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Whats the difference between MSN and DNP?

A DNP degree generally takes a longer time to complete compared to a MSN degree. Aside from that, what would be the difference in job duties between these two degrees? Would a person who has a DNP degree get to experience more than the one who has a MSN degree?
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Chelsea’s Answer

MSN is typically the degree many nurses obtain on their way to becoming a nurse practitioner or nurse educator. You can then go further to obtain a DNP and still be a nurse practitioner but DNP programs require some kind of research during the program. Nowadays, many higher nursing administrator roles like hospital Chief Nursing Officers or Deans of nursing schools prefer DNP.
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Julie’s Answer

The main differences between an MSN and DNP degree would be your focus area; most MSN programs are listed for Education, Patient Care, Nursing Administration, etc. DNP can focus on your area of study, such as Pediatric DNP, Geriatric DNP, Critical Care/Acute Care, etc, and is a longer program with more clinical hours. Both of these degrees are good choices, and you will be a success with either one! Good luck to you!

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