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FNP MSN vs DNP school help

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Specializes in operating room, surgical services. Has 7 years experience.

Hello,

I have been accepted into two schools and awaiting to hear from Azusa Pacific University. One is MSN FNP at Cal Baptist University and the other is DNP FNP at University of California Irvine. I would love to graduate from UC Irvine- love their mission and diversity stance, however getting my DNP means more $$. The length of all of them are 3 years to complete. Is it worth to get more student loans to pay for the DNP? California is flooded with NP grads so there is a lot of competition, however most jobs require MSN. Eventually I would like a terminal degree. This is tough decision. If anyone has a any suggestions that would be great.

FullGlass, BSN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Adult and Geriatric Primary Care. Has 3 years experience.

Go for UC Irvine, since you want the DNP eventually. When comparing costs, you must factor into an MSN program the added eventual cost of also getting the DNP. With UC Irvine, in 3 years you have your DNP. Since the other programs are also 3 years, go for UCI. It's also the best school of the bunch

Numenor, BSN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Internal Medicine. Has 9 years experience.

On 6/16/2020 at 1:38 PM, stephadler82 said:

Hello,

I have been accepted into two schools and awaiting to hear from Azusa Pacific University. One is MSN FNP at Cal Baptist University and the other is DNP FNP at University of California Irvine. I would love to graduate from UC Irvine- love their mission and diversity stance, however getting my DNP means more $$. The length of all of them are 3 years to complete. Is it worth to get more student loans to pay for the DNP? California is flooded with NP grads so there is a lot of competition, however most jobs require MSN. Eventually I would like a terminal degree. This is tough decision. If anyone has a any suggestions that would be great.

UCI for the rep, DNP vs MSN is a non-factor unless you really want the doctorate.

stephadler82, BSN

Specializes in operating room, surgical services. Has 7 years experience.

Thank you for all your comments. The other thing that I have been wondering, is how much more rigorous is the DNP compared to MSN? I have a family and will be working part time (2- 12s) so I have be honest about time commitment. UCI DNP is so new that I can't ask any alumni what their honest experience is.

Numenor, BSN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Internal Medicine. Has 9 years experience.

On 6/28/2020 at 1:15 PM, stephadler82 said:

Thank you for all your comments. The other thing that I have been wondering, is how much more rigorous is the DNP compared to MSN? I have a family and will be working part time (2- 12s) so I have be honest about time commitment. UCI DNP is so new that I can't ask any alumni what their honest experience is.

Besides having to do a dissertation, it's literally the same ol same ol advanced nursing education.

MikeFNPC, MSN

Specializes in FNP.

Several of my friends are going back to get the DNP. From what you've already said, I'd go for the DNP. It'll be less expensive now than later.