Ana G. Mendez University

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  1. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen this university mentioned before. They offer six online doctoral programs in English and Spanish:

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (39 credits)
    DBA in Information Systems Management (60 credits)
    DBA in Management (60 credits)
    Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (60 credits)
    Ed.D. in Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environment (60 credits)
    Ph.D. in Administration of Social Programs and Social Policy (45 credits)

    The tuition is $580/credit. Classes are 8 weeks long.

    Middle States accredited. Non-profit. Founded in 1949. Largest private university in Puerto Rico.
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  2. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    Doctor of Nursing Practice is an interesting degree.
    In the US will the nurse whit such a degree be called Dr?
    Most likely no.
    So it can be frustrating for someone in this field to never be able to use Dr prefix.
    Curious if the other doctorates will be acceptable in the US for promotion in to lets say school principle ( not requires doctoral degree but usually a plus) ?

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    I think it is not only in the US but in English title general. In Vietnamese, the title is distinguished.
    Medical Doctor = Bác Sĩ
    Doctor of Nursing Practioner: Y Sĩ
    Pharmacist = Dược Sĩ
    Nurse = Y Tá
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  4. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    The DNP has been around for a while, and it's one of the most common online doctoral degrees in the U.S. If a school only offers one online doctorate, it's usually an EdD or DNP.
  5. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Most likely yes. Since they elevated the entry degree from a master's in nursing practice to the DNP, a lot of confusion has reigned. Patients, however, often don't make the distinction between a DNP and other types of doctors.

    My wife, who became a nurse practitioner back in the days before the DNP, gets called "Dr Paula" all the time. (She became an FNP through a joint program with George Mason and George Washington Universities.)
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  6. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Oy vey!

    (Thanks, Tekman. It's nice to see these distinctions being made. Could they teach those in the US?)
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  7. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    I recently switched to a Nurse Practitioner as my Primary Care Provider. She has her own standalone practice, there is no MD. She also as a DNP. And yes, she is referred to in all marketing, prescription bottles etc as "Dr. <Her Name>."

    It has to be confusing as all hell at a hospital.

    I wish they would just quit screwing around and make a Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant to MD bridge program (that isn't unrealistic with residency requirements) and be done with it.
  8. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    I know an NP who owns a medical spa. In her videos on social media, she always introduces herself as Dr. Mary Brown, nurse practitioner, or Dr. B, nurse practitioner.
  9. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    The old 2014 Pearson Report (out of date but I don't think there is a newer one) provided licensing info on all 50 states including whether doctorate-holding nurses (DNP et. al.) could call themselves doctor.

    Three states outright banned it (Arkansas, Connecticut, Michigan) while a couple states had wording that appeared to ban it (Mississippi and Vermont.) Several more states said it's not banned, but you must include your licensure information immediately after using the title Doctor/Dr. in order to clarify which one you had. I don't know if these laws are still on the books.
  10. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    This also varies from state-to-state. In some states, NPs can practice stand-alone. In others, they can, but their scope of care must be reviewed and approved by an MD. In still others, they can only practice under the direct supervision of an MD. (Meaning within an organization; the MD doesn't have to be present.)
  11. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    She's in NY, so I believe she's safe.
  12. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    I passed by this university today while in Puerto Rico.
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  13. Maxwell_Smart

    Maxwell_Smart Active Member

    How'd it look?
  14. Maxwell_Smart

    Maxwell_Smart Active Member

    Some settings have it where each Doctor has to introduce him/herself as a Doctor of what they are ("Hi, I'm <insert name>, I'm a Doctor of <insert discipline>"). I suppose over time they've found that this cuts down on confusion. My local hospital operates that way and it's something they ask about in the post-visit survey.

    I can't remember who told the story about this here (maybe it was me? I don't know, I'm getting old) but there was an article where it was stated that a DNP kept introducing herself as "Doctor". She was told repeatedly by her bosses to stop doing it. She defiantly continued, a Doctor overheard her saying it again to a patient, and she was fired. It could've been avoided had she just introduced herself as a "Doctor of Nursing Practice", and why not? That's what she was. A lot of the title matters are ego-driven, and some (maybe many) in DNP positions want to be viewed and treated as MDs.

    My take: if you want to be treated and viewed as a medical doctor, go to medical school, pass, and get licensed to practice as one.
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  15. Asymptote

    Asymptote Active Member

    I wonder if in those states they would be “allowed” to be called “doctor” in an academic setting if not medical / nursing practice? Say a DNP was an adjunct in a college, would they get in trouble if they were known on campus as Dr. so and so?
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  16. Alpine

    Alpine Active Member

    The DNP has even created confusion amongst nurses in that not all DNPs are medical providers. In other words, nurses cant assume one is a licensed advanced practice nurse just because they hold a DNP! They may have a major in executive leadership and not a clinical field.

    As far as NPs wanting to be adressed as “doctors,” it is very rare! I have never witnessed a nurse practitioner in direct patient care to date introduce themself as Dr. Jones or Doctor of Nursing practice Jones. It’s usually something like, Hi, I’m Sally, your nurse practitioner.

    Academic setting, usually Dr. Jones or Professor Jones. In a University Hospital, Professor Jones.
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  17. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    This was the campus I passed by. I love the colors.

  18. Alpine

    Alpine Active Member

    Feliz dia de accion de gracias!
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2021
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  19. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Gracias. Deseándote lo mismo. ¡Hoy también es mi cumpleaños!
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  20. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Feliz dia!

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