What is the DNP?
Doctor of Nursing Practice is the DNP degree. This is a degree that four different disciplines in the DNP that may choose: Certified Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Mid-Wives, Certified Nurse Anesthetists, and Clinical Nurse Specialist.
The DNP is a degree that is an evidence-based practice and is a terminal degree. Meaning that this degree is one of the top degrees one may reach. It is considered a doctoral degree and those reaching this level may call themselves doctors. However, this being said, many state laws require the clarification of what type of doctoral degree it is. Dr. (name) Nurse Practitioner or Dr. (name) Nurse Anesthetist.
Currently in the United States there are 243 DNP programs and plans for 59 additional programs to begin. DNP programs are in 48 states. Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas are states where five or more DNP programs are currently active.
The years 2012-2013 showed enrollments increase from 11,000 to 14,600 in the DNP programs in the United States. The increase of reported DNP graduates from the same time was
2,400 up from 1,800. Currently, there are no numbers on those enrollments that did not complete, transferred, or changed doctoral degree paths.
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