What is the Difference Between a DNP and a PhD in Nursing?

Clinical Vs. Research Doctorates

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the highest level of preparation for Clinical Nursing.

Interested in a Research Doctorate? Then the PhD in Nursing degree is the right choice for you. 

DNP graduates apply their education and expertise in leadership roles on the front lines of nursing, in clinical practice, administration, teaching, systematic improvement, and health policy design and development. Learn more about the DNP Program. 

PhD in Nursing programs prepare you for a career as a researcher, scientist, or university-level faculty member. As a PhD student, you will have the opportunity to participate in the research that has a profound effect on the science of nursing and changing nursing practices. Learn more about the PhD Program.

Also, check out our Dual-Doctorate Program.