Tyler, Texas

            DNP Online


            Enrollment: 12,342
            Tuition: $23,700
            The University of Texas-Tyler has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 34-51 credit hour program that is open to those with an MSN degree. The school provides the following program options: nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist; nurse executive; nurse anesthetist; and nurse informaticist. The University of Texas-Tyler charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $1065 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

            #23 - East Carolina University

            Greenville, North Carolina

            DNP Online


            Enrollment: 28,962
            Tuition: $17,898
            East Carolina University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is open to holders of BSN or an MSN. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the school offers two specializations for BSN holders: adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner, and two specialization options for MSN holders: advance practice registered nurse and leadership. East Carolina University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $1,018.82 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

            #22 - Clarion University of Pennsylvania

            Clarion, Pennsylvania

            Online DNP


            Enrollment: 5,224
            Tuition: $18,000
            Clarion University of Pennsylvania has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 27 credit hour program open to those who have been awarded a master of science in nursing, previously. With a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1, the program includes coursework in DNP leadership and health care policy for advocacy. Clarion University of Pennsylvania charges an online, out of state graduate tuition rate of $992.80 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

            #21 - Kent State University

            Kent, Ohio

            Online DNP


            Enrollment: 30,167
            Tuition: $19,362
            Kent State University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 34-81 credit hour program (depending on your current degree level) that can be completed in 2-4 years. With a student to faculty ratio of 21 to 1, the school offers two specializations for this program: gerontology and women's health. Kent State University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $979 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

            #20 - New Mexico State University

            Las Cruces, New Mexico

            Online PhD in Nursing


            Enrollment: 14,852
            Tuition: $14,254
            New Mexico State University has an online doctor of philosophy in Nursing degree that is a 72 quarter credit hour program that is open to those holding an MSN. With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, the program includes coursework in the specific health needs facing rural communities. New Mexico State University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $897.90 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

            #19 - Arkansas State University

            Jonesboro, Arkansas

            Online DNP


            Enrollment: 14,085
            Tuition: $9,252
            Arkansas State University has an online doctorate of nursing practice degree that is open to applicants with an advanced practice nursing license. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the program is a 41 credit hour course of study that can be completed in less than three years. Arkansas State University offers an online, out of state graduate tuition rate of $800 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

            #18 - Gardner-Webb University

            Boiling Springs, North Carolina

            DNP Online


            Enrollment: 3,915
            Tuition: $7,722
            Gardner-Webb University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 36 credit hour program that is open to applicants who hold a master of science in nursing. With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, the program includes coursework in best practice approaches and population health. Gardner-Webb University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $795 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

            #17 - Boise State University

            Boise, Idaho

            Online DNP


            Enrollment: 23,854
            Tuition: $21,787
            Boise State University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 40 credit hour program including coursework in advanced principles of population health nursing and constructing leadership for the DNP. With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, the program has a focus on nurse leadership. Boise State University charges an online, graduate, tuition rate of $750 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

            #16 - University of Central Florida

            Orlando, Florida

            DNP Online


            Enrollment: 64,088
            Tuition: $25,759
            The University of Central Florida has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is open to holders of an MSN in advanced practice. With a student to faculty ratio of 30 to 1, the program includes coursework in nursing environment management and innovative technologies in healthcare. The University of Central Florida charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $694.82 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

            #15 - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

            Edwardsville, Illinois

            DNP Online


            Enrollment: 14,142
            Tuition: $11,156
            Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is open to students who have already completed their master of science in nursing. With a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1, the program is a 30 credit hour degree including coursework in ethics studies and health policy. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $650 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

            #14 - University of Massachusetts-Boston

            Boston, Massachusetts

            DNP Online


            Enrollment: 16,847
            Tuition: $32,913
            The University of Massachusetts-Boston has a doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 39 credit hour program that is open to applicants with an MSN. With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, coursework in the program includes health informatics and evidence-based practice. The University of Massachusetts-Boston charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $575 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

            #13 - Old Dominion University

            Norfolk, Virginia

            Online Doctor of Advanced Nursing Practice


            Enrollment: 24,322
            Tuition: $25,548
            Old Dominion University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 36 credit hour program that includes coursework in database management and informatics. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Old Dominion University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $568 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

            #12 - University of Arkansas

            Fayetteville, Arkansas

            Online DNP


            Enrollment: 27,194
            Tuition: $18,842
            The University of Arkansas has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is open to those with a BSN or MSN. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the program includes coursework in scholarly writing and epidemiology. The University of Arkansas charges an online, graduate, tuition rate of $560 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

            #11 - University of Nevada Reno

            Reno, Nevada

            DNP Online


            Enrollment: 21,353
            Tuition: $18,662
            The University of Nevada Reno has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 30 credit hour program including coursework in outcome management and analysis of healthcare organizations. With a student to faculty ratio of 21 to 1, the program offers options for those with a BSN and those with an MSN. The University of Nevada Reno charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $554.50 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

            #10 - Murray State University

            Murray, Kentucky

            Online DNP


            Enrollment: 10,486
            Tuition: $26,811
            Murray State University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that offers both BSN-DNP and PM-DNP options. With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, the BSN to DNP program has two specialization options: nurse anesthetist and family nurse practitioner. Murray State University charges an online, graduate, tuition rate of $544 per credit hour for this program regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

            #9 - Indiana State University

            Terre Haute, Indiana

            Online DNP


            Enrollment: 13,565
            Tuition: $13,986
            Indiana State University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 39 credit hour program that is open to applicants with an MSN degree. With a student to faculty ratio of 21 to 1, the program includes coursework in organizational informatics and culturally competent care. Indiana State University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $513 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

            #8 - Northwestern State University of Louisiana

            Natchitoches, Louisiana

            Online DNP


            Enrollment: 9,819
            Tuition: $16,526
            Northwestern State University of Louisiana has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 38 credit hour program including coursework in biostatistics and scientific underpinnings for nursing practice. With a student to faculty ratio of 20 to 1, the school starts a new cohort every fall. Northwestern State University of Louisiana offers an online, graduate, tuition rate of $475 per credit hour, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

            #7 - University of Missouri

            Columbia, Missouri

            PhD in Nursing Online


            Enrollment: 33,239
            Tuition: $23,172
            The University of Missouri has an online doctor of philosophy in nursing degree that is a 48-77 credit hour program depending on your current degree level. With a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1, the program includes coursework in research design and scientific basis. The University of Missouri charges an online, graduate, tuition rate of $453.93 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

            #6 - Fort Hays State University

            Hays, Kansas

            Online DNP


            Enrollment: 14,658
            Tuition: $9,676
            Fort Hays State University has an online doctorate of nursing practice degree that is open to holders of a BSN or an MSN. With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, the program includes coursework in advanced statistics and developing nursing theories. Fort Hays State University charges an online, graduate, tuition rate of $400 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

            #5 - Wichita State University

            Wichita, Kansas

            DNP Online


            Enrollment: 14,166
            Tuition: $12,704
            Wichita State University has an online doctor of nursing practice program degree that is open to those who already hold an MSN degree. With a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1, the program is 29+ credit hours including coursework in advanced health assessment and applied drug therapy. Wichita State University charges an online, graduate, tuition rate of $396.82 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

            #4 - University of Alabama at Huntsville

            Huntsville, Alabama

            Online DNP


            Enrollment: 8,468
            Tuition: $22,696
            The University of Alabama at Huntsville has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 40 credit hour program that is open to post-master's candidates. With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, the program includes coursework in clinical data management and writing for publication. The University of Alabama at Huntsville charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $396 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

            #3 - Delta State University

            Cleveland, Mississippi

            Online DNP


            Enrollment: 3,584
            Tuition: $6,739
            Delta State University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 31-107 credit hour program that has options for holders of RN, BSN, and MSN degrees. With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, the program includes coursework in advanced health assessment and differential diagnosis in primary care. Delta State University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $393 per credit hour regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

            #2 - University of Central Arkansas

            Conway, Arkansas

            Online DNP


            Enrollment: 11,487
            Tuition: $9,188
            The University of Central Arkansas has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 34+ credit hour program that is open to holders of a master of science in nursing. With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, the program includes coursework in advanced psychological statistics and advanced healthcare informatics. The University of Central Arkansas charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $325 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

            #1 - Missouri State University

            Springfield, Missouri

            DNP Online


            Enrollment: 23,538
            Tuition: $9.324
            Missouri State University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 29-80 credit hour program depending on the degree level of the entrant. With a student to faculty ratio of 22 to 1, the program includes coursework in advanced pharmacotherapeutics and population health. Missouri State University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $315 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

            This concludes the list of 27 cheap online doctorates in nursing practice.

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