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What is the difference between a DNP and a PhD in nursing? Which of these would you choose to pursue if you decide to continue your education to the doctoral level?The DNP and the PhD are both the two most common terminal degrees in nursing today, (The SentinelWatch, 2014). The PhD, (Doctor of Philosophy), is science and research oriented and its graduates are prepared to develop new, evidence-based knowledge for the nursing profession. PhD graduates can design and implement studies that address care systems and disease trajectories, they can also lead research teams. PhD are also well educated in scientific theory, data analyses and statistics and can work in education or research.According to the Sentinel Watch, the DNP is more focused on understanding and advancing nursing practice. Most DNP programs are designed around a final scholarly project. This differs form a research driven PhD dissertation which is research driven.