multi, this is the response that i got from east carolina when i sent them an email asking them (out of curiosity), why one major univeristy was dropping their msn programs and they were not....
sorry for my late response but i have been away. as for the dnp requirements, the dnp requirement as entry into practice is still being debated. there is a link to the national association of neonatal nurse practitioners (nannp) position statement on this topic. http://www.nann.org/files/public/pos...ementfinal.pdf
i think the dnp will eventually be the entry requirement but we have a ways to go before making this so.
my advise, listen to what is being said but always go to the source to check things out for yourself.
garris keels conner, dsn, rn
director, nnp program
east carolina university
so, what i have interpreted from the article that i read (the link works) is that the dnp as the entry appears to be area specific. in other words, the nannp, that certifies nnp's, is not requiring a dnp by 2015...however, that doesn't mean that hospitals won't require it, or that you won't have more difficulty finding a job b/c i would hate to be in a situation where i have an msn and a new grad dnp will knock me out of a job...which will most likely happen...i was thinking about that too.
one of the things that dr. bellflower at uths told me as that once you complete the prog:ram, you should be set..you will be able to teach at any university level (if you choose), run a department, etc.
their tuition is extremely reasonable at both of these schools..and here is something that uths offers that most other colleges do not:
if your state does not offer a dnp-nnp (or any other dnp specialty), they will automatically grant you in-state tuition
. how cool is that?
mississippi and we believe virginia also, qualifies.