Curriculum Models for the Practice Doctorate in Nursing

Lucy N. Marion, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN; Ann L. O'Sullivan, PhD, CRNP, CPNP, FAAN; M. Katherine Crabtree, DNSc, APRN, BC, FAAN; Marva Price, DrPH, RN, FAAN; Susan A. Fontana, PhD, APRN, BC


Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal. 2005;5(1) 

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Model 2: Master's Entry Model

The second model, the Master's (sometimes called Graduate) Entry Model blends the Traditional Model with the current model for second-degree students ( Table 2 ). The student receives the preprofessional preparation with a full baccalaureate degree and takes prerequisites that he or she may not have received during the first degree coursework. The master's entry into nursing program includes or is integrated with specialty preparation. The student enters the program and acquires basic nursing education within 15 to 18 months, typically. At this point, the student can take the national licensing registered nurse exam. The student also usually receives the clinical leader preparation as part of his or her specialty preparation, which might be within one of the APRN roles, public health nursing, or administrative nursing.

Much like in the Traditional Model, the student then can proceed up the ladder to achieve the practice doctorate after national certification in a nursing specialty. This final level layers on the additional content and development of clinical skills, synthesis ability, and evidence-based practice. As in all of the models presented here, postdoctoral education or a PhD is also available for an additional research focus.


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