DNP Nursing Education: Programs & Salary

A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is one of the highest degrees that you can seek in the nursing field. To find out more about DNP programs with nursing education specialties and the earnings potential for graduates, check out this article.

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DNP programs with a specialization in nursing education will get you prepared for leadership and academic careers, and some of the salaries you could earn with a DNP are well above the national average for 2017, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. To learn more about the career outcomes for a DNP in nursing education, look no further.

Salary and Job Outlook for DNP Holders

Job Title Median Salary Job Growth (2016-2026)*
Nursing Professor $71,260 (2017)* 24%
Clinical Nurse Educator $73,160 (2018)** 14% (for all health educators)
Health and Medical Service Manager $98,350 (2017)* 20%

Sources *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **

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Career Descriptions for DNP Holders

The skills you'll accumulate during your DNP program can help you as an educator and as a leader. In a nursing education program, you'll build up your instructional skills as well as learn how to assess nurses' performance. Let's check out some of the careers you could consider with a DNP degree.

Nursing Professor

PhD holders are typically the ones that you hear about becoming university professors. Though a PhD does set you up with a lot of skills in research and writing, a DNP in nursing education gives you the practical knowledge needed to teach simulated labs and hands-on work in a clinical setting. As a nursing professor, you'll also deliver lectures and grade homework. You might find that sabbaticals provide excellent opportunities for you to do your own research in the nursing field.

Clinical Nurse Educator

A DNP program in nursing education can set you up for a leadership position among registered nurses and nurse practitioners. As a clinical nurse educator, you'll specialize in creating programs and materials to teach patients how to live healthier lifestyles while also developing the skills nurses and nurse practitioners on staff. However, you may still work in your nursing specialty to diagnose patients and treat any ailments that afflict them.

Health and Medical Service Manager

A DNP in nursing education gives you the skills you need to lead a team of nurses or act as a manager in a variety of medical settings. Along with preparing schedules and budgets, you'll recruit and train new staff members. You will often represent the hospital or facility you work for when dealing with media and investors. You will also be responsible for identifying weaknesses in your department and finding ways to deliver better healthcare and treatment to your patients. A DNP will not only teach you how to lead and manage, but you'll also learn research methods.

Admission Requirements

DNP programs in nursing education begin after you've earned your MSN. Some nursing education programs ask that you already have experience as a nurse, educator, or leader. Be sure to check admission requirements, as some colleges do require that you are a currently licensed RN or NP prior to applying. Depending on the university, some of the other admission requirements may include:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Clinical experience with verification form for hours
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Master's GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Essays
  • Interview with admission director
  • MAT or GRE scores

As you can see, there are a few opportunities for you to advance with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in nursing education degree. Whether you want to lead, teach, or treat patients, there is a great career outlook and salary potential for nursing education DNP holders.

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