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Online DNP Career Outlook

Online DNP Career Outlook

Online DNP Career Outlook

Earn the Degree That Opens Doors to Advanced Nursing Roles

Nurses who wish to advance their careers are increasingly finding that nursing's highest academic credential, the Post-Master's DNP, can help them get there. In fact, 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.1

A Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice 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 education has become more integral to gaining the knowledge underlying advanced nursing practice, the popularity of the degree has increased exponentially. AACN research found that from 2015 to 2016, the number of students enrolled in DNP programs grew from 21,995 to 25,289.2 During that same period, the number of DNP graduates increased from 4,100 to 4,855.2

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

  • Improving patient outcomes
  • Translating research into practice
  • Leadership roles in high-level health systems that focus on patient care
  • Policy-making roles

Prepare for the Highest-Paying Nursing Roles

Nursing positions requiring a master's degree provided the median pay of $110,930 per year in 2017, with jobs expected to grow 31 percent by 2026, 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 Medscape, nurses with a DNP also earn about $9,000 more annually than those in a similar position who hold only a master's degree.3

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

PositionAverage Salary4Projected Job Growth by 20265
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist$165,12031%
Nurse Practitioner$103,88031%
Certified Nurse Midwife$100,59031%
Director of Nursing$142,96468%7
Executive VP (Healthcare)$160,94078%7


To 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.

1"The Doctor of Nursing Practice: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations," American Association of Colleges of Nursing, August 2016. Available at https://www.pncb.org/sites/default/files/2017-02/AACN_DNP_Recommendations.pdf
2"DNP Fact Sheet," American Association of Colleges of Nursing, June 2017. Accessed September 19, 2018. Available at https://www.aacnnursing.org/News-Information/Fact-Sheets/DNP-Fact-Sheet
3From "Medscape Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Salary Report 2016." Accessed August 16, 2018. https://www.medscape.com/features/slideshow/aprn-salary-report#page=9
4Data from Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accessed September 19, 2018. Available at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm#tab-5
5Data from Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accessed September 19, 2018. Available at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm
6Data from Salary.com. Accessed October 5, 2018. Available at https://www1.salary.com/Nursing-Director-Salaries.html
7Data from Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accessed October 5, 2018. Available at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/top-executives.html