Program Overview

The 35-credit post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program builds on traditional master’s degree programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, systems leadership, and other key areas. The curriculum focuses on three components: The Science of Nursing (10 credits), Leadership (9 credits) and Practice (16 credits) culminating a a final DNP project. 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 completed over one weekend on the WCU campus. Courses are taught by qualified West Chester University (WCU) faculty, many of whom are advance practice nurses. Program eligibility will be individually determined based on transcript evaluation, credentials, national certification, and personal interview.


Program Highlights 

  • Accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 

  • Cohort model 

  • High completion rates for DNP Program 

  • Student and faculty collaboration 

  • Individualized planning and supervision for DNP project with faculty mentor 

  • Online curriculum 

  • NSG 701 residency requirement on-campus 

  • Fall semester program start 

  • Rolling admission


What can I do with this degree?

DNP candidates secure careers in advanced practice nursing or leadership positions in hospital systems, community or in the private sector influencing health care outcomes for patients, families and communities.

Some recent job titles include:

  • System director of integrated care management
  • Nurse administrator
  • Adjunct professor
  • Nurse practitioner in adolescent medicine and infectious disease, and critical care nurse practitioner

Employers include:

  • West Chester University
  • Temple University Health
  • Nemours
  • University of Delaware
  • Main Line Health
  • Penn Medicine

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WCU DNP graduates have presented and published their culminating DNP projects both nationally and internationally. They have secured highly visible leadership positions in regional hospital systems. Some former DNP students have achieved practice excellence awards in their health care systems. Also, DNP graduates assume academic positions to share their advanced practice knowledge and clinical expertise in either the classroom or clinical setting.