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 4: Seamless (Practice Doctorate Entry) Model

The Seamless Model is also known as the Practice Doctorate Entry model ( Table 4 ). In this model, the student enters the practice doctorate program after the baccalaureate degree plus prerequisites. The basic nursing, specialty nursing, and practice doctoral competencies are integrated in this program, preparing students at the end (estimated at 4 to 6 years) with the education for licensing and specialty certification.

This continuing and integrated program provides the student with discipline socialization and skill development from basic nursing through doctoral competencies. The student takes the licensing exam at the completion of the basic nursing preparation (a point determined by the program or at some level of competence) so as to accommodate flexibility of clinical experiences for specialty preparation. As with all the other models, a postdoctoral program, joint degree, or additional PhD degree provides students with additional options if they wish to pursue a research career.


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