Whats the difference b/w DNP and Ph.D?


Just a question, i was wondering what the difference is between DNP and an rn with a Ph.D. I know its a little silly, but it's confussing. I'm guessing that DNP is a nurse practitioner with a doctoral degree, so what kind of a nurse has a Ph.D?

Thanks :)

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ghillbert, MSN, NP

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Specializes in CTICU. Has 27 years experience.

There's a lot of info about the difference on this site.

DNP is a clinical/practice doctorate. PhD is a research doctorate.

The website you put up really clarified the differences well! Thank you :)

HeartsOpenWide, RN

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DNP is more clinical based while PhD is more research based.

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