What to Look for in a Nurse Practitioner Program – Part 2

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If you missed part 1 click HERE

So consider this…

Want to work with kids?, think about becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Want to work with “fresh out of the womb” kids, look into becoming a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Think working with kids of any age is good birth control? Then maybe being an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner is right up your alley.

Like working with people of all ages? You will want to find a Family Nurse Practitioner program.

Or do you find interest in working with those with mental and behavioral health problems? Then look for a Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.

As you begin your search, you will want to ponder the time commitment to each program. Some programs will offer full time and part time tracks but if being able to still work while going to school, which was important for me, you should add that to your list of questions to ask to see if you can handle working full or part time. For me, I chose a full time program which was a 3 year program in which I was able to work full time during the first two years but had to drop to per diem during the final year so I could fulfill my clinical hours, work on my dissertation project and focus on classes in order to graduate on time.

What kind of degree will you end up with?

The writing on the wall is saying that the terminal degree of a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree will be the standard at some point, but isn’t set in stone. Your options are either a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) or DNP degree when it comes to nurse practitioner programs. It will just depend on what you want to do with your degree, what the standard in your home state is and what is offered. Another popular route for those with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree that want to advance to the terminal degree is a BSN-DNP degree. This isn’t offered everywhere or in every specialty yet, but if it is of interest to you, be on the lookout! However, if you are one that has a Master’s degree already, then you may want to search for a school that has a Post Master’s to DNP route.

Stay tuned for Part 3 HERE.

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