I'm a senior nursing student at Salisbury University and recently I have been giving more thought to the nurse practitioner route. I can not find the answers I want anywhere so I am still curious: I will graduate in 2012. I would like to work/explore as an RN to make sure psychiatry is the direction for me, but when it comes time to enter an NP program if I do end up doing this. I am conscious that in 2015 there is a movement toward a dropping of 2 year programs and initiating a "DNP only" route to being a nurse practitioner. Regardless, I would preferr to get my masters as an NP and then go on later to finish a DNP, but what am I supposed to do. Do I sacrifice less experience for entering a 2year program so i can graduate with an 2 year NP, or do I get more experience but run teh risk of only being subject to the option of a 4 year DNP program. What other options do I have. Thank you for any help.