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How do I become a nurse practitioner after high school?

I'm currently a junior in high school and I'm really interested in becoming a nurse practitioner. Can someone give me an overview of the steps I should take after graduating high school? Any advice would be appreciated!

7 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're considering becoming a nurse practitioner. Let me walk you through the general steps to help you get started on your journey after high school graduation.

1. Choose and attend a college or university that offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Ideally, look for accredited programs with a strong nursing curriculum and good reputation.

2. Complete the BSN program, which generally takes about 4 years. This program will include a combination of classroom coursework and clinical experience.

3. After completing your BSN, take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become a licensed registered nurse (RN).

4. Gain work experience as an RN. It’s common for nurse practitioners to have several years of nursing experience under their belt before moving on to advanced practice.

5. Enroll in a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with a specialization in your preferred area of practice, such as family practice, pediatrics, or acute care.

6. After completing your graduate degree, attain national certification in your chosen specialty and pursue state licensing as needed.

These are just the basic steps, but they should help guide you along the path toward becoming a nurse practitioner. Good luck!

7 months ago

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