The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is calling for the requirement of doctorate
in nursing for advanced practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse anesthetists. This new degree will be called a Doctor of Nursing Practice
and, if the AACN has its way, will become the
entry level for advanced nursing practice.
AACN Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing