Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc, DNS or DSN) Degree

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The Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS, DSN, DNSc, or DScN.) is an academic doctorate degree, that like the PhD in nursing, is grounded in research and theory. This degree is awarded as a terminal research degree in nursing at colleges and universities throughout the world. The Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS) is recognized by the National Science Foundation and United States Department of Education to be the equivalent of the more popular PhD in nursing. Today, most colleges and universities are discontinuing the DNS degree in favor of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing degree.

To learn more about the doctoral nursing degree options, the DNP or PhD, please review the nursing doctorate degrees page.


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