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NONPF to move all entry-level NP education to the DNP degree by 2025

Friday, May 18, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kate Gagne
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On April 20, 2018, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) made the commitment to move all entry-level nurse practitioner (NP) education to the DNP degree by 2025. The complete statement is attached and posted on the NONPF webpage


NONPF supports a seamless, integrated DNP curriculum without a master’s exit point as preparation for entry to the NP role. The DNP NP curriculum is not an add-on to the master’s curriculum; instead, the curriculum integrates objectives and learning opportunities for students to achieve the NP core and population-focused competencies that are written for doctoral-level education. 


Moving all entry-level NP education to the DNP degree by 2025 will take commitment from multiple stakeholders and development of strategies and initiatives yet to be determined. In December 2017, NONPF hosted a DNP summit with stakeholders from nearly 20 national organizations to have a critical dialogue about moving entry-level NP education to the DNP degree by 2025.  While not all participants agreed that the DNP should be the entry level degree for NP practice, everyone agreed to continue the dialogue, stay actively engaged, and take the information back to their organizations. Moving forward, NONPF will continue to work with the DNP Summit participants and additional organizations and stakeholders, as they are critically important to realizing our goal.


As the preeminent leader in NP education that provides timely and critical resources for NP educators, NONPF moves forward with an unwavering commitment to create innovative, high quality educational resources to NP faculty during this transition. Our work will lead and unite NP educators to transform healthcare.


NONPF  requests that you share the attached statement broadly with your leadership and members as you see appropriate. We look forward to working with you on this effort. 


Mary Beth Bigley, DrPH, APRN, FAAN

Chief Executive Officer

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

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