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questions about BSN to DNP programs

rlhtsvm rlhtsvm (New) New

Hello, I just finished my first year of the BSN program at a california university:yeah:. I eventually want to become a family nurse practioner, that is my goal. I was just wondering, after I graduate (In 2013) should I apply for the BSN to DNP program or just the regular MSN/NP program. I heard that in 2015 all of the NPs has to have a DNP, but its not for certain. I don't want to get my MSN and find out later I have to go back to school to get my DNP which is another 3 or 4 years. Should I go for the BSN to DNP or just the MSN/NP. I'm just alittle confused right now.:confused:

linearthinker, DNP, RN

Specializes in FNP. Has 25 years experience.

Well I'd say get a job and get some experience first and worry about becoming a NP later. It remains to be seen how the DNP as entry to practice movement is going to shake out anyway, but frankly, it seems an unlikely scenario if history is any indication. Neither will it take 3-4 years post Masters. I attend a DNP program FT and I expect it to take 5 semesters, 6 if I have IRB problems this fall. I don't anticipate any, but a few others have so I must acknowledge that some things are out of my control. In any event, 6 semesters=2 years, not 3 or 4.

Don't worry about something that is a) out of your control and b) ~4 years away. Keep your eye on the immediate goal and worry about 2015 when it gets here.

Good luck.


Specializes in Community Health. Has 7 years experience.

Congratulations on completing your first year at Cal U. I did my BSN at Cal U also. That's a nice program. I'm assuming you're already working as a RN? If so, no need to wait for NP. I start applying in my last semester at Cal U. Honestly, I applied to MSN and DNP programs and it just so happened that everyone said "no" except DNP. So that's where I went. I have 2 semesters left. But as mentioned above, I seriously doubt there will be any mandated DNP requirements by 2015. I think this was asked in a previous post. There will probably be a shortage in primary care and MSN/DNP's will all be in high demand. Good luck on your future endeavors!!!!!!

If you have an opportunity go in the DNP track. Its a higher degree level and in the big picture less time and less money compared to getting an MSN then a DNP . Find a DNP track that includes FNP.

Your expertise and skill as a practitioner will build over time . Do your research, do not be discouraged and follow your dream.