DNP APHN Program - Really worth it?

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    Hey Everyone -
    I am interested in talking to anyone who has a MSN or DNP in APHN.
    I am about to apply for the BSN to DNP APHN program at Rush University but I have several concern.

    1. what jobs will this make me eligible for and is there a good job market?
    2. how can I get my education paid for? I know that NPs usually can get funding but I haven't found anything for APHN. I do not want to acquire a ton of debt on top of my BSN debt.

    Please let me know if you have any advice/ideas or if this degree will be a mistake.
    I am definitely interested just want to make sure I am making the right decision.


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    Was looking to apply to the same program. Hopefully someone will answer!
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    It depends what you want to do. If you want to work as a NP then I recommend FNP as there are more job opportunities with this specialty. If you want to work specifically as PHN then a MPH or MSN with focus in public health (what I did) is what I recommend.
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    Thanks for the infomation. What kind of work do you do with the PHN degree?
    Last edit by littledad on Jan 21, '13 : Reason: grammer error
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    There a lot of different opportunities for PHN -I personally have done home visits for high risk maternal/child pts and worked in a family planning clinic/ STD clinic. I currently am a PHN manager at the clinic. If you look under your county website under public health there are also lists of PHN jobs available, CDC website, etc..
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    Thanks for your response. I think I'm going to have to relocate from Texas as there are next to no opportunities for PHN. Looks like I may have to go back home (California) or to the East Coast.
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    Look into the University of Minnesota they have a BSN -DNP program online that has a public health nursing track. I was looking into this program also but the post MSN track. I believe U Mass has a DNP -PHN leadership track also. Good luck!
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    Thanks MandaRN94 for all your information - very helpful

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