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

  1. 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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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   ghillbert
    There's a lot of info about the difference on this site.

    DNP is a clinical/practice doctorate. PhD is a research doctorate.
  4. by   UVA Grad Nursing
    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/
  5. by   want to do good 86
    Thanks!!
  6. by   want to do good 86
    The website you put up really clarified the differences well! Thank you
  7. by   HeartsOpenWide
    DNP is more clinical based while PhD is more research based.

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