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Online DNP Career Outlook

Online DNP Career Outlook

Earn the Degree That Opens Doors to Top Nursing Roles

Nurses who wish to advance their careers are increasingly finding that nursing's top academic credential, thePost-Master's DNP, can help them get there. In fact, in an AACN Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) called for moving the level of preparation necessary for advanced nursing practice roles from the master's degree to the doctorate level.*

A Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing degree from Sacred Heart University can prepare you with the knowledge and advanced skills that today's complex healthcare environment demands in specialty nursing positions. When you earn your DNP credential, you will be better prepared to lead, to bring scientific excellence into nursing practice, and to heighten the quality of care and patient safety in multiple environments.

As DNP training has become more integral to gaining the knowledge underlying advanced nursing practice, the popularity of the degree has exploded. The AACN noted that that number of university DNP programs in the U.S. increased from 20 in 2006 to 233 in 2013. AACN research also found that enrollments in DNP programs increased from 70 students nationwide in 2002 to nearly 9,000 by 2011.**

The Doctor of Nursing Practice prepares you for the most advanced leadership, clinical and research roles in nursing, including:

  • Educating the public on healthcare issues
  • Leadership roles focused on patient care at high-level health systems
  • Policy-making roles
  • Academic positions in nursing
  • Advanced research roles

Prepare for the Highest-Paying Nursing Roles

Nursing positions requiring a master's degree brought median pay of $102,670 per year in 2014, with jobs expected to grow 31 percent by 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Post-Master's DNP prepares graduates for higher-income positions managing these individuals.

According to Nursing Journal,*** nurses with a DNP also earn about $7,689 more annually than those in a similar position who hold only a master's degree.

This program prepares you for some of nursing's highest-paying high-growth positions, including:

Position***Average SalaryProjected Job Growth by 2020
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist$135,00026%
Nurse Researcher$95,00026%
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner$95,00026%
Certified Nurse Midwife$91,00026%


Learn more about career possibilities and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) salary potential, complete the form or call 877-791-7181 to speak with an admissions adviser.

* AACN Position Statement on the Practice Doctorate in Nursing October 2004, available at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/dnp/dnp-position-statement
**From "The State of the DNP: Analysis of Four Years of Data," accessed at http://www.doctorsofnursingpractice.org/dnp-survey-results/
***Information taken from http://nursejournal.org/dnp-programs/best-paying-dnp-nursing-jobs-salary/