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Hello Jennifer, I too did not know that I would be able to go into academia upon graduating from my current DNP program. I was under the misconception that to go into education, we needed an education degree. This was all speculation, and from what I have heard from other colleagues who want to go into education. I now have further knowledge to educate those torn between an education degree and a DNP degree. With the immense faculty shortage and the education DNP programs provide, DNPs are certainly more than qualified. DNPs add diversity to education with their experience in clinical practice and their education. DNPs have the knowledge and skills to guide students from the classroom into practicing nurses. Academia is certainly something I would love to pursue in the future.