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Doctor of Nursing Practice Job and Salary Outlook

Advance Practice Nursing Careers for DNPs

In 2004, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing voted to increase the level of preparation for advanced nursing practice from the master’s level to the doctorate level by 2015. This change was initiated to help APRNs meet the increasing complexity and interdisciplinary nature of the field. As a result, earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) can mean better career security, higher earning potential, and more advancement opportunities within nursing now and in the future. If you want to turn your passion into a profession, earn your DNP degree from one of the best nursing schools in America.

Perfect Your Practice and Unlock Opportunities

As a practice-oriented degree, the online DNP curriculum at The Catholic University of America gives you the skills to identify and assess relevant research in nursing and health care and then apply it at your organization, resulting in better care and positive patient outcomes. As the health care industry continues to evolve, these types of skills in evidence-based practice will continue to be in high demand for both clinical and administrative leadership positions.

Graduates of this CCNE-accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice program are prepared to assume a variety of different leadership positions in nursing. Some of the career options and salaries (according to Payscale.com1) for DNP graduates include:

  • Nurse administrator, $60,259 - $115,807
  • Nursing manager, $61,795 - $115,403
  • Director of Nursing, $60,761 - $118,633
  • Chief Nursing Officer, $87,167 - $187,321

The DNP program will also prepare you to earn the recognition as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and become either a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist. These are among the highest positions for practicing nurses, and are also some of the highest paying jobs in nursing.

Discover what you can do with the online Doctor of Nursing Practice from The Catholic University of America. Request information or call us 855-295-5711 to learn more.


1; accessed July, 2017