Nursing programs offers two terminal doctorate-level degrees: the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing or PhD in Nursing.
Of the two terminal doctorate degrees in nursing, the PhD in nursing is the research-oriented or “academic” degree and the DNP is the practice-oriented degree. The PhD in nursing degree program is designed to prepare nurse scholars to be able to effectively develop and conduct scientific research that will advance the theoretical foundation of healthcare delivery and nursing practice. PhD students will develop skill essential for launching a successful career in nursing research and education.
Please note that there are several other doctorate level degrees in nursing, however, they are in the process of being phased out and converted to the DNP or PhD in nursing. The Doctor of Nursing (ND) and DrNP are transitioning into the DNP and the Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc, DSN or DNS) is being transitioned into the PhD.
The following chart shows a comparison between a typical DNP and PhD program in nursing
DNP vs. PhD Comparison
To prepare practicing nurses at the highest level of nursing who will lead in applying and translating nursing research into practice
Prepares nurses at the highest level of nursing science to conduct research that advances the theoretical and empirical foundations of healthcare and nursing globally
Competencies and Content
Knowledge and skills in applying and translating research into practice; leads integration and dissemination of new knowledge, processes, and technology in healthcare organizations
Knowledge and skills in theoretical, analytical, and methodological approaches to the discovery and application of knowledge in nursing and healthcare
Practice leaders such as an advanced practice nurse caring for individuals or other practice leadership positions in nursing such as healthcare administration
Nurse scientists prepared for a career in research in academia or other research-intensive environments focused on the design and testing of interventions to advance nursing and healthcare
A practice application-oriented DNP capstone project
Completion and defense of an original research project
Featured Nursing Programs
|Southern New Hampshire University You have goals. Southern New Hampshire University can help you get there. Whether you need a bachelor's degree to get into a career or want a master's degree to move up in your current career, SNHU has an online program for you. Find your degree from over 200 online programs. Learn More >|
|Kaplan University Kaplan University's campus locations provide the facilities, faculty, staff and career programs to help you achieve your personal goals. You can learn from professionals specializing in identifying career opportunities and preparing students for a brighter future. Learn More >|
|Grand Canyon University (GCU) With a spotlight on intellectual creativity and innovation for the 21stcentury, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at GCU provides a job focused education. It blends the study of traditional humanities in a modern context. Through academic inquiry and beyond the box thinking, the college advances our society and its accomplishments. Learn More >|
|South University For over a century, South University has given students the personalized attention they need to achieve their career goals. With small class sizes and faculty with real-world experience, we prove to our students that when they commit to us, we commit to them. You'll find that our students are as serious as you are about taking their lives in a new direction, and we're serious about making that happen. Learn More >|
|Ross College At Ross Medical Education Center, our goal is simple: to provide the highest quality education to motivated individuals seeking an exciting, fulfilling career in the healthcare industry. And what truly sets us apart is the way we go about achieving that mission each and every day. Learn More >|