BSN to DNP FAQs

Why choose a DNP degree over a master’s degree?

Current evidence clearly connects improved patient outcomes to higher levels of nursing education. It is the terminal degree option for those who wish to excel in practice. If you desire to deepen your practice expertise, translate research into quality care to improve patient outcomes and provide leadership to address key healthcare systems, then the DNP may be a good program for you to consider. In addition, the DNP will prepare you to serve as a teacher and mentor, while improving the quality of your practice.

How does the DNP differ from the PhD in nursing?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice focused doctorate degree. Those who earn a DNP are experts in translating science in research into practice. The PhD in nursing focuses on research and generating new knowledge to advance nursing science. PhD and DNP prepared nurses should work together to advance patient care.

Is it possible to continue working while I am enrolled in the BSN to DNP program?

A majority of students enrolled in our BSN to DNP program are working as full-time nursing professionals, while taking classes part-time. We encourage you to consider a part-time plan of study if you are planning on maintaining full-time employment and have other life responsibilities, as the part-time plan has been constructed with the working professional in mind.

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Melanie Hlahol
Melanie Hlahol, current student

“This program is rigorous and has provided me with the best education to lead me to success in my future. I have felt supported throughout the entirety of this program and have been provided with excellent resources to help guide me throughout the
course of my career.”