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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Online

Pursuing the highest-level degree in nursing takes passion. WCU's online DNP program helps you acquire advanced clinical knowledge as well as leadership skills to make a difference not just to your patients, but your peers.

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Online DNP Program Highlights

<p>Earn your online Doctorate of Nursing Practice in as little as 24 months </p>

Earn your online Doctorate of Nursing Practice in as little as 24 months 

<p>100% online coursework including mobile-accessible learning with one-on-one DNP faculty mentorship</p>

100% online coursework including mobile-accessible learning with one-on-one DNP faculty mentorship

<p>Comprehensive Career Services support after graduation</p>

Comprehensive Career Services support after graduation

<p>Competitive tuition with financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify</p>

Competitive tuition with financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify

Why Get a DNP Degree?

DNP students and candidates want to take their nursing education and practice as far as they can. This requires dedication, and it demonstrates a will to make a difference at a high level. DNP graduates may assume leadership and teaching positions or affect positive outcomes at the patient level. As a Doctor of Nursing Practice, your degree can instill confidence wherever and however you choose to work.

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Additional Information About our Online DNP Degree

Study on Your Schedule

We know you’re eager to get started… and get finished! WCU online DNP program is are designed to offer you the ability to earn your degree at an accelerated pace. This track is streamlined for working nurses looking to complete an advanced degree with speed. Timelines and requirements vary by degree but can be completed in as few as two years.

DNP Curriculum

Preview your course of study toward a DNP degree. You can see the number of credits needed, and the number of months your degree will take. We recommend reviewing your prospective curriculum in detail so you know what to expect:

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Academic Calendar

New academic sessions begin on average, depending on programs, every eight weeks. We recommend applying for financial aid alongside your admissions application in order for your consideration to be processed on your intended timeline.

Academic Calendar

How Much Does The DNP - Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Cost?

We know school is a substantial commitment. At WCU, we want to equip you with all the information you need to make the right decision for your future.

Our goal is to give you a clear understanding of DNP - Doctor of Nursing Practice tuition costs so you can be well-informed as you navigate the application and enrollment process. To assist you in your decision, we provide a breakdown below of the DNP - Doctor of Nursing Practice program costs at West Coast University.

We offer several DNP - Doctor of Nursing Practice financial aid options – including scholarships, grants, and loan access – to help support you through your studies. We also offer reduced tuition rates for military personnel and their spouses.

For more information about your financial support options, visit our financial aid page.

Career Services & Placement

Our Career Services Department provides ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our online DNP students and graduates.

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice track helps prepare you for a variety of new nursing opportunities, opening the door to more advanced roles.


DNP instruction integrates experience in scientific theory and practice, as well as in-depth training in systems and organizational thinking. The West Coast University online DNP program also prioritizes evidence-based practice through analytical methodologies.

WCU graduates are given tools to influence healthcare policy at institutional, state, and/or federal levels, and trained to lead, whether that means interprofessional teams or helping guide organizational decision-making. A Doctorate in Nursing Practice is a degree designed for highly motivated and dedicated students who want to use educated, clinical thinking to positively impact patient outcomes and evolve workplace practices.

Is there a waitlist for the program?

No, there is no waitlist to start the online DNP program.

Will I be able to complete my degree if I am working?

All our online nursing programs have been designed to give you the flexibility you need to earn your degree. While due dates and assignments help keep you on track, you will have the flexibility to watch lectures and complete coursework when and where it’s convenient for you. You choose whether to study in the mornings, evenings, or weekends.

How long does it take to get a DNP degree?

WCU's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online program makes it possible to earn your DNP in as few as 24 months.

Does WCU accept clinical hour transfer credit?

WCU can evaluate your previous experience for acceptance. Transfer of clinical hours for prospective students is on a case-by-case basis. Your Admissions Advisor can help evaluate how many graduate clinical credits you have could qualify for transfer.

Can I get a DNP degree online?

WCU's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program includes 100% online coursework. Some in-person practice experience is also necessary to complete your DNP degree.

Is a DNP the same as a nurse practitioner?

There is a difference between Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and a Nurse Practitioner (NP). A DNP is the most advanced academic degree that can be earned in the nursing field while a Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an occupation. An NP may pursue a DNP degree to advance their nursing careers or take on a leadership role.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify. Among the scholarships offered are the Alumni Pathway Grant (covers up to 20% of tuition), the WCU Health Services Grant (covers up to 10% of tuition), and the WCU Performance Scholarship (covers up to 15% of tuition).

For additional information and eligibility requirements, please visit our online catalog.

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