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Nursing, Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Aug. 16, 2023

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Ensure Quality Patient Outcomes

The Doctor of Nursing Practice offered by the School of Nursing prepares you to practice at the highest level of professional nursing and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving health care for diverse populations. DNP nurses possess a blend of clinical, leadership, economic, and organizational skills that puts you in a unique position to deftly critique nursing practice and design programs of care delivery that are economically feasible, locally acceptable, and that significantly impact healthcare outcomes.

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Learning Formats

Online Courses
Residency Required

Start Date

August 16, 2023

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

WVU School of Nursing

Degree Awarded: Doctor of Nursing Practice

Program Details

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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 32 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.

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Admission Requirements

A master's degree with a major in nursing or health-related field from a regionally accredited college or university. 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. Must hold advanced practice nursing certification from a recognized national accreditation body in a specialized area of healthcare.


Applicant must have

  • A master's degree in nursing or health-related field from a nationally accredited college or university,
  • An overall grade point average on all college work attempted of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
  • A minimum overall nursing GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
  • An active, unrestricted RN license in at least one state at the time of application (and licensure in the state in which he or she plans to complete clinical immersion),
  • Advanced practice certification (NP, CNS, CNM, CRNA) from a national certifying body (new MSN graduates may be provisionally admitted with the requirement to obtain national certification before the end of the first semester of the program). View the certification list.

Requirements also include:

Completion of a nationally accredited Master of Science in Nursing Program. Graduate transcripts will be evaluated to ensure students have met the AACN 2011 Master’s Essentials which require:

  1. Advanced Pathophysiology
  2. Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
  3. Advanced Health Assessment

Additionally, transcripts will be evaluated via a gap analysis related to the Essentials to ensure completion of content in these areas:

  1. Research Process/statistics
  2. Quality & Safety
  3. Informatics
  4. Nursing Theory

Note: Admission criteria are subject to change.

To be considered, applicants will be required to meet all WVU admission requirements in addition to program-specific admission criteria.

Note: Any student who has been dismissed from the West Virginia University School of Nursing or any other nursing program will not be readmitted or considered for admission to the program.

Application Requirements

  • 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. 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. Please limit the writing sample to two type-written, double-spaced pages. View the guidelines on writing the essay.
  • 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

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Nursing, Doctorate of Nursing Practice requires 32 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $744.

Total Degree Cost

$23,808 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $744
3 $2,232
6 $4,464
9 $6,696

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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.

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