The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online program
The DNP is for the advanced practice nurse with a graduate degree in nursing. The program is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to a research-focused doctorate. It is a 35-credit program which has been approved by the PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors and is the first doctoral program at West Chester University. The first 2-credit course, NSG 701 Transition to Doctoral Studies, is held on-campus. The DNP will assist nurses to actively engage in an increasingly complex health care system. With a focus on skills such as collaboration, innovation and evaluation, supplemented by advanced practice nursing skills, nurses will shape the future of health care. Courses are taught by qualified WCU faculty, many of whom are advance practice nurses.