Nurse Practitioner vs. Doctor of Nursing Practice [infographic]

If you are looking for a career in nursing, here is everything you need to know about being a nurse practitioner versus a doctor of nursing practice. Maryville University put together the below infographic to help you figure out which career path is best for you.

Becoming a nurse practitioner requires a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), while a doctor of nursing practice requires a master of science in nursing (MSN). After you graduate, your average salary as a nurse practitioner will be $90,583, while a career as a doctor of nursing practice will earn a salary of $98,826.

A nurse practitioner collaborates with doctors and is usually responsible for diagnostic tests and diagnosing chronic conditions. They also write prescriptions and work very closely with patients. A doctor in nursing practice has more of a leadership role and manages health care delivery roles. They also have an influence on health policy and have a focus on the health care system as a whole.

Learn more about nursing careers in the infographic below.

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  1. 6 Coty Daniels 17 May
    It's sad that some of you guys can't read
  2. 5 Saad Khan 14 Jul
    This is probably the worst info graph I have ever seen.
  3. 4 Amanda 06 Nov
    Absolutely. This information is not correct as stated in previous comments. The average Nurse Practitioner Salaries are not that high. In fact the national average is about $72,000 and you need a master's degree for that. A BSN makes you a RN. The DNP is a higher level degree and you will need to obtain a doctorate for that. I suggest the reader do their own research through the educational institutions and compare the work needed with salaries provided with employers.
  4. 3 Rita 10 Oct
    I think she states that you need the respective degrees to enter the programs. I read it differently in two different places.
  5. 2 Kelli 01 Sep
    Thank you Thomsina, for pointing that out. To me, this article is just lazy. Do your homework before publishing.
  6. 1 Thomasina 07 Apr

    This information is not correct. Nurse Practitioners require a Master's Degree, while a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) requires doctorate-level preparation. 


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