Nurse Practitioner or Doctor of Nursing Practice?

Are you deciding between a career as a nurse practitioner or a doctor of nursing practice? It’s always good to have a side by side comparison of the two choices in your life. This infographic, made by Maryville University, outlines the differences between a nurse practitioner and a doctor of nursing practice. Some of the differences include:


Nurse Practitioner requires you to have a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) while a doctor of nursing practice requires a master’s of science in nursing (MSN).


The ideal salary for a nurse practitioner is just over $90,000 while a doctor of nursing practice is just over $98,000

NPs and DNPs can be nurse educators, nurse researchers, an administrator, advanced practice RN, or a primary care provider. The job difference? Take a look at the infographic for a better understanding of what a NP does and what a DNP does.

nurse practitioner or doctor of nursing practice


Source: Maryville University