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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 Comment

  1. 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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