1x1.transHere’s a scenario for you: the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that by 2025 there will be a shortfall of approximately 46,000 to 90,000 doctors.  And in primary care alone – a shortfall of between 12,500 and 31,000 doctors. 1

So. Crisis or opportunity?

If you’re reading this ranking, then you’ve probably already seen the opportunity lying inside the potential crisis. In a recent article, the New York Times suggests that the solution is not just training more doctors, but increasing our dependence on midlevel practitioners – like Nurse Practitioners. 2

Becoming a Nurse Practitioner in the current healthcare environment pretty much guarantees steady employment for the foreseeable future. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a  31% job growth rate through 2024 – that’s much faster than average growth.3

And Nurse Practitioners can expect not just steady employment, but the potential for pretty lucrative pay. The BLS puts the 2016 median pay for Nurse Practitioners at $107,460 per year. Sound good?

So here’s the College Choice low-down on Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and the route to becoming one…

What Does a Nurse Practitioner Do?

Nurse practitioners are state-licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). They have varied roles – recording and analyzing patients’ medical histories, conducting physical exams, ordering tests, prescribing medications and more.

What Kind of Specialties are Possible?

By definition, all Nurse Practitioners specialize – and have national certification – in one or more patient population focus areas. There are many options, but here are some of the most popular:

  • Family NP
  • Adult-Gerontology (Acute or Primary Care) NP
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health NP
  • Pediatric (Acute or Primary Care) NP
  • Women’s Health NP

What Degree is Necessary?

All Nurse Practitioners have an advanced degree – either an MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) or DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice). The MSN degree is the bare minimum anywhere, but the DNP is quickly replacing it as the necessary degree to practice as a Nurse Practitioner. 4 Keep that in mind as you choose a program.

What Are the Admission Requirements for MSN and DNP Programs?

Admission requirements vary, but a bachelor’s degree is the minimum for admission to most MSN and DNP programs (there are exceptions).  You’ll also need an unencumbered RN license to be accepted to a (reputable) Nurse Practitioner program.

What Are the Main Differences Between an MSN Program and a DNP Program?

MSN: You can expect it to take 2-3 years to complete all coursework and clinicals.  The curriculum generally includes core courses in the areas of health assessment, pathophysiology, and advanced pharmacology – as well as study in your chosen area of specialization.

DNP: The DNP generally takes 4-5 years to complete and often includes advanced courses in population health and leadership (as well as coursework in your area of specialization). The DNP typically culminates in a final capstone or research project.

What Are the Best Nurse Practitioner Programs?

Because of the demand for Nurse Practitioners, there are a lot of programs out there. We’ve sifted the information and our NP rankings (30 Best MSN and 20 Best DNP) are based on key criteria like reputation scores, tuition, early career earnings, and peer assessments of the programs. We weighed the data to come up with a composite score that reflects academic excellence and the probable return on your tuition dollar.

As you peruse the ranking, here are a couple other points to keep in mind:

  • Accreditation! All schools on the list are regionally accredited, and all programs are accredited by either the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) or the ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing).
  • All MSN and DNP programs on these rankings have specialties that are geared towards preparing Nurse Practitioners specifically. You won’t have to wade through a bunch of program websites intended for other APRNs.

We hope these College Choice rankings help you in your search for the best Nurse Practitioner Program!

30 Best Nurse Practitioner MSN Degrees

1

University of Pittsburgh

College Choice Score: 100.00

Average Tuition: $23,712.00

Program Website

University of Pittsburgh

Overview

Founded shortly after the end of the revolutionary war, the historic University of Pittsburgh is a public research university which continues its reputation as one of the best public universities in the country. Home to the renowned Pitt School of Nursing, the school is recognized for world-class faculty and a top-tier educational experience.

Program Features

The Pitt School of Nursing offers an MSN degree that prepares nurses to be Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNP), providing care for high-risk infants and children up to 2 years of age. Program coursework and clinical experiences focus on the care and management of critically ill and convalescent premature and full-term infants. Courses include:

  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations
  • Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan
  • Pediatric Well Child Care

Details

The NNP area of concentration offers both full-time and part-time study onsite at main campus in Pittsburgh.  A post master’s option is also available.  Applicants must have a BSN, as well as the equivalent of two years full-time (within the last five years) practice experience as a registered nurse (RN) caring for critically Ill newborns, infants and children in critical care inpatient settings.

2

Boston College

College Choice Score: 93.56

Average Tuition: $21,152.00

Program Website

Boston_College

Overview

A private institution founded in 1863, Boston College is a private, Catholic (Jesuit) research university located just West of Boston, in the village of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The historic institution has a liberal arts focus with very high research activity. Boston College is home to the Connell School of Nursing and one of the best MSN programs in the country.

Program Features

The Connell School of Nursing offers an MSN degree that prepares Nurse Practitioners in one of five NP specialties. All specialties in the MSN program prepare students to become compassionate, evidence-based practitioners who are leaders in their fields. The program as a whole is grounded in Boston College’s commitment to social justice and a belief in the intrinsic worth of every student and patient. Nurse Practitioner specialties offered are:

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
  • Family Nurse NP
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health NP
  • Women’s Health NP

Details

The Connell School of Nursing offers three entry options for their MSN programs, making it a uniquely flexible degree. The Traditional MSN is for RNs with a BSN, the Direct Entry MSN is for students with bachelor’s degrees from other disciplines to become NPs, and the RN to MSN is for RN’s who lack a bachelor’s degree.

3

Duke University

College Choice Score: 93.54

Average Tuition: $39,228.00

Program Website

Duke_University

Overview

Located in Durham, NC, Duke University is a renowned private research university. Consistently ranked among the best universities nationally and internationally, the school is a center for advancing innovative research and teaching methods. Duke’s School of Nursing is globally recognized as a nursing education institute.

Program Features

The School of Nursing at Duke University offers a top-ranked MSN degree with seven Nurse Practitioner majors. The program is offered in hybrid format – making it a manageable program for working nurses.  Many courses take place online with on-campus activities at least once every semester. These two- to five-day intensives allow for interactions, simulations, and hands-on activities to be conducted. Nurse Practitioner specialties are:

  • Adult-Gerontology NP – Acute Care or Primary Care
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric NP – Acute Care or Primary Care
  • Neonatal NP
  • Women’s Health NP

Details

Duke’s MSN degree program requires students to complete 11 credit hours of clinical core courses for each major. Students then complete a final clinical residency under the mentorship of an experienced clinician in their chosen specialty. Depending on the major, the minimum number of credits required ranges from 42 to 49 credit hours.

4

University of Texas at Austin

College Choice Score: 93.02

Average Tuition: $21,749.00

Program Website

The_University_of_Texas_at_Austin

Overview

The University of Texas at Austin is a public research university and the flagship institution of the University of Texas system – it has one of the largest campus enrollments in the country, allowing for great educational diversity. The School of Nursing at UT Austin is a leader in nurse education – and well known for having 13 graduate nursing faculty members that are Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing.

Program Features

UT Austin’s School of Nursing offers an MSN program with three Nurse Practitioner specialty areas. The core program provides advanced study in nursing science, professional foundations, related sciences, and modes of systematic inquiry which prepare students for advanced and specialized professional nursing practice. NP specialties offered are:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Details

UT Austin’s MSN program is two years in length, with full-time or part-time options available. Applicants must have a current Registered Nurse license and hold either a BSN degree, or a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and an Associate Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma. The school also offers an alternate entry MSN for those without a background in nursing (with an NP specialty in Psych/Mental Health).

5

University of Virginia

College Choice Score: 93.00

Average Tuition: $25,242.00

Program Website

University of Virginia

Overview

Located in Charlottesville, VA, The University of Virginia is a public research institution that has the distinction of being founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. The historic institution continues its longstanding tradition of academic excellence, and sits at the top of national rankings to the present day.  UVA is home to a highly ranked School of Nursing which offers some of the best Nurse Practitioner programs in the US.

Program Features

UVA’s School of Nursing offers a top-ranked MSN degree that prepares Nurse Practitioners in a range of specialties. By drawing upon the academic excellence of the University of Virginia and the clinical strengths of the UVA Medical Center, students will be well prepared for rewarding careers. All nursing students conduct research – either independently, or as part of a team. The NP specialties offered are:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Neonatal NP
  • Pediatric NP
  • Pediatric Acute Care NP
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

Details

Depending on the specialization, students in UVA’s MSN Nurse Practitioner programs will complete a minimum of 30 credits of graduate coursework, with no more than 12 credits transferred into the program. Most specialties take 21 months (full-time) or 33 months (part-time) to completion.

6

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

College Choice Score: 91.24

Average Tuition: $24,480.00

Program Website

Overview

Founded in 1898, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, known as UCAMC, is one of the most recognized and well-respected nursing institutions in the United States. The school was the first College of Nursing to institute and confer Nurse Practitioner degrees in the country, and their MSN program currently ranks as #26 nationally by U.S. News and World Report.

Program Features

The CU College of Nursing offers an MSN program designed to prepare nurses for direct and indirect care roles, including four possible Nurse Practitioner specialties.  The program has a focus on underserved populations and students will be prepared to formulate clinical, administrative or policy decisions to promote health with clients. The NP specialties offered are:

  • Adult-Gerontology (Primary Care or Acute Care)
  • Family Nurse NP
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP
  • Pediatric (Primary Care or Acute Care)  NP

Details

Most students In CU’s College of Nursing are able to complete the program in 2 to 3 years, depending on their chosen specialty and life commitments. Students do need to complete the programs within 5 years. Four core courses and Health Promotion are offered online. All applicants should have a BSN and an unencumbered Colorado nursing licensure.

7

Yale University

College Choice Score: 91.12

Average Tuition: $37,932.00

Program Website

Yale University

Overview

One of the oldest universities in the country (it was founded in 1701), Yale University is a renowned private Ivy League research institution which sits among the top five universities nationally. Continuing its tradition of academic excellence, Yale is home to one of the best Schools of Nursing in the country – as well as highly ranked Nurse Practitioner programs.

Program Features

The School of Nursing at Yale University offers an MSN program with five Nurse Practitioner specialization options. The program provides students with training in high-quality, evidence-based clinical care and the knowledge to help shape health care systems. The MSN program of study prepares graduates for continuing activity in a variety of leadership roles. Specialization options are as follows:

  • Adult Gerontology (Primary Care or Acute Care) NP
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric NP
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP
  • Nurse-Midwifery / Women’s Health NP

Details:

Students in Yale’s MSN Nurse Practitioner program can choose to study on a full-time or part-time basis. Students will be enrolled in the program only once per year (in August), and students are not normally permitted to transfer between full-time and part-time schedules. Applicants should have a BSN and active Connecticut RN licensure.

8

University of Pennsylvania

College Choice Score: 89.99

Average Tuition: $39,552.00

Program Website

University_of_Pennsylvania

Overview

Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school is one of 14 founding members of the exclusive Association of American Universities and has a longstanding reputation for academic excellence and innovation. Penn Nursing continues this tradition with their highly ranked Nurse Practitioner programs.

Program Features

Penn Nursing offers an MSN at the forefront of nursing science and practice in a wide range of specialties. Students will benefit from high -level research, practice, and educational opportunities, guaranteeing the experiences and skill sets to lead and excel in your nursing career. The Nurse Practitioner specialties are:

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care or Primary Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Neonatal NP
  • Pediatric Acute Care or Primary Care NP
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health NP
  • Women’s Health/Gender-Related NP

Details

Coursework in Penn Nursing’s MSN program includes theoretical content and mentored clinical experiences that emphasize research and holistic patient care. Students also have the ability to choose from a range of concentrations in addition to their specialty. Penn also offers flexibility for students to take time off from school to gain work experience, or work full-time as an RN as they complete their MSN program coursework part-time.

9

University of South Florida

College Choice Score: 89.75

Average Tuition: $18,528.00

Program Website

University of South Florida

Overview

Founded in 1956 in Tampa, Florida, the University of South Florida is a public research university and a member institution of the State University System of Florida. The College of Nursing ranks among the top 50 in the country and holds a deep commitment to building expert nurses who can provide excellent healthcare and educate other nursing professionals.

Program Features

The College of Nursing at the University of South Florida offers both an RN to MSN program and a BSN to MSN program with multiple Nurse Practitioner specialties. The program will prepare students for independent and interdependent decision-making and direct accountability for clinical judgment.  The program also includes participation in and use of research, development and implementation of health policy, leadership, education, case management, and consultation. NP specialties offered are:

  • Adult- Gerontology Primary Care NP
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP
  • Family NP

Details

The University of South Florida’s MSN Nurse Practitioner specialties include theoretical and clinical training. The number of required credits ranges from 45 – 52 depending on the specialty. Please note that the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care and Family concentrations are highly competitive. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care applicants must have one year current experience as an RN in an aggressive adult ICU critical care unit.

10

Pennsylvania State University

College Choice Score: 89.51

Average Tuition: $28,560.00

Program Website

Pennsylvania_State_University

Overview

Founded in 1855, Pennsylvania State University is a public, research university known colloquially as one of the “public ivies.” The school also has one of the largest campus enrollments in the country, allowing for an educational diversity not available at smaller schools. Penn State’s College of Nursing extends their reputation for teaching, research, and public service to the area of nursing education, providing some of the best Nurse Practitioner programs nationally.

Program Features

Penn State College of Nursing offers an MSN that enables BSN-prepared nurses to acquire advanced knowledge and clinical practice skills in direct care of individuals, families, and aggregate populations in primary and/or acute care settings. Penn State also offers a Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate program for students who are seeking additional certification as a Nurse Practitioner in the school’s offered specialty areas:

  • Family NP
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care  NP
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP

Details

Penn State’s MSN program is designed to be completed in two years (four semesters) of full-time study. All nursing courses for the Nurse Practitioner options are delivered using synchronous (meaning you have to watch at a certain time) video conference with selected courses delivered using an asynchronous online delivery system.

11

University of North Carolina

College Choice Score: 87.87

Average Tuition: $32,154.00

Program Website

South Building at the University of North Carolina

Overview

One of the oldest universities in the country, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public research university and home to a highly regarded School of Nursing that focuses on education, research and practice of nursing principles. The school offers a full array of undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees along with fellowships and specializations.

Program Features

UNC’s School of Nursing offers an MSN degree that builds upon the student’s previous nursing education and professional experience, preparing advanced practice nurses for leadership positions in a variety of health care settings. UNC’s available Nurse Practitioner specialties are:

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP

Details

UNC’s MSN program offers two entry points for students depending on their educational background: either the BSN to MSN or the RN to MSN. BSN to MSN students have the option of attending full-time (completing the program in two years plus one intervening summer) or part-time (completing the program in three years). RN to MSN students complete the program in three years of full-time study (full-time students are given admission priority for the RN to MSN option).

12

Vanderbilt University

College Choice Score: 87.68

Average Tuition: $32,616.00

Program Website

Vanderbilt University

Overview

Frequently listed at the top of national rankings, Vanderbilt University is a private research university with a reputation for excellent undergraduate teaching, research opportunities, and post-graduate employment placements. Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing is a member of the elite National League for Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Program Features

Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing offers a very flexible MSN degree that prepares skilled, experienced advanced practice nurses to provide access to quality health care for people everywhere. Vanderbilt is committed to employing innovative approaches and offering widespread opportunities for experience in clinical practice. Their MSN program offers thirteen NP specialties -with three unique dual focus specialties, including:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care (Hospital or Intensivist) NP
  • Emergency Nurse Practitioner (Dual AGACNP/FNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse-Midwifery/Family NP – Dual Focus

Details

Vanderbilt’s uniquely flexible MSN program offers multiple entry points to students depending on previous education and experience. Even those who have no nursing background can become advanced practice nurses through the accelerated program of PreSpecialty master’s entry. And the school boasts excellent pass rates for RN and specialty licensure exams.

13

University of Texas Health Science Center

College Choice Score: 87.39

Average Tuition: $24,240.00

Program Website

University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

Overview

Created in 1972, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is the most comprehensive academic health center in the UT system. UTHealth is located in the Texas Medical Center – which is considered the largest medical center in the world. One of six schools that comprise UTHealth, the School of Nursing is ranked in the top five percent of graduate nursing schools in the country.

Program Features

UTHealth’s School of Nursing offers an MSN degree with four Nurse Practitioner specialties that prepare APRNs to perform effectively in fast-paced healthcare environments. This interactive, problem-based program trains Nurse Practitioners to translate advances in the biomedical and social sciences to provide the best care for the well-being of patients. The Nurse Practitioner specialties offered are:

  • Adult / Gerontology NP (Primary Care or Acute Care)
  • Family NP
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP

Details

UTHealth’s MSN Nurse Practitioner tracks are delivered in a combination of online and face-to-face classes as well as clinical experiences. All graduates will be prepared to take the national certification exams for their specialty. UTHealth also offers Post-Masters certificates and a unique MSN / MPH (Master of Public Health) dual degree with the Family NP or Adult / Gerontology NP specialty options.

14

University of California Los Angeles

College Choice Score: 87.24

Average Tuition: $33,995.00

Program Website

University_of_California_Los_Angele

Overview

Established in 1919 as the Southern branch of the University of California, the University of California — Los Angeles, known as UCLA, is a top-ranked national university and home to a nationally ranked School of Nursing. The doctorally-prepared faculty is recognized for its commitment to educating nurses for a 100 percent graduation rate.

Program Features

UCLA’s School of Nursing offers an MSN program with five Nurse Practitioner options, designed to prepare registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in advanced practice nursing. In particular, UCLA’s Family NP program has a long tradition of preparing nurse practitioners to work with underserved and vulnerable populations. Upon graduation many FNPs practice in settings that provide free or low-cost healthcare to uninsured families. NP specialties offered are:

  • Adult / Gerontology Primary Care or Acute CareNP
  • Adult/Gerontology Occupational and Environmental Health NP (dual focus)
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric NP

Details

UCLA’s two-year MSN program (3 quarters per year) consists of theory and clinical courses designed to prepare APRNs to work in a collaborative practice setting.  Courses meet the criteria designated by state and national accreditation bodies and professional organizations, and students will be prepared to pass national certification upon graduation.

15

University of Alabama Birmingham

College Choice Score: 86.50

Average Tuition: $28,872.00

Program Website

University-of-Alabama-Birmingham

Overview

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a nationally ranked public research university and part of the University of Alabama system.  Also known as UAB, the school is home to a nationally recognized School of Nursing and ranked as one of the best graduate schools for nursing by U.S. News and World Report. Their MSN program ranks at #13 nationally for 2018.

Program Features

UAB’s School of Nursing offers an MSN degree that features multiple specialty tracks, including a variety of nurse practitioner options. The program prepares nurses for advanced specialty practice in advanced nursing roles and offers countless opportunities to develop advanced practice innovations both locally and globally. NP Specialties offered are:

  • Family NP
  • Adult-Gero Primary Care or Acute Care NP
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health NP
  • Pediatric Primary Care and/or Acute Care NP  
  • Neonatal NP
  • Women’s Health NP

Details

In addition to their available population specialties, UAB’s MSN program also offers subspecialties like Palliative Care NP, Emergency NP, or Oncology NP (among others). And most of the specialty tracks/subspecialties can be taken from a distance with online coursework and several on-campus intensives.

16

University of Rochester

College Choice Score: 84.73

Average Tuition: $25,200.00

Program Website

university of rochester

Overview

Located in Rochester, New York, Rochester University is a private research university that ranks among the nation’s top 50 national universities (US News and World Report). Rochester’s School of Nursing dedicates itself to educating nurses to become an integral part of the healthcare landscape. The school’s CCNE-accredited nursing degrees focus on teamwork in the healthcare setting, research,  and administrative skills to mold nurses into leaders.

Program Features

The University of Rochester offers an MSN degree with several options for Nurse Practitioner specialization. Students learn alongside experienced practitioners (including pioneering researchers and clinicians) in their specific field of practice and experience an innovative and leading healthcare network (the University of Rochester Medical Center) – an ideal setting for in-depth clinical experience. Nurse Practitioner specialties are:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care or Primary Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric NP
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Neonatal NP
  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP ( distance program)

Details

Students in the University of Rochester’s MSN Nurse Practitioner program, regardless of their clinical specialty, are able to take a portion of their required coursework online. Applicants must have a BSN from an accredited school of nursing as well as as RN licensure.

17

Florida Atlantic University

College Choice Score: 84.10

Average Tuition: $22,272.00

Program Website

Florida Atlantic University

Overview

Situated in the city of Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University is a public research university. From its inception, Florida Atlantic has put innovation and accessibility at its center and is home to a highly regarded College of Nursing which offers an MSN degree that ranks among the best in the country (US News and World Report).

Program Features

FAU’s College of Nursing offers an MSN program designed to offer the leadership, clinical experience, and teaching skills that nurses need in their chosen direction of practice.  The caring philosophy of FAU’s College is evident throughout the curriculum, which has been designed to fit students’ schedule and life, provides graduates with advanced practice role preparation, knowledge and skills.   Nurse Practitioner specialties offered are:

  • Family NP
  • Adult / Gerontology Primary Care NP
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP (online)

Details

Many of FAU’s nursing students continue their professional careers while they study, enjoying the flexibility of full or part-time curriculums.  Core courses also provide the option of face-to-face or online learning. The new PMHNP specialty option is offered online only and as a Post-Master’s Certificate (applicants must already have an MSN for admission).

18

University of Michigan

College Choice Score: 82.86

Average Tuition: $43,982.00

Program Website

universityofmichiganannarbor

Overview

Ranking among the top 30 national universities, the University of Michigan, is a nationally ranked public university and a founding member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The school is home to one of the best Schools of Nursing in the country, with programs that rank among the best of their kind nationally. Their MSN program ranks at #11 in the US.

Program Features

The University of Michigan’s School of Nursing offers an MSN with several options for Nurse Practitioners. All of the Nurse Practitioner specialty programs emphasize knowledge, judgment, and skills, while preparing students to function in multiple care settings. Some of the NP options include:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP and Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
  • Primary Care or Acute Care Pediatric NP
  • Primary Care Family NP
  • Nurse Midwife and Family NP

Details

UM School of Nursing participates in University of Michigan’s Center for Interprofessional Education so students benefit from learning with students in other health care fields. They graduate able to lead interprofessional teams and work collaboratively across health disciplines. And with a nearly 100% pass rate on many certification exams in recent years, graduates of the University of Michigan School of Nursing are well-prepared.

19

University of Cincinnati

College Choice Score: 82.79

Average Tuition: $26,210.00

Program Website

University of Cincinnati

Overview

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati is a large, nationally ranked public research university and a part of the University System of Ohio. The school has an international reputation for high-quality education and innovative research. The College of Nursing is no exception – among its competitive programs is a highly ranked MSN program.

Program Features

The University of Cincinnati offers an MSN program designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles in a variety of health care settings. With a mission to prepare advanced practitioners for diverse populations, students are taught by excellent teachers and practitioners and will be prepared to work in diverse healthcare settings. The Nurse Practitioner specialty options are:

  • Adult / Gerontology Primary Care or Acute Care NP
  • Women’s Health NP
  • Neonatal NP
  • Family NP

Details

The Adult / Gerontology NP and Family NP specialty options are available through both online or campus-based study, while the Women’s Health specialty is an online program only (with an accelerated option). Course and practicum requirements vary widely depending on a student’s chosen specialty.

20

George Washington University

College Choice Score: 82.73

Average Tuition: $27,720.00

Program Website

George Washington University

Overview

Founded in 1821 in downtown Washington, D.C., George Washington University is a private university which ranks among the top 100 national universities in the United States. The school has a reputation for being a good value in higher education, and its MSN program for Nurse Practitioners ranks at #31 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The George Washington School of Nursing offers an MSN program with three options for Nurse Practitioners. All MSN NP specialties offer a unique learning experience through a combination of online courses, in-person training in simulation centers. And GW Nursing has been a pioneer in policy decisions that improve healthcare for underserved communities. NP specialties offered are:

  • Adult / Gerontology Acute Care NP
  • Adult / Gerontology Primary Care NP
  • Family NP

Details

GW Nursing’s MSN program aims to be uniquely flexible for students. Most courses are offered completely online, with some on-campus experiences for testing and training -and students have the option of studying full-time or part-time. The school also offers an Advanced Practice Palliative Care Nursing Graduate Certificate that can be taken concurrently with your chosen specialty.

21

Emory University

College Choice Score: 81.90

Average Tuition: $43,608.00

Program Website

emory-university

Overview

Ranking in the top 20 national universities in the country, Emory University is a private research university located in Atlanta, Georgia. The school is home to the top-ranked Woodruff School of Nursing, which houses a comprehensive list of nursing programs as well as partnerships with more than 500 clinical sites from which students can learn and partake in clinical hours.

Program Features

The Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory offers many Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) specialty tracks at the MSN degree level.  Emory’s range of acute and primary care specialty options allow students to serve a wide array of populations – dual major opportunities and Post-Graduate Certificates are available as well. Nurse Practitioner Options include:

  • Adult / Gerontology Primary Care or Acute Care NP
  • Women’s Health NP
  • Neonatal NP
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric Acute Care or Primary Care NP

Details

At Emory’s School of Nursing, all courses are taught in a hybrid format (online with face-to-face requirements training). And each specialty track is available as full-time study over four semesters or part-time study over seven semesters for a single major. Dual major students typically attend full-time and graduate in five semesters.

22

University of San Diego

College Choice Score: 81.62

Average Tuition: $34,200.00

Program Website

University_of_San_Diego

Overview

Located in San Diego, California, the University of San Diego is a private, Catholic university that is open to students of all (or no) faiths. The school, which ranks among the top 100 national universities in the US, has a commitment to social justice and global awareness. The University of San Diego is also home to a School of Nursing that has a reputation for producing some of the best nursing educators.

Program Features

The University of San Diego offers an MSN program that emphasizes research, theory, and practice. All Nurse Practitioner specialties share a common core of knowledge and the purpose of the program is to provide leadership preparation that will enable the graduate to assume a significant role in nursing and health care delivery. The MSN program offers four Nurse Practitioner options:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Dual Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Dual Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/ Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Details

Nurse Practitioner programs at San Diego University’s School of Nursing all begin in the fall semester and take place on campus (rather than online). Full-time or part-time enrollment is available. Students who attend full time complete the MSN degree in one or two years (depending upon your specialty). Students who attend part time usually complete the degree in two to three years.

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New York University

College Choice Score: 79.17

Average Tuition: $41,576.00

Program Website

New_York_University

Overview

A private research university located in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of New York City, New York University ranks among the top national universities in the country. The school is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is the largest private university in the country. The Meyers College of Nursing is no exception to their high standards of education, and their MSN program ranks at #13 nationally.

Program Features

The Meyers College of Nursing offers an MSN program designed for nurses seeking advanced roles in clinical practice while providing the necessary foundation for doctoral study.  Whatever program students participate in, the curriculum includes a core of nursing theory, research, statistics, population-focused care, and issues and trends in healthcare delivery. The MSN program offers four Nurse Practitioner options:

  • Adult / Gerontology: Acute Care or Primary Care NP
  • Pediatric NP
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP

Details

NYU’s MSN program also offers unique concentrations in areas such as Substance Use and Abuse; Palliative Care (board eligibility for Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse); Advanced Practice Holistic Nursing; and, Herbs, Nutriceuticals, and Supplements. Students must have a NYS nursing license prior to beginning coursework and at least one year of full-time clinical experience as a registered nurse is required.

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University of Connecticut

College Choice Score: 77.89

Average Tuition: $34,762.00

Program Website

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Overview

A land-grant public research university located in Storrs, Connecticut, the University of Connecticut is a nationally ranked institution with a long history of providing high-quality programs to Connecticut students. The school is home to a School of Nursing that ranks among the best in the nation, with an MSN program for Nurse Practitioners that ranks in the top 50 nationally. (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The University of Connecticut School of Nursing offers an MSN degree program with multiple options for Nurse Practitioners. Students learn from visionary, experienced faculty in current clinical practice. The program promises to prepare exceptional, skilled, nurse leaders who synthesize best evidence and translate it into practice to advance health locally and globally. NP specialties are:

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Details

The University of Connecticut’s MSN program for NPs is flexible and offered in hybrid formats – utilizing both online and face-to-face modalities. Though full-time study is encouraged for its educational benefits, both full-time and part-time study are available. Students will be well prepared for licensing examinations – the School of Nursing boasts a superior graduate certification pass rate (100% last three years).

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Case Western Reserve University

College Choice Score: 77.26

Average Tuition: $46,848.00

Program Website

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Overview

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Case Western Reserve University is a medium-sized private university that ranks among the top 50 national universities in the country. Known for its world-class research, the school is also home to the top-ranked Bolton School of Nursing, which offers Nurse Practitioner focused MSN programs that rank among the best in the country.

Program Features

The Bolton School of Nursing offers an MSN program with multiple Nurse Practitioner specialties. The School is located in University Circle where students have ready access to premier health care organizations. Collaboration among faculty, students, clinical agencies and communities supports innovative, outcome-based research and the advancement of knowledge. NP specialties are:

  • Adult-­Gerontology Acute Care or Primary Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Neonatal NP
  • Pediatric NP
  • Pediatric NP in Acute Care
  • Women’s Health NP

Details

Many courses in the Bolton School of Nursing MSN are offered as intensive or web­-based classes and students can blend majors or pursue joint master’s degree opportunities with other schools at Case Western Reserve University. Additionally, several different entry options to the MSN program are available as well as post-­master’s certificates that can be customized for your education.

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The Ohio State University

College Choice Score: 77.10

Average Tuition: $46,560.00

Program Website

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Overview

Located in the state capitol of Columbus, The Ohio State University is a nationally ranked, public research university and one of the largest in the country. The school is home to a top-rated academic medical center as well as a prestigious School of Nursing that offers one of the top five MSN degrees in the country (US News and World Report).

Program Features

Ohio State University School of Nursing offers an MSN program for students with a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN), or an RN and baccalaureate degree. At the heart of the master’s program are active, collaborative relationships between faculty, The Ohio State University Medical Center’s teaching hospitals, and community-based preceptors. The program has multiple NP specialties, including:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care or Primary Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Neonatal NP
  • Psychiatric Mental Health NP
  • Pediatric NP

Details

Ohio State’s Traditional Master of Science option is a two-year, full-time or three year, part-time program with on-campus and online options. The school only accepts students with a BSN or an RN license and a non-nursing baccalaureate degree. The Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health, and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialties are offered both on-campus and online (for most states).

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Georgetown University

College Choice Score: 74.39

Average Tuition: $46,272.00

Program Website

Georgetown_University

Overview

Located in the Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington, DC, Georgetown University is a historic, private, Catholic research university that was founded in 1789. The school, which ranks among the best national universities in the country, is comprised of nine undergraduate and graduate schools, including a highly ranked School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Program Features

Georgetown University’s School of Nursing offers an MSN program designed to help the next generation of nursing leaders gain the skills and clinical experience necessary for career advancement. Taught by highly respected faculty, the advanced practice curricula emphasize the development of professional specialty roles. The school four NP specialty options:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Details

All Nurse Practitioner courses at Georgetown’s School of Nursing are delivered online with periodic on-campus intensives. Students can study either part-time or full-time and have access to innovative classroom and clinical education, leading experiential learning facilities and avenues for research and scholarship. Those who complete Georgetown’s NP programs can expect to perform well on certification exams –  graduates regularly achieve outstanding first-time pass rates on their exams.

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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

College Choice Score: 73.01

Average Tuition: $35,976.00

Program Website

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Overview

Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is a member of the university systems of both Indiana University and Purdue University and is Indiana’s premier urban university. IUPUI is home to a highly regarded School of Nursing which offers an MSN program that sits among the top 30 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

One of the most comprehensive MSN degrees in the country, IUPUI’s School of Nursing offers several options for Nurse Practitioners. Their MSN program promises to prepare students to provide and improve care to patients, families, and communities. In addition to their traditional MSN program, the school offers highly customizable post-master’s certificate options. Nurse Practitioner specialty options are:

  • Adult / Gerontology Primary Care or Acute Care NP
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health (lifespan) NP
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP

Details

With multiple entry points into their MSN program, IUPUI’s School of Nursing makes it possible for both baccalaureate prepared nurses and RNs without a BSN to start their MSN journey. Many programs are also offered in distance-accessible format. The program takes two years of full-time study or three years of part-time study.

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The Catholic University of America

College Choice Score: 66.99

Average Tuition: $42,850.00

Program Website

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Overview

Founded by US Catholic Bishops in 1887, The Catholic University of America is a private, Catholic University and the national university of the Catholic Church. The school has a reputation for being a good value in higher education and students at the highly regarded School of Nursing will find themselves surrounded by faculty who not only teach, but who are practicing experts in their fields.

Program Features

The Catholic University of America’s School of Nursing offers an MSN program that prepares students for advanced practice nursing roles as nurse practitioners. All specialty program options are designed to enable students to meet the current graduate level educational requirements for the appropriate national certification examinations. A combination of theoretical and clinical work prepare NPs to gain mastery of necessary competencies. The Nurse Practitioner specialties offered are:

  • Adult – Gerontological Primary Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP
  • Pediatric NP  Dual Acute and Primary Care

Details

Students at The Catholic University of America’s MSN program may follow a full-time or part-time plan of study, though the program must be completed within five years (a guideline most MSN programs follow). Most specialties are taught on campus, but the Family Nurse Practitioner program is available in both online and on-campus formats.

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Oregon Health and Science University

College Choice Score: 66.71

Average Tuition: $18,120.00

Program Website

Oregon Health Science University

Overview

Located in Portland, Oregon, Oregon Health and Science University (known as OHSU) is the state’s only health and research university. Founded in 1974, the school provides the state’s dentistry, medicine, and nursing programs in a single institution. The School of Nursing at OHSU has a mission to provide leadership in nursing and health care through thoughtful innovation in healing, teaching, and discovery.

Program Features

OHSU’s School of Nursing offers an MSN program with multiple specialties for Nurse Practitioners. Students in the MSN program acquire knowledge and skills necessary for advanced practice nursing through coursework, clinical experience, and research. For some specialties, funding will be provided in exchange for a commitment to serve in a rural location upon graduation. The Nurse Practitioner specialties OHSU offers are:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Details

Students in OHSU’s MSN program earn a master’s degree in two years with full-time enrollment. The school also offers accelerated Bachelors to Masters options for students who have a degree in another field and allows them to pre-identify their graduate area of interest. Applicants with an existing advanced practice license can achieve a post-master’s certificate in nurse-midwifery, psychiatric mental health or family nurse practice.

20 Best Doctor of Nursing Practice Degrees

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University of Pittsburgh

College Choice Score: 100.00

Average Tuition: $23,712.00

Program Website

University of Pittsburgh

Overview

A public research university established shortly after the end of the revolutionary war, the historic University of Pittsburgh continues in its tradition as one of the best public universities in the country. Home to the renowned Pitt School of Nursing, the school is recognized for world-class faculty and a top-tier educational experience. The school’s Nurse Practitioner programs rank among the best in the country.

Program Features

The Pitt School of Nursing offers multiple DNP options for Nurse Practitioners. Students in their program will have the skills and knowledge to evaluate the evidence base – the most up-to-date research – and to determine how to use outcomes in daily practice, implement new methods of treatment and health care delivery, and improve patient health.  There are six Nurse Practitioner specialties offered:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care or Primary Care
  • Family (Individual Across the Lifespan)
  • Neonatal
  • Pediatric Primary Care
  • Psychiatric Mental Health

Details

Nurses who are looking to earn a DNP from Pitt School of Nursing will have a variety of options for graduation, including part-time and full-time study schedules as well as an option to study online for Pennsylvania students. This degree requires clinical experiences, a capstone project, as well as participation in the required courses.

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Johns Hopkins University

College Choice Score: 98.19

Average Tuition: $37,306.00

Program Website

Johns Hopkins University

Overview

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, Johns Hopkins University is a top-ranked private research university and a founding member of the elite American Association of Universities. The school is known for its prestigious graduate schools, including the School of Nursing, which frequently sits at the top of national rankings.

Program Features

The Advanced Practice DNP program offered by Johns Hopkins’ School of Nursing prepares nurses at the highest level of professional nursing practice for advanced roles as clinical and healthcare leaders. This is a program designed for RNs with a BSN or an entry-level nursing master’s degree. Johns Hopkins offers four Nurse Practitioner DNP specialties:

  • Adult / Gerontology Primary Care NP
  • Adult / Gerontology Acute Care NP
  • Family Primary Care NP
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP

Details

Johns Hopkins DNP program was ranked as the best in the country in US News and World Report’s 2018 ranking. Students can complete the program in either three or four years, depending on course load and other commitments. The school uses a blended format of delivery, offering courses both online and face-to-face.  Applicants to Johns Hopkins DNP program must have one year of full-time experience as an RN (in addition to a BSN or MSN).  

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University of Alabama

College Choice Score: 97.04

Average Tuition: $8,808.00

Program Website

University of Alabama

Overview

One of the first public universities established in the 19th-century southwestern frontier, the University of Alabama consistently ranks among the top 100 public universities in the nation. Located in Tuscaloosa, AL, the school is home to the Capstone College of Nursing which provides innovative programs for stimulating careers in nursing. Their DNP program ranks in the top 50 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The Capstone College of Nursing offers a DNP program that prepares graduates to function at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care. The DNP program focuses on providing care with an emphasis on improving quality and access to underserved and diverse populations. Capstone College of Nursing offers NP specializations in:

  • Psychiatric / Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Dual Psychiatric / Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner

Details

With all students beginning their studies in the fall semester, UA’s Capstone College of Nursing offers both full-time and part-time study options. There are also two entry points for the DNP Program: post-baccalaureate and post-master. The post-baccalaureate program admits BSN prepared nurses to the DNP program – this program is available only to residents of Mississippi and Alabama.

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University of Maryland - Baltimore

College Choice Score: 95.78

Average Tuition: $31,776.00

Program Website

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Overview

Also known as “the founding campus”, the University of Maryland, Baltimore is Maryland’s only public health, law, and human services university. Seven professional and graduate schools train the majority of the state’s physicians, graduate nurses, dentists, lawyers, social workers, and pharmacists. The highly regarded School of Nursing offers some of the best Nurse Practitioner programs in the country.

Program Features

The University of Maryland School of Nursing offers a DNP program that prepares elite nursing professionals with the skills needed to excel in direct patient care. The curriculum provides an immersive education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership – graduates will be equipped to be leaders in the current healthcare system. The DNP program offers seven Nurse Practitioner specialties, including:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care or Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Acute Care or Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Details

Students in the University of Maryland’s DNP program have the option to complete the degree on a part-time or full-time basis. And while a completely online option is not available, many of the non-specialty core courses and a portion of the specialty courses are offered in hybrid format (blended online and face-to-face).

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University of Washington

College Choice Score: 94.95

Average Tuition: $39,048.00

Program Website

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Overview

Located in Seattle, Washington, the University of Washington (UW) is a public research university that ranks among the top public schools in the US. The School of Nursing at the University of Washington is renowned for its world-class faculty and its commitment to building APRNs of the future. Their DNP is one of the best nursing programs in the country.

Program Features

UW’s School of Nursing offers a DNP program that prepares students for advanced practice roles by equipping them to evaluate cutting-edge research and applying that evidence to their practice. Students will benefit from a faculty that includes distinguished nurse educators and scientists who are pioneers in their fields. The DNP offers five Nurse Practitioner specialty options:

  • Adult / Gerontology (Primary Care or Acute Care) NP
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric NP
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP

Details

All of UW’s DNP programs are offered as full-time study only and students complete the program in three years. Many courses are offered in a hybrid format (50 percent in-person, 50-percent distance learning), requiring students to be on campus only one day per week. Competitive applicants should have two years of RN experience and a BSN degree.

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University of Virginia

College Choice Score: 93.36

Average Tuition: $25,242.00

Program Website

University of Virginia

Overview

With the distinction of being founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia is a public research institution with a rich history. The historic institution sits at the top of national rankings to the present day, continuing its longstanding tradition of academic excellence. UVA is home to a highly ranked School of Nursing which offers some of the best Nurse Practitioner programs in the US.

Program Features

The University of Virginia’s School of Nursing offers a BSN to DNP program that allows nurses to achieve the highest level of nursing practice with its personal, financial, and professional benefits.  Designed for nurses seeking preparation for national specialty certification, the program provides a path for BSN graduates to complete MSN coursework and progress seamlessly to a DNP. The program includes several Nurse Practitioner specialties, including:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Neonatal NP
  • Pediatric NP: Acute Care or Primary Care
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

Details

Students in UVA’s BSN to DNP program will experience small, intimate classes with world-class faculty and the opportunity to complete a final scholarly project. Students can study on a part-time or full-time basis. Studying full-time, the program generally takes between 33-36 months to complete.

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Rush University

College Choice Score: 91.70

Average Tuition: $25,200.00

Program Website

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Overview

Located in Chicago, Illinois, Rush University is a Health Sciences-focused private research university and one of the most ranked nursing schools on this list, having several specialty programs at the graduate level ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report. It currently ranks in the top one percent for its Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Program Features

The College of Nursing at Rush University offers a DNP program which promises to prepare new and practicing nurses to be leaders in the nursing profession. Students will benefit from college faculty who are nationally and internationally known for their expertise across our departments, encompassing the full spectrum of nursing. The College’s national reputation for clinical excellence helps make their graduates highly sought after by top healthcare employers. The College of Nursing offers seven NP specialties, including:

  • Adult / Gerontology Acute Care and Primary Care NP
  • Neonatal NP
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP

Details

Rush University’s College of Nursing offers two start dates per year for most NP specialties, and students have the option to study either part-time or full-time (with the exception of the Neonatal and Pediatric options which are part-time, online programs). Most specialties are offered in a hybrid of online courses combined with campus visits and clinicals.

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Oregon Health and Science University

College Choice Score: 91.33

Average Tuition: $17,760.00

Program Website

Oregon Health Science University

Overview

Known as OHSU, Oregon Health and Science University is situated in Portland, Oregon and is the state’s only health and research university. Founded in 1974, the school currently houses the state’s dentistry, medicine, and nursing programs in a single location. The School of Nursing at OHSU has a mission to provide leadership in nursing and health care through thoughtful innovation in healing, teaching, and discovery.

Program Features

The OHSU School of Nursing offers a DNP program that helps prepare nurses for expanded clinical roles.  Students in the program will receive additional preparation to expand their practice in breadth and depth as well as coursework and mentorship. The goal of the program is to facilitate leadership and practice-related scholarship. There are four NP specialty options:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric NP
  • Psychiatric Mental Health NP

Details

OHSU offers three pathways to the DNP: the Post-Baccalaureate (for those with a BSN), the Post-Master’s program (for those who already have a Masters degree as an APN), and an option for students to earn a second APRN specialty and complete their DNP in the process.

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Rutgers University

College Choice Score: 91.30

Average Tuition: $28,056.00

Program Website

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Overview

One of three regional campuses of New Jersey’s Rutgers University, Rutgers University-Newark is a public research university that ranks among the top public schools nationally (US News and World Report). The School of Nursing, which is a part of the prestigious Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, offers highly ranked graduate degrees that prepare nurses for rewarding careers.

Program Features

Rutgers University School of Nursing offers a DNP program that will prepare students to affect practice, and design and implement programs that improve health and health care delivery in a variety of healthcare settings. Graduates will be ready to translate evidence into practice in ways that improve the quality and safety of patient care and enhance positive patient outcomes. Rutgers offers seven Nurse Practitioner specialties, including:

  • Adult / Gerontology Acute Care and Primary Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP
  • Women’s Health NP

Details

Rutgers School of Nursing DNP programs consist of a mix of hybrid, full-time, and part-time programs. All of the in-person classes are held at the Newark campus only. Students will learn (and receive mentoring and individualized attention) from experienced and nationally recognized faculty who all are actively engaged in teaching and clinical practice in every specialty area the school offers.

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Arizona State University West Campus

College Choice Score: 91.02

Average Tuition: $25,132.00

Program Website

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Overview

Located in Phoenix, AZ, Arizona State University West is one of the three regional campuses of the nationally ranked Arizona State University. The much-lauded College of Nursing and Health Innovation is a research college of nursing,  best known for its research on health and culture, which is influenced by the school’s proximity to the US-Mexico border.

Program Features

Students enrolled in Arizona State University West’s DNP program will receive a broad foundation of educational preparation in advanced care of the selected specialty population, nursing theories and nursing research methods. Classroom and clinical practice settings cover health assessment, health promotion, healthcare maintenance, clinical decision-making and illness management. ASU’s DNP program has four Nurse Practitioner specialties:

  • Adult / Gerontology Acute Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP

Details

ASU West offers both a BSN to DNP program and two MSN to DNP options. All students in ASU West’s DNP program will complete a minimum of 1,000 practice immersion hours, including extensive clinical time and a faculty-mentored scholarly DNP project. Nurse practitioner students also have the opportunity for additional preparation for practice in rural areas by enrolling in rural health courses as electives and by practicing in a rural setting.

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University of Arizona

College Choice Score: 90.38

Average Tuition: $23,400.00

Program Website

University of Arizona

Overview

Located in Tucson, Arizona, the University of Arizona is public research university which enrolls over 42,000 students.The school, which has ranked highly as one of the top public schools in the nation, and is the only university in the state with membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.  The school is home to a top College of Nursing that produces high-ranking nursing programs.

Program Features

The University of Arizona’s College of Nursing offers a BSN – DNP program that provides a broad foundation of educational preparation in advanced care of the students’ selected specialty population. Students in the program also receive training in nursing theories and nursing research methods. The DNP program has four Nurse Practitioner specialty options:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric NP
  • Psychiatric

Details

All students in the University of Arizona’s DNP program complete a minimum of 1,000 practice immersion hours, including extensive clinical time and a faculty-mentored DNP project. Full-time and part-time options are available. NP students also have the opportunity to prepare to practice in rural areas by enrolling in rural health courses as electives and by practicing in a rural setting when enrolling in their Clinical Residency.

 

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University of Missouri Kansas City

College Choice Score: 89.72

Average Tuition: $10,800.00

Program Website

University of Missouri Kansas City

Overview

Located in Kansas City, MO, the University of Missouri Kansas City (known as UMKC) is a nationally ranked public research university and a member of the University of Missouri system. The school’s healthcare faculties are known for their pioneering collaboration with local and state governments in research, innovation, education, for the advancement of health and wellness in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

Program Features

UNKC’s School of Nursing offers a  DNP program that prepares nurses to improve overall healthcare by anticipating, adapting, and evolving to the dynamic challenges in present and future healthcare environments.  Graduates of the program will gain skills in teamwork, collaboration, clinical innovation and evaluation, complemented by advanced nursing skills. The school offers four NP specialties:

  • Adult / Gerontology Primary Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Pediatric Primary Care NP
  • Women’s Health NP

Details

UNKC’s DNP program offers two points of entry: a BSN to DNP and an MSN to DNP (for master’s prepared APRN nurses returning for coursework to obtain a second NP role along with the DNP). The school also provides full-time, full-time fast-track, and part-time plans of study.

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New York University

College Choice Score: 88.55

Average Tuition: $41,576.00

Program Website

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Overview

Located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, New York University is a private research university that ranks among the top national universities in the country. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, the school is also the largest private university in the country. The Meyers College of Nursing is no exception to their high standards of education, and their DNP program ranks at #12 nationally.

Program Features

The Meyers College of Nursing offers a BSN to DNP program that will provide the strong foundation advanced practice nurses need to excel in whatever specialties they choose. Widely acclaimed researchers mentor students, and state-of-the-art facilities ensure students develop the skills they need to meet the high tech challenges of the current healthcare environment.  Students learn to translate evidence-based knowledge into clinical practice and have a significant impact on health outcomes by strengthening system-level health care processes. The post-BSN DNP program offers four NP specialties:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health NP
  • Pediatrics NP

Details

NYU’s BSN to DNP program is a part-time program. All doctoral level advanced leadership courses are offered in a hybrid format that combines online learning with in-class meetings about once a month.

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University of North Carolina

College Choice Score: 88.08

Average Tuition: $32,154.00

Program Website

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Overview

A historic public research university located in Chapel Hill, NC, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a highly respected School of Nursing that focuses on education, research and practice of nursing principles. The school offers highly ranked undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees as well as fellowships and specializations.

Program Features

The University of North Carolina offers a BSN to DNP program that prepares nurses for direct clinical practice and for executive roles in areas that support clinical practice. In addition to the BSN to DNP program, the School of Nursing offers a Post-MSN certificate with a specialty in Psych / Mental Health. The BSN to DNP program offers five specialty options:

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner – Oncology
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care
  • Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Details

The University of North Carolina’s BSN to DNP program is only offered on a full-time basis and takes three years to complete. Depending on the chosen specialty, the workload ranges from 66-75 credits. Nurses with a master’s degree seeking a new area of specialization can apply to the BSN to DNP track –  transfer credit will be evaluated upon admission and may be applied towards the degree.

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University of Michigan

College Choice Score: 87.49

Average Tuition: $43,982.00

Program Website

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Overview

Ranking among the top 30 national universities, the University of Michigan is a nationally ranked public university and a founding member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The school is home to one of the most highly regarded Schools of Nursing in the country, with programs that rank among the best of their kind nationally.

Program Features

The University of Michigan’s School of Nursing offers a BSN to DNP program which promises students an exceptional learning experience. The school prepares expert nurse clinicians and leaders to perform at the most advanced level of their specialties – equipping students with the skills to evaluate and translate evidence to optimize health outcomes and care delivery.  The school offers five NP specialties:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care or Primary Care NP
  • Primary Care Pediatric NP
  • Acute Care Pediatric NP
  • Primary Care Family NP

Details

All applicants must have a BSN to be accepted to the DNP program at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, however the school – unlike most programs – does not require work experience as an RN to apply or be considered for admission. Program courses are integrated throughout the curriculum plan in a three year or four-year model.

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George Washington University

College Choice Score: 85.27

Average Tuition: $27,720.00

Program Website

George Washington University

Overview

Located in downtown Washington, D.C., George Washington University is a private university which ranks among the top 100 national universities in the United States. The school was founded in 1821 and today has a reputation for being a good value in higher education. The School of Nursing is no exception with their DNP program for Nurse Practitioners ranking in the top 30 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The School of Nursing at George Washington University offers three post-bachelor’s DNP program options that allow students to continue their education while taking on an expanded role in clinical practice, policy or leadership. Students will benefit from engaging and inspiring faculty that are nationally recognized leaders in nursing. The three specialty options offered are:

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP
  • Family NP

Details

GW Nursing’s DNP program aims to be uniquely flexible for students. Most courses are offered completely online, with some on-campus experiences for testing and training -and students have the option of studying full-time or part-time. The school also offers an Advanced Practice Palliative Care Nursing Graduate Certificate that can be taken concurrently with the Family NP specialty.

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University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

College Choice Score: 84.32

Average Tuition: $24,480.00

Program Website

Overview

Known colloquially as UCAMC, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is home to one of the most recognized and well-respected nursing institutions in the United States. The school was the first College of Nursing to institute and confer Nurse Practitioner degrees in the country and their DNP program currently ranks at #34 nationally by U.S. News and World Report.

Program Features

The CU College of Nursing offers an BSN-DNP program for baccalaure ate-prepared nurses who are interested in earning a master’s degree and practice doctorate in one continuous program. DNP graduates will be prepared as advanced practice leaders, and graduates will be ready to formulate clinical, administrative or policy decisions to promote health with clients. The NP specialties: offered are:

  • Adult-Gerontology (Primary Care or Acute Care)
  • Family Nurse NP
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP
  • Pediatric (Primary Care or Acute Care)  NP
  • Women’s Health NP

Details

For interested students, some specialties in the CU College of Nursing’s DNP program offer the opportunity to take an interdisciplinary urban underserved (CU-UNITE) track. The DNP program can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis, and all courses are available through distance technologies. Practicum courses may be arranged locally in consultation with program advisors, course instructors, and local preceptors.

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University of Iowa

College Choice Score: 82.38

Average Tuition: $39,517.00

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University_of_Iowa

Overview

The oldest public research university in the state, the University of Iowa offers high-quality programs in over 100 areas of study. The University of Iowa’s highly regarded College of Nursing was founded in 1898 and today is a leading example of excellence in nursing education. It is nationally ranked in the top 25 percent of nursing education programs in the country.

Program Features

The University of Iowa’s College of Nursing offers a flexible DNP program that prepares nurses with practice expertise to improve the delivery of care to all patients within the micro- and macro- health care system. With multiple entry points, the program is appropriate for BSN or MSN prepared nurses, or even students looking for a Post-Graduate Certificate. The available specialties are:

  • Adult-Gerontology (Primary Care or Acute Care)
  • Family Nurse NP
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP
  • Pediatric (Primary Care)  NP

Details

The vast majority of courses in the University of Iowa’s DNP program are offered online; however, there are exceptions. For example, the school’s didactic Nurse Practitioner courses are offered on-site only – though classes are scheduled so that students are on campus only once a week. Students may also combine specialties for a dual certification program.

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Washington State University

College Choice Score: 81.29

Average Tuition: $32,814.00

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Washington State University

Overview

Founded in 1890, Washington State University (WSU) is a public research university located in Pullman, WA with regional campuses throughout the state. With a high commitment to research and public service, students are given a strong educational foundation in an engaged learning environment. WSU’s College of Nursing is no exception, providing highly ranked programs to a diverse student body.

Program Features

The College of Nursing at WSU offers a DNP program with two points of entry – the post-baccalaureate pathway, and the post-masters pathway. Graduates of WSU’s nurse practitioner programs (DNP) in Family Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health consistently earn outstanding scores on national certification exams. Alumni work in diverse settings such as private practice, clinical settings, outpatient settings, and public health. NP specialties offered are:

  • Family NP
  • Psychiatric / Mental Health NP

Details

At WSU’s College of Nursing, DNP program delivery is a hybrid of mostly online delivery with in-classroom dates.  Classrooms are available on campuses at WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, WSU Vancouver. Full and part-time study options are offered, allowing for maximum flexibility for the working nurse. Bachelor’s prepared students attending full-time will complete the program in about 3-4 years. Part-time students will likely complete the degree requirements in 4-5 years.

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University of Illinois Chicago

College Choice Score: 80.78

Average Tuition: $34,720.00

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University of Illinois Chicago

Overview

Part of the University of Illinois System, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a public research university and the principal educator of health service professionals in the state. The school sits among the top 100 public schools in the country, according to US News and World Report, and is home to a nationally leading College of Nursing.

Program Features

The College of Nursing at UIC offers a DNP program that prepares expert advanced practice nurses who can synthesize the three areas of practice, research, and theory to increase the quality of patient care. Core courses provide a strong foundation in health assessment, physiology, and pharmacology – while clinical courses build practical knowledge and skills. The school offers many specialties for Nurse Practitioners, including:

  • Adult-Gerontology (Primary Care or Acute Care)
  • Family Nurse NP
  • Neonatal NP
  • Pediatric (Primary Care or Acute Care) NP

Details

The DNP program is offered in a blended format consisting of online, on-site, and blended courses. The program has multiple points of entry – applicants with a BSN move directly through the program to obtain the DNP degree; applicants with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and an RN license from an accredited program enter as DNP transition students and are required to take an additional one to four courses.

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