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Field of Study: Nurse Practitioner


Nurse practitioner programs prepare registered nurses to give primary care to family members of all ages.



Nurse practitioner programs include topics such as:

  • Family primary care
  • Nursing practice and health care policy
  • Pediatric practice
  • Gerontological practice
  • Clinical techniques

Many universities and nursing schools offer graduate-level nurse practitioner programs. A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program usually requires two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

Many schools are phasing out the master's degree as preparation for nurse practitioners. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the becoming the most common level of preparation.