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when becoming a nurse practitioner, what is the best degree to get? Would it be better to go above a masters?

Updated Louisville, Kentucky

I am asking this question because i want to become a nurse and i want to know what would be the best degree to get. #doctor #nurse #healthcare #pediatrics #hospital #hospital-and-health-care #family

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Angela’s Answer

Updated Santa Rosa, California

Before you can become a nurse practitioner you need to go to nursing school and get you RN ( registered nurse) license. Nurse practitioner is an advanced practice degree and a masters degree is the minimum degree required. Good luck!

Angela’s Answer

Updated Chicago, Illinois
To become a nurse practitioner, you must first get your nursing degree (BSN) at a college or university. Take your NCLEX exam and work in the hospital (inpatient care) for at least 2-3 years and then decide on what masters program you would like to take. There are many NP programs (online & campus) that you need to research as to what would best fit your interest of specialty. For example, masters program can specialize in NP with acute adult care/gerontology (older people), ER speciality, oncology (cancer), FP (family practice which includes adults & children), management (leadership roles), informational technology (electronic medical records), education (teaching), etc. Good luck.

Nick’s Answer

Updated San Francisco, California
Just to add on, some programs are migrating to a clinical doctorate, known as a #dnp, as the entry level for #np, which could be completed right after a BSN. Although I suspect a masters will still be an option. The DNP is usually completed in three years and does not require a dissertation that is required by the PhD but will likely require a clinical capstone.