Nurse Practitioner

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6 years
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Nurse Practitioners are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who provide higher levels of care: conducting exams, ordering tests, providing some diagnosis, and prescribing medications and other treatments, often in a primary care setting.

Nurse Practitioners, or NP’s, must earn a Master’s Degree in addition to a B.S.N. Once in practice, NP’s can prescribe medications, diagnose illnesses, coordinate complex patient care, or conduct medical research. Many NP’s work in hospital administration, managing parts (or even an entire) clinic, hospital, or health system.