Which Program is Right for You? - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Which Program is Right for You?

Doctoral Nursing Comparison ChartWhether you want to directly impact nursing practice today or conduct cutting-edge research that improves patient care tomorrow, Walden’s School of Nursing now offers two doctoral degree programs designed to meet your career goals.

View the comparison chart for an overview of PhD in Nursing and the DNP to help you determine which program is right for you.

Choose the research-focused PhD in Nursing program if you want to:

  • Advance your career as a nursing scientist, researcher, educator, or policymaker.
  • Conduct research at the highest levels in your field.
  • Engage in interdisciplinary coursework and projects that prepare you to lead and collaborate with diverse healthcare teams.
  • Shape future healthcare policies and programs for the next generation of nursing professionals.

Choose the practice-focused Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program if you want to:

  • Advance your career as a chief nursing officer, nurse administrator, manager of health informatics, or policy professional.
  • Evaluate and apply research to improve patient outcomes and promote a more effective healthcare system.
  • Gain experience in the clinical setting through field experience courses.
  • Educate or mentor the next generation of nurses.

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