Carol Savrin discusses the benefits of a DNP degree

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Carol Savrin, DNP, CPNP,R, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP, discusses what a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is, the benefits of obtaining one and why you should consider furthering your nursing career.

Carol Savrin

The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) is a terminal degree for nurses seeking to advance their practice and improve patient outcomes. DNP programs prepare nurses for advanced clinical practice and research roles. Many online DNP programs offer specializations in family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. 

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (ANCC) confers certifications to nurse practitioners and recommends that all aspiring advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) pursue a DNP degree. A study published by the ANCC showed that 66 percent of the 384 nursing colleges surveyed offered programs that resulted in a DNP degree, including BSN-to-DNP and MSN-to-DNP programs. 

For RNs with bachelor’s degrees and those with non-nursing bachelor’s degrees aspiring to become RNs, there are numerous accredited online DNP programs available. Most DNP programs include coursework in advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and clinical hours.

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