I was lucky enough to be accepted to a MSN CRNA program which starts next year. I'm still waiting to hear back from one more school, which happens to be a DNP program. I'm sure other people have been in this situation so I was just looking for some insight regarding how to go about picking a program, if I am in fact accepted into the DNP program. I'm sure the standard of practice for CRNAs will transition exclusively to DNP/DNAP in the future however that is not the case as of yet. If I were to go the MSN route, I'm sure I can get an employer to pay for the DNP portion once I am working.
A little info about the programs:
MSN Program- Tuition is on the cheaper side, 28 months long, small college, good range of clinical sites
DNP Program- Very expensive! (about 3x as much as the tuition of the MSN program), 36 months long, great clinical sites, very large University in a very large city, great weather all year long
My first choice is the DNP program, but I don't know if I would be making a wise decision given what I've listed above. Any advice would be very much appreciated!
MSN. You earn money sooner and you're going to be paying less student loan $ back. Afterwards you can go to a school like Touro University which allows you to complete the DNP online in 1 year for $16,000. It's busy, but doable. My plan is to enroll in their DNP program right around the time I start working as a CRNA. Continuing to be a student will allow me to defer student loan payments, so instead of making my loan payment ill just put it towards tuition and pay for the DNP out of pocket. This means less in overall loans AND compound interest from a larger loan balance.
I may want to teach one day (who knows?), but I'm specifically going for the DNP instead of DNAP because schools in my area have professors who all have their DNP or EdD and I hear some school don't recognize the DNAP yet. I'm sure it won't matter in the future though. Also, Post-MSN DNAP programs all seem to be 2+ years, and some require additional science courses and I think my MSNA program has covered more than enough science.
However, if you can find a cheaper BSN-DNP program that goes straight through and is cheaper than the accumulative cost of your MSN program and the DNP program you wish to matriculate at then by all means pursue it.
Last edit by ProgressiveThinking on Mar 29