With major stakeholders (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Institute of Medicine, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Joint Commission) producing research that shows the very real benefits of implementing higher standards in nursing education, the Doctor of Nursing Practice has emerged as the credential employers and insurers prefer.
More than ever, nurse practitioners and other advanced clinicians, administrators, health policy leaders, clinical educators and informaticists are choosing to earn the practice-focused DNP as their terminal degree. At the same time, more BSN-educated RNs are seeing the DNP as the preferred path to APRN licensure or to careers outside of direct patient care.
Even as the number of DNP programs increased from about three in 2004 to nearly 350 by 2018 with nearly 100 more in development, few dedicated resources have been developed with DNP students in mind. That is, until now.
Who We Are
We are a small, private organization with no outside affiliations or funding. As an independent group of education web publishers we are able to offer DoctorofNursingPracticeDNP.org as a completely objective and unbiased resource.
Consulting with practicing DNPs, as well as post-bachelor’s and post-master’s DNP students, we curated content from interviews and research to develop a user-friendly website specifically designed for current DNP students and those considering their DNP options.
Each member of our writing team brings a unique and valuable perspective to this project, while drawing from years of experience writing about education, healthcare and nursing.
DoctorofNursingPracticeDNP.org is an unbiased, comprehensive, free, one of a kind resource for anyone interested in earning a DNP.
We strive to answer the questions prospective nurse graduate students are likely to have when considering the DNP, either as an initial path to advanced practice nursing or as a way to develop further knowledge in the field through post-master’s studies.
Our goal is to make everything from planning a career to finding the right program a little easier for nurses interested in earning the most advanced practice-focused degree available in the nursing field.
What We Offer
At DoctorofNursingPracticeDNP.org you will find:
- Salary data for each state that shows the clear economic benefits associated with earning a DNP (from surveys performed by the US Department of Labor and leading industry organizations)
- State guides detailing the unique opportunities available to DNP-prepared nurses around the nation
- Career guides that describe the unique role DNP-prepared nurses play in the clinic and beyond
- A clearinghouse of accredited online and campus-based DNP programs in the United States (programs are accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN))
- Guidance on how to successfully develop and defend a final DNP Project (Capstone Project)
- Guidance on selecting an educational track that aligns with specific career goals
- Blogs that keep our visitors current on the latest developments in the nursing profession as it relates to the DNP