Assistant Clinical Professor Candice Whealon earns DNP

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Assistant Clinical Professor Candice Whealon has earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Assistant Clinical Professor Candice Whealon has earned her doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree from The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.

“I made the decision to return to school because I was ready to elevate my practice,” she says.

Whealon graduated from the family nurse practitioner master’s program at the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing in 2013.

“The DNP provided a strong foundation to grow, and my work at University of Pittsburgh now informs my research and teaching at UC Irvine.”

She says having a terminal degree is self-validating.

“It was a personal goal which required sacrifice, but has proven to be worth the effort given my academic and professional pursuits. ”

A DNP is a practice-focused doctorate, unlike a PhD, which is a research-focused doctorate. The DNP is now the recommended terminal degree for APRNs, rather than a master’s degree.

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  1. Carl Zimmerman September 9, 2021 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Well done

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