Whats the difference b/w DNP and Ph.D?

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    Just a question, i was wondering what the difference is between DNP and an rn with a Ph.D. I know its a little silly, but it's confussing. I'm guessing that DNP is a nurse practitioner with a doctoral degree, so what kind of a nurse has a Ph.D?

    Thanks
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    There's a lot of info about the difference on this site.

    DNP is a clinical/practice doctorate. PhD is a research doctorate.
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    There are many good threads here about the DNP.

    I've also put a simple grid on my own website with the differences between the PHD and DNP programs at the University of Virginia (focus, courses, expectations, job outlooks, etc).

    http://www.nursing.virginia.edu/programs/phddnpcompare/
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    Thanks!!
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    The website you put up really clarified the differences well! Thank you
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    DNP is more clinical based while PhD is more research based.


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