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Doctor of Nursing Practice

BSN, MSN, and DNP

In 2004, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) voted to move the level of advanced practice nurse from the MSN to the doctorate level (either the PhD or the Doctor of Nursing Practice) by 2015.

Those who have obtained a DNP are prepared to fulfill roles similar to what have traditionally been held by Nurse Practitioners and other Advanced Practice Nurses, but with more extensive training.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a somewhat controversial degree, especially in regards to the use of the word "doctor" in the title. A Registered Nurse with a DNP has not had the extensive training of a medical doctor, nor does one purport to have had.

Things You'll Do:

  • Teach the next generation of nurses
  • Prescribe medication (in most states)
  • Initiate plans of treatment
  • Work directly with patients

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
    More about becoming an RN ›
  • Get Your
    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) through a program that offers a BSN-to-DNP track
  • Get Your
    Board Certification from the American Board of Comprehensive Care (ABCC)
  • Become a
    A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • OR
  • Get Your
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Get Your
    Board Certification in your APRN specialty through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Get Your
    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) through a program that offers an MSN-to-DNP track
  • Get Your
    Board Certification from the American Board of Comprehensive Care (ABCC)
  • Become a
    A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Clinics
    • Universities
    • Private Practices

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $69K - $88K

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