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DNP from Yale?

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by NP-Swigart NP-Swigart (New) New Expert Nurse Student

NP-Swigart specializes in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

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Hello Everyone,

I recently applied and was accepted into Yale's DNP program. I am already a practicing NP with an MSN. The cost is substantial and I can pay for it, but not without saving less for a home and paying off current student loans faster.

Does anyone know if an education at an Ivy League DNP program translates into higher pay and or higher level positions where a NP can actually influence/implement changes on a large scale?

Thank you in advance

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Congratulations! I graduated from an accelerated MSN program at an Ivy League school and I have not noticed any distinct advantage in terms of higher level positions or higher pay. I have heard that DNPs in general sometimes get higher pay than NPs with a MSN degree. Unfortunately in the healthcare world, promotions are based on level of experience and seniority. In contrast, careers like finance and law acknowledge Ivy League graduates and typically award these graduates with higher pay and more prestigious positions. I would not discourage you from attending Yale, because going to a school like that can allow for other great opportunities like networking, a world class education, and the privilege of listing this school on your resume. I think it's worth it.

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adammRN has 11 years experience and specializes in DNP/PMHNP student.

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I would highly discourage this... esp if you are a seasoned NP. Unless you are going for the connections the school might set up for you. There is no reason to pay more as medical is mostly based on your care years/provider knowledge. I would not be going to this private Uni I am if it were not fully paid for... I would have went to the larger cheaper school instead. Mine is like 10k for the longer semesters. I see Yale is like 15k/term.

 

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NP-Swigart specializes in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

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Thank you both for your responses. I appreciate them both. Yes It is expensive, but I have come to realize that life is about much more than finances. I come from an exceptionally poor family and we grew up without. I have my own small children now and in terms of family progression/education I have decided it is necessary for me to go. No one in my family has ever gone to college, let alone an upper crust institution. It is a much better education than the state schools I previously went to. This will also put big ideas into the minds of my kids and family members. Most people are taught it is next to impossible to get into these schools so they don't even try. As Healthcare providers we see plenty of multigenerational poverty. I'd like my overall family to change that in the coming generations. Seeing is believing. I also am lucky to be a working NP and will not have to take out any loans. I'm also psychiatry, have my own business, and contract for prisons so there should be plenty of upside.

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