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<p>The only thing I can seem to find is they are recommending it, not that it's a must and you HAVE to do it. Can someone shed some light on this for me, a link or something, so I know what I'm looking at further down the line? As it is, that's another 2 yrs probably on top of my Master's so to say I'm a bit disheartened would be accurate. I just want to know the truth b/c I keep hearing a lot things. Thanks.</p>
 

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<p>Hi. I am a master's prepared nurse practitioner and a faculty member in a college of nursing, so let me see if I can help. </p>
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<p>The recommendation will kick in by 2015, and in all likelihood you will have to have a DNP to become certified by that year or shortly after. It is then up to each state to decide what the minimum educational level for licensure will be, however since most states require board certification for licensure, it will be a de facto requirement. </p>
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<p>Are you an undergraduate now? You will likely want to skip the master's altogether and do a BSN to DNP program. Most of my NP students are choosing that route. We are actually discontinuing the master's program. It doesn't add on 2 years. It is essentially an extra semester at our program. From my perspective, as someone looking to going back for a DNP and who will be required to do about 21/2 years as a part-timer, the BSN-DNP route looks awesome.  </p>
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<p>Here is a link to the FAQ our institution provides to students:</p>
<p><a href="http://www.nursing.ufl.edu/prospective/prospective_DNP_FAQs.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.nursing.ufl.edu/prospective/prospective_DNP_FAQs.shtml</a></p>
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<p>And here is a link to our BSN to DNP program so you can get an idea of the time committment:</p>
<p><a href="http://www.nursing.ufl.edu/prospective/prospective_bsntodnp.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.nursing.ufl.edu/prospective/prospective_bsntodnp.shtml</a></p>
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<p>Are you hoping to be a CNM? Interestingly, the ACNM is not of one mind with the ACCN (the body which oversees nursing programs) on this issue. <a href="http://www.midwife.org/documents/ACNMonDNP.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.midwife.org/documents/ACNMonDNP.pdf</a> I'm not sure if that will make things different for midwives. In our program, CNM students are still entering the DNP program.</p>
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<p>I personally have very mixed feelings on the subject. The curriculum for most DNP programs is not what I had hoped. There is too much focus on research and administration and not enough on advanced clinical practice. I am currently looking for a program which will meet my needs without my having to take courses which are redundant from my MSN, or just not relevant to my teaching or practice. </p>
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<p>Nursing is a field with a real inferiority complex. I think that some of this push for doctoral preparation is coming from that. </p>
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<p>HTH!!</p>
 

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<p>Thanks so much! I am an ungraduate now and will hopefully have my RN in 2013. I have to take next year off, not off, but not going full time and I'll be working and then full time that next year. I was looking at doing ASN to MSN at Frontier for my CNM. I just looked at their DNP program and it was 5 quarters and then 360hrs of clinical. I have talked to a current student there who says they are completely redoing their programs next year b/c of the new requirements so maybe they will add a BSN to DNP for CNMs, I don't know. I just like to plan ahead. If they do, that may make me change my mind about skipping my BSN. Thanks again.</p>
 

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<p>I am currently a BSN, and waiting for the "right" time to enroll in a CNM program, so I have been worried about this as well. I have talked to some of the midwives I work with and was assured that it is very much an idea at this time, and nothing is final. I was told that all currently practicing CNMs, and those enrolled in CNM programs at that time would be "grandfathered" in, and that it would only be an issue for those who were starting a program after that point.</p>
 
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