Doctor of Nursing Practice
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Program Details

The online DNP degree program from West Chester University of Pennsylvania builds on the traditional masters degree competencies by providing extended education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, systems leadership, and other key areas. The curriculum is comprised of three components: 

  • The Science of Nursing
  • ​Leadership
  • ​Practice

% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

West Chester University of Pennsylvania is accredited by:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Applicaton Requirements

Official College Transcript(s), Interview

Additional Info

  • All coursework is online with the exception of the first course, NSG 701 Transition to Doctoral Studies, which is a 2-credit class that is done over a weekend near the WCU campus.
  • Applicants must have a Master's degree in nursing in an advanced nursing specialty from a nationally-accredited program. 
  • Advanced Practice Nurses must be certified by a nationally recognized certifying agency (e.g. ANCC or AANP).
  • Nurse Educators must hold the credential of Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) which is the National League of Nursing's (NLN) certification credential for Nurse Educators prior to admission.