3 DQ 2 The two most common terminal nursing degrees

 3 DQ 2

The two most common terminal nursing degrees are the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The biggest difference between the two degrees is that the DNP is by nature a practice-focused degree program, while the PhD is a research-focused program (American Sentinel, 2014). Ph. D is a doctorate in the nursing degree that takes, on average, four to six years to complete. So, in simplest terms, the biggest difference, outside of the length of time for schooling, is that a DNP prepares you for a career in clinical practice, whereas a PhD prepares you for a career in research. When investigating advanced nursing degrees in order to begin work as a nurse practitioner (NP), prospective students will find both DNP and PhD programs

The scope of both the coursework and the ultimate applications of these programs can differ quite a bit, although both are terminal nursing degrees. That is to say that neither the DNP nor the PhD is considered “further” education than the other. Both DNP and PhD graduates can work as nurse practitioners once they earn the proper credentials. That said, many DNP programs incorporate an NP specialization, while PhD-prepared nurses must typically pursue a post-graduate certificate to become an NP. In terms of completing each degree, the requirements can differ greatly. In order to obtain a DNP, students must complete a clinical project that demonstrates an intimate knowledge of evidence-based practices (UC Davis Health, n.d.). PhD programs, however, most often have a focus on original research and research methodology, which results in a final research project and defence of a dissertation. If I have to choose between the two, I probably will go for PhD because I will be an acknowledged expert in the nursing field and will have the chance to influence health care policy and practice.


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