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The Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) online program


West Chester University will implement a new degree program: the Doctor of Public Administration in Public Administration (DPA). The 43-credit program will be delivered entirely online."The DPA is designed for working professionals who seek to contribute to the highest levels of leadership and strategic direction of organizations in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. This degree will serve regional needs and enable the University to expand community services, professional networks and collaborations with regional governments, nonprofit organizations and private sector entities in order to foster collaborative research, create entrepreneurial endeavors and create new revenue streams.The curriculum focuses on the development of core competencies in strategic management and governance; public sector economic and financial decision-making; policy advocacy and leadership; and performance management.

For further program information contact:

DPA Program Director

Dr. Allison Turner –

Doctor of Public Administration


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.

For further program information contact:
DNP Program Director
Dr. Charlotte Mackey -
Doctor of Nursing Practice