I was recently lucky enough to be accepted into my two top choice programs for FNP: UCSF and UW. Now, I’m faced with having to make a tough decision.
UCSF has always been my first choice because of its mission, focus on diversity, its minors offered (diabetes or HIV/AIDS), and preparation for working with my intended population of homeless or underserved. Tuition is $71K for two years.
UW is ranked highly, and is a great choice as I live in Seattle. The program has some focus on diversity and working with the underserved, but overall the program places more focus on research, as it is a DNP program. Tuition is $79K for three years.
Which brings me to my question: UCSF is a master’s program, and UW is a DNP. I always envisioned myself earning a DNP because I was told that is what will earn me the best job or what the workforce is transitioning to.
I want to go to UCSF, but if I do 2 years now for my MSN, when I return to school later for my MSN to DNP, it will be more expensive than if I go to UW and get it all done now.
Will I regret going to UCSF and not having my DNP? Is job prospects okay for just having an MSN within the next three years? Does the DNP prepare you more to be a stronger provider?
Thanks in advance - I really value everyone’s advice here!