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Most Affordable Doctorates in Nursing Online

By BVS Staff
October 2018

Here are the 27 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.

#27 - Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

DNP Online

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Enrollment: 36,551
Tuition: $12,744
Texas Tech University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 45 credit hour degree program that allows entrance to those with a master of science in nursing. With a student to faculty ratio of 21 to 1 the program includes coursework in role transition and population health. Texas Tech University offers an online, out of state graduate tuition rate of $1,189.50 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#26 - University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Online DNP

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Enrollment: 27.918
Tuition: $19,778
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center offers an online doctorate of nursing practice degree that is a 38 credit hour program open to holders of a master of science in nursing. With a student to faculty ratio of 8 to 1, coursework in the program includes applied statistics and principles of epidemiology. The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $1,158.40 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#25 - Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, Georgia

DNP Online

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Enrollment: 20,673
Tuition: $26,518
Georgia Southern University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is open to those with an MSN degree. It is a 43-46 credit hour program that can be accomplished in less than five years. With a student to faculty ratio of 22 to 1, the school offers two certificate options as part of the program. Georgia Southern University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $1,105 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#24 - University of Texas-Tyler

Tyler, Texas

DNP Online

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Enrollment: 12,342
Tuition: $23,700
The University of Texas-Tyler has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 34-51 credit hour program that is open to those with an MSN degree. The school provides the following program options: nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist; nurse executive; nurse anesthetist; and nurse informaticist. The University of Texas-Tyler charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $1065 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#23 - East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina

DNP Online

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Enrollment: 28,962
Tuition: $17,898
East Carolina University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is open to holders of BSN or an MSN. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the school offers two specializations for BSN holders: adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner, and two specialization options for MSN holders: advance practice registered nurse and leadership. East Carolina University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $1,018.82 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#22 - Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Clarion, Pennsylvania

Online DNP

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Enrollment: 5,224
Tuition: $18,000
Clarion University of Pennsylvania has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 27 credit hour program open to those who have been awarded a master of science in nursing, previously. With a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1, the program includes coursework in DNP leadership and health care policy for advocacy. Clarion University of Pennsylvania charges an online, out of state graduate tuition rate of $992.80 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#21 - Kent State University

Kent, Ohio

Online DNP

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Enrollment: 30,167
Tuition: $19,362
Kent State University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 34-81 credit hour program (depending on your current degree level) that can be completed in 2-4 years. With a student to faculty ratio of 21 to 1, the school offers two specializations for this program: gerontology and women's health. Kent State University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $979 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#20 - New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Online PhD in Nursing

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Enrollment: 14,852
Tuition: $14,254
New Mexico State University has an online doctor of philosophy in Nursing degree that is a 72 quarter credit hour program that is open to those holding an MSN. With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, the program includes coursework in the specific health needs facing rural communities. New Mexico State University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $897.90 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

#19 - Arkansas State University

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Online DNP

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Enrollment: 14,085
Tuition: $9,252
Arkansas State University has an online doctorate of nursing practice degree that is open to applicants with an advanced practice nursing license. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the program is a 41 credit hour course of study that can be completed in less than three years. Arkansas State University offers an online, out of state graduate tuition rate of $800 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#18 - Gardner-Webb University

Boiling Springs, North Carolina

DNP Online

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Enrollment: 3,915
Tuition: $7,722
Gardner-Webb University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 36 credit hour program that is open to applicants who hold a master of science in nursing. With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, the program includes coursework in best practice approaches and population health. Gardner-Webb University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $795 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#17 - Boise State University

Boise, Idaho

Online DNP

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Enrollment: 23,854
Tuition: $21,787
Boise State University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 40 credit hour program including coursework in advanced principles of population health nursing and constructing leadership for the DNP. With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, the program has a focus on nurse leadership. Boise State University charges an online, graduate, tuition rate of $750 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

#16 - University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

DNP Online

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Enrollment: 64,088
Tuition: $25,759
The University of Central Florida has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is open to holders of an MSN in advanced practice. With a student to faculty ratio of 30 to 1, the program includes coursework in nursing environment management and innovative technologies in healthcare. The University of Central Florida charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $694.82 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#15 - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Illinois

DNP Online

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Enrollment: 14,142
Tuition: $11,156
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is open to students who have already completed their master of science in nursing. With a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1, the program is a 30 credit hour degree including coursework in ethics studies and health policy. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $650 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.

#14 - University of Massachusetts-Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

DNP Online

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Enrollment: 16,847
Tuition: $32,913
The University of Massachusetts-Boston has a doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 39 credit hour program that is open to applicants with an MSN. With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, coursework in the program includes health informatics and evidence-based practice. The University of Massachusetts-Boston charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $575 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

#13 - Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia

Online Doctor of Advanced Nursing Practice

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Enrollment: 24,322
Tuition: $25,548
Old Dominion University has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 36 credit hour program that includes coursework in database management and informatics. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Old Dominion University charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $568 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#12 - University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Online DNP

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Enrollment: 27,194
Tuition: $18,842
The University of Arkansas has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is open to those with a BSN or MSN. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the program includes coursework in scholarly writing and epidemiology. The University of Arkansas charges an online, graduate, tuition rate of $560 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.

#11 - University of Nevada Reno

Reno, Nevada

DNP Online

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Enrollment: 21,353
Tuition: $18,662
The University of Nevada Reno has an online doctor of nursing practice degree that is a 30 credit hour program including coursework in outcome management and analysis of healthcare organizations. With a student to faculty ratio of 21 to 1, the program offers options for those with a BSN and those with an MSN. The University of Nevada Reno charges an online, out of state, graduate tuition rate of $554.50 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

#10 - Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky

Online DNP

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Enrollment: 10,486
Tuition: $26,811
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.

#9 - Indiana State University

Terre Haute, Indiana

Online DNP

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Enrollment: 13,565
Tuition: $13,986
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.

#8 - Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Online DNP

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Enrollment: 9,819
Tuition: $16,526
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.

#7 - University of Missouri

Columbia, Missouri

PhD in Nursing Online

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Enrollment: 33,239
Tuition: $23,172
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.

#6 - Fort Hays State University

Hays, Kansas

Online DNP

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Enrollment: 14,658
Tuition: $9,676
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.

#5 - Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas

DNP Online

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Enrollment: 14,166
Tuition: $12,704
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.

#4 - University of Alabama at Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama

Online DNP

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Enrollment: 8,468
Tuition: $22,696
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.

#3 - Delta State University

Cleveland, Mississippi

Online DNP

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Enrollment: 3,584
Tuition: $6,739
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.

#2 - University of Central Arkansas

Conway, Arkansas

Online DNP

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Enrollment: 11,487
Tuition: $9,188
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.

#1 - Missouri State University

Springfield, Missouri

DNP Online

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Enrollment: 23,538
Tuition: $9.324
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.

This concludes the list of 27 cheap online doctorates in nursing practice.

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