Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Programs Skyrocketing

While there were only 20 programs offering doctor of nursing practice degrees in 2006,  the number grew to 184 last year. And an additional 101 programs are in the planning stages, according to data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

2 comments on "Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Programs Skyrocketing"
Romeo Smith (6/3/2012 at 3:35 PM)

It is wonderful that physical therapists, pharmacists, and now nurses can actually have a degree at the doctorate level; and so be called "doctors" and not to mention the people with PhDs. How are you guys going to introduce to your patients? Hi I'm doctor x.... I am certain that this would create a lot of confusion to the patients, especially to our underserved population (which have low levels of education). Perhaps we should find a different title for the real doctors that are our physicians!!!
dr k (6/1/2012 at 7:16 PM)

Nurses are trained differently and the details of the study is different then medical school. 1) PAs and NPs should practice under the supervision of a doctor regardless if they study a few more years. 2) If you wanted to function like a doctor then attend medical school like doctors. Would you get law advice from someone who did NOT attend law school. 3) State medical boards need to be wary of NPs and PAs hiring lobbyists to push this agenda.


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