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Would pursuing a graduate degree in nursing to become a nurse practitioner be a smart idea for a student originally pursing medicine?


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Cassandra’s Answer

It is smart. A lot of people like becoming a nurse practitioner because you can work as a nurse while you are going back to school to be a nurse practitioner and still get some experience under your belt. Another option is also to become a physician’s assistant. They usually get an undergraduate degree in a related field and then go back to become a physician’s assistant. Just a few things to think about.


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Hwal’s Answer

Kimberly, I would say it depends on the reasons you pursue one over the other, as well as at which point you make the switch. If you are, for example, a high school student and still unsure about which path to pursue, it would be helpful to think about your personal reasons to pursue or not pursue medicine vs. nursing.


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Think about the pros and cons for each career choice you're considering

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Richard W’s Answer

It would be a really smart idea. I have worked with several people who changed career paths from MD to APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) and were very happy and fulfilled with the results. There are unlimited opportunities for nurse practitioners and changing jobs and locations is much easier for nurses than it is for MDs, so that is also something to think about.

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