I happened to be on my alma mater's website, and I noticed that they have completely gotten rid of all of their MSN level Nurse Practitioner programs and have turned them into a DNP. I'm assuming this is because of the recommendation of the AACN, however I was not under the impression it was required at this time. I quickly did some research of other local nursing schools and found that they are still offering the degree at an MSN level.
So, I can't help but look at this situation and think that this is just the school trying to get more tuition money from people. I personally have no desire to pursue a DNP and I think it's because I don't feel like it will make me a better bedside clinician. For lack of a better way to say this; the curriculum seems geared towards the 'academic type' and not the 'clinician type'. But, I think I need to do some more research so I have a few questions:
1. In your area are the nursing schools transitioning the NP from an MSN to a required DNP?
2. If you are an MSN prepared NP are you pursuing or considering pursuing a DNP? If yes, why?
I look forward to hearing others thoughts on this matter.