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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

  • Programs include Bachelor of Science in Nursing—RN-to-BSN, Master of Science in Nursing, and more.
  • Experienced faculty members provide a practical knowledge of patient care, treatments, and research in the field of nursing.
  • Courses designed to keep students up to date with the latest advances in medical technology.
  • Online and on-campus programs have flexible schedules, designed for working professionals.


  • Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate
  • Accelerated BSN to MSN
  • Grand Canyon University - Where a Quality Education and Faith Coexist
  • Recognized as offering some of the best online education programs in the nation.
  • We support students through their academic and spiritual journey.
  • GCU offers the convenience of online, on-campus, or evening programs.
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  • 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)

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.


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

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.


  • Family Nurse Practitioner (PGC)
  • Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
Locations: Tampa

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