This summer I have been receiving more questions than ever about non-traditional routes to becoming a nurse practitioner. Personally, one of the reasons I love the NP profession is that it’s accessible to those of us who didn’t know we wanted to become nurse practitioners early in our education. What a relief to still have options for a change at any point in your career. So, for this month’s NP program, I decided to feature a university devoted to offering an array of educational paths for prospective NP’s, Walden University.
When I browse through Walden University’s NP educational opportunities, the word practical comes to mind. Walden’s programs are offered online so students have the convenience of completing them on their own time at their own pace. NP students at Walden can complete their NP program while working, spending time with their families and fulfilling life’s other obligations.
Walden University offers two nurse practitioner specialties through their MSN program, Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Leadership and Management, Nursing Education and Nursing Informatics tracks are also available. All MSN specialties at Walden University are offered in two formats, one for students with an RN degree and the other for students holding a BSN degree. All nurse practitioner programs require that students have a prerequisite two years of direct patient care experience within the past five years.
Not only is Walden University a practical choice for your NP education given it’s multiple entry options and educational paths, it is cost effective. MSN courses at Walden cost between $335 and $555 per quarter credit including books. Overall, nurse practitioner students can complete their degree for between $21,695 and $30,975. This is an excellent value considering the average nurse practitioner salary is over $90,000.
Whether you are an RN or BSN prepared nurse looking to further your education, Walden University provides a cost effective, flexible path to the nurse practitioner career.
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