The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is for the nurse with an earned Nursing Master's degree.
Now Accepting Spring 2019 Applications
This post-masters DNP is a 35-credit online program which has been approved by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors as the first doctoral program at West Chester University. The first 2-credit course, NSG 701 Transition to Doctoral Studies, is held on-campus, over one weekend, all other courses are online. Courses are taught by qualified WCU faculty, many of whom are advance practice nurses.
The curriculum has three components: The Science of Nursing (10 credits), Leadership (9 credits) and Practice (16 credits) that build on traditional masters degree programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, systems leadership, and other key areas. A capstone project, in lieu of a dissertation, is the culminating work.
The DNP program is a cohort model that can be completed in 9 consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring and Summer). 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.
Program eligibility will be individually determined based on transcript evaluation, credentials, national certification, and personal interview.
Please check the Graduate Catalog for complete descriptions of the DNP curriculum, courses, requirements and program outcomes.
Please go the Graduate Studies page for more information on our program and how to apply.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at West Chester University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. http://www.ccneaccreditation.org