Pathways to the DNP
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Also known as Graduate Entry, which means you already have a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and you do not have a nursing degree
Degree earned: MN
Format: Full-time graduate degree program
Program length: 4 semesters of study (2 academic years)
Result: A generalist MN degree and eligibility to apply for licensure as a registered nurse
Note: Students earn about 15 credits applicable to most MSN majors. Students intending to earn the DNP degree, must also earn an MSN.
Also known as Advanced Nursing Practice Stage, which means you already have your BSN or MN
Degree earned: MSN
Format: Full-time, part-time and distance-friendly (on-line and intensive) formats available to accommodate the range of students, including working professionals
Program length: 1.5 to 3.5 years, depending on the major
Result: A MSN degree, which is a specialist master’s degree allowing work as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, midwife, or clinical nurse specialist.
Note: Students in the MSN program can take courses that apply to the DNP degree. However, this should be noted at the beginning of the MSN program so that the proper program of study can be followed.
Students must have already earned or be pursuing the MSN degree
Degree earned: DNP
Format: Full-time or part-time distance friendly (intensive and on-line) format.
Program length: Length of study takes approximately 3 years, depending on full-time or part-time status
Result: A DNP degree – the terminal degree that prepares nurses to serve as leaders in nursing practice
Note: Students have the option of applying to the Nursing PhD program upon completion of the MN, should they desire a career in academia and research. A joint DNP/PhD program is also available.