Most Affordable Doctorates in Nursing Online

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Affordable Nursing Doctorates

By BVS Staff
July 2020

Here are the cheapest online doctorates in nursing practice in the entire US (based on information from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics website), these schools’ tuition rates are all below the cost of a classic graduate college education. For ease of use, we’ve arrayed them in descending order of cost, with the least expensive school at #1, according to the hourly, online tuition rate.

Top 27 Most Affordable Doctorates in Nursing Online for 2021

  1. Missouri State University
    Location

    Springfield, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Missouri State University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 29-80 credit hour program depending on the degree level of the entrant. With a student to faculty ratio of 22 to 1, the program includes coursework in advanced pharmacotherapeutics and population health. Missouri State University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $315 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

  2. University of Central Arkansas
    Location

    Conway, AR

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    The University of Central Arkansas has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 34+ credit hour program that is open to holders of a master of science in nursing. With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, the program includes coursework in advanced psychological statistics and advanced healthcare informatics. The University of Central Arkansas charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $325 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

  3. Delta State University
    Location

    Cleveland, MS

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Delta State University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 31-107 credit hour program that has options for holders of RN, BSN, and MSN degrees. With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, the program includes coursework in advanced health assessment and differential diagnosis in primary care. Delta State University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $393 per credit hour regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

  4. University of Alabama at Huntsville
    Location

    Huntsville, AL

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    The University of Alabama at Huntsville has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 40 credit hour program that is open to post-master's candidates. With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, the program includes coursework in clinical data management and writing for publication. The University of Alabama at Huntsville charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $396 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

  5. Wichita State University
    Location

    Wichita, KS

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Wichita State University has an online doctor of nursing practice program degree that is open to those who already hold an MSN degree. With a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1, the program is 29+ credit hours including coursework in advanced health assessment and applied drug therapy. Wichita State University charges an online, graduate, tuition rate of $396.82 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

  6. Fort Hays State University
    Location

    Hays, KS

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Fort Hays State University has an online doctorate of nursing practice degree that is open to holders of a BSN or an MSN. With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, the program includes coursework in advanced statistics and developing nursing theories. Fort Hays State University charges an online, graduate, tuition rate of $400 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  7. University of Missouri
    Location

    Columbia, MO

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    The University of Missouri has an online doctor of philosophy in nursing degree that is a 48-77 credit hour program depending on your current degree level. With a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1, the program includes coursework in research design and scientific basis. The University of Missouri charges an online, graduate, tuition rate of $453.93 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  8. Northwestern State University of Louisiana
    Location

    Natchitoches, LA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Northwestern State University of Louisiana has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 38 credit hour program including coursework in biostatistics and scientific underpinnings for nursing practice. With a student to faculty ratio of 20 to 1, the school starts a new cohort every fall. Northwestern State University of Louisiana offers an online, graduate, tuition rate of $475 per credit hour, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

  9. Indiana State University
    Location

    Terra Haute, IN

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Indiana State University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 39 credit hour program that is open to applicants with an MSN degree. With a student to faculty ratio of 21 to 1, the program includes coursework in organizational informatics and culturally competent care. Indiana State University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $513 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

  10. Murray State University
    Location

    Murray, KY

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Murray State University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that offers both BSN-DNP and PM-DNP options. With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, the BSN to DNP program has two specialization options: nurse anesthetist and family nurse practitioner. Murray State University charges an online, graduate, tuition rate of $544 per credit hour for this program regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.


  • Methodology: Here's How We Rank Schools


    At Best Value Schools, we help students of all ages get the best possible value for their education. When choosing the best schools and programs, we prioritize tuition rates, student debt, financial aid opportunities, graduation rates, and the availability of online programs.
    We source unbiased data from government and educational databases like the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for 6,374 schools across the U.S. We organize that data into five weighted categories to compile our school rankings.

    Metric Data Used Percentage
    Academic Quality Full-time faculty percentage, student-to-faculty ratio, student retention and graduation rates 25%
    Affordability Tuition rates, median student debt, and financial aid 35%
    Reputation Admission and enrollment rates 15%
    Program Offerings Number of program options 10%
    Online Enrollment Score Portion of learners taking at least one online course 15%

    You can read more about our comprehensive evaluation process on our methodology page.


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