The argument I hear often is that a DNP/DNAP will put nurses on par with other professional such as pharmacists, dentists, etc. Studies show that master’s prepared CRNA’s perform as well as anesthesiologists. There is a general movement toward more “education.” There is no benefit. Clinical performance will not improve. The additional classes are not “hard science” courses but rather “Theory” and “Evidence-based Practice” bogus classes.
This is just a way for Universities to bring in more money. For example, my school has reduced the number of new BSN students significantly and increased the number of direct-entry MSN students just because my school can charge more money for the graduate program. Many RN’s interested in CRNA may leave nursing to become an AA. This is a perfect example of when more time/money/school brings NO EXTRA UTILITY!