There have been "clinical doctorates" in nursing for quite some time (my grad school started one up 10 years ago, and they certainly weren't the first) -- the DSN and DNSc are the two I'm used to seeing, and, now someone has come up with a program they are calling a DrNP. No biggie. At this point, the degrees are out there, plenty of people have them, but there is, at this time, no licensure/certification difference between a Master's prepared APRN and a doctorally prepared APRN. I think that is the point that suzanne4 was originally making (if I may be so presumptuous!
) -- that there is no such thing, at this time
, as a "Dr. NP" that is separate/different from the MSN prepared NPs we are all familiar with. Same license, same certification exam, same scope of practice.
We may be confusing "DrNP" as the designation of a degree (like PhD, MSN, DSN) with "Dr. NP" as a professional title ...
BTW, studentdoctor.net is not necessarily a great source of info about the nursing profession.