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Key differences between the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
|Purpose||To prepare nurse scientist to conduct research.||To prepare nurse leaders to apply evidence into practice.|
|Graduate Expectations||Graduates are expected to advance the discipline of nursing and health care through research, education, and health policy.||Graduates are prepared to be scholars in advancing nursing practice and lead organizational system changes designed to improve health care outcomes.|
|Point of Entry||– Post BS in nursing
– Post MS in nursing
– Post MS equivalent with a BS in Nursing
|Post MS in
– Advance Practice (CNS, NP, CRNA or CNM)
|Credit Hours||– BSN to PhD requires a minimum of 72 credit hours.
– MSN to PhD requires a minimum of 60 credit hours
|39 semester hours including the capstone project|
|Clinical Requirements||None||Minimum of 500 clinical hours post MS.|
|Competencies||Courses focus on obtaining skills in research methods, statistics for research scientists, linking theory and research, scholarly activities, and disseminating research findings.||Courses focus on obtaining skills to translate and apply knowledge to improve systems and health outcomes.|
|Final Project||Completion of a research project.||Completion of a project that translates research into practice.|
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National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing
Georgia State University School of Nursing is a member of the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing.
Accreditation and Approvals
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master of science degree program in nursing/Post-master’s certificate/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/Doctor of Philosophy program at Georgia State University Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
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