Disadvantages of the DNP
Here at the DNP Answers blog we take your questions about the DNP and
answer them as best we can. This post is written by blogger Michael Zychowicz,
NP. Zychowicz is new to our DNP Answers roster.
Q: Are there any disadvantages to getting the DNP that would make it a
less-than-ideal choice for some NPs?
A: This question needs to be dissected into two components. First, are there any
disadvantages to obtaining the DNP? Second, why would the DNP be a less than
ideal choice for some NPs? Editor's note: Comment below to continue discussion on this topic, or send new questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
an educator, my first thought is that there are no disadvantages to
furthering one's education. I see no disadvantage to advancing ones education
and obtaining a terminal degree no matter if this is a PhD, EdD, DNP, DPM, etc.
There are the obvious costs, work and inconveniences that come along with
furthering one's education including time commitment and financial cost. Some have advanced the arguments against obtaining the
DNP, citing the disadvantages of no additional independence in practice, no
additional pay, and so on. I don't think these can be listed as disadvantages
since they are not the intent of the DNP
What would make the DNP a less-than-ideal choice for
some NPs is that the degree may not be congruent with that NPs personal or
career goals. For example, if a NP wanted to be a researcher, the ideal degree
choice for preparation as a researcher might be the PhD. That is not to say
that the DNP-prepared NP cannot perform research, because they can and
Although there is a call for the DNP to become mandatory
for new NPs in 2015, there is no requirement at this time for NPs to obtain the
DNP. So, the option to obtain the DNP is truly a choice and not a mandate at
this time. One scenario where I could imagine a NP choosing not to further
their education is if they were planning to fully retire in the very near
future, if they did not have the financial ability to pay for the education or
if the NP does not have the time commitment to invest in earning the
In short, if the
DNP is the right choice for the NP to meet their personal or career goals, then
I do not see any disadvantages to earning the degree.