Is becoming a nurse practitioner right for me?
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How to become a Nurse Practitioner
Aspiring nurse practitioners can start their educational journey by first earning a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. Courses include anatomy, physiology, community health, pediatric nursing, and pharmacology. This takes approximately four years of full-time study and requires both classroom and clinical learning.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, candidates must complete an additional two to six years of study to either earn a Master’s Degree or a Doctorate. Nurse practitioners must also be licensed by the state in which they practice.
Many graduate schools require nurse practitioner candidates to also have some experience as a registered nurse. In order to enter some specialties and sub-specialties (child and adolescent psychiatry, for example), nurse practitioners need to complete an additional supervised clinical experience.