BSN vs. MSN - Nurse Practitioner? - page 2

A little bit about myself: I am a Nursing/Army ROTC student/cadet at the University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY) at the UK college of nursing. My course is a 4-year BSN track... After a 4-year... Read More

  1. by   keegs13
    Oh, sorry for the confusion..
    As I understand it, an RN is a graduate of a nursing program that has taken the board exam, and an NP is an RN with a more advanced nursing degree.
  2. by   turnforthenurse
    Quote from CuriousMe
    It's 2015....BUT....that is a recommendation by the ANA, who isn't a credentialing organization. So far, no one has said definitively that anyone will need a DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice) by 2015, it's just a recommendation and a conversation.
    But if it is true, I wonder, will current NP's with an MSN have to go back to school to get their doctorate to "fulfill" the NP requirements?
  3. by   traumaRUs
    No - if and thats a big IF, the DNP becomes mandatory, then those currently in practice with an MSN will be grandfathered in.

    Back to the OP: there is no "on the job training" for NP. Even in the military.

    Bottom line is you have to have at least an MSN.
  4. by   keegs13
    TraumaRUs --- THANK YOU! Exactly the answer I was looking for, confusion = clarified.

    Thanks for all your help everyone!

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