Nursing, Doctorate of Nursing Practice

August 21, 2019
Next Start Date
$678 | $1,555
Residents | Non-Residents Cost Per Credit Hour


The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program prepares advanced practice nurses to practice at the highest level of professional nursing and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving healthcare for diverse populations. This post-graduate program can be completed in as few as 33 credit hours (seven to 10 semesters depending on the progression plan). Additional clinical and capstone credits may be required to meet program objectives. Enrollment in nursing courses is based upon readiness, availability of space and an adequate cohort of students. At the completion of the program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate will be able to practice at the highest level of professional practice to:

  1. Use science-based theories and concepts to:
    • Determine the nature and significance of health and healthcare delivery phenomena,
    • Describe actions and advance strategies to improve healthcare delivery, and
    • Develop, deliver and evaluate theory-based healthcare.
  2. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership that emphasizes the primacy of clinical work, continually improving health outcomes, and ensuring patient safety.
  3. Use analytical methods and research to develop best practices and practice guidelines and to facilitate the evaluation of systems of care that will improve patient outcomes.
  4. Use information systems and technology-based resources that support clinical and administrative decision-making, care systems, nurse-sensitive outcomes and quality improvement.
  5. Assume a leadership role in the development of healthcare policy.
  6. Establish, participate and lead inter-professional teams.
  7. Utilize a strong conceptual foundation in clinical prevention and population health.
  8. Base practice on biophysical, psychosocial, sociopolitical, and cultural principles; economics; nursing science; and ethics.
  9. Develop, implement, and evaluate practice and care delivery models, which are politically and culturally appropriate.

DNP Progression Plan

DNP with focus on family nurse practitioner


In compliance with the Washington State Nursing Commission regulations, WVU cannot accept students who are residents of Washington into our online Nursing programs at this time. 


The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at West Virginia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


Applicant must have:

  • A master's degree with a major in nursing from a nationally accredited college or university. A master's degree in a health-related discipline will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the MSN degree.
  • Current, unrestricted RN license in at least one state.
  • Advanced practice nursing certification from a recognized national accreditation body in a specialized area of healthcare. View the certification list.
  • Meet program prerequisites including transcripted courses equivalent to WVU courses in:
    1. Advanced Pathophysiology
    2. Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
    3. Advanced Health Assessment
    4. Research Process

Any student who has been dismissed from the West Virginia University School of Nursing will not be readmitted to the program.

Application Requirements

Applicant must:

  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
    • On the Enrollment Information screen, select the following:
    • Admission Type: Doctorate
    • Intended Program: Nursing DNP
  • Pay graduate application fee.
  • Submit three (3) letters of reference. Applicants must also provide three letters of reference addressing the applicant’s likelihood for success in graduate work. One letter should be from a former professor. You will list your references, with their email addresses, on the Recommendations screen.  Your references will receive an email from Hobsons with an electronic form.  They will also need to upload a letter of recommendation. 
  • Complete the Supplemental Application for admission
  • Submit current curriculum vitae
  • Writing example identifying a clinical practice problem of interest to you. Explain how the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing can prepare you to address the problem. Please limit the writing sample to two type-written, double-spaced pages.
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:
    WVU Office of Admissions
    P.O. Box 6009
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6009


Residents Non-Residents
Tuition and Fees

for academic year 2018-2019


Per Credit Hour


Per Credit Hour

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.


This is a 32-36 credit post-MSN program that can be completed in seven to ten semesters depending on the progression plan. Additional clinical and capstone credits may be required to meet program objectives.


Graduate students should plan for a minimum of one classroom hour per registered credit per week and three outside hours of preparation per registered credit per week (e.g. 5 credits = 5 classroom hours/week, 15 outside hours/week = 20 hours/week.) This rule should be taken into consideration when planning work and school time.


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Course descriptions can be viewed here

NSG 702 Population Health Promotion
NSG 703 Theory of Practice
NSG 704 Healthcare Leadership
NSG 707 Evidence Based Practice
NSG 708 DNP Role Seminar
NSG 709 Health Care Informatics
NSG 710 Health Policy/Resource Management
NSG 711 Focused Study: Health Care Issues
NSG 713 DNP Role Application
NSG 724 Health Research Statistics
NSG 745 Clinical Immersion*
NSG 760 Clinical Project*
NSG 763 DNP Capstone**