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Is residency required for nurse practicioners?

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Joann’s Answer

Hi Isabelle,

Although this is not my field of expertise, to the best of my knowledge Nurse Practitioners do not participate in residency programs. However, many require some type of clinical hours as part of the certification.

Here is the Wikipedia description:

Education, licensing, and board certification

United States

The path to becoming a nurse practitioner in the United States begins by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or other undergraduate degree, and requires licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and experience in the generalist RN role. Then, one must graduate from an accredited graduate (MSN) or doctoral (DNP) program. Overall, to become an NP requires 1.5 to 3 years of post-baccalaureate training, compared to physicians who are required to complete a minimum of 7 years of post-baccalaureate training. A new nurse practitioner has between 500 and 1,500 hours of clinical training compared with a family physician who would have more 15,000 hours of clinical training by the time certification.<sup>[1]</sup> The quality of education and applicants for NP schools has been cited as a reason to not allow NPs to practice medicine. Many schools have 100% acceptance rates, coursework can be 100% online, and clinical experience is limited to shadowing with no hands-on experience.<sup>[25]</sup><sup>[26]</sup>

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Richard’s Answer

No, nurse practitioners have obtained a master's degree after their standard nursing education.