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Ph.D. or DNP: Which Nursing Doctorate Is Right for You?

When a nurse considers a doctoral program, he or she must choose...a Ph.D. or DNP?

The answer to that question depends on the individual's area of interest, nursing career goals, previous education and experience. At Kent State, we offer both degree programs for nurses who wish to advance their careers, contribute to the nursing profession and the healthcare system, and become experts in research or advanced nursing practice.

To help you choose your doctorate, here is a comparison between Kent State’s Ph.D. in Nursing and DNP programs:

Comparison between the Ph.D. and DNP programs

 

Ph.D.

DNP

Curriculum

Research-focused - prepares you to develop and advance nursing science using established and emerging methods to advance health, health care, and the profession of nursing, and to assume leadership roles in the profession.

Practice-focused - provide expert, evidence-based advanced nursing care, lead and evaluate programs of care, and synthesize and translate evidence to improve healthcare outcomes.

Role in Nursing

Knowledge generation, dissemination, and stewardship; leadership in healthcare and educational environments.

Expert clinical practice, research translation to enhance patient and system outcomes, leadership in clinical and administrative environments.

Scheduling

Courses offered using both traditional and alternative scheduling delivery methods.

100% online

Minimum Degree Requirements

Bachelor's degree in Nursing and Master's degree in nursing or closely related health field.

MSN and certification as an APRN

Full and Part-time Study Options?

Yes

Full-time only

Candidacy Requirement?

Yes

Yes

Minimum Semesters of Full-Time Study

4 semesters

5 semesters, including Summer

Practicum/Clinical Requirement

None

Minimum of 500 hours

Career Opportunities

  • Nurse scientist for a healthcare organization.
  • Faculty position at a university or college
  • Leadership position in healthcare organizations, higher education, government, or public policy groups.
  • Advanced practice nurse in a variety of clinical settings
  • Clinical faculty position at a university or college
  • Leadership position in healthcare organizations, higher education, government, or public policy groups.

Did this help you decide? Learn how to: 

Apply to the Ph.D. in nursing programApply to the DNP program

Are you curious about what you will learn in each program?

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