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How to become a nurse practitioner?

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Cheryl’s Answer

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In order to further your education and work towards your nurse practitioner you must first enroll in the prerequisites and then apply for Nursing programs. Whether these be associates, bachelors level programs. These programs will get you to the level of working as a registered Nurse.

When you have successfully completed and tested to get your nursing license such as passing your NCLEX test, you must then work as a nurse for two years. Most masters and doctoral programs in the medical field are requiring you to have two years experience as a nurse prior to admittance into the program is study for nurse practitioners.

After two years work experience in the field of nursing of your choice, apply for masters degree or doctoral degree programs (Doctoral degrees are going to give you a better outcome in the long run due to changing policies on licensing). Fulfill your program requirements for your doctoral or masters degree and you must apply for your nurse practitioner licensing as an advanced practice nurse.
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Carolyn’s Answer

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Hi Robert, there are a few ways to become a nurse practitioner. The key steps are that you need to obtain a bachelor's degree, become a registered nurse, then pursue a master's degree to be a nurse practitioner.

The route I took was to get a bachelor's in nursing, work for 2 years as an RN, then did a 2 year full time NP program. Many people get a bachelor's degree before deciding to become an NP. For instance, they might start out as pre-med and then decide to become an NP. In this case, there are accelerated programs that allow you to complete your RN in about 18 months and then go on to do the NP right after. In this scenario, you may need to complete some prerequisites if not already done in your initial bachelor's degree. Many people also decide to do the NP degree part time once they become an RN to continue working and get the degree subsidized by the hospital facility.

I hope this is helpful!
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Suddhasattwa’s Answer

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Hi Robert, you need to enroll in Nursing School for a undergradute or graduate program to be become a nurse practitioner.
The admission is tough as approximate acceptance rate for Nursing applicants is 12%. as you need Nursing Major at 4.1 GPA (weighted and recalculated), an average SAT score of 1360, and an average ACT score of 28.

All the best.
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Richard’s Answer

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RN degree at a 4 year university.
Some experience in clinical nursing.
Get accepted to nurse practitioner program which involves classroom and clinical shadowing.
Good luck on your journey!
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