Consideration of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice

In 2002, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty [NONPF] began discussions around two emerging issues related to nurse practitioner education: ?credit creep? (the increased credit requirements for master's programs and the increased clinical hour requirements for credentialing) and the migration by other clinical disciplines to clinical doctorate education (PharmD, AuD, DPT). Additionally, there was a growing conversation by nurse educators regarding the various types of doctoral preparation available to RNs (PhD, EdD, ND, DNSc, DPN, DNP, DSN, DNS) and which type was the most appropriate for faculty, research, and advanced practice. In 2004, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reached a decision to proceed toward the goal that specialization in nursing should occur at the doctoral level by 2015.

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