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What steps do I have to take to become a Nurse Practitioner?

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I'm a senior this year, and wanted to figure out what I would have to do to pursue this career #nurse-practitioner #nursing

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You can start by volunteering or working as a CNA in a facility or home setting. Next you would need to research nursing schools. NPs are Advance Practice RNs. You would need to go through training to become a Registered Nurse. Once a RN, my best advise is to get clinical experience in a hospital for a few years before continuing to NP school. This will give you a good basis for your clinical knowledge to treat patients. After 4 years for your BSN, you'll need 2 years for your MSN. You will also need to pass two board exams. The NCLEX for initial RN licensure and then a board exam for the NP specialty type you go into.

Carly recommends the following next steps:

  • Research nursing schools
  • Research CNA training at a nursing home
  • Volunteer at a hospital or nursing home
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