Nurse Practitioner

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Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are advanced practice registered nurses who provide care to patients throughout the lifespan from premature newborns to elderly. NPs focus on examinations; diagnose and treat common acute illness and injuries. They can prescribe medications, including controlled substances.

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NPs are registered nurses with a graduate Masters Degree in nursing. Around 6 years.

Common Courses include:

  • Health Promotion

  • physiology

  • Pharmacology

  • Population Health

  • Leadership

  • Capstone Project

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Colleges that offer nurse practitioner license include

  • Michigan State University

  • University of South Carolina

  • East Carolina University


The outlook for Nurse practitioners in excellent. According to the U.S. Bureau of labor statistics NPs positions are expected to grow 34% from now to 2022 which is much faster than most careers.


The average salary for NPs range from $95,070-$90,580 a year.

Career Profile: Day in the Life of a Nurse Practitioner