ETSU College of Nursing named among top 10 most affordable online DNP programs

Published 9:08 am Friday, March 6, 2020

JOHNSON CITY — East Tennessee State University’s College of Nursing was listed 10th among the most affordable online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs in the country, according to a new ranking by

ETSU’s DNP program is a doctoral degree focused on rural clinical practice in primary care settings. The program prepares advanced practice nurses and executive nurse leaders to assess and evaluate evidence from research and translate or use the findings to affect practice change and enhance and promote quality of care.

The program is offered in an online/blended format in which students complete most coursework online with required on-campus intensive sessions one to two times per semester. Concentrations include executive leadership, family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner.

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“In 2019, ETSU’s DNP program was ranked on several national sites for its quality,” said Dr. Wendy Nehring, dean of the College of Nursing. “This new ranking reflects the fact that we not only have a respected program, but we also offer it affordably so that more advanced practice nurses can realize their educational and career goals at ETSU.”

Cost is the primary factor in the “most affordable online DNP programs” category, according to Best Health Degrees. However, all programs featured must be accredited, trusted by employers in the field, and recognized for their quality and career impact. More information about the rankings is available at

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