Important Information Regarding the DNP
The members of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) endorsed the Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing (DNP), voting to move the current level of preparation necessary for advanced nursing practice from the master’s degree to the doctorate level (DNP) by the year 2015.
According to the AACN, a number of developments motivated this change that all advanced practice nursing specialty preparation should be at the doctoral level by 2015 including: the rapid expansion of knowledge underlying practice; increased complexity of patient care; national concerns about the quality of care and patient safety; shortages of nursing personnel; demands for a higher level of preparations for nurses to design and evaluate best practices; shortages of nursing faculty; and the increasing educational expectations for the preparation of other health professionals.
MCPHS University is committed to ensuring that all students completing their Family Nurse Practitioner studies will be eligible in 2015 and beyond to sit for the national certification exams. As a result of the impending changes, MCPHS University is exploring options to satisfy the degree requirements. As soon as our work has been completed, changes to the FNP program/curriculum will be made available to current and potential students.
Please note that until we are officially informed by our professional umbrella associations, MCPHS University will continue to offer the MSN/FNP and that all graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination.
Please visit the AACN Fact Sheet for additional information regarding this new standard.