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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

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career-focused 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. 


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


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  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Certificate
  • Accelerated BSN to MSN
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  • Study on your schedule - GCU offers many programs 100% online to fit your busy lifestyle.
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  • Degrees in business, education, nursing, humanities and social sciences, theology and more. Find the degree that fits you.
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  • M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)
  • M.S. in Nursing: Health Care Informatics (Bridge)
  • M.S. in Nursing: Public Health (Bridge)
  • Online bachelor's programs include BBA, Criminal Justice, IT, Healthcare Management, Pscyhology & Public Health
  • Over 115 years of delivering quality education and personalized attention to students
  • We're now Non-Profit.


  • Family Nurse Practitioner (PGC)
  • Specialization in Nursing Informatics (RN to MSN)
  • Specialization in Nurse Educator (RN to MSN)

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)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (PGC)
Locations: Tampa

Founded more than 130 years ago by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne has grown to become one of the nation's top Catholic universities. The school’s mission is to provide a well-rounded education that challenges students academically while nourishing their spiritual and ethical development. Today, Duquesne is home to 10 schools of study and serves more than 10,000 students.


  • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice

Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017


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

As few as 20 months


Nursing@Simmons enables Registered Nurses to earn an MSN online from Simmons College and prepare to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner in as few as 20 months. 


  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
In response to the demand of Florida's rapidly growing population, City College is focused on, and committed to, providing the best in business and career education.


  • Nursing
Locations: Altamonte Springs
Train for the real-world skills that help you launch a successful technology or healthcare career with a degree, or diploma from Florida Career College.


  • Patient Care Technician (10-month diploma program)
Locations: Fort Lauderdale

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