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DNP over "regular" APN??


Specializes in ICU, CVICU.

I don't know if this is the right thread or if I should ask in a separate thread but I have a question about this....

The DNP really appeals to me but if I have it, will I be able to get a job? Is there a need for a DNP over a regular ANP and will there be substantial pay increase (or would the difference between an ANP vs DNP be the equivalent difference of the ADN vs BSN).

Again...i'm not trying to start a debate. I just want to know if the DNP is practical?


Specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB. Has 30 years experience.

Hello, labcat01,

I split off your post to its own thread here in the NP forum.

You would probably benefit from this thread:


You should be as employable as a "regular" NP. Bear in mind, you probably will not reap any extra benefits (ie., salary increase) with the degree.

As for "need".....well, that's yet to be determined.

If you desire the DNP now, I say go for it. The Masters prepared NP and the Doctorate prepared NP should be equally employable.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 29 years experience.

I agree with Siri. In my area, there is going to be a new DNP program at the college where I did the post-MSN CNS. Am anxious to see what the new DNP will bring to our area.

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