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About Nurse Practitioner Programs


The individual must already be licensed as a registered nurse (RN) to enter a nurse practitioner program. Qualified nurse practitioner programs will build upon the current knowledge base of the nursing student and provide additional study in core topics in the medical sciences field. Upon completion the student will be awarded either a Doctorate degree in nursing or a Master’s degree in nursing. They can then pursue additional education within a nursing specialty field.

After graduating from a program the individual will then be required to pass the state licensing examination for nurse practitioners before they will be allowed to work as an NP. Some states and job positions might also require additional training and certification within a specialty field such as pediatrics, oncology or family nursing. This makes the candidate better equipped to handle real life scenarios faced by nurse practitioners practicing within a niche medical field. Many nurse practitioners are utilized as the second person in command behind the licensed physician on duty. Therefore, qualified nurse practitioners must be well-versed in medicine and health care topics to perform their required job duties.