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George Mason University
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Doctoral Degrees

Nursing, DNP

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is nursing's highest professional practice degree. George Mason's School of Nursing offers an innovative DNP program including post-baccalaureate (BSN to DNP) and post-master's (MSN to DNP) options. The DNP program provides an opportunity for nurses to become experts as nurse practitioners and nurse administrators. Emphasis is placed on evaluating and applying the evidence that supports practice, understanding and creating practice delivery systems based on patient outcomes, and assuming leadership roles in practice settings.

Nursing, PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) prepares scholars who will pursue intellectual inquiry and creative scholarship through independent and collaborative research, advance nursing science, and provide leadership to the nursing profession. Students will develop a depth of knowledge in their scientific emphasis area through required course work and mentored research experience, selection of supporting electives, independent study, and dissertation research.

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AACN Comparison chart for PhD and DNP nursing doctoral programs

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