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


  • 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.
  • Transcripts representing all previous coursework completed. A GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) in a master's program is required as well as course work including a graduate level research course and an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course.
  • Official copy of Registered
  • Telephone or in-person interview with the Program Coordinator (to be completed after applicant has submitted the other application requirements).

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.

Special Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation Statement

Middle States Commission on Higher Education