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. Payscale reports the average salary of a DNP graduate is just under $99,000. Even with such a handsome paycheck, 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.
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