REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER
A doctorate in nursing historically meant a PhD–that is, a degree in philosophy. So, if you had a nursing PhD, you worked in research or education. But now a new degree, the doctor of nursing practice, is helping advanced practice nurses to implement their knowledge and skills out in the field.
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From the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Web site:
The post masters Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing is a program of doctoral study for the nurse desiring specialty education in advanced levels of nursing practice. The DNP emerged from recommendations from the Institute of Medicine and leaders in health care. Embracing those recommendations, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) advanced the concept of the DNP and recommended that by 2015 all new applicants for advanced practice certification should have a DNP degree.
The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is to provide a rigorous education to prepare advanced practice nurses who translate science to improve population health through expert leadership. The program was designed using the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice specified by the AACN.
The DNP program curriculum for most post master’s students will be a minimum of 34 semester credits. As a component of the DNP program, you will develop and implement an evidence-based innovative/translational project that could solve a significant health-care problem. With your faculty advisor/mentor you will develop and present your scholarly project. Students will also complete additional clinical requirements to meet the mandated 1000 hours of specialty training that is one of the distinctions of a DNP graduate.