PhD vs. DNP
Which terminal degree program is right for me?
Key differences between the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
|Purpose||To prepare nurse scientist to conduct research.||To prepare nurse leaders to apply evidence into practice.|
|Graduate Expectations||Graduates are expected to advance the discipline of nursing and health care through research, education, and health policy.||Graduates are prepared to be scholars in advancing nursing practice and lead organizational system changes designed to improve health care outcomes.|
|Point of Entry||- Post BS in nursing
- Post MS in nursing
- Post MS equivalent with a BS in Nursing
|Post MS in
- Advance Practice (CNS, NP, CRNA or CNM)
|Credit Hours||- BSN to PhD requires a minimum of 98 semester hours.
- MS to PhD requires 51 semester hours of coursework and 9 credits for dissertation for a total of 60.
|39 semester hours including the capstone project|
|Clinical Requirements||None||Minimum of 500 clinical hours post MS.|
|Competencies||Courses focus on obtaining skills in research methods, theory construction, grant writing and dissemination of research findings.||Courses focus on obtaining skills to translate and apply knowledge to improve systems and health outcomes.|
|Final Project||Complete of a research project.||Completion of a project that translates research into practice.|