10 Nurse Practitioner Programs for Students on a Budget

A major consideration for most nurses thinking about advancing their education is cost. Will the hefty tuition price tag be worth it? Will the salary increase that comes with being a nurse practitioner offset the cost of schooling? For most nurses the answer to this question is "yes", you will come out ahead by becoming a nurse practitioner. But, even if you stand to increase your salary, make the most of your education decision by choosing the NP program that offers the most bang for your buck. 

A few schools stand out above the rest when it comes to offering a nurse practitioner education at an affordable cost. While this list isn't comprehensive, consider these programs if you are looking to advance your education. 

 

1. University of Nevada Las Vegas

NP Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Delivery: Mostly online

Cost Per Credit: $264/credit residents, $554/credit non-residents

Estimated Tuition Total: $12,144 for residents, $25,484 for non-residents

 

2. Fort Hays State University

NP Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner

Delivery: Online, On Campus

Cost Per Credit: $251/credit online courses, $205/credit residents, $523/credit non-residents

Estimated Tuition Total: $12,801 for online students, $10,455 for residents, $26,697 for non-residents

 

3. Southeast Missouri State University

NP Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner

Delivery: Hybrid

Cost Per Credit: $292/credit residents, $516/credit non-residents

Estimated Tuition Total: $12,556 for residents, $22,188 non-residents

 

4. University of Central Missouri

NP Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner

Delivery: Online, must complete clinical hours in Missouri

Cost Per Credit: $276/credit residents, $553/ credit non-resident

Estimated Tuition Total: $12,155 for residents, $24,310 for non-residents

 

5. University of Central Arkansas

NP Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Delivery: Online with occasional campus visits

Cost Per Credit: $406/credit residents, $642/credit non-residents

Estimated Tuition Total: $15,843 for residents AGNP, $17,875 for residents FNP, $25,046 for non-residents AGNP, $28,256 for non-residents FNP

 

6. Clarkson College

NP Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Delivery: Online

Cost Per Credit: $497/credit

Estimated Tuition Total: $23,359

 

7. Carson Newman University

NP Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner

Delivery: On Campus

Cost Per Credit: $555/credit

Estimated Tuition Total: $24,975

 

8. Husson University

NP Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner

Delivery: Online 

Cost Per Credit: $531/credit

Estimated Tuition Total: $25,488

 

9. University of Tampa

NP Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Delivery: On Campus

Cost Per Credit: $558

Estimated Tuition Total: $21,762 for AGNP, $25,668 for FNP

 

10. Indiana Wesleyan University

NP Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner

Delivery: On Campus

Cost Per Credit: $557

Estimated Tuition Total: $27,293

 

Where will you go for your nurse practitioner degree?

 

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Comments

University of Southern Mississippi has well organized MSN FNP program with high retention and pass rates. Tuition is $375 per credit hour $835 for residents. Total of 44 hours required. $3372 per semester for 4 semesters with estimated total tuition: $13,488. Delivered mostly online with approximately 8 visits to campus over the entire program.
Lots of video and audio lectures, not just powerpoints and documents. Lots of personal one on one contact.
Folks often continue to work while attending the program and are successful. Many non-traditional students with families attend the program.

Michelle Pendergrass

I'm working on my FNP at Florida Gulf Coast University. Tuition is just over $21k for the whole MSN program. Unfortunately I'm part of FGCU's last MSN class, the DNP will be more credits but still only $373/ credit.

Adam

Northern Arizona University (FNP) should be on that list.

Monthly tuition for a resident student is just under $5k per semester, and the program director is very good at finding tuition relief for every student in the program.

Unfortunately the program is otherwise very disorganized.

Lisa Wilson