Resources for Doctoral Education in Nursing


Paula Tucker, DNP, FNP-BC

Research Doctorate vs. Practice Doctorate

It can be difficult to understand the differences between research doctorates (PhD, DNS, EdD) and practice doctorates (DNP), yet it is important to know what is right for YOU given the investments you will make in time and money when embarking on doctoral-level education. Here is a basic description of the two doctoral degrees:

Research doctorates prepare you to be a leader:

  • in conducting research that advances the theoretical foundations of nursing and healthcare globally
  • in using theoretical, methodological and analytical approaches to discover and apply knowledge in nursing and healthcare
  • as a nurse scientist is academia or other research-focused environment

Practice doctorates prepare you to be a leader:

  • in applying and translating research into practice
  • in dissemination and integration of new knowledge in health care organizations
  • as an advanced practice nurse or other practice leadership position, such as health care administration

Some examples of job titles for nurses with doctorates:

  • Professional Practice Director
  • Director of Clinical Excellence
  • Director of Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice

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Georgia Schools with Research Doctorate Programs:

  1. Augusta University: PhD - can enter with BSN or masters, can attend full or part time, classes mostly online
  2. Emory University: PhD - can enter with BSN or masters, must attend full time, classes on campus
  3. Georgia State University: PhD - must have an MSN, can attend full or part time, hybrid class format
  4. Kennesaw State University: DNS - must have an MSN, can attend full or part time, hybrid class format
  5. Mercer University: PhD - must have an MSN, can attend full or part time, classes mostly online
  6. University of West Georgia: EdD - must have an MSN, can attend full or part time, classes 100% online

Georgia Schools with Practice Doctorate PrograMs:

  1. Augusta University: DNP - can enter with BSN or MSN, must be an APRN, can attend full or part time, classes mostly online
    • Tracks: no concentration (if already an APRN), Family NP, Pediatric NP, Psych/mental Health NP, Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP (if BSN)
  2. Brenau University: DNP - must have an MSN (or related masters), can attend full or part time, hybrid class format
    • Tracks: Advanced Practice Nurse and Leadership and Management
  3. Emory University: DNP - can enter with BSN or MSN, can attend full or part time, classes online and on campus
    • Tracks: Health Systems Leadership and Population Health
  4. Georgia College & State University: DNP - must have an MSN (or related masters), can attend full or part time, hybrid class format
  5. Georgia Southern University: DNP - can enter with BSN or MSN, can attend full or part time, hybrid class format
    • Tracks: (if BSN) Family NP, Psych/mental Health NP,
  6. Georgia State University: DNP - must have an MSN (or related masters), can attend full or part time, hybrid class format
  7. Mercer University: DNP - must have an MSN, can attend full or part time, hybrid class format

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FINANCIAL RESOURCES

All of the Georgia-based schools mentioned above have financial resources you may be eligible for as a doctoral student. It would be worth asking about these when you explore the program(s) you are interested in, as these resources may not be publicized. Other possible financial resources are listed below:

General financial resources:

Resources for underrepresented populations in nursing:

Specifically for nursing:

For education in general:

For nurse faculty: