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What is the difference between a DNP and a PhD in nursing ? Which of these would you choose to pursue if you decide to continue your education to the doctoral level?

 

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During the investigation of degrees in advanced nursing, prospective students can select between two different programs, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs. Both these programs offer the terminal degrees in nursing and their ultimate applications and coarse work differs from each other (Bednash et al., 2014). The differences between the two programs have been listed below.

  • Course Curriculum: DNP includes the translation of the evidence of research in to the practice of nursing while PhD includes research methodologies, nursing research theories and faculty development.
  • Clinical Work: Can extend up to 1000 hours for DNP while it involves minimal requirement for PhD.
  • Research Profile: DNP involves theory and statistics while PhD involves research projects which are in depth and faculty-guided.
  • Employment Opportunities: Includes the leadership in the practice of nursing, government, administration or healthcare policy developers, management positions and academic positions in practice nursing for DNP and for PhD it includes the faculty and health policy programs, but mainly involves the position of nursing researchers.
  • Salary Benefits: For DNP, it is approximately $96,807 per annum package has been found which makes it the highest paid practitioners in nursing while for PhD, it is approximately $95,577 per annum package makes it slightly less paid than DNP (Reid Ponte & Nicholas, 2015).
  • Occupational Demands: DNP has the highest demand in the settings of nursing practice while PhD has a high demand in the academics arena for nursing.

Since I have interest in nursing practice, so from the above comparative study I can conclude that DNP will be my program of interest in the doctorate level of education. In addition, DNP gives the proper exposure to the profession of nursing in different settings, so I would like to pursue DNP for a versatile career.

 

References

Bednash, G., Breslin, E. T., Kirschling, J. M., & Rosseter, R. J. (2014). PhD or DNP: Planning for doctoral nursing education. Nursing Science Quarterly, 27(4), 296-301.

Reid Ponte, P., & Nicholas, P. K. (2015). Addressing the Confusion Related to DNS, DNSc, and DSN Degrees, With Lessons for the Nursing Profession.Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 47(4), 347-353.

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