January 2005, Volume 35 Number 1 , p 33 - 33
© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(1) January 2005 p 33 Is there a doctorate in the house? [Clinical Rounds: NEWS, UPDATES, RESEARCH: ADVANCED PRACTICE]
By 2015, advanced practice nurses (APNs) may need a doctorate to enter practice. At a meeting of member nursing schools in October, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) adopted a sweeping new position recognizing the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) as the highest level of preparation for clinical practice. Currently APNs, which include nurse practitioners, nurse-anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse-midwives, are prepared in master's degree programs. However, many of these programs already carry a credit load equivalent to doctorate programs in other health care professions.
Under the new proposal, doctorate degrees would be required for APNs by 2015. However, doctorates ...