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The Nursing PhD and DNP: A Panel Discussion. Sponsored by the NIH Nurse Practitioners Special Interest Group November 19, 2009 National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Maryland. Goal of Today’s Panel Discussion. Is : Doctoral Education Career

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the nursing phd and dnp a panel discussion

The Nursing PhD and DNP:A Panel Discussion

Sponsored by the NIH Nurse Practitioners

Special Interest Group

November 19, 2009

National Institutes of Health

Bethesda, Maryland

goal of today s panel discussion
Goal of Today’sPanel Discussion
  • Is:
    • Doctoral Education Career
  • Not—to convey that all nurses need to pursue doctoral education
is a phd or dnp in your future

Is a PhD or DNP in Your Future?

Robin Newhouse, RN, PhD, CNAA, BC, CNOR

Assistant Dean, DNP Program

Sue Thomas, RN, PhD, CNS-P, FAAN

Assistant Dean, PhD Program

University of Maryland

School of Nursing

key points of the dnp
Key Points of the DNP

Practice doctorate – defined as any form of nursing intervention (Advanced Practice, Administration, Informatics)

The DNP is the terminal practice degree that prepares graduates for the highest level of nursing practice

key points of the phd
Key Points of the PhD

The PhD degree is the research focused terminal degree

Prepares the individual to conduct independent research

contrast of key differences
Contrast of Key Differences


Prepares for the highest level of practice

Commitment to practice career

Oriented toward improving outcomes of care

Practice Intensive


Prepares for the highest level of research

Commitment to research career

Oriented toward developing new knowledge

Research Intensive









dnp or phd
DNP or PhD?

Both programs require rigorous plan of study

Terminal degree

Prepare leaders in the field of nursing

Both prepare nurse educators

resources needed
Resources Needed


Mentors in leadership

Access to diverse practice settings

Financial aid


Mentors in research

Access to active programs of funded research

Dissertation support

considering doctoral education
Considering Doctoral Education?

Essential Characteristics of Doctoral Candidates






current dnp program status
Current DNP Program Status

92 Schools are offering DNP

102 developing DNP

University of Maryland DNP Program

Began September 2006

current status of phd programs
Current Status of PhD Programs

111 Schools offer a PhD program

15 are developing a PhD Program

University of Maryland Program began in 1979 and it is the 16th Nursing PhD Program in the United States

consistency across dnp programs
Consistency Across DNP Programs

Essentials of the Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing

DNP Essentials

DNP tool box

dnp essentials
DNP Essentials

DNP Core: Outcome competencies deemed essential for all graduates

Specialty Competencies/Content: Clinical and didactic learning experiences focused on preparing the DNP graduate for specialty which is defined by the specialty organizations

eight core essentials
Eight Core Essentials

Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care

Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Care Outcomes

Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health

Advanced Nursing Practice

eight core essentials1
Eight Core Essentials

Scientific Underpinnings for Practice

Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking

Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence Based Practice

Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care

the focus of the dnp
The Focus of the DNP

Clinical decision making

Evidence based research

Research utilization in clinical practice

Organizational and systems leadership

Informations systems and technology

Health care policy

Clinical prevention and population health

consistency across phd programs
Consistency Across PhD Programs

All prepare graduates to do independent research

Dissertations are evidence of capacity to develop, conduct and analyze complex nursing research problems

focus of the phd
Focus of the PhD

Acquiring the tools to do research


Research Design


Developing their area of specialization




university of maryland dnp program
University of Maryland DNP Program

A post-master’s option

38 credit program

19 core

15 elective

4 capstone

Capstone project

Emphasis on evidence-based practice

entry options for admission to phd program
Entry Options for Admission to PhD Program


BSN to PhD

63 credit program


Emphasis on Research for discovery, practice or education

university of maryland phd program
University of Maryland PhD Program

60 to 63 credits

6 credits of Theory

3 credits of Measurement

14 credits of Design and Statistics

5 credits Research Rotation

6 credits Practica

12 credits Dissertation

15 credits of electives

roles of the dnp graduate
Roles of the DNP Graduate

Practice leadership roles

Faculty positions responsible for clinical program delivery

High level executive positions

Policy development in clinical practice

roles of the phd graduates
Roles of the PhD Graduates

Independent Researcher

Faculty positions

Practice leadership roles

High level executive positions

Policy development


Currently all full time PhD students have

Full tuition paid for

9 have fellowships from $9,500 to 27,000 per year


Evidence to support need for DNP vs MS

Extending time to graduation

Diversity in degrees

Decreased enrollment in MS and PhD programs

Reduction in knowledge generation



DNP programs are a solution to the faculty shortage

Will enhance nursing science

Will prepare leaders in nursing practice

Encourage nurses to pursue advanced degrees at earlier ages

Encourage and financially support full time study