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DNP Graduate Program

DNP Graduate Program *Starts Fall 2018*:

The DNP degree focuses on advancing professional nursing roles including preparing tomorrow’s nurse leaders to drive reform in the health care system and advocate for the most vulnerable in the population. Graduates of the program will integrate theory and practice in areas of health policy and law, healthcare administration and informatics, population health, epidemiology and emerging disease and evidence-based practice.

Multiple Entry Points

The DNP degree will have two points of entry for students allowing the program to be tailored to individual students based upon prior education, experience and choice of concentration. Post-master’s students wishing to change their area of professional practice may require additional foundation/specialty coursework.

  • Post – BSN degree: (BSN to DNP) ( 69 to 75 credit hours)
  • Post – MSN degree: (MSN to DNP) (37 to 49 credit hours)

Students admitted into the BSN to DNP program will have the option to “stop out” at the completion point for the MSN degree, however, the program has been structured so that students have a minimum number of credit hours left (upon conferral of the MSN) to complete the DNP.

Programs of Study to meet Professional Goals

  • We will offer two programs of study: Advanced Nursing Practice and Nursing Leadership. These programs correspond to our MSN plans of study.
  • BSN-DNP students in Advanced Nursing Practice will have the option to choose from the following concentrations in Advanced Practice:
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practitioner (collaborative program with Shenandoah University)
    • Nurse-Midwifery (collaborative program with Shenandoah University); or
  • BSN-DNP students may choose to pursue Nursing Leadership.
  • MSN-DNP students may choose Advanced Nursing Practice or Nursing Leadership; total credit hours will be dependent upon prior education and experience.

Flexible Plans of Study

Utilizing a combination of learning pedagogies including web-based course work, synchronous webcasting, and (limited) intensive on-campus residency experiences, the program is flexible and accommodating for non-traditional learners. Students in the program are provided clinical and leadership skill-building opportunities; these experiences promote the creative implementation of transformative programs of healthcare delivery that have the potential to impact health outcomes of the vulnerable

Plans of Study

*Choose full or part-time study

Program Learning Outcomes

Admission Requirements

Tuition and Fees for Graduate Nursing Programs

Click here to apply to our DNP program with the NursingCAS application.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in
nursing/ and post-graduate APRN certificate program at West Virginia
Wesleyan College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
Education (

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at West Virginia Wesleyan College is
pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
Education ( Applying for accreditation does not
guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Shenandoah University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Associate of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decataur, GA 30033-409, (404) 679-4500. Shenandoah’s Nurse-Midwifery Program is accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education ( Shenandoah’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.