Most Affordable Online DNP Programs get ranking seal

The 54 Best Affordable Online DNP Programs

Since only 1% of all nurses hold a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, an online DNP program is a great way to differentiate yourself. Even though the median salary of a DNP graduate is around $100,000, it still pays to do your research before choosing a program.

GetEducated compared 97 online DNP programs from 97 regionally accredited schools to create this ranking. Below is our editorially independent list of the 54 Best Buys for an affordable online DNP program. All degrees cost less than $27,600. The most affordable program (regardless of state residency) is offered by Delta State University and costs just under $12,000 (less than half the national average!).

Average Cost (In-state): $27,745.10
Least Expensive: University of Nevada-Las Vegas ~ $10,452.75
Most Expensive: Duke University ~ $60,205

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There’s no fancy formulas here. We meticulously calculate total full-time tuition—including any fees—for the most accurate total cost. Our rankings cannot be bought, and therefore factually showcase the cheapest online DNP programs. The online degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2017 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable Online DNP Programs

 

Accreditation Note: To qualify for a ranking, a program must be regionally accredited. Additional programmatic accreditation is noted in the rank table.

8 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
10 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
 

12 State Restriction Note: This program is only available in fewer than 15 states.

Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Summer 2017 review of regionally accredited online DNP programs. Total cost includes full-time tuition and fees and was valid at the time of collection and specific to the online learning program. School profiles for the online doctorate degree programs in our directory may reflect a slightly different cost based on different editorial update schedules. The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online degree including fees. Actual costs may vary by student. Factors such as transfer credits, prerequisite courses, professional licensing and financial aid availability will affect final cost.

Editorial Note: Online schools do NOT pay to be included in any GetEducated online degree ranking. These rankings are editorially independent, open to any regionally accredited or candidate college that offers a doctorate degree that is available at least 80 percent through online learning and that is open to enrollment by the public. If your online college is regionally accredited and not currently reviewed by GetEducated, please contact us for inclusion. Each ranking list is calculated every two years. The next survey to identify the cheapest online DNP programs will be undertaken in Summer 2019.

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RANKSCHOOL / DEGREESTATEPRICENOTE
1

University of Nevada-Las Vegas(NV)
$10,452.75
$20,229.00
In-State
Out-of-State
2

Wichita State University(KS)
$11,507.78
$23,945.59
In-State
Out-of-State
3

Delta State University Logo
Delta State University
(MS)
$11,816.27
All Students
4

Fort Hays State University Logo
Fort Hays State University
(KS)
$12,050.00
All Students
5

East Carolina University(NC)
$13,473.36
$36,677.52
In-State
Out-of-State
6

University of Central Florida Logo
University of Central Florida
(FL)
$14,074.76
$49,523.96
In-State
Out-of-State
7

The University of Alabama(AL)
$15,000.00
All Students
8

Kent State University Logo
Kent State University
(OH)
$15,450.00
$27,840.00
In-State
Out-of-State
9

University of Arkansas(AR)
$15,756.65
$39,518.50
In-State
Out-of-State
10

University of Alabama in Huntsville(AL)
$15,840.00
All Students
11

Illinois State University Logo
Illinois State University
(IL)
$16,008.56
$30,254.56
In-State
Out-of-State
12

Indiana State University Logo
Indiana State University
(IN)
$16,406.00
$20,657.00
In-State
Out-of-State
13

Frontier Nursing University(KY)
$16,970.00
All Students
14

Troy University(AL)
$17,290.00
All Students
15

James Madison University Logo
James Madison University
(VA)
$17,453.00
$40,951.00
In-State
Out-of-State
16

Arkansas State University(AR)
$17,466.00
All Students
17

The University of Texas at Tyler(TX)
$17,766.00
$34,902.00
In-State
Out-of-State
18

Old Dominion University(VA)
$17,856.00
$19,368.00
In-State
Out-of-State
19

Northwestern State University of Louisiana(LA)
$18,050.00
All Students
20

McKendree University(IL)
$18,100.00
All Students
21

University of Missouri-St Louis(MO)
$18,950.40
$43,390.80
In-State
Out-of-State
22

University of Michigan-Flint(MI)
$19,034.75
$28,303.75
In-State
Out-of-State
23

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee(WI)
$19,059.32
$41,874.00
In-State
Out-of-State
24

Ball State University(IN)
$19,574.00
$27,814.00
In-State
Out-of-State
25

Georgia Southern University(GA)
$19,866.00
All Students
26

University of South Alabama Logo
University of South Alabama
(AL)
$20,376.00
All Students
27

Wilmington University(DE)
$20,561.00
All Students
28

West Virginia University(WV)
$21,021.00
$48,411.00
In-State
Out-of-State
29

Indiana University Online(IN)
$21,031.36
$55,959.36
In-State
Out-of-State
30

The University of Texas Medical Branch(TX)
$21,076.37
$35,903.91
In-State
Out-of-State
31

Ashland University Logo
Ashland University
(OH)
$21,440.00
All Students
32

Idaho State University Logo
Idaho State University
(ID)
$22,062.00
$44,226.00
In-State
Out-of-State
33

Florida International University(FL)
$22,221.36
$40,368.24
In-State
Out-of-State
34

The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga(TN)
$22,242.00
$24,216.00
In-State
Out-of-State
35

Northern Kentucky University(KY)
$22,680.00
All Students
36

University of Massachusetts-Boston - College of Nursing & Health Sciences-Graduate Logo
University of Massachusetts-Boston - College of Nursing & Health Sciences-Graduate
(MA)
$22,770.00
All Students
37

University of Colorado - Colorado Springs(CO)
$22,979.00
$26,543.00
In-State
Out-of-State
38

Eastern Kentucky University Logo
Eastern Kentucky University
(KY)
$24,300.00
All Students
39

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville Logo
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
(TN)
$24,384.00
$57,152.00
In-State
Out-of-State
40

Liberty University Logo
Liberty University
(VA)
$24,570.00
All Students
41

Grand Canyon University Logo
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$24,850.00
$23,698.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
42

Kaplan University Logo
Kaplan University
(IA)
$24,870.00
$20,400.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
44

Chatham University(PA)
$25,110.00
All Students
45

University of North Florida(FL)
$25,116.00
All Students
46

Graceland University(IA)
$25,925.00
All Students
47

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing(IL)
$25,931.00
All Students
48

University of Colorado Denver(CO)
$26,175.00
$42,370.00
In-State
Out-of-State
49

Regis University Logo
Regis University
(CO)
$26,555.00
All Students
50

University of Northern Colorado(CO)
$26,620.00
All Students
51

Clarkson College(NE)
$26,660.00
All Students
52

Murray State University(KY)
$26,960.00
All Students
53

Thomas Edison State University Logo
Thomas Edison State University
(NJ)
$26,972.00
All Students
54

The College of Saint Scholastica(MN)
$27,484.00
All Students
55

University of Massachusetts-Amherst - College of Nursing - Graduate Logo
University of Massachusetts-Amherst - College of Nursing - Graduate
(MA)
$27,545.00
All Students

West Chester University of Pennsylvania(PA)
$28,086.00
$29,052.00
In-State
Out-of-State

Quinnipiac University Logo
Quinnipiac University
(CT)
$29,165.00
All Students

Rivier University Logo
Rivier University
(NH)
$29,700.00
All Students

Concordia University-Wisconsin(WI)
$29,968.00
All Students

Boise State University Logo
Boise State University
(ID)
$30,000.00
All Students

Indiana Wesleyan University(IN)
$31,000.00
All Students

Wilkes University Logo
Wilkes University
(PA)
$31,050.00
All Students

Gonzaga University(WA)
$31,520.00
All Students

Samford University Logo
Samford University
(AL)
$31,521.00
All Students

Maryville University(MO)
$32,201.00
All Students

Pennsylvania State University Logo
Pennsylvania State University
(PA)
$33,422.00
All Students

Loyola University New Orleans Logo
Loyola University New Orleans
(LA)
$33,577.00
All Students

University of Saint Joseph(CT)
$34,047.00
All Students

Ohio State University Logo
Ohio State University
(OH)
$34,805.50
All Students

Southern Adventist University(TN)
$35,280.00
All Students

La Salle University Logo
La Salle University
(PA)
$35,315.00
All Students

Andrews University Logo
Andrews University
(MI)
$35,688.00
All Students

Gannon University(PA)
$35,820.00
All Students

Loyola University New Orleans Logo
Loyola University New Orleans
(LA)
$36,031.00
All Students

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science(IL)
$36,124.00
All Students

Catholic University of America(DC)
$36,410.00
All Students

Northern Arizona University(AZ)
$36,922.00
$52,684.00
In-State
Out-of-State

Gwynedd Mercy University(PA)
$37,098.00
All Students

Kaplan University Logo
Kaplan University
(IA)
$37,305.00
$31,455.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Loyola University Chicago(IL)
$38,102.00
All Students

University of Pittsburgh(PA)
$38,704.00
All Students

Walden University Logo
Walden University
(MN)
$39,820.00
All Students

Seton Hall University Logo
Seton Hall University
(NJ)
$40,088.00
All Students

Upstate Medical University(NY)
$41,134.00
$54,094.00
In-State
Out-of-State

University at Buffalo(NY)
$41,530.00
$69,286.00
In-State
Out-of-State

Capella University Logo
Capella University
(MN)
$42,305.00
All Students

Samuel Merritt University(CA)
$42,388.00
All Students

Monmouth University(NJ)
$42,512.00
All Students

Thomas Jefferson University Logo
Thomas Jefferson University
(PA)
$43,624.00
All Students

Kaplan University Logo
Kaplan University
(IA)
$43,770.00
$34,800.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Drexel University Logo
Drexel University
(PA)
$43,838.00
$32,890.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Duquesne University(PA)
$45,920.00
All Students

Texas Christian University(TX)
$46,650.00
All Students

The George Washington University Logo
The George Washington University
(DC)
$46,760.00
All Students

Duke University Logo
Duke University
(NC)
$60,205.00
All Students