This has been a heated discussion between some of my friends and I, so I thought I would bring it to the forum.
Should people who are going through a DNP programs and taking the SAME test we all took for our MSN - NP for national certification think their education 'doctorate" is a clinical doctorate?
Until there is a national standard and an elevation of the test (think along the USMLE) then I think anyone who thinks their DNP is a clinical doctorate is a joke.
your thoughts. . . . .?
Feb 7, '12
I'm about to graduate from my MSN-FPMHNP program in May... I've reviewed curricula from several schools and really see no benefit from the DNP as it stands now. There's nothing directly "clinical" about the majority of the coursework for this "clinical doctorate." Seems more like the boring bastard child of a second-rate MPH degree and nursing systems or health policy program.
I'm willing to bet the DNP offers more of the same ridiculous busy work that plagues my MSN program. Endless hours of eye-glazing, mind-numbing "cultural competency" lectures/workshops/assignments. 20 page APA-formatted, referenced papers on the history of dryer lint.
Oh, and the icing on the cake... huge, unnecessary debt with no rhyme, no reason, no payoff.
Last edit by apocatastasis on Feb 7, '12