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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

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: West Palm Beach

Do you want to start working toward a career that actually makes you excited? If so, an education from West Coast University (WCU) could be the perfect choice for you! This accredited, private University has a history that dates back over 100 years. Today, WCU offers health care degrees that will help prepare you and educate you on the current trends and issues within the health industry.


  • RN to MSN (Online)

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

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

Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.


  • Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so what you’re learning is immediately applicable to your career. We serve more than 36,000 students from the U.S. and around the world and offer more than 140 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 20 certificate programs.


  • DNP - Doctor of Nursing Practice (CCNE-accredited)
  • Why Earn Your Degree from GCU?
  • Options: Choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more!
  • Convenience: Complete courses online, on campus, or a combination of both!
  • Earlier Graduation: Our 4-credit courses allow you to complete your degree program in less time.
  • Transfer Friendly: We will request your transcripts, evaluate your graduate coursework, and determine your anticipated graduation date within 24 hours.
  • Quality: Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is regionally accredited. Learn more today!


  • M.S. in Nursing: Health Care Informatics (Bridge)
  • M.S. in Nursing: Public Health (Bridge)
  • M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)

Established in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent institution of higher learning in Peoria, Illinois. Inspired by our founder, notable philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, we pursue excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service; and we celebrate leadership, integrity, diversity and collaborative learning. Today, we offer an impressive array of more than 130 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs across five colleges and the Graduate School.


  • Online Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (MSN to FNP)

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