What is the difference between a DNP degree and PhD, DNS, or DNSc?

Like master’s programs, DNP programs incorporate the APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) material. A large focus of DNP programs is on leadership for evidence-based nursing practices.

Many DNP graduates find employment in nursing leadership roles. This includes executives in healthcare organizations, managing quality initiatives, clinical programs directors, as well as clinical program delivery faculty positions.

DNPs are often responsible for analyzing and applying population data to make programmatic decisions and evaluate programs.

PhD and DNS/DNSc programs are highly focused on research. PhD graduates often work in research intensive positions, employed by academic organizations or government agencies.

Also see our doctoral nursing degree directory.

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