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How Much Does It Cost to Become a Nurse Practitioner?


A major factor in your nurse practitioner program decision should be cost.  Will a career change make sense financially?  Which schools offer a quality education for a reasonable tuition?  Using data collected from 200 nurse practitioner programs, I will outline about how much it will cost you to get a nurse practitioner degree (assuming you are pursuing an MSN degree, not a DNP).

Nurse Practitioner Program Costs

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Back to School! 5 Tips for an Enjoyable Nurse Practitioner Program Experience


School supplies have begun to line the isles of the Target and Wal-Mart stores near you.  The malls are frantically marking down swimsuits and shorts to make room for Fall boots and jeans.  It is time to start thinking about Back to School.  Are you ready?

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The DNP Transition

How did the recent push toward requiring the DNP rather than the MSN degree for nurse practitioners occur?  Who is in charge?  For those of us not in academia (and maybe some who are), this is a confusing topic as it seems there is not yet a cohesive plan for implementing the DNP requirement.

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5 Steps to Nurse Practitioner Certification


Towards the end of my family nurse practitioner eduction, my professors began to discuss the process of nurse practitioner licensing and certification.  The process was never clearly laid out by my nurse practitioner program and I found myself confused by the process.  So, here are the steps to obtaining the credentials you need to practice as a nurse practitioner.

1. Check Your RN License

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Midlevel U's Top 5 Nurse Practitioner Programs

You have decided you want to become a nurse practitioner.  Which nurse practitioner program do you choose?  After compiling information from over 200 nurse practitioner programs, we have come up with our Top 5 List of Nurse Practitioner programs for 2012.

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Bridge Programs... What are They?

Bridge programs allow students without a nursing degree to enter a nurse practitioner program.  Some bridge programs require students to have a bachelor's degree while others only require students to complete a certain number a bachelor's level credit hours.  Bridge programs are also available for prospective nurse practitioner students with an RN or LPN degree but not a bachelor's degree.

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What About the DNP?

You have probably heard that the requirements for getting a nurse practitoiner degree are about to change.  The ANCC published a statement recommending that all nurse practitioners be doctorally prepared and that nurse practitioner programs require nurse practitioner students to graduate with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree rather than a Master's of Nursing degree.

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Things to Consider When Looking For a NP Program Part 2: Specialty

It can be difficult to know which nurse practitioner specialty you should choose, especially if you have limited nursing experience.  Your decision on a specialty will directly influence your choice in nurse practitioner schools as some schools offer a wide variety of nurse practitioner specialties while at others options are limited.  What specialty should you choose as a nurse practitioner student and how?  

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5 Tips on Making it Through Your Nurse Practitioner Program


Nurse Practitoner Programs are tough.  They are demanding of your mental and physical energy and most of all your time.  How do you make it through?

1. Make friends.  Having a few good friends in your nurse practitioner program will make a huge difference in your next few years.  You can help each other with homework, give advice about clinical sites and have someone to meet for happy hour after class!

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Things to Consider When Looking for a NP Program, Part 1: Preceptorships

Your clinical expereince and clinical preceptor can be one of the most important parts of your nurse practitioner program.  You will learn more during your hands on clinical experience than you will in the classroom.  Preceptorships are, however often a great source of frustration among students and must be considered even during the process of searching for a nurse practitioner program and applying to NP schools.

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