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Do You Need to Take the GRE to Become a Nurse Practitioner?

I have always hated standardized tests.  Marking little bubbles on the scantron sheet with a number 2 pencil, broken eraser bits littering my paper, carefully attempting to stay in the lines lest my correct answer be deemed wrong by some machine.  I get frustrated by the questions about topics such as the exact time two cars will pass each other if they are each going different speeds.  Who cares?!  Most of us thought we were done with standardized testing after taking the SAT but unfortunately this may not be the case.

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Is it Important to Attend a Prestigious Nurse Practitioner Program?

Prospective nurse practitioners often ask me if it matters if they attend a 'brand-name' or prestigious nurse practitioner program.  While there is no definite answer to this question, there are certainly a few things you should consider in chosing what level of esteem you will seek in a NP program.

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Time to Start NP Program Applications for Fall 2013!

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to enroll in a nurse practitioner program, you'd better get busy!  I know you are currently occupied by removing bits tinsel from under your couch, jogging off the cookies your children left out for Santa and attempting to locate a home for Christmas gifts in your already packed closets but applying for a NP program must become your top priority this month.

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2012's Top Posts for Nurse Practitioner Students

Let the countdown to 2013 begin!  Everyone loves a good top 10 list so let's bring in the New Year by looking back at 2012's most popular posts starting with those written for prospective nurse practitioners and NP students. 

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5 Nurse Practitioner Program Application Tips- Get Accepted to Your Top Program

Applying to a nurse practitioner program can be a daunting and stressful process.  Are your grades and test scores competitive?  Will a NP program accept you despite your lack of nursing experience?  Will you ultimately be accepted to a program or be resigned to living in your mother-in-law's basement for the rest of your life?  Not to worry, I think it is safe to say you can come away free from basement-dwelling.  There are a few ways you can make your NP program application stand out bettering your chances of success.

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What Prerequisite Courses Will You Need for Your NP Program?

So, you've decided you want to become a nurse practitioner.  Now let the overwhelming process of applying to a nurse practitioner program begin!  Before you can apply to almost every nurse practitioner program, you will likely need to take some prerequisite courses.  Which courses are most commonly required?  Where should you go to complete these requirements? 

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NP Students: How Do You Find a Clinical Preceptor?

Oh, the dreaded nursing school clinical hours.  Former nurse practitioner students have warned you of the time commitment and frustration they may present.  What you may not know is that some nurse practitioner programs will not find physicians or other nurse practitioners to precept you in order to complete your clinical hours.  In many nurse practitioner programs, you will be required to secure your own clinical placement and preceptor to train you.

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MD or NP: 5 Things to Consider

The decision between becoming a physician or a nurse practitioner is a pivotal one for many students.  It was for me personally.  How do you decide if you should become a MD or a NP?  Here are a few things you must consider.

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MD or NP: How I Chose My Career Path

A major decision I had to make on my path to becoming a nurse practitioner was which type of medical career was right for me.  I completed the pre-med curriculum in college and earned grades that would make me attractive as a medical school applicant.  I had originally planned to become a physician.  So, naturally I should apply to medical school; after all, MD's earn more than NP's right?

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Nurse Practitioner Bridge Programs: Where Will You Go for Your Accelerated Degree?

Prospective nurse practitioners are rightly fascinated by the 'bridge' or accelerated nurse practitioner programs offered by many schools.  These programs present an excellent opportunity for students seeking a career change.  Accelerated nurse practitioner programs offer students the opportunity to attend a two to three year program through which they obtain both an RN and MSN degree.  Which schools offer accelerated nurse practitioner degrees?  How long do these programs take?  Most importantly, how much do they cost?

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5 Most Expensive FNP Programs

Getting your nurse practitioner degree is pricey no matter where you choose to attend school.  But which family nurse practitioner programs come with the most exorbitant price tags?

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Overwhelmed? What to Do When Your NP Program Becomes Too Much

I follow many nursing blogs and frequently have readers contact me seeking advice on how to make it through their NP programs.  I have observed one major theme in my online interactions with other nurse practitioners and NP students: a lot of us are overwhelmed.  Making it through your nurse practitioner program is frustrating, time consuming and challenging.  The fast pace of the NP education can leave you feeling as if you are drowning.  So how do you make it through?

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