Providing Healthcare through Nurse Practitioner Programs


A nurse practitioner is a notch higher than a regular nurse – they offer some services that are usually offered exclusively by doctors. They are able to work as direct healthcare providers without necessarily having to be supervised by a doctor. Nurse practitioner programs are extremely demanding and often difficult to complete!

There are 5 stages required before certification:

  1. You must have a high school diploma and a nursing degree in order to qualify to enter a nurse practitioner program. You must become a certified Registered Nurse first.
  2. You need nursing experience, so you need to have worked or to be working in a hospital or a healthcare facility. This is considered important because it allows prospective nurse practitioners to be exposed to different disciplines of nursing so that they can choose what is best for them, and also to get some experience.
  3. You also need a master’s degree in nursing. During the course of this degree, you will receive some specialized training to prepare you if you choose nursing practitioner programs. You can choose to specialize in family, child or women’s care to name but a few.
  4. You need to have an up to date nursing license from the Registered Nurses body that issues them as a confirmation that you are a practising nurse.
  5. Once you have all these, you will be able to receive your nurse practitioner qualifications and you can go ahead and start practising.

There are some things that you can do to make this process easier on yourself.

There are usually 4 things to consider when looking at nurse practitioner programs: requirements for admission, accreditation, faculty and research opportunities. Depending on your educational background, confirm that the school you choose can accommodate your qualifications.

Also make sure that you go to an accredited school – you may need to transfer credits to another school; nursing is also a delicate profession and where you went to school will matter to both employers and patients.

A strong faculty is also very important because it determines the type of instruction you get. The only way to know if a faculty is strong is to read their bios on the school’s website.

Research is a must; you are only a step down from a doctor and are licensed to cure so the more research you do the better for you. You will either be working with a doctor or independently so go for the best education you can get. You will also need this research facility when you are doing your thesis.

There are online nurse practitioner programs available, as well as part-time and full time. When choosing, consider this especially in relation to your finances and other family obligations.

The job market after completion of nurse practitioner programs is excellent. There is a huge demand for qualified medical professionals and you will definitely find something rewarding to do in your chosen niche.