DNP vs Ph.D. in Nursing

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The Difference Between a DNP and a Ph.D. in Nursing

While earning a Ph.D. in Nursing has been the traditional terminal degree path in the field, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree was introduced in 2006. The DNP differs from the research based Ph.D. in that the Ph.D. develops new knowledge whereas the DNP translates that knowledge into practice.

Some of the reasons nurses choose DNP as opposed to the Ph.D. in Nursing:

  • The DNP degree allows APRNs to translate evidence into practice.
  • The DNP degree expands APRN knowledge to address increase patient complexity by incorporating all factors that impact healthcare outcomes.
  • The DNP degree elevates APRNs to leaders and educators in academic and clinical settings.

Explore our DNP curriculum to discover more about Georgia Southern’s School of Nursing degree program.

Last updated: 1/31/2018

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