Ready to step up to a doctorate? During your initial research, you’re likely to come across schools advertising hybrid DNP programs, traditional DNP programs, and 100% online DNP programs – but offering absolutely no perspective on why one is better than the other. So we decided to make things a little easier by putting together a simple comparison chart. Already made your decision? Skip ahead to our listings of online programs.
Choosing Your Format
The Trend Towards Distance Learning
Now that the bias against distance learning is decreasing, good schools are offering plenty of accredited hybrid and online degrees. What’s more, since a lot of your DNP will be spent on your DNP capstone project and independent research, schools don’t need to force you to be on-campus. Hybrid programs, in particular, are experiencing a surge in interest.
A major word of warning – whichever format you choose, be sure you pick an accredited program with a strong reputation (see our article on How to Choose a DNP Program for more advice). Cheap online degrees look great initially, but they’re not worth your money if they spoil your chances of finding a job after graduation. Talk to your professional mentors before making a decision.
DNP Comparison Chart
|Type of Program||Benefits||Disadvantages|
|Traditional: All classes and clinical work take place on campus.||
|100% Online: Courses are taught online in virtual classrooms. Supervised clinical practice hours are arranged in your local area.||
|Hybrid: A mixture of online & classroom instruction.||