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 3: Generic Master's Model

The third model option can be designed as a highly efficient program, presenting itself to students desiring a second degree as preparation for master's entry into nursing. We call this the Generic Master's Model, and it can be closely linked to the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) preparation ( Table 3 ).[5] The CNL requires a baccalaureate degree (other than nursing) plus science and other foundational prerequisites for entry into this sequence. The student is prepared with a generic (not specialty) master's degree and, within 4 semesters, receives basic nursing as well as strong leadership training.

The CNL will fill a variety of positions in health systems and public/community health. This very intensive immersion study lends itself to a focused and mature learner. For the practice doctorate model based on the CNL preparation, the student receives the nursing specialty program in which the doctoral competencies are integrated as a total package. Some students could progress through both the generic master's and practice doctorate in 4 years (including summers); however, in some institutions, the program might take 5 to 6 years, depending on how the program is sequenced.


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