DNP or PhD: which is right for you?

The increasing complexity of health care has created a demand for

advanced competencies in nursing practice, faculty, and leadership

roles. In 2004, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

moved to change the educational requirement for advanced practice

nursing (APN APN
advanced practice nurse ) to a doctoral level degree by 2015. The resulting new

degree, the doctor of nursing practice (DNP DNP
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for APNs to earn a doctoral level degree with a clinical focus rather

than the traditional research focus inherent in PhD programs. Nurses

seeking terminal degrees now have choices beyond which school to attend.

DNP or PhD–which is right for you?




The DNP Route

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