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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 Tennessee


Nurses in Tennessee 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 Tennessee the individual must pass the Tennessee state licensing exam before they can work as a nurse practitioner in Tennessee. Some of the more notable nurse practitioner education programs in Tennessee 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 Tennessee

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