how many years of schooling does it take to become a certified nurse practitioner?


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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a bachelor's of science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must be licensed. Either an ADN or BSN would be a college degree that prepares you for taking the nursing licensure exams. To become a Nurse Practitioner, you will initially pursue a BSN.

    Nurse Practitioners, also known as advanced practice nurses, are registered nurses (RN) who have obtained a graduate degree (Master's of Science(MS) or Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN)), as well as becoming board certified in a specialty area (e.g. Adult Care, Family Nursing, Gerontological, Pediatrics, or Women’s Health Care).

    Nurse Practitioner Education

    In all nursing education programs, students take courses in nursing, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs typically take four years to complete. Add to that another 18 to 24 months for your MSN.

    All programs also include supervised clinical experience in hospital departments such as pediatrics, psychiatry, maternity, and surgery. A number of programs include clinical experience in extended and long-term care facilities, public health departments, home health agencies, or ambulatory (walk-in) clinics.

    Bachelor's degree programs usually include more training in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking, which is becoming more important as nursing practice becomes more complex. They also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings.

    In addition to the academic and clinical training requirements, you will need time to gain some practical work experience as an RN.

    Fore additional information, check out the Nurse Practitioner page at LPN to RN Degree Online:

    Future potential for Nurse Practitioners is VERY good, especially considering there is and will continue to be a shortage of primary care physicians. See the blog article, "Will the Doctor Shortage Create Opportunities for Nurse Practitioners" at:

    Additional resources for Nurse Practitioners are:

    - American Association of Nurse Practitioners:

    - National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health:

    - Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association:

    - National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners:

    Hope this information helps!

    RN Education Guru

    Source(s): LPN to RN Degree Online - Nurse Practitioner: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
  • Lori
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    You need to get your BSn ( 4 years) and then at least a couple of years of nursing experience and then complete an NP program (2-3 years).You need to have absolutely top grdes and excellent references to get into an NP program.

  • 7 years ago

    You need a masters degree. So it takes 6 years. If you go full time starting as a college freshman.

  • 7 years ago

    From this site you can find the necessary information

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    When the Government tells you to

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