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Frequently asked questions about the DNP degree
1. How will the transition to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) occur?
2. How much input opportunities do education and practice stakeholders have?
3. How will consistency be assured across institutions offering the DNP?
4. What will be the career progression from entry into nursing and the DNP?
5. Will the DNP diminish the need or support for PhD programs?
6. How will the DNP differ from the PhD or DNS in terms of curriculum content, research competencies, outcomes and roles occupied?
7. How are the Master’s Essentials reflected in the development of the DNP?
8. What is the link between the DNP curriculum model from the Essentials and specialty practice competencies? What role do specialty APN groups play in defining competency expectations?
1. DNP Essentials 1 through 8 are the foundational outcome competencies deemed essential for all graduates of a DNP program regardless of specialty or focus. 2. Specialty competencies/content prepare the DNP graduate for those practice and didactic learning experiences focused on preparing the DNP graduate for a particular specialty. Competencies, Content, and Practical experiences needed for roles in specific specialty areas are delineated by national specialty nursing organizations. The DNP Essentials document outlines and defines the 8 foundational Essentials and provides some introductory comments on specialty competencies/content. The essential components of the Core Essentials of the DNP curriculum are defined. The specialized content, defined by the specialty organizations, builds on and complements the areas of core content defined by The DNP Essentials and constitutes the major component of DNP programs. DNP curricula should include these two components as appropriate to the specific advanced nursing practice specialty being prepared. Additionally, the faculty of each DNP program has the academic freedom to create innovative and integrated curricula to meet the competencies outlined in the Essentials document.
9. How many institutions currently offer the DNP?
10. Who will teach DNP students since the role is considered advanced practice?
11. What about the opportunity for tenure and promotion for faculty with a DNP?
12. How will DNP graduates be prepared to assume the nurse educator role?
13. Will master’s level nursing still exist? Should these programs be phased out?
14. How can we justify efforts to develop the DNP when we have an acute faculty shortage? Should we focus on increasing faculty salaries rather than the DNP?
15. Has research demonstrated the need for a practice doctorate? Is there a gap in clinical practice?
16. Does implementation of the DNP mean advanced practice nurses will no longer be permitted to practice without a doctorate?
17. What are the factors that assure that nursing boards will accept this degree for APRN preparation? Will Nurse Practice Acts and regulatory language need changing?
18. Is it the intent of the DNP to further expand the legal scope of practice for APRNs?
19. What is the incentive for expert APRNs to go back to school, particularly since state laws and regulations allow practice with a master’s degree?
20. Will adding another credential only create more confusion about nursing degrees?
21. Will doctorally-prepared nurses confuse patients and the public?
22. Will DNP programs prepare nurses to assume roles as physicians?
23. Does CCNE accredit DNP programs?