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Required Education & Licensure
A master’s degree and a passing score on the American Nurses Credentialing Center are required to become a certified Nurse Practitioner.
What do they do?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioners serve as primary and specialty care providers, providing advanced nursing services to patients and their families. NPs assess patients, determine the best way to improve or manage a patient’s health, and discuss ways to integrate health promotion strategies into a patient’s life. They typically care for a certain population of people. For instance, NPs may work in adult and geriatric health, pediatric health, or psychiatric and mental health. See program description at Armstrong Nursing.
Where do they work?
Hospitals, physicians' offices, nursing care facilities, schools, and clinics.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the median annual wage for nurse practitioners was $96,460 in May 2012.