Doctor of Nursing Practice


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.

Admissions Requirements

A master's degree with a major in nursing or health-related field from a nationally 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.


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.



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Live Online Sessions
  • Online Courses
  • Residency Required

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Doctor of Nursing Practice requires 32-36 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $713 for residents and $1,603 for non-residents.



Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Resident Tuition Non-Resident Tuition
1 $713 $1,603
3 $2,139 $4,809
6 $4,278 $9,618
9 $6,417 $14,427

Financial Aid

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.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020    Apply Now
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