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How Do I Become a Nurse Practitioner?

Most people work for several years as a registered nurse before becoming a nurse practitioner. Being an RN is a prerequisite for acceptance into most nurse practitioner training programs. NP programs usually fall into two different types: those that result in a Master’s degree and others that result in a doctorate degree. Upon completing one of these programs the individual must obtain a nurse practitioner license from the state in which they choose to practice. Most nurse practitioners eventually choose to specialize in one particular field of study within the medical profession. This type of specialization often requires additional training and certification.

Nurse Practitioner Programs in Florida

Nurses in Florida that wish to become nurse practitioners must start by finding an appropriate NP degree program online or at a local college or university. After completing a nurse practitioner program in Florida the individual must pass the Florida state licensing exam before they can work as a nurse practitioner in Florida. Some of the more notable nurse practitioner education programs in Florida are listed on this page. Individuals can contact each school directly to find out more about their specific program offerings, required coursework, degrees awarded, and more.

Nurse Practitioner Education & Training

Nurse practitioners must successfully complete several years of education that includes general subjects as well as medical and nursing topics. The breadth of their coursework will include many science courses and training in different types of medicine. A nurse practitioner is the next step below a physician and should possess a large amount of overlapping knowledge. The training must be completed in steps and will most likely require the individual to obtain degrees and/or certification from 2-3 different academic institutions.

Nurse Practitioner Schools in Florida

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  • M.S. in Nursing: Health Care Informatics (Bridge)
  • M.S. in Nursing: Public Health (Bridge)

Capella combines outstanding academics with a supportive faculty and staff in a program designed for working adults.

An education that blends theory and practice to fuel your career


  • DNP - Doctor of Nursing Practice (CCNE-accredited)

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*


  • Accelerated MS in Nursing

As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.


  • Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
Locations: Orlando

Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is the nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Today, Georgetown is a major international research university that embodies its founding principles in the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff, our commitment to justice and the common good, our intellectual openness, and our international character.

You need to have a Bachelor’s degree to be qualified for this school.


  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Nurse Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (MWH)
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
  • And more...

For more than 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, career-focused education in fields such as health care, business, criminal justice and information technology.  Our one-class-at-a-time schedules allow busy students to focus on their education and balance the demands of work and family.  Whether you choose to attend online, on campus, or both you will be part of a caring learning environment led by experienced faculty who bring textbooks to life with real-world challenges and solutions.  Our unique combination of a curriculum that is in pace with technology and the skills employers value along with our “students first” approach provides an outstanding academic experience. 


  • Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
Locations: New Port Richey

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