PhD and DNP Comparison

 

Doctor of Nursing Practice

PhD in Nursing

Focus
Nursing practice Nursing research

Goal
Perform at the highest level of nursing practice; assume leadership roles in complex healthcare delivery systems; critically appraise existing literature and other evidence in a specialty area to determine and implement best practices; improve patient outcomes by expanding DNP student knowledge of evidence-based practice. The major purpose of the doctoral program in nursing is to prepare scholars with expertise in selected substantive areas who will contribute to nursing theory and practice through systematic inquiry.

Focus of Courses 
- Expanding practice expertise to the highest level
- Theory related to practice
- Health care delivery systems
- Quality improvement methods
- Health policy
- Advanced nursing practice
leadership
- Philosophy of science
- Theory construction & analysis
- Statistics
- Research methods: qualitative and quantitative
- History of health care and historical methods
- Instrumentation and measurement

Point of entry
- BSN (student earns a master’s degree)
- MSN
- BSN
- MSN

Clinical requirements

500 clinical hours post-MSN (1,000 post-BSN)

 none

Scholarship opportunities
- Some partial scholarships available.
- Loan forgiveness programs for those who become full-time nursing faculty after graduation.
- Graduate teaching assistant (GTA) positions available.
- Loan forgiveness programs for those who become full-time nursing faculty after graduation.

Types of jobs after graduation 
- APRNs with an enhanced skill set.
- Academic and leadership positions emphasizing evidence-based clinical practice and teaching.
- Leadership positions in health organizations.
- Directors of clinical nursing at health facilities, systems.
- Academic faculty positions.
- Eligible to be Primary Investigator for research grants.
- Directors of research at health systems.
- Leadership positions in health organizations
- Academic and leadership positions emphasizing research and teaching.