There may be more misinformation in this thread than any other I've read in this forum. First of all, there is a huge difference between a clinical doctorate (such as a DNP) and a research doctorate (such as a PhD). It's WAY more than just semantics. I have some experience with TCU's program, so I am a little more familiar with their process. That program will continue to offer an MSNA (59 didactic hours) for the foreseeable future. At the end of 28 months, you will graduate with a master's degree, be eligible for board certification, and can obtain employment as a nurse anesthestist. Once certified, you will most likely be grandfathered through any future entry level educational requirements. That was the case when programs migrated from certificate/bachelor's preparation to master's degrees as the minimum entry level. TCU already has a free standing DNP track for CRNAs and other master's prepared nurse practitioners who want to return for that education. If you are a CRNA, this additional track consists of 18 classroom hours and 6 hours of an advanced clinical project. The 18 hours can be done in one year, taking 2 courses each in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Nurse practitioners who are not CRNAs have to complete 6 additional hours of clinical practicum along with the 18 class hours and 6 hours of project. Now, as far as time committment...current programs are in the range of 28 to 30 months; some as low as 24 months, some as many as 36. Clinical doctorates will average about 36 months from start to finish, so when programs drop the master's tracks and adopt the DNP as a preparatory degree for practice, you can expect all programs to expand to approximately 36 months. There is no way TCU or any other program will be able to sustain a 5 year degree plan, nor would they want to. Feel free to check the website: www.harriscollege.tcu.edu for additional info.