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Nurse Practitioner


Nurse Practitioners are Advanced Practice Nurses who serve as primary and specialty health care providers to patients in clinics, hospitals, schools, and even private practices. NPs can specialize in family practice, pediatrics, women’s health, mental health and more, diagnosing and treating patients and, in some states, even prescribing medication. With their education and experience rooted in nursing, they tend to provide a more holistic approach to care and can often provide patients and their families with a "big picture" assessment and plan to help lead healthier lifestyles.

Things You'll Do:

  • Prescribe medication
  • Diagnose diseases
  • Initiate treatment plans
  • Order patient lab tests

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
    More about becoming an RN ›
  • Get Your
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Get significant clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner (amount of experience varies by specialty).
    More about this requirement ›
  • Get Your
    Board Certification in your specialty through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Become a
    Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Physician’s Office
    • Clinics
    • Colleges and Universities
    • Your own practice

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $63K - $85K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • 13% more jobs from 2008-2018
    • You’ll have more responsibility in a variety of practices and areas of medicine, than the average staff nurse.

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