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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

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.

Programs:

  • Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
Locations: Daytona Beach

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.*

Programs:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate
  • Accelerated BSN to MSN
  • Passionate about nursing? Further your career by enrolling in GCU's RN to BSN program or Master of Science in Nursing program.
  • The CCNE-accredited RN to BSN program is designed for registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma in nursing who are looking to further their education.
  • The Master of Science in Nursing degrees are designed for BSN-prepared nurses who wish to broaden their knowledge in a specialty area.
  • The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions has been providing outstanding health care education for over 30 years.
  • Request more information today about program offerings, CCNE accreditation, start dates, financial aid & more!

Programs:

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

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.

Programs:

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

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.

Programs:

  • Online Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (MSN to FNP)

Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County.  Maryville University students may choose from 75+ academic programs, including degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

Programs:

  • Online Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)-Pediatric (Primary Care) Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)
  • And more...

Study online with California University of Pennsylvania. We offer certificate and bachelor's and master's degree programs in a wide variety of fields that can be completed 100% online.

Programs:

  • Dual Degree: MSN-MBA (MSN-MBA) - Online

Are you looking for quality nursing schools in Florida? Consider Medtech Institute. Our campus in Orlando, Florida, offers programs that can help you train to be a medical assistant, medical billing and coding specialist, or study practical nursing in a supportive educational environment.

Programs:

  • Registered Nursing - AAS
Locations: Orlando

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.

Programs:

  • RN to BSN (Online)

Our career-focused programs and flexible class schedules make Southeastern a great choice for busy working adults. Small classes ensure personalized attention for each student, and you will gain career skills in an educational environment that simulates the workplace, so you can begin using your education immediately on the job.


Programs:

  • Diploma in Practical Nurse
Locations: West Palm Beach

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