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Nurse Practitioner


Nurse Practitioners are Registered Nurses who serve as primary and specialty health care providers under a physician. They can specialize in family practice, pediatrics, women’s health, mental health and more. Most Nurse Practitioners work alongside doctors in a hospital or outpatient facility, but some run their own private practices.

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.
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  • 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
    • 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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