I am currently attending WSU as a full-time DNP-FNP student. When I was first accepted into the program, like you I reviewed the list of classes and was worried that it would not prepare me as a great clinician. Then, I noticed that over half of the classes are clinical based such as prescribing, pharmacology, diagnostics, etc. By the title of some of the classes, it's hard to tell if it's clinical based or not until you actually speak to the staff there. I was also worried about the tuition. However, after being in the program for 3 semesters now, I recalculated the cost of the DNP program, it came up to about $50,000 instead of $70,000. Since I attend full-time, my tuition average at about $8000 for Fall and Spring semester. Summer semester was a little over $4000 and thats still full-time. If you do the math, thats about $20,000 per year at a full-time rate (in state/resident tuition). The program is actually 2.5 years long if one attends full-time. Also, after planning out my school/class schedule for the whole program, even after attending full time, the last .5 year/2 semester must be attended as a part time student because there are no other classes to take, which means tuition is much less for the last 2 semester. Also, there are lots of scholarships
offered to graduate students there. The program is intensive, but prepares you as a well-respected clinician. Also, you have the option of doing the "Masters in Passing" while working on your DNP. This allows you to take the exam and be certified and practice as an ARNP while you are working on your DNP. If it makes you feel better, the professors/instructors there are very knowledgeable with years of experiences. If you have questions, feel free to ask. I will do my best to answer them. Good luck everyone!