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Answering the question

Is the Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Nursing Practice right for me?

Hartjes, Tonja M. DNP, CNS, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CCRN-CSC, CNEcl, FAANP1; Lester, Donna DNP, ACNP-BC, MS, CC-CNS1; Arasi-Ruddock, Lisa DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC1; McFadden Bradley, Sharon DNP, RN, CNL, CNE1; Munro, Shannon PhD, APRN, BC, FNP2; Cowan, Linda PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, CWS3

Section Editor(s): Goolsby, Mary Jo EdD, MSN, NP-C, FAANP, FAAN

Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: August 2019 - Volume 31 - Issue 8 - p 439–442
doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000273
The Fellows Speak

ABSTRACT Over the past decade, leading health care organizations have recommended doubling the number of doctorally prepared nurses to meet the future demands of health care. In 2018, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties committed to move all nurse practitioner degree programs to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree by 2025. As more and more doctorally prepared nurses enter the workforce, other nurses are considering returning to school for a terminal degree. This column will review options for doctoral education in nursing and the strength, focus, and program requirements for PhD and DNP degrees.

1College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida,

2Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Research and Development Service, Salem, Virginia,

3James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, Tampa, Florida

Correspondence: Tonja M. Hartjes DNP, CNS, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CCRN-CSC, CNEcl, FAANP, College of Nursing, University of Florida, 1225 Center Drive, P.O. Box 100187, Room #3232, Gainesville, FL 32610-0187. Tel: 352-215-6278; E-mail:

Competing interests: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Authors' contributions: Each author has developed portions of the manuscript from conception to submission.

Disclaimer: Contents of this article do not represent the views of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States Government.

Received February 04, 2019

Received in revised form May 30, 2019

Accepted June 06, 2019

© 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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