Should I go get my DNP? HELP!

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Hi All,

I recently graduated with my BSN a little over a year ago and have worked as a nurse for almost a year. After working a year I decided that I wanted to continue my education and become a nurse practitioner. I was accepted into an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care DNP program. I initially thought that the program would take approximately 3.5-4 years to complete full time. However, when I received my acceptance letter it stated that I had to go on the 5-year program plan. I asked the faculty at the school if I could do the 4-year trek, but they said that I was locked in the 5-year program plan. I told them that I would work only part-time at my work (20 hours a week) They stated that the admission decision was finalized by the faculty who interviewed me and believed would fit my experience. My question is it worth it to do the 5-year trek to be a nurse practitioner? I feel that it is a lot of school (this includes summer terms as well) to become an NP. Or should I just get my Master's and work as a nurse practitioner for a bit and go back for the DNP? Please any advice would be appreciated

Thank you,

Fellow Nurse

Specializes in Critical Care.

Perhaps the added years of nursing experience will benefit your future career as an NP. If you don't feel this to be true, as it's a matter of opinion, then go to another school.

They probably locked you into the 5-year track because you don't have a lot of RN experience - more competitive candidates probably were offered the 4-year track. Not trying to diss, but I can't come up with another reason why they would force you into the longer program.

If I were an experienced nurse, I likely wouldn't do it. If I were still a new nurse, though, I'd definitely give it serious consideration, especially if it gives you a way to pay tuition while working and not take out loans (or taking out minimal loans). Also, my thought is that the extra RN experience would hopefully be beneficial as you become an NP.

Five years is a long time, especially compared to a 2-year master's program which would let you work too.

Thank you! I will try to see if I can still get into the MSN program at another school. I just feel 5 years is so long.

Specializes in NICU.

One year experience and you already want to leave the bedside?

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